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Hi! I’m Leah Spina and I’m a mother of three children, age five and under. God bless me. My white-haired strong-willed son Samson is five-years-old, big-eyed baby doll Esther is two-years-old and we are enjoying our little baby Hannah. Six years ago I married the love of my life, David (who is a far more patient parent than I). We live near Dallas, Texas where everything is bigger and better, y’all. I’m a former journalist of a national newsweekly magazine, although now I mainly read the adventures of Curious George and Clifford the Big Red Dog. My Amazon Best-Seller book Stop and Smell Your Children: Laugh and Enjoy the Little Years, encourages parents of young children to enjoy, not just endure, new parenthood by changing their parenting perspective. Caring for two young children while writing a book was harder than, well, potty training. (If you have not yet potty-trained your child, it’s harder than calculus and requires the patience of an ant building Rome.) There’s no way you can write when a toddler is screaming at you to wipe their bottom, so I only hacked away after my children went to bed, heavily caffeinated. (So if my jokes don’t make sense, give me a break.) When I’m not smearing Desitin on a tiny rear-end, I love to sing Broadway, suntan on Italian beaches and ride horses. I’d love to meet you but it probably won’t be for another five years when my children are older. Ha! But, seriously, I wouldn’t trade this season of little ones for anything. I hope my real life parenting stories help you laugh at the chaos that is young children and enjoy your darlings. These are truly the happiest days of our life, if we have the right perspective! Let’s laugh and enjoy the little years!

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The Last Summer

The last summer Every Sunday, my husband David and I have a scheduling meeting to go over the week. We often sit down with steaming mugs of coffee to add some comfort to a high-stress meeting. Ha! I grab my hanging wall calendar, he grabs his iphone calendar and we schedule. When I leave, I […]

Esther’s First Ballet Lesson

  When I was a tired mother of a baby and a toddler, I enjoyed reading one chapter of the book “Mitten Strings from God” before I went to sleep each night. Her nostalgic, beautifully written stories of motherhood made me savor my children as gifts, instead of just work all day. So, every now […]

Perspective in the little years

During the girls’ naptime, Samson’s imagination and independent play run wild. Today he created an elaborate party, complete with kid snacks at each of our places at our wooden kitchen table, games like “bobbing for apples” set out (my stainless steel mixing bowl full of water on the kitchen floor with a lone apple floating, […]

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