Welcome! I’m so glad you’re here. My name is Amy, and I’m a mom to six crazy and wonderful kids–four mostly grown boys and two little girls.
Parenting little ones is exhausting! With constant demands on your time and energy, you rarely have a moment to catch your breath.
By the time the kids are asleep and you are ready for tomorrow, you’re exhausted. You feel bad because you yelled at them after telling them three times to come to the table for supper. You yelled again when they dumped out a whole box of toys after you asked them to start picking up.
There’s a better way, you know that. But you’re too worn out and just don’t have time or energy to figure out what it is. You need someone to reach in, give you some quick tips, and tell you how the heck to get through the next day without yelling and without feeling exhausted when you drop into bed.
I’ve been where you are. Many times, in fact. As mentioned earlier, my husband, Jay, and I have six children. The four boys are ages 24, 20, 20 (twins!), and 18, and the two girls are 5 and 6 years old. I also have experience as a foster mom, nanny, piano teacher, tutor, and elementary school teacher.
Wondering why the crazy age gap between our boys and our girls? The girls joined our family as foster children when they were three months and 16 months old. That’s when the daily flashbacks began: The overwhelm. The sheer exhaustion. The everyday challenges of the toddler parent life. But that’s not all. I also had flashbacks to the sweet innocence of toddlers, the love they have for their mama, and their excitement over the smallest things.
The toddler years are very trying but also very rewarding. I am here to encourage all parents of toddlers as they guide their little ones through their days—the days of wanting to throw in the towel as well as the days of never wanting this time to end.
My goal is to help you discover little things you can do to help make a big difference in your home. Things like teaching your little ones not to interrupt, nurturing your marriage after kids, and simple ways to get your little one to listen.
And for some actionable ideas you can use right now, click here to request my free printable chart of Ten Simple Ways to Get Your Toddler to Listen.
You can also find us on our Facebook page, Starting Parenting Over or our Parenting Littles Book Club. (And if you don’t have time to read a book, that’s okay! You can come to find encouragement anyway.) And if you’re a Pinterest lover, check out the boards I’ve created for you, such as Potty Training, Toddler Birthday Parties, Activities for Toddlers, and more!
I’d love to hear what your biggest struggles are and what kinds of things you’d like me to address. Please drop me a note and let me know how I can encourage you today!