Author Archive | Ilyse Kaplan

socially awkward mom

I’m a Socially Awkward Mom

I’m the mom at the playground who smiles when you smile at me. I follow my toddler around, talking to her, trying to look consumed by motherhood. I push my daughter on the swing next to your toddler, smiling and laughing with her. I’m never the first one to talk because in my head, I’m […]

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we don't yell

We Don’t Yell (Often)

Growing up in my house we called it “raising our voice,” in my husband’s house they called it “yell talking,” but in our own home, we “gently redirect.” At two, it feels easy to follow this method. We take away her cup when she is dumping milk all over the table, we take away her plate when […]

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When It Gets Too Quiet

When you were born, I worried when it got too quiet. Though you slept beside me in your bassinet, sometimes in my bed, I looked over at you again and again making sure I could see your chest rise and fall. When it got too quiet, I laid awake, listening for your breath. Were you […]

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Organizing the Attack of the Never Ending Toys

Toy Storage: Organizing the Attack of the Never Ending Toys

I’ll start this post by saying we are so fortunate to have people who love our kiddo so much they want to buy her all the toys. Seriously, we know how lucky we are. We know that not all kids have this privilege and it is a privilege. When the toys started rolling in after she was […]

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