Keiko Zoll

Keiko Zoll is a writer, designer, advocate, geek and all-around sassypants, blogging about parenting, geek chic, and living an inspired life at Good Strong Words. She's mom to Judah and wife to high school sweetheart, Larry (collectively known as Team Zoll). Keiko is also the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of The Infertility Voice. She is best known for her lullabies, Sunday morning pancakes, Instagram-ing way too many photos of food, and obsession with mason jars.Follow Keiko's adventures on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Google+.

The Power of Pretend

I have decided that 18 months is — by far — the coolest age of toddlerhood. Judah’s world has begun to take shape in whole new ways such that as a parent, I’m genuinely amazed at how quickly and creatively he’s taking it all in. Words, numbers, even letters! His little brain is practically moving at the speed of light. It is magical to behold.

But my favorite part? Watching him play pretend — and even playing pretend with him.

The One Emotion Every Mom Can Understand

There’s one emotion, that above all other emotions, that every mother on this planet can understand: guilt. Perhaps you’ve heard of it? As a first-time mom, it’s something that looms large, no matter how much I do. I could be doing more for my son, I think. The thought creeps up at times where I feel my least assured, my least confident, my most overwhelmed. I’m never enough for him, my nagging self-doubt seems to say.

But the the truth is: I am enough. And so are you.

"Is He Walking Yet?"

It’s the question we hear over and over again: “Is Judah walking yet?” The answer is, of course, no, Judah is not walking yet… but here’s why we’re not worried about it.

Why We’ve Started Toddler Timeouts

The “terrible twos” are coming and as much as I take umbrage at that particular choice of words, there’s no denying that Judah is… feistier. Tantrums are a normal part of a child’s development and at 18 months, Judah has begun to express his wants, needs, and dislikes in ever more vocal and physical ways.

Like any toddler testing boundaries, some of Judah’s displays go a bit over the top and it means that it’s time for a timeout. As much as we do them for him, I’ve found that timeouts are actually really important for me. Confused? Read on.

Our Family Holiday Travel Checklist

With Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, and Christmas all coming up soon, we’re in the thick of making our holiday travel plans. We’ve become masters of the road trip, thanks to our five hour car rides from Massachusetts to New Jersey, and now that we’ve flown twice with Judah, we know what we need when we travel by air, too.

Whether we’re just going away for an overnight or staying for a few days, here are the things we can’t leave home without.

Our Family Holiday Travel Checklist
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