My very first blog started out on Blogger and Live Journal. Before that, I tinkered with a Geocities personal website. I wrote semi-freely and semi-discreetly—about my life, those around me and all that I did.

6 Topics I Don't Blog About

Those sites have long been gone. In its stead is this one—a parenting blog. With its more narrowed focus, I don’t blog about as many topics as I used to. Much of that has to do with its theme. You wouldn’t find me writing long posts about fashion or crafts with kids even though both interest me. I stick to parenting topics.

Still, some topics seem like a good tie-in with parenting, or seem unavoidable when talking about my life, that I continue to withhold from the public eye.

Inspired by Nina Badzin’s post “Topics I Avoid in My Writing,” I bring you 6 topics I don’t blog about:

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I was at a loss. My one-year-old had taken to hitting others, namely his twin brother and even his older four-year-old brother. And he would bat at them for just about any reason. Whereas the other two kids would complain, cry or find another solution, he would take to hitting them, sometimes even me and my husband. I needed to find a way to stop him.

5 Strategies to Stop Your Baby from Hitting Others

Already I was thinking of future play dates or social settings where he’d sit next to other innocent kids, only to smack them in the face for any little thing. I’d be that mom who would apologize for her son’s actions while attempting a desperate act to discipline, wag my finger and say, “No, no no!”

Nothing seemed to work. The more discipline I doled out—sitting him in a corner for “time out,” being stern, giving attention to the victim and not him—the more he seemed to lash out.

I needed some answers, and thank goodness I found them. But first, I also learned a few tips about why my son was hitting:

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Fellow blogger Stephanie Fisher invited me to answer a few questions on how we manage to fit our three boys in one bedroom:

Today I’m interviewing Nina from Sleeping Should Be Easy about her creative living space.

Hi Nina! Tell us a little bit about yourself and how you ended up needing a creative living space.

I’m Nina, a mom to three boys: a four-year-old and one-year-old twins. My husband and I live in a two-bedroom apartment with our boys sleeping in the kids room. We had planned for two kids, with both of them sharing the room. So when we found out we were having twins, we weren’t sure if the arrangement would work. Thankfully, it does!

Their bedroom consists of one twin bed (for my four-year-old) and two cribs (for the twins). We also have a changing table, a low shelf for books and toys, and two closets. They have one container for stuffed animals and another one for random knickknack toys.

Did you start all three kids off in one room after the twins were born?

Read the rest at Stephanie’s blog>>

I’ll close comments here so we can keep the discussion in one place at her blog. See you there! ~Nina

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In a few days, my four-year-old will be headed to transitional kindergarten. He’ll face new friends, new teachers, a new schedule and a new campus. It’s a bit daunting—for both parent and kid.

15 Practical Ways to Prepare Your Child for Kindergarten

Thankfully we can do a lot to transition our kids into kindergarten. From changing our daily habits to preparing them for what to expect, we can show that kindergarten can be an exciting and seamless transition. My kiddo has already experienced a school setting with preschool, but these tips apply to both those who’ve been in preschool and those who haven’t.

Take a look:

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“And this here is our computer area,” the preschool director showed her tour group. “Here’s where they learn how to use the computer, using learning apps and games.” Four computers lined the wall with kids toying with mice and teachers guiding them through their letters and numbers. From the director’s tone of voice, I assumed I was supposed to be impressed, except… I wasn’t.

Why Technology Isn't Necessary for Your Kids (Even In This Modern World)

You see, I think computer use has no purpose in a preschool. I don’t even think it’s necessary in any classroom, not until you get into middle school at the earliest.

That’s right—no computers until you’re 10 years old.

Seems preposterous in these modern times, more so coming from someone who sits in front of a computer all day for her living (and then more hours in the evening on her blog).

What’s the deal, then? When every kid, from infancy through elementary school, seems to have already grabbed hold of his parents’ smart phone and iPad, why do I keep these gadgets far away from my own?

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