Author: Liz Hansen

Toddlers Have Super Powers

My son started walking about three months ago. It took less than three days to realize we had entered a whole new world. A world where he could now access the dog at will and climb up the kitchen island when something shiny caught his attention. Like knives. This kid hasn’t even hit 20 pounds yet, but he has no trouble keeping me and my husband’s combined 300 pounds on the move every waking hour. It really isn’t human. In fact, it’s superhuman. Science backs me up on this. To start with, my son’s hearing is better than mine....

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The Truth About Parenting Preschoolers

Before we had children, a friend once told us that, “Kids simultaneously ruin your life and make it awesome.” Now, as the parents of a one-year-old and a three-year-old, we ruefully refer to this comment on a regular basis. It’s the truth of our story right now. We love our kids. We love our life. And we are exhausted. “Kids simultaneously ruin your life and make it awesome.” Click To Tweet Every day, every hour, every minute, the highs are high and the lows bottom out. One second, they are wrestling, bear hugging and giggling. Then we attempt lunch...

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The Wonder of Christmas – Setting the Stage for Preschoolers

“I want the other one!” my two-year declared as I took his usual favorite, Little Blue Truck, off the bookshelf. “I want the one in the attic!” I knew exactly what he was referring to: Little Blue Truck’s Christmas. We’d loaded it upstairs with all the tubs of Christmas lights and ornaments. The book features a beautiful snow-covered landscape where Little Blue Truck delivers fresh-cut Christmas trees to his friends before coming home in the frosty dusk to his own Christmas tree with real blinking lights. It’s beautifully done, and even to my adult eyes, the book evokes a...

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I’ll Show You Honor

For most of us, the concept of honor is inextricably linked with flags and Fourth of July, military salutes and Veteran’s Day. After all, the men and women who put their lives on the line for the sake of our freedom are definitely deserving of recognition for the brave work they do. But at its heart, honor merits a daily, rather than seasonal, role in our lives and families. One simple way to define honor is this: Letting someone know you see how valuable they really are. Honor: Letting someone know you see how valuable they really are. Click...

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Comparison Is the Thief of Contentment

“Gracie gets super excited when her big brother comes into the room and calls out ‘bubba!’ Plus she says ‘doggy’ and ‘book’ and ‘ball’ and ‘milk.’ She’s just so bright and never stops chattering!” My Facebook friend was enthusing about her 9-month-old. My 15-month-old son was currently stuck on “dada” for everything. Even “mama,” which had shown up for awhile, had dropped out of the rotation. I gritted my teeth and scrolled down past another friend’s professional family photo shoot in a sunset meadow. We may have a gazillion photos of my son—but only a scant few iPhone snapshots...

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