I know that lots of parents find themselves wanting time to stop, or at least slow down so that you can stay little forever. While I get where they’re coming from (and if you ever become a parent one day, you will, too), I have to say that I don’t share the sentiment.
The tips and tricks we have used have allowed our kids to develop healthy sleep habits and also learn techniques that can help them manage stress and anxiety later in their life. More sleep and less stress is result everyone can agree on.
Every day I do my best to simultaneously help my kids grow up to be self-sufficient individuals, encourage them to enjoy their childhood, and to simply be in the moment of and spend quality time with them. Strange as it may seem, a necessary trip to the grocery store allows me to do all of those things at once, and that's significantly more than anything Amazon could deliver or Wal-Mart could bring to my car.
The weather is utterly predictable in June. It will be hot. It won't be unbearably so, but it will be hot. However, our summer clothes keep us pretty cool, and it makes it easier to take pictures in the evening or morning. I have no desire to look adorable in jeans, boots, and a sweater in December, only for it to be 80 degrees outside. Hard pass.