Before my daughter was born, I never deceived myself into thinking that I would be a perfect model of a parent. I figured the television would babysit on occasion and fast food would be a quick solution to a...
At the end of every year, I strive to reflect on what went well and what I’d like to improve going forward. Last year, I was reflecting on my year-long dates with my husband (read the recap and ideas...

Top 20 Guides of 2019!

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If there is one place you can go and be guaranteed to find information relevant to being a parent in Iowa City, it's Iowa City Moms! We publish dozens of guides each year–written BY local moms and FOR local...
A few years ago, I decided to gather all of the delightful gems my friends' kids have said into a blog post, because, you know, kids are hilarious. Well, nothing has changed since that original post. Our kids are...
When my oldest was discharged from the hospital at the same time as me, I took it as a given. I was mainly worried that because I’d gone into labor the slightest bit early, I hadn’t yet curated the...
It was a beautiful summer day and my son had an evening playdate planned with some friends from school.  When trying to figure out how we were going to get everything in and everyone fed, an idea crossed my...
Whether you are looking for advice on the best methods for potty training or just want someone to commiserate and tell you that, yes, potty training is hard, but your kid will undoubtedly know how to use the toilet...
Before kids, diaper changes scared me the most about parenthood. (We can all pause and laugh at a younger me!) I had a weak stomach and dry-heaved when changing litter…how was I going to deal with lots of diapers? Over...
Darling Girl, I can't believe your time as a preschooler has come to pass. Everyone told me it would go quickly, and of course they were right. I didn't want to believe them. I mean, three years is a long...
I hear this almost daily.  From strangers, coworkers, family.  Shopping, at a funeral, on walks with my kids.  They are 3-and-a-half and 1-and-a-half.  I do have my hands full.  My kids are rambunctious, daring, emotional, curious.  My daughter has no...

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MLK Learning and Service Opportunities in the Iowa City Area

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We may not be able to come together as a community for an in-person day of service and learning this year, but there are...