Things We Loved: March

It’s been a moment since we’ve done one of these. March is always a tricky time for us. For Mary, it’s planning and prepping for two family birthdays. For me, it’s work travel and ramping up activities now that the Georgia weather isn’t miserable. It wouldn’t be wrong to say that we are very much looking forward to a little Spring Break.

Here are some things that we are loving this month.

Continue reading

Child(ish) Reads: The Most Important Year

It’s kinda serendipitous that I picked this book this month. The Georgia PreK Lottery opens today!

In Fulton County, Georgia, incoming 4-year-olds looking for free, public PreK enter a lottery on March 1st. You apply for the public elementary school that you are zoned in, and each school has a limited number of PreK slots. If you don’t get selected, you can be waitlisted for other schools if space allows.

I have absolutely no frame of reference for the odds of getting selected. When we moved last year, I was satisfied with the elementary school we were zoned for, looking at the GreatSchools scores and stats. From reading The Family Firm, Troy and I were able to weigh our options for how we were going to tackle this very big school year. But still, some of our decisions would be null and void depending the outcome of a lottery that is in no way in our control.

Continue reading

Coffee Chat: Encanto

Image: Disney

Encanto was released on Disney+ on December 24th.
My girls watched it for the first time in mid-January.
By February, it had reached Threat Level Frozen.

They request the soundtrack every day in the car, and ask to watch it as soon as they get back from school. And according to Instagram, my house isn’t the only one deep in the Encanto phase.

Since all the songs were written by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Troy may or may not be in deep as well. So, we’re leaning into it.

Continue reading

Things We Loved: Rhea Lana

Last week, Child(ish) Advice was chosen to be a social media Mombassador for our local Rhea Lana consignment sale. Mary and I look forward to this every season and for the last sale, we even shared some of our consignment tips with you on Instagram.

So since this week’s sale is a very special one for us, we’re doing a whole Things We Love post on why we love consignment shopping with RL.

Continue reading

Child(ish) Reads: The Family Firm

Dr. Emily Oster is one of my favorite parenting authors. Her previous books (Expecting Better and Crib Sheet) come from a very informed, data-driven, evidence-based background. These have definitely made my parenting life easier when I’m navigating all of the different issues, controversial topics, and pitfalls of raising kids from pregnancy through the infant stage. Her latest book, The Family Firm, takes a look at the Early School stage and to say that she has a very different approach is a mouthful.

Continue reading