Amanda Ciani

Amanda Ciani lives in Northern Kentucky with her husband and their two terrific toddler sons. She enjoys writing haiku parenting poems for her blog (haikuciani.com) and Twitter account (@haikuciani).

What Kind of Parent Are You?


I recall learning the four disciplines of parenting styles in a family life studies class waaaaay back in high school. Authoritarian, authoritative, permissive, and sadly, the uninvolved/negligent parent. (I hope my teacher’s ears are burning somewhere, and she feels proud of herself for being a good teacher, because I totally remembered the four types without… Read more »

Mom Report: Becoming Mom Spa + Ultrasound


“I want to snuggle him,” said 3-year-old Luca as he gave himself a big bear hug. “And I want to tickle his little feet,” chimed in the biggest brother, Dominic, age 5. My sweet boys continue watching an ultrasound video taken of their baby brother at Becoming Mom Spa + Ultrasound in Mason, Ohio, and… Read more »

HOLIDAZE HACKING


‘Tis the season to be jolly!  And very busy and maybe just a little stressed.  I love making holiday memories and carrying out family traditions, but this December, I will be seven months pregnant with two toddler boys rockin’ around the Christmas tree.  Between prepping a nursery and decking the halls, I’m in desperate need… Read more »

Mom Report: Bass Pro Shop


It begins. I think it starts earlier and earlier every year. It is merely mid-November and I have already found myself humming along with Christmas songs while out and about, and my kids have pointed out many twinkling lights, and fully decorated evergreens. I have decided to just go with it, in hopes that having… Read more »

Mom Report: Neltner’s Farm


There are four more weekends of October left — that means eight whole days open for fall fun! And if you’re anything like me, you are making a list of must-see places and must-do events. I have a suggestion for you, make sure to add a visit to Neltner’s Farm in Melbourne, KY to your… Read more »

Mom Report: Tour of Boone County


At least once a summer, my best friend and I take my boys on a tour of Boone County. Growing up, my mom would lead a similar scrimmage on lazy Sunday mornings. Now I am the one packing a picnic snack, hitting the road and leading “I Spy” to pass the time and curb the… Read more »

Mom Report: Shaw Farm


Need to stock up on produce with your kiddos in tow? Check out Shaw Farms in Milford, Ohio. You will be able to fill your kitchen with delicious fruits and veggies, and your shopping accomplices will love the kid friendly elements the Shaw’s have thoughtfully put together for their summer shop. While you fill your… Read more »

Potty Talk


Upon first meeting me, I’m doubtful you would guess that I love The Simpsons, South Park, and crude humor. But(t), I do! We are all multi-faceted creatures, and one of my lesser known facets is apparently that of a teenage boy who laughs at fart jokes. Bring on the scatological humor, and you’ll hear me… Read more »

Mom Report: The Beach Waterpark


My kids are absolute water logs. They adore the Hamilton County splash parks, swimming in pools, could barely be torn away from the beach on our recent family vacation, and will always turn to prunes at bath time. I have lived in Northern Kentucky my whole life, and for whatever reason, I had never made… Read more »

Beach or Bust!


Sand beneath your toes, waves gently crashing, the warm sun shining. For many people, a beach vacation is the ideal getaway.  However, a car echoing with toddler screams for 10+ hours may seem a little less than ideal, for ALL people. My family is gearing up for a beach trip in the next weeks, so… Read more »