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Jennifer Latch
Jennifer Latch is a multi-media artist raising her three girls with her husband and dog in San Francisco, CA. She blogs at Our Urban Playground about her efforts to make the everyday parts of life fun, her relationship with the San Francisco community and at times her own struggles with life and happiness. You can connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

Entries by Jennifer Latch

A Different Kind of Power Nap

(0) Comments | Posted October 21, 2014 | 12:16 PM

My friend posted this picture on Facebook and I am totally jealous of it.


Ten minutes. That's about the total amount I remember my two older girls (who were two and a half years apart) sleeping during nap time at the same time....

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How Do You Do It All?

(1) Comments | Posted September 29, 2014 | 12:08 PM

I am often asked, "How do you do it all?" I never know how to answer that question and it usually occurs when someone notices my kid throwing a tantrum in public, so I wonder if they really mean it.

Honestly, I don't do it all, and even when I...

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It's Not Just About Breastfeeding

(0) Comments | Posted August 28, 2014 | 8:34 PM

In 1954, my grandmother left the hospital with zero education about breastfeeding. Of course she knew of the activity mothers were supposed to do, but within a day, not knowing what colostrum was, she decided she didn't have any milk, so she fed my mother formula and then started her...

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Giving My Baby to Someone Else to Love

(7) Comments | Posted August 11, 2014 | 12:51 PM

I have three daughters, ages 9, 7 and 2.

I recently put my toddler, Phoebe, into day care. The emotions connected with this were mixed.

When my eldest daughter was around 2, I was working 50-60 hour work weeks. I can hardly remember what she was like back then. This...

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20 señales de que vives con un niño pequeño

(0) Comments | Posted August 9, 2014 | 5:03 AM

"El alma se cura al estar con niños". Fiódor Dostoyevski, El Idiota.

Bueno... es verdad que mis hijos han sido como un bálsamo para mí, pero creo que estas palabras no incluyen a los niños de hasta tres años.

Las 20 señales de que vives...

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20 Signs You Live With a Toddler

(25) Comments | Posted July 29, 2014 | 10:48 AM

"The soul is healed by being with children." -Fyodor Dostoevsky, The Idiot

Well... true, I have had profound healing from being with my kids, but I don't think those words were written with the toddler years in mind.

The 20 Signs You Live With a Toddler:

1. You've learned that when a toddler says "No" it means, "No and stop, and right now, and give it to me, and it's mine, and I'll do it anyway."

2. You've also learned that when you say "No" it means, "Yes, keep asking or do it anyway."

3. Your car, oh your poor car.

4. You find makeup between couch cushions nicely combined with ground-up crackers.

5. You start talking in the third person with no pronouns ever. "Sally wants a snack? Mommy will get Sally a snack. Sally, sit right there while Mommy gets Sally a snack."

6. You start talking to your husband in the same way. "Daddy wants to watch Breaking Bad? OK, let Mommy finish what Mommy is doing so Mommy can watch Breaking Bad with Daddy."

7. You have half-eaten snacks on the bottom of your bag.

8. Every piece of fruit in the house has a small bite out of it.

9. You know every lyric to every Disney song since the '50s.

10. You always have at least one particle of food somewhere on you.

11. Silence is a warning that it's about to get real.

12. It feels like a special occasion when you get to go to the bathroom by yourself.

13. Grocery shopping alone can only be compared to a spa day.

14. You yell "Doggy!" every time you see one, even when you are alone.

15. You have learned to interpret a foreign language. "Wan ha ah pizzle bop bop" easily translates to, "Mother, I would like a pretzel while I sit down to enjoy my favorite show."

16. There are hand marks and sticky spots covering the bottom two feet of every wall.

17. You've broken three toes on the baby gate.

18. You immediately start to childproof any house you walk into besides your own.

19. Your iPhone has run out of space because of all the kid apps and toddler selfies.

20. You've discovered negotiating with a toddler about going to bed is harder than anything you have ever done. Ever.


What did I miss?

I would love to hear how having a toddler has changed your life, home, body and mind in both the good and bad ways. You can chime in with your own toddler stories using the hashtag #thetoddlerhouse on social networks.

Here are the links to connect with me on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. This post originally appeared on Our Urban Playground.

Photo of Jennifer Latch by Marcy Maloy

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30 Anzeichen, dass Ihr Kind ein Hipster wird

(0) Comments | Posted July 26, 2014 | 9:19 AM


1. Es trägt seine Sonnenbrille in geschlossenen Räumen.

2. Sie erwischen es dabei, wie es Samstagvormittags "Inspector Gadget"-Folgen auf VHS guckt.

3. Es trinkt selbst gemachte Limonade von kleinen Herstellern aus der Umgebung.

4. Die Herkunft...

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30 Signs Your Kid Is Turning Into a Hipster

(60) Comments | Posted July 24, 2014 | 2:56 PM


1. They start wearing sunglasses inside.

2. On Saturday mornings you find them watching Inspector Gadget episodes on VHS.

3. They seek out local hand-crafted artisan root beer.

4. The origin of the cacao bean in their chocolate bar is of the utmost...

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