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Catherine Hiles

Catherine Hiles
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Cat is a mama to two gorgeous kiddos: Rose (April 2015) and Liam (August 2018). She has lived in the Dayton area since 2007, when she moved from her home in the UK to be with her American husband. During the day, Cat works as the creative manager at Naked Lime Marketing in Kettering. Outside of work, she enjoys winding down by reading, writing, running, lifting weights, and cooking.

Good Friends Are Hard to Find

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When I moved to the U.S. from my home country of England, I left behind my entire family. For the first time in my 24 years, I was living away from my parents and...

How to Strap a Toddler into a Car Seat

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Toddlers are unique creatures. One moment, they can be very lovable and cuddly and make you the happiest you have ever been. But the next, they might throw a toy car at you and...
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What Will The “New Normal” Even Look Like?

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It's 2021 (finally!) and we are almost at the year mark of dealing with the coronavirus pandemic. That's almost an entire year of social distancing, masks, staying home, and skipping vacations. When I think...

The Questions Kids Ask

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Like most 5-year-olds, my daughter Rose is full of questions. Some of them are pretty easy to answer, while some I don't have a clue how to answer. Some of them I can't answer...

Hindsight is 2020: Reflections on a Stressful Year

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The year 2020 started for me like many before it - with me sound asleep in bed at the stroke of midnight. I am a creature of habit and it's hard for me to...

And Dog Makes Five [Adding a Pup to Our Crew]

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A few weeks before my birthday this year, my husband Ben asked what I would like as a gift. As usual, I couldn't think of anything because I'm at the stage in my life...

My COVID-19 Kid-Life Crisis

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As I write this post, I am the parent of an almost-kindergartener and an almost-2-year-old. In fact, my son will turn 2 on the same day my daughter will start school, and all these...

What’s Getting You Through 2020?

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In case you hadn’t noticed, there’s a lot of heavy stuff going on in the world right now. Between the pandemic, civil rights violations, and trying to decide what my daughter’s first year of...

5 Socially-Distanced Ways to Keep Your Kids Cool This Summer

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This summer is going to be an interesting one. Some pools aren’t opening, while others have strict capacity rules that will make it harder, if not outright impossible, to just drop by on a...

When Baby Becomes a Daredevil Toddler

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As I have been working from home with my kiddos over the last couple of months, I have seen my sweet little baby boy turning into a daredevil toddler right before my eyes. This...

Working From Home… With Kids… During a Pandemic

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In a normal week, I work from home every Monday. It’s my way of easing back into the work week after a busy, noise-filled weekend. I enjoy having a quiet day at home alone...

3 Things My Kids Have Taught Me About Being a Good Person

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Since becoming a parent five years ago, I have learned a lot. First, there was the typical how-to-change-a-diaper-and-keep-a-baby-alive, but as my daughter has grown up and my son has joined our family, my learning...

4 Things I’ve Learned About Parenthood

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Recently, I was listening to an episode of my favorite podcast, Judge John Hodgman (look it up if you’ve never heard it). They were hearing cases from couples who clearly didn’t have children and...

Baby Led Weaning: Is it Right for You?

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When my daughter Rose was old enough to eat solid food, I did the usual. Started her on rice cereal, then oatmeal, and eventually pureed fruits and vegetables. She pretty much loved whatever we...