Single motherhood is difficult and meaningful with its greatest rewards and joys in the eyes of your child.


With Father’s Day around the corner, we wanted to shine a spotlight on someone who plays the role of both mom and dad – a strong, inspiring #rebelmama who has walked through the fire and emerged on the other side filled with gratitude.

She is someone who is wholeheartedly committed to her kids. She lives her life with passion, and she’s the best damn aesthetician a girl could ask for (I can vouch for that personally – Nobody else is allowed near me with hot wax).

So without further ado, meet our girl, Shirley:




Looking back, I wouldn’t change a thing.

You know what’s the best? Getting to take credit for how you raised your children.  

I chose to be a mother at 19.  Unplanned and unexpected. I was scared, but wanted to prove everyone wrong, that I wasn’t going to be the…

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Kidaptive's Blog

Many studies have shown a connection between narrative development, or learning to tell stories about real or imagined experiences, and early literacy. More recent research has found that narrative development can also serve a broader purpose of helping people organize, interpret, and understand the world around them.

BoywithPlayDrillshutterstock_29080645Children as young as three show early signs of narrative development through their descriptions of events, imaginative inventions, and play. In fact, there are many similarities between socio-dramatic play (which involves acting out scripts and scenes adopted from familiar stories) and narrative, including fictional characters, invented “realities,” and linked events.

Of course, connecting these aspects into a coherent story is still hard for preschoolers. You can help guide your child’s “narrative play” by:

  • Incorporating thematic play into everyday chores (e.g., when clearing the table, you can be workers at a restaurant)
  • Encouraging play based on books or movies
  • Suggesting the use…

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New Blog Website

If you are following this blog there is a more up to date site at Parenting in the Loop
Thank you for reading and for your comments!

My Strange Family

Success in blogging is about having great content, but it is also about networking and the connections you make at events. Other bloggers will be your biggest cheerleaders and supporters in this ever growing community. These past few weeks I have attended numerous events and have created stronger friendships and new connections with some lovely local bloggers. I am excited how the social part of social media has grown so much for myself and My Strange Family these past three years and I am excited to see it continue to grow in the new year.

What is your favorite part about being a blogger? 

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Wonderful suggestions for new baby items!

the CHILD centered

When first learning the value of free movement and simple play objects, parents attending the monthly New & Expectant Parent Class often remark, “I wish we had known this before registering for our baby shower.”

It’s true- much of what you’ll find on a traditional BABY REGISTRY is absent from parents following the Magda Gerber’s RIE Approach.  Savy parents know that in many regards, less is more, especially when it comes to healthy attachment and the early learning experiences of an infant’s developing mind.

Our favorite “must haves” for the RIE baby include:



Allow parents to safely transport their infant by vehicle without the worry of discomfort traditional upright infant seats pose when the baby lacks the maturity to hold her head upright on her own.  Extended stays in traditional upright car seats can pose physical discomfort for your infant’s developing body.

2.  The…

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Back to School Giveaway on Parenting in the Loop’s new blog site!

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Week in Review…from ParentingintheLoop- http://ow.ly/c3HQC

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