Idk why I wanted to virtually yell that to everyone but it felt right so there you go. 🙂

Happy Monday! Here is my weekly round-up of articles that focus on different aspects of parenting; a little bit of this and a little bit of that but it’s all good and I hope you find something that interests you.

According to this article, parents get the least sleep when their kids reach these ages…..what? My kids are 5 and 6 and I’ve been sleep deprived for about 5-6 years. lol. I didn’t even know there would be changes in this area of my life until they went off to college but the article made a lot of sense. It also breaks the stats down by mother and father. It’s a good read.

Here is a good article on stranger safety tips to incorporate into conversations with your young children which I found really helpful. Milly is blossoming into a very social spirit which is great but also increasing my anxiety levels because she is very confident in talking with adults. I don’t want to scare her but hadn’t really figured out the right words to say so I had just resorted to redirecting her attention away from the adult (usually a parent of a kid she just made friends with) but I knew I would need to get more direct with her on the subject and this article helped.

There have been some very brief talks about planning a trip to Disney World so, as a mom like me does, I started researching different ways to stay safe and connected with my kids in unfamiliar and busy areas. I found a list of some really great GPS/phone watches that are designed to track your kids down if (God forbid!) you get separated. Some of the watches also allow you to program 2-4 numbers into the device and have an easy touch screen for small fingers.

This article on emotional regulation is lengthy and, if I’m honest, I haven’t finished it but I’ve learned a lot about the science behind emotional intelligence and its regulation.

I was first introduced and fell in love with Kristen Davis in her role as Charlotte in Sex and the City. She was recently on the Red Table Top, talking about her process through adoption and how adopting trans-racially has changed her life. I cried. I also learned a lot. Give it a look-see.

Until next time,

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