6 Tips to Help You—and Your Family—Sleep Better During the Pandemic

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If your family’s sleep habits have been out of whack since the COVID-19 pandemic began, you’re not alone. Per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the stress brought on by an infectious disease outbreak can lead to changes in sleep patterns, difficulty sleeping, and worsening of mental health conditions.

As a single mom, I can tell you first-hand that getting a good night’s sleep has been a real challenge for me these last seven months. There were many times I’d wake up in the middle of the night with worry and then struggle to get back to sleep. (Thankfully, my daughter’s sleep has remained mostly stable, with a few nights here and there of tossing and turning due to anxiety.)

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Peaceful Slumber,

Laura

5 Thoughts Every Mom Has at Kindergarten Orientation

I just went to the first half of my daughter’s kindergarten orientation. As I walked into the school, it felt so huge compared to her preschool. I couldn’t believe that after three years of being in preschool day in and day out for most of the time, very long days, she would now call another place “home.”

That saying that “babies don’t keep” is so true. It seemed like just yesterday she was refusing to nap without her mama, curled up on my chest, asleep at the breast. And now there she is, running down the elementary school hallways in which she will meet “the big scary world for the first time.”

As we register those children for kindergarten, there are a few thoughts every mom has before we put our little one on the bus for that very first time.

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It’s the Next Step,

Laura

Enough With the ‘Is My Child a Genius/Gifted?’ Nonsense

I find it highly problematic that weekly in my online reading and Internet surfing as a parent, I get bombarded with articles titled, “How To Tell If Your Child Is A Genius,” and “Is Your Child Gifted?” We have become obsessed as a nation and as a generation of parents with revealing our utterly amazing children and endowing them with superior intelligence, as well as pressuring them to go above and beyond in the ways in which we as parents define as success.

Read: Enough With the ‘Is My Child a Genius/Gifted?’ Nonsense

I Didn’t Eat The Paste,

Laura