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Ashlen "the Kidspert" Sheaffer

Parents: Before You Get Too Lost, Remember These Things

I think too many parents focus too much on education. Yes, I think education is extremely important. But every child first needs some basic things in order to thrive educationally.

I am not a cookie cutter person.

My kids are not cookie cutter kids. READ MORE

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    Facing The Tough Questions

    In my fifteen years of being a mom, I’ve had my share of tough questions.

    The ones that induce the reddest blushes have to do with sex.

    What is sex? Do you and daddy have sex? When do you ever find the time to have sex? These are the tip of the iceberg in a long line of questions from my three kids that I’ve fielded over the years. Usually while we are all at the dinner table and my mouth is full of tea or pasta. READ MORE

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    She walked pretty early, she talked very early, and she rolled over early.  The only thing she didn’t do early was potty train, and that was mostly because I was unmotivated and not averse to changing poop diapers.  Anything she does pretty much makes her brother look like an uncoordinated, giggling potato, because she is an advanced know-it-all, and he is, well, kind of a potato. READ MORE

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    Ashlen "the Kidspert" Sheaffer

    You Want Me To Do WHAT To My Kid’s Food?

    After a routine 15 month check up for our youngest, we were told she needed to gain weight before her 18 month check up. She’s always been small: small boned, shorter than my other children, skinny, light eater, and has never gained a ton of weight. I have never been concerned because she’s always been right on track or ahead developmentally. She spends her days with her two older brothers and older daycare children and is doing things beyond what a lot of other one year olds can do.

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