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.

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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Toddlers are self-centered, loving, opinionated, and silly little beings. One minute they are laughing and playing. The next minute they are falling on the floor and kicking, because you helped them put their shirt on (the nerve!).

Let's face it, toddlers aren't the most patient people. It's hard to be patient with my toddler when I'm ...

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When I became pregnant with my first child six years ago, one of the first things I purchased was a baby book. I couldn't wait to fill each and every page of that book in hopes to never forget all the big and even small milestones of my child's life. That baby book sits on ...

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A huge rite of passage as a parent is teaching your child how to ride a bike. I always envisioned that the process of teaching my son Xander to ride a bike would be relatively easily. The first bike my husband and I purchased for his third birthday was a red L.L. Bean tricycle with a shiny red bell and streamers on the handle bars. When we gave ...

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Nothing says a family tree like adorable homemade ornaments that your children create. I love unpacking our Christmas decorations to find ornaments I have made with my kids. I know these are the decorations I will treasure for many, many years to come. ...

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My two least favorite household chores are laundry and grocery shopping. Since I despise grocery shopping, I typically put off going until Sunday afternoon. By this time, I'm tired, my kids are cranky, and I have no desire to cook dinner. More often than not, I pick up a rotisserie chicken from the store and serve it for dinner. When we get ...

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