I Dress My Toddler Girl from the “Boys” Section

Before Mac was born, we purposely didn’t find out whether she was a girl or a boy. I love surprises and Andrew was nice enough to go along for the ride. I found it interesting how annoyed people got by the fact that we didn’t find out. I kept hearing complaints about how that made it soooo hard for them to shop for the baby because how would they know whether to buy pink stuff or blue stuff. Of course once Mac was born, we were given plenty of girly, frilly things for her to wear, but we continued to do most of our shopping from the “boys” section. Read on to find out why we don’t limit her to only girls clothing.

Now, I have nothing against my daughter wearing a tutu, but when my husband and I do the clothes shopping, we shop almost exclusively from the "boys" section. Why is that? Well we have several good reasons for dressing our toddler from the "boys" section. Read about them at quirkyandthenerd.com

The Downside to My Daughter’s Independence

Every parenting decision has a downside. As a Montessori parent, all of that independence can be a bit much! Listen to a lighthearted take on the downside to being a Montessori parent.

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Every parenting decision has a downside. As a Montessori parent, all of that independence can be a bit much! Listen to a lighthearted take on the downside to being a Montessori parent.

Every parenting decision has a downside. As a Montessori parent, all of that independence can be a bit much! Listen to a lighthearted take on the downside to being a Montessori parent. quirkyandthenerd.com

Why It’s Hard to Be a Montessori Parent

Obviously I’m a huge advocate of raising and educating children in a Montessori way. That’s why I work at a Montessori school and that is why I write this blog. But let me tell you, it isn’t always easy and it isn’t always fun. So here are the reasons why it is hard to be a Montessori parent. If you’d like to learn more about Montessori, make sure you read my post What the Heck is Montessori? and listen to the podcast at the end.

We also recorded a podcast about the downside to independence. Listen to it in the post or find it in the iTunes store by searching Quirky Parenting.

I love raising an independent Montessori kid. But sometimes being a Montessori parent is annoying. Here are the lighthearted reasons I think being a Montessori parent is hard. quirkyandthenerd.com

How to Encourage Your Toddler (Instead of Doing Everything For Them)

Every once in a while, I am faced with a toddler who is struggling with something like putting their pants on. They sit on the bathroom floor crying and getting mad. And sometimes, I don’t do anything to help them. Okay, I do something to help them, but it isn’t putting their pants on for them. That is because for some toddlers, their own worst enemy is themselves. They are perfectly capable of putting their pants on. I have in fact seen them do it before. But at this point in time they are in a mood and when faced with a small speed bump, fall to pieces instead of putting on their own pants.

But as they sit on the floor and yell for help, I tell them that by encouraging them, I am helping them. Because in the long run, self-help skills are a lot more important than me putting their pants on them this one time. In fact, Montessori is all about independence from an early age. But how do you encourage a toddler? Here are four ways I encourage a toddler without just doing everything for them.

So many parents think they are helping their child by simply doing things for them. But they are actually hurting their independence and self-help skills in the future. Here are four ways to encourage toddlers without just doing things for them. quirkyandthenerd.com

How to Deal With a Stubborn Toddler

I’ve always been told I’m stubborn. From the time I was a child, it was my way or the highway. But then I had a toddler who was just like me and I realized I didn’t have a clue what stubborn was until I had to go up against her. Now after working in a toddler room, I’ve dealt with stubborn toddlers before and I have some tricks up my sleeve. So here are 3 different ways I deal with a stubborn toddler.

Dealing with a stubborn toddler is difficult. But getting into a battle of wills is not the way to go. Read the 3 ways I deal with a stubborn toddler.

Realistic Advice that All New Parents Should Know

In today’s podcast, Andrew and I discussed advice and tips we had for pregnancy, labor and delivery, and postpartum recovery. We even added in a few tips for dads. Take a listen, but I will warn you that we were both tired and went on some pretty goofy tangents!

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7 Tips for All Pregnant Ladies

6 Things I Wish I Knew About Labor and Delivery

6 Ways to Make Postpartum Recovery Better

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6 Ways to Make Postpartum Recovery Better

When I first got pregnant, I had a small sense of how labor and delivery would go. I had read some books and talked to some friends about their experiences. But one thing that kind of blindsided me was postpartum recovery. Thankfully the friends had clued me in on what recovery would be like because otherwise I would have no idea! No one seems to talk about postpartum recovery. But here are some tips about making postpartum recovery better. And yes, it is normal to feel like your guts are falling out of your body. (Make sure you also check out my tips that all pregnant ladies should read.)

I talk a little bit more about these and other tips in an episode of my Quirky Parenting podcast with my husband. You can listen online or you can download it from the iTunes store.

Postpartum recovery can suck. Here are 6 ways to make it just a little bit better. quirkyandthenerd.com

6 Things I Wish I Knew About Labor and Delivery

The entire time I was pregnant, I low-key worried about labor and delivery. How much would it hurt? How long would it take? Would I know when it started? My worry was understandable, but a little ridiculous. Now that I have experienced it once, here are the non-medical things I wish I had known. (Make sure you also check out my pregnancy advice and the ways to make postpartum recovery better.)

I talk a little bit more about these and other tips in an episode of my Quirky Parenting podcast with my husband. You can listen online or you can download it from the iTunes store.

When I was pregnant, I read plenty about labor and delivery. But there were 6 tips I wish I would've known in advance. Read about them in this short but informative post. quirkyandthenerd.com

7 Tips for All Pregnant Ladies

Every time I hear that a friend or even an acquaintance is pregnant, I have so many things I want to tell them. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think I am all-knowing just because I’ve had one baby. I just feel like I have so many tips and tricks I learned along the way that I want to share. So I decided to share them here where everyone can read them! (Make sure you also check out the things I wish I had known during labor and delivery and the ways to make postpartum recovery better.)

I talk a little bit more about these and other tips in an episode of my Quirky Parenting podcast with my husband. You can listen online or you can download it from the iTunes store.

Here are 7 tips I want to tell every pregnant woman. They range from how much maternity clothes to buy to my least favorite advice that I tweaked. quirkyandthenerd.com

Surviving Dinner Podcast

One of the best things Andrew and I have done as parents is decide to make dinnertime a special time. Listen to how we survive, eat together, and even manage to have a fun dinnertime.

Other Posts about Dinnertime:

Don’t Make Food a Fight

Baby Led Weaning: Not As Scary As It Sounds

Making Dinnertime Less Stressful for Everyone

What to Do When Your Toddler is a Picky Eater

Eating Together When You Don’t Eat the Same Thing

Listen to our surviving dinnertime podcast and learn about how we survive dinnertime, eat together, and even have fun. quirkyandthenerd.com