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The Heart of a Parent

by Joe Lawrence January 10th, 2011| Infants/Toddlers
There is no bond stronger than that of a parent and child. When parents whom don't even know each other are in the same room, they light up when they hear about another child. We share a common understanding. Parents are able to appreciate the picture of a little

What Really Matters…

by Joe Lawrence December 27th, 2010| Infants/Toddlers
When it comes to parenting, it is really easy to become consumed in the things that don't really matter at all. We focus on some little detail we heard about online or from another parent and spend our time trying to avoid this situation. Even when it comes to

Little Gym, Little Gym, Let Me In

by Joe Lawrence December 13th, 2010| Infants/Toddlers
A few weeks back we took our daughter to a free trial lesson at the Little Gym right here in Charleston, SC. I was a skeptic from the onset, but later converted into a fan. Here is a quick rundown.

For starters, the staff was very friendly and professional. We

Parents Are People Too

by Joe Lawrence December 1st, 2010| Infants/Toddlers
Being a father is the greatest challenge of my life and the greatest pleasure. I have always been told this about parenting. I never quite understood, though.

As I look back on the Joe of the old days, I reflect on how I thought parenting would be like having a

Quality Time Is Becoming Endangered

by Joe Lawrence November 15th, 2010| Infants/Toddlers
As I walked out the door for work, my daughter was waving to me. The last thing I wanted to do was climb into the car for a 14-hour shift. Then on the radio, "Cats in the Cradle" was playing, "When you coming home, dad?" "I don't know when,

Walking really does change everything

by Joe Lawrence November 3rd, 2010| Infants/Toddlers
"How did she get into the kitchen, she was just in the living room?" This is a question I ponder a few times every day. The answer is always the same: walking changes everything.

When she was crawling everywhere and pulling herself up using the counters and furniture, I was

MacGyver Would Have Been a Great Dad

by Joe Lawrence October 18th, 2010| Helpful Hints, Infants/Toddlers
Give him a stick of chewing gum and a coke bottle and he will create a speed boat. That is the power of improvising and creativity learned from the classic TV show, MacGyver. It turns out, parenting is like an episode of MacGyver.

My baby just turned one the other

Travel with an Infant

by Joe Lawrence October 4th, 2010| Infants/Toddlers
When my wife and I decided to celebrate my daughter's first birthday in Ohio with the family, I was stoked to share this day with those closest to us. Then I started thinking about logistics: a twelve-hour drive with our little monkey girl who can't be contained was looking

Who Has All the Answers?

by Joe Lawrence September 22nd, 2010| Infants/Toddlers
Eleven months ago I witnessed the birth of my daughter. She started off as a blob that just laid there and pooped a lot. Then she would roll over after many minutes of effort. A smile and a slight giggle or crying was about the extent of our feedback.

It is easy ‘being green’

by Joe Lawrence September 6th, 2010| Infants/Toddlers
I love watching my daughter crawl all over the place. She has such a presence, even at the tender age of 10 months. It is scary to think of all the chemicals and toxins she may pick up while exploring our home, so we are trying to be as

Having an Infant in the House will Solve Everything

by Joe Lawrence August 4th, 2010| Infants/Toddlers
I came across an article the other day where someone stated having a baby might fix his relationship. After wiping the tears from my laughter, I wanted to reach through the monitor and slap him. He believed the problems with his wife would be solved by adding a baby.

High Hopes and Misconceptions

by Joe Lawrence July 19th, 2010| Infants/Toddlers
"Our daughter will never take a pacifier!" "There is NO way she will sleep in the same bed as us." "I don't care, I will just let him cry himself to sleep." These are all phrases that I have said or have heard a close friend of mine say.