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Tiny Steps Mommy is a blog about family, life and caring for children - yours and mine. Mother of four and child care provider to many more shares her comical, exhilarating, frustrating world in a heartfelt and entertaining style.

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What's the most challenging thing about being both a blogger and a mom?

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What's the funniest parenting photo or video you've seen lately? Send us a link!

Nicole Dash

This parent rap is circulating right now. It is a little awkward, but very cute and funny. "I can make you make-n-cheese blindfolded"
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Cabbage Patch Kids, the Bionic Woman, Lite-Brite...what toy from your childhood are you most nostalgic about? Please include a link if you can find one.

Nicole Dash

Cabbage Patch Kids, Strawberry Shortcake, My Little Pony, The Smurfs, and Jem were all my favorites growing up. Of course, since anything old school rocks and apparently there is little creativity left in toy making, you can buy all but Jem in the stores right now. So here is a little flash from the past with Jem and the Holograms! I don't know about you, but I was a Jem girl: "Exciting Adventure, Fashion, and Fame." Either that or I really wanted her earrings:)
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Have you seen any cute kids' rainboots or umbrellas for sale this fall? Please share a link!

Nicole Dash

My son has the Kidorable Pirate umbrella and boots. They are unique and super cute! My daughter has the Kitty Cat version. You won't find anything cuter!
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What was your favorite book as a teen?

Nicole Dash

As a teenager I loved horror books. I read Stephen King a lot and loved Anne Rice. I was an original vampire lover with her Vampire Chronicles books. My favorite was Interview With the Vampire. I think maybe this is why I couldn't get into the Twilight series:) Here is a link to her books!
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What's the craziest or funniest thing you felt driven to do while pregnant and nesting? (If there's an image that goes along with your story, please share the link with us!)

Nicole Dash

When I was pregnant with my first, I had this urge to create things. I'm not sure why, but one day I purchased a canvas and some paints. I cut out a photo of a baby from a magazine and attempted to paint the picture on my piece of canvas. The crazy thing is that I had never painted anything before that and I haven't since. My family thought I was crazy. It didn't turn out that bad considering I usually draw stick-figure people. I was sure my son would be an artist, but no such luck. He is 13 and hated to even color as a young child. I wish I still had the painting to share. I was proud of my little nesting project - even if the compulsion didn't make any sense.
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Does your child's school do lockdown drills, and if so, how does your child feel about them?

Nicole Dash

My 13-year-old attends a middle school outside of Washington, DC so lock-down drills have been a staple of his school career for a very long time. I don't think he considers it any stranger than the fire drills we all grew up with. However, about two months ago I received a text from him in the middle of the day that said the school was in lock-down and it wasn't a drill. I freaked out and jumped in my car (yes, I'm apparently one of those kind of moms) just to drive by the school and see what was happening. Luckily the school is only a two minute drive from my house and I happened to be free at that moment. It turned out to be nothing. A report of a suspicious person in the neighborhood triggered the lock down. When I got there there was only one school police officer circling the parking lot. My son texted me again about 15 minutes later to say it was over. I think the not knowing why definitely freaked him (and me) out. But, I'm glad they have those protocols in place. I also felt good about his ability to communicate with me. In those instances, breaking the "No texting in School" rule seems valuable and permissible - at least to me.
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