Mindi Stavish

Mindi is a working mom with three boys ages 4, 2, and an infant (born June 2013). She spent her first 8 years of her career in Speech-Language Pathology at a Children's Hospital. She currently works with adults and children in home health. The real fun for her happens when she is at home with her boys, chasing them around and pretending to be a super hero. She blogs about life as a working mom at Simply Stavish. Her weekly feature, Words in the Sand, teaches parents how to grow their child's speech, language and feeding development through everyday moments.

Mindi is a working mom with three boys ages 4, 2, and an infant (born June 2013). She spent her first 8 years of her career in Speech-Language Pathology at a Children's Hospital. She currently works with adults and children in home health. The real fun for her happens when she is at home with her boys, chasing them around and pretending to be a super hero. She blogs about life as a working mom at Simply Stavish. Her weekly feature, Words in the Sand, teaches parents how to grow their child's speech, language and feeding development through everyday moments.

With the fall upon us, daylight slips away from us even earlier. As much as I enjoy the fall season, I despise the time change. The extra hour of morning light does not help make me feel less annoyed when I drive home from work in the dark. A recent survey showed that on average it takes a person 3.5 days to adjust to the time change. No matter ...

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With fall in full swing, I love slow-cooker meals that allow me to enjoy extra time with my family. What I love the most about using a slow cooker is that I don't have to worry about what to make for dinner when I get home from work. I also love that my preschooler and kindergartner can help me prepare the meal the night before. They love dumping ...

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2014 marked the 45th anniversary of the book The Very Hungry Caterpillar, one of the most popular children's books of all time. The book has sold over 30 million copies in 55 languages. It's still one of my favorite books, and I love reading it to my children. When my first born son turned 3, I based his birthday party around the book. I had a ...

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Confession: I hate coffee. No, that is not a typo. When I tell people this fact about me, they look at me as if I have three heads. They typically respond with, “You have three kids under the age of five, and you don't drink coffee? Poor woman!”. It’s not that I haven’t tried to love java. I have tried all the various flavors, sweeteners, ...

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My firstborn son was a very late teether. His first tooth did not erupt until he was close to 10 months old. Unfortunately, his sleep was disrupted from chronic ear infections, but at least I didn't have to worry about his chompers hurting me while he nursed. When his teeth finally started to come in, we were close to the end of our breastfeeding ...

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Do you have a difficult time understanding what your child says?

Does your preschooler's speech sound robotic and lack pitch variation?

When your child repeats a word, does he or she pronounce the word differently each time?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, your child may have a motor speech disorder ...

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When my youngest son was 20 months old he was a little climber. I couldn't take my eyes off him for a minute without finding him on top of some surface. One day, I found him trying to climb up onto our kitchen counter with the assistance of a chair and a stack of books. My other two boys didn't go through the climbing stage, so this was all new ...

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Reading to your child is such a great bonding activity and a wonderful way to connect after a busy day. In our house, we start reading to our children as newborns. Newborn babies love to feel the warmth of your body and hear the cadence of your voice as you read to them. At 3 months old, an infant begins to notice colors and shapes and starts to ...

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Breastfeeding is typically portrayed in the public in one of two ways: snuggly and cuddly moments that appear easy or discreet moments that should not be displayed in public. There are so many misconceptions about breastfeeding to sort through that it's enough to make an expectant mom a bit crazy. Here are what some of my friends had to say ...

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Much like any other parent, I really struggle with coming up with activities to keep my kids busy during the winter months. We live in Maryland where snow removal is a bit of a joke, and I grew up in New England where school was rarely canceled due to snow. Here in Maryland, the districts cancel school even when there are just a few inches of ...

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