Ages & Stages

Keeping up with our kiddos during each stage of childhood.

I’ll admit that I absolutely fit into the “soccer mom” demographic. I’m a stay-at-home mom, drive an SUV, and always have orange slices or a snack in my purse. However, there is one major difference between me and the...
If your child is anything like mine, she ALWAYS wants your smartphone! In our house we are constantly on FaceTime as all of our family lives out of state. So our daughter thinks the phone is awesome. Nevermind the...
Entertaining teens and tweens can be quite the undertaking. But there's so much to do in the Albuquerque area. You're sure to find the perfect thing to do with any teen or tween you know. And if you're lucky,...
I don't take it for granted that we got very, very lucky. The night after our son David was born, he slept six hours in one stretch. In fact, the nurse had to come in and wake me up...
As the mother of an active and mischievous toddler, the majority of my days are spent taking care of him, feeding him, teaching him, and cleaning up his messes. I try to keep my house somewhat tidy, but if...
Time outs stopped working for us. Phases. Nothing pleasant comes to mind when I think of that word. Of course, I’m sure there are some lovely ones. I can almost remember them…I think. But mostly, when I say, “He’s going...
As our children get older, the challenges of parenting shift from lack of sleep and potty training to friend feuds and struggles in school. There are thousands of online resources filled with tips and tricks for the baby and...
I recently read this article and found it very encouraging, because the author’s experience potty training her son(s) is very similar to my own.  To all the moms who are in the midst of this particular battle, keep going....
Once upon a time we were children—let your mind be playful! As the fourth of eight children, I grew up in a family where play was plentiful. From coaxing my baby siblings to smile to organized sandlot baseball games, daily play with...
Living in New Mexico, we are so fortunate to be exposed to many different cultures. I always feel so fortunate to be exposed to so many different people, languages, and foods. My grandparents were native Spanish speakers, and I...
Autism reminds me of a rainbow. No two colors are the exact same shade. It would be difficult to find a person on the planet who doesn't find beauty in a rainbow. No two people who have autism or...
Look at this picture. You've seen hundreds like it on social media. Adorable, right? Cute baby playing with her dog, the dog lying down nicely as she approaches . . . Actually, this photo is far from innocent and safe. This...
My favorite holiday just passed (May the Fourth), so I started looking around to find my next favorite holiday. Did you even know there was a holiday dedicated to cleaning up your room? According to several places on the...
Hey momma, have you heard? The CDC changed the guidelines for developmental milestones. Here's what that means in a nutshell. Last month the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) published revised developmental...

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30 Spring Break Activities in the Albuquerque Area

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For those of us in APS or RRPS, Spring Break is upon us. If you're staying in town, we've come up with a list...