Kristin

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Kristin grew up mostly in the midwest but has lived all over (California, Wisconsin, Iowa, Colorado, Virginia, and DC). She currently stays at home with her three-year-old son and 4-month-old daughter, but previously worked as a youth social worker and in different corporate positions. She loves to be outside as much as possible and prefers walking everywhere (especially with DC traffic!). She is a sucker for donuts and cannot live without coffee. Her hope in sharing her writing is that other moms will feel less alone in their motherhood journey.

When DC Isn’t Your Forever Home: How to Settle in

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DC draws people in from all around the country for various reasons. Some who land here will call it their forever home and decide to settle down. Others might know (or question) that this...

Everyday Ways to Build Emotional Intelligence With Toddlers

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Anyone with a toddler at home knows the have BIG emotions sometimes. As parents, we want to help our toddlers learn how to manage all those emotions and build upon their emotional intelligence—but where...

Managing Stress and Anxiety During the Coronavirus Age

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A lot has changed quickly in the last few weeks as coronavirus (or COVID-19) has gained ground in the US. I know I'm not alone as my anxiety rises as we wait to see...

A Magical Morning with Santa at Reagan National Airport

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Last week DC Reagan National Airport invited DC Mom Blog Contributors for an absolutely magical morning: Breakfast with Santa! Even the most hesitant little ones in our group totally warmed up to Santa, and...

Give the Gift of Experiences: Gifts That Are Not “Stuff”

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The holidays are coming up quick! Grandparents might already be asking what gifts to get the grandkids. Of course, family (especially grandparents) love to give gifts but do our kids need more stuff (toys,...

5 Ways to Help Your Toddler Adjust to a New Baby

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Adjusting to a new baby sister or brother is a big transition for a toddler. Just think of all the things that surprised you as a new parent, even if  you read all the...

Childcare Instructions: Setting Up Caregivers

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There may be times that someone else, family or friends, are caring for our kids. This came up for us when my husband and I were lucky enough to get away on a child-less...

7 Highlights of Traveling to Ocean City, Maryland with Kids

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Ocean City, Maryland is a great option for DC Area families looking for a quick weekend beach getaway this summer. Dependent on where you are coming from in the DC area (and traffic), Ocean...

Road Trips with a Baby: Making It Work

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Road trips with a baby can be a daunting idea. When my husband and I decided to take a two month cross-country road trip with our then 7-month-old, I wondered if we were crazy....

DC Independent Bookstore Day {4/27}

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Independent Bookstores across the US are making a come back (you can read about it here or here). We are lucky to have quite a few right here in DC! With Independent Bookstore Day coming...

What to Buy an Expecting Mom

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Know an expecting mom and wondering what to get her? As a mom of one, and soon to be two, these are baby shower and mom gifts that I would love! So if you...

Baby-Led Weaning: Making it Work for You

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When I began feeding my son food for the first time, we started with purees. Then I heard about Baby-Led Weaning (BLW), and for my second, I'll be jumping right into BLW and skipping...

Toddlers and Change: 2 Ideas to Help Toddler Process Life Transitions

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Toddlerhood is full of big and small transitions. There are always new, perhaps exiting or scary, transitions for toddlers to process. While there is no quick fix or magic wand to wave away the...

Why I Love Cooperative Play Groups

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Everyone has heard "It takes a village" - its one of those phrases that rightfully should continue to be repeated over and over because it rings true. But how do you find your village?...