Jeannie Fleming-Gifford

Jeannie Fleming-Gifford is a mama to one little lady, freelance writer, and the director of education for a non-profit community school of the arts. Graduating with a B.A. in Music and a M.A. in Child Development, Jeannie began her career in quality child development programs as a teacher, then moved into creative administrative roles with science centers, symphony orchestras and arts programs. Owner of 170+ year old house, Jeannie loves living in small town America where walks to the park and bike rides to the coffeeshop are part of her everyday adventures. In her spare time, Jeannie enjoys yoga, dark chocolate, long walks with her two black labrador retrievers and, of course, the everyday fun parenthood brings.

Jeannie Fleming-Gifford is a mama to one little lady, freelance writer, and the director of education for a non-profit community school of the arts. Graduating with a B.A. in Music and a M.A. in Child Development, Jeannie began her career in quality child development programs as a teacher, then moved into creative administrative roles with science centers, symphony orchestras and arts programs. Owner of 170+ year old house, Jeannie loves living in small town America where walks to the park and bike rides to the coffeeshop are part of her everyday adventures. In her spare time, Jeannie enjoys yoga, dark chocolate, long walks with her two black labrador retrievers and, of course, the everyday fun parenthood brings.

Gifted in My Eyes

Thursday, August 30th, 2012 by from Baby Steps

It is my little girl's first day of kindergarten (sniff, sniff). At this moment in time, I take a step back, reflect, and feel pretty darn good about the early childhood she has had, especially the elements of her education which have prepared her for the journey of public school.

From the first moment I held her, I knew she had ...

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Two Moms

Monday, August 27th, 2012 by from Baby Steps

I was looking for a read for an airplane ride. Yes, I had high hopes of actually reading on this trip versus entertaining the munchkin on a recent cross-country flight. I was armed and ready with entertainment for the kiddo: snacks, books, stickers, coloring book, and - when all else failed - the portable DVD player. Things went amazingly ...

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There is little doubt that I am more nervous about this than my kid. At least that is the way it appears. She seems ready for her new schooling adventure. And me? I am a wreck.

Are you ready for your little one's new adventure this fall? Are they heading off to preschool or childcare for the first time?

Whether heading to ...

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We are a team. The hubby and I, that is. When it comes to parenting, I wasn't sure we'd be such a dynamic duo, but it has worked out pretty well. We don't do things perfectly. Sometimes, we don't see eye-to-eye. And sometimes, we miscommunicate. Mostly though, we have had success in this adventure called parenthood.

What about you? ...

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Rock A Bye Baby

Thursday, August 16th, 2012 by from Baby Steps

Darkness. Quiet. A new baby. It was all good, nearly magical.

That is how I remember those early days of rocking my baby to sleep each evening. I’d sit in the rocking chair, placed in the corner of her room and hold her. The chair would sway slowly back and forth. She’d nurse and then drift off to the most beautiful slumber (most of ...

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I never thought I would title a blog about child development, “Mr. Mom Is Sexy.” Just like you evolve as a parent, as a writer my ideas are constantly changing based on day to day interactions, environment, etc.

So why is the title of this blog, “Mr. Mom Is Sexy?” It is because a recent CNN article says so. I admit it. The ...

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I loved the paci, nuk, binky. My little girl loved it more. From the time she came home from the hospital, and wasn’t nursing, she was sucking away on her pacifier, or bink as we fondly referred to it. I never thought about the day we would say good-bye to it. It seemed that it would be long into the future and then I blinked and it was ...

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I have trouble remembering what my home looked like before baby. Oh yes, there was a large vase of flowers I usually kept in the middle of a coffee table in the living room. The coffee table books – you know, those ones guests are supposed to peruse for conversation sake during a visit – are somewhere in a closet these days. I also ...

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I’m usually not one for doing a book review for a blog, but every once in a while, well, one comes along that is too good to pass up. No, I’m not talking about “50 Shades of Grey,” (though I’d be curious if you’ve read it), I’m talking about a parenting book of course – Raising Happiness.

The simplicity of the title and ...

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Give A Push

Monday, July 30th, 2012 by from Baby Steps

Watching parents and their kiddos is mesmerizing. Some, I feel so "on the same page" with. I watch their joy at this outing, share their feelings of apprehension as their child gets on a ride for the first time, and I smile along with them with their child squeals with joy.

Then, there are those "other" parents. For a multitude of ...

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