Janssen Bradshaw

Janssen lives in North Carolina with her husband and their two little girls. A former librarian, she is an obsessive reader, especially of picture books, young adult novels, and adult non-fiction. She also loves food in any form, whether it’s trying a new restaurant or making dinner at home with her little sidekicks. Her lifestyle blog, Everyday Reading, features daily style, book recommendations, and her family's favorite recipes. You can also find Janssen on Twitter, Instagram and Google+.

Tips for Spending Alone Time with Your Second Child

My oldest child got a ton of one-on-one time with me. She was my only child, I was a stay-at-home mom, and her life was basically one long session of time with me.

And then my second child was born, and suddenly there was a lot of competition for my attention. Because my younger daughter napped more, I still had a lot of time with just my older child, but squeezing in time with just my second child has proved to be tricky.

I’m getting a little better at it as she gets older, though. Here are a few ways I’ve figured out how to make it work:

One-on-one time with a second child

One-on-one time with a second child

5 Ways Two Kids Are Easier Than One

In some ways, adding a second child to the family is a big adjustment. Now you’re juggling two personalities and the needs of two tiny children. And you have to learn all about what your new baby is like, and help your older child navigate a new place in the family. It’s not for wimps!

But every now and then, I look at my two little girls and think, “This is actually easier than having one baby was!”

Two Kids

Two Kids

Early Schooling Activities to Do with Little Ones

Whether you have an infant or a toddler, you don’t have to leave them out of the back-to-school fun!

Little ones love to feel a part of things and giving them a few activities to do while the older kids pack up their backpacks or do their homework in the afternoon keeps everyone happy.

Back to School Baby

Here are five of my very favorite low-stress school-like activities to do with little ones:

Back to School Baby

When Grandma Comes

My mom came to visit over the weekend and there is nothing quite like seeing your parents be grandparents to your children.



Four Years a Mother

Last week, my first baby turned four.

I can hardly believe that the tiny baby I brought home from the hospital now carries on complete conversations, dresses herself every morning, and has hair past her shoulders.

But while she’s not even recognizable as that tiny baby anymore, a few things haven’t changed in the four years I’ve been a mother.

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