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The Secret to Joy, by My Toddler

3 Things by Lauren Warner, Editor of

3 Things by Lauren Warner, Editor of

*This is the Monday morning “from the editor” post. In addition to your daily Truth, Tip & Find, I also introduce our fabulous guests for the week — and make sure nobody goes thirsty. More coffee, anyone?


The Secret to Joy from my 4-year-old:

Eat only when you’re hungry.

Choose the box over the toy.

Say hi to strangers. Especially when they look grumpy.

Be proud of your gut.

Ask “Why” a lot. Don’t settle til’ you’re satisfied.

When in doubt, make a poop joke.

Negotiate your destiny.

Sleep when you’re grumpy.

Despise injustice.

Have a point of view.

Be easily bribed by sugar.

Drink from cups that make you feel fancy.

Be in awe of your body.

Wear your pajamas to the grocery store. Paired with a birthday hat.

Play the role of the good guy.

Greet friends with gusto when they come to the door.

Tell people you need them.

Don’t be afraid to say no.

Or to say yes.

Seek out people who make you laugh.

Pray in song.

Sing in church.

Dance in undies.

Moo at cows.

Believe you can do it yourself.

Believe you’re adorable.



Use old diaper wipe containers to store crayons or other knick-knacks.


Pop the small plastic lid open (or off) and the soft opening is easy for little hands to drop things in — and pull things out.


Looking for a fun dessert for the 4th of July?

This flag cake from Ina Garten is yummy and pretty.


I want to eat one of those raspberries. Think anyone would notice?

In the house

So excited about this week:

Tomorrow, we have parenting expert, Amy McCready, founder of Positive Parenting Solutions, Inc — and author of If I Have to Tell You One More Time…: The Revolutionary Program That Gets Your Kids To Listen Without Nagging, Reminding, or Yelling.

Wednesday, it’s Deborah Roberts — ABC News Correspondent for the ABC newsmagazine “20/20.” (You may also know her hubby, NBC weatherman Al Roker!)

Thursday, we have Lindsey Gladstone, Content Director at the ever-so-popular DailyCandy.

And Friday, it’s Simcha Fischer, mother of nine, freelance writer and blogger at I Have to Sit Down on

Have a joyful week, mamas!


Contributor: Lauren, Founder and Editor of
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