In the spirit of New Year's Eve and inspired by Darlene's fun blog Baby Costs Money, where she tracks how much money her family spends on their youngest child to see how it compares to the suggested $245K, I want to review what actually happened here in 2016 - quantitatively. Let me caveat this with … Continue reading 2016 By the Numbers – Parenting Style
I can compare Baby to Toddler really easily now, and the differences are sometimes amusing, sometimes irritating, but always stark. Let's focus today on how a kid listens and responds. Me asking Toddler to do something => "No!" or "I don't waaant to!" or "I'm busy working on a setup with my Barbies!" or "I … Continue reading Sweet Memories Friday: When a Kid Listens, Period.
Toddler has a fair bit of cute clothes - some new from us and her grandparents, and a fair bit borrowed from generous friends. Usually I can manage to put together a fairly stylish outfit from these two sources. Okay, I can make it match. Or at least coordinate. It's good enough, right? It should … Continue reading Can I Dress You, Please?
... says Toddler. I did not start this trend - I never had dress-up tutus as a kid, so it never occurred to me to buy our little girl one - so these tutus are gifts or borrowed, but boy, has it taken over her life. Tutus, tutus, everywhere! After waking up, a tutu must … Continue reading A Day Without a Tutu is a Day Wasted …
Me: "You like to do a lot of crafty things and painting, don't you? Like mommy and grandma like to do?" Toddler: [While washing hands.] "Yeah, those are my things. And there are mommy things ... and daddy things ... and grandma things ... and baby sister things...." Me: "What are baby sister things?" Toddler: … Continue reading Toddler Talk Tuesdays: Everyone Has “Things!”
December 26th. The saddest day of the year for me. Isn't it? Good thing Hanukkah is still going on. Our tree is still up, too, although its needles are dropping off by the hour. For a few more days, then, we'll have Christmas. For us it was a great holiday, and our girls certainly had … Continue reading Sweet Memories Monday: Christmases Long, Long Ago (Just to Extend the Holiday…)
Merry Christmas, everyone! I'll be offline for the next few days enjoying Christmas and Hanukkah, and I hope you and your families will be as well. May Santa and the holiday Maccabee (that's a Friends joke) be good to you all! Also, thank you for reading and (hopefully) enjoying this blog - I appreciate all … Continue reading Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah From Us!
... Someone should tell the pharmaceutical companies, 'cause they've sure been fooling my kids! Grape-flavored liquid acetaminophen for Baby? Check. Cherry-flavored ibuprofen pill for Toddler? Check. Fruit punch-flavored fluoride-free toothpaste for Toddler? Check. When they need medicine, they are thrilled to take it because it tastes like a treat. And I cannot stop Toddler from swallowing … Continue reading Wait, Toothpaste and Medicine AREN’T Candy?!
I spent two hours last night looking at preschools for our 3yo Toddler. Scary, right? YES! I swear it was just last week that I spent two hours pushing her out. Such a cliché to say they grow up so fast, but it's so true. Soon enough she'll be taking a bus (by herself!) to … Continue reading I’m Not Letting You Go, Okay Kids?
So we had another conversation about someone pooping somewhere inappropriate ... I have a 3yo, so of course we have about two dozen conversations like this daily.... Toddler: "I like when [Baby] poops in my hand!" Me: "What?! She doesn't do that!" Toddler: [Opens her hand.] "Grandma peed in her hand ... and then showed … Continue reading Toddler Talk Tuesdays: “Spreading” Gossip