So I've mentioned before that I have the habit of getting down and funky sometimes. (Cringe.) I also have developed the habit of belting out a stanza of a song if someone says something (unintentional and unrelated in subject) that is the words to that song. I don't know why I do this, but I … Continue reading Toddler Talk Tuesdays: Please Stop, Mom
You know how when you're at the zoo and you see the primates grooming each other by picking at their hair? Let's pretend for a moment they're not extracting bugs, only food bits. (In my head I also have that scene from The Goblet of Fire movie when Madame Maxine picks a bit of food from … Continue reading My Children PROVE We’re All Just Animals Inside
Feeding four people in a family is kind of hard sometimes. It's natural for everyone to like slightly different things. I get it. Sometimes we don't want to have the carrots at lunch, we must have broccoli. Okay, fine. And Baby, at 13m, is still figuring out what she likes to eat, so mealtimes can be … Continue reading Week in Review: What Did My Kids Eat?
Sometimes dinnertime is a total cluster f*&^, and I'd rather skip right to bedtime than eat my meal, no matter how hungry I am. But more and more lately - maybe because we're finally getting a handle on feeding four people at once - dinnertime is becoming a fun time when we laugh together. There … Continue reading Sweet Memories Friday: Crazy Dinnertime Laughs!
Being a parent constantly surprises me, mostly in the department of things I say and do. I was full of parenting misconceptions, as I think most of us are. Oh man, if I had a quarter for every time I said, "I'll never XYZ with my kids," but now I do just that.... Well, let's … Continue reading Things You Never Thought You’d Say Before Kids
Bathroom humor is always a winner, right? For adults it's funny - but for kids it's even funnier. I hope this doesn't offend anyone, but Toddler really had us in stitches with the following two conversations: Me: "Are you pooping?" Toddler: [Straining] "Yeeeaaahh...." Me: "Is it coming out okay?" Toddler: "Yeah, because I eat lots … Continue reading Toddler Talk Tuesdays: A Bevy of Bathroom Humor
Inspired by Newton's Laws of Motion and Murphy's Law ... I bring you ... Murphy's of Parenting! As a scientist by training, I have, by careful observation and years of parental training, developed the following list: A child in motion will remain in motion (regardless of momentum-arresting attempts by parental figures). A just-cleaned item (toilet, … Continue reading Murphy’s Laws of Parenting
We are pretty big on manners around here - saying please and thank you, asking for things nicely instead of saying "give me XYZ," sharing and taking turns, respecting people's space, and not interrupting. So far it's worked on Toddler, as people comment on how good her manners are. Parental win! My dad taught her … Continue reading Teaching Manners – With Humor!
I'll be honest ... I've had a hard time coming up with something to post about for today. It's been a shitty week - which followed a shitty week. No, that's not totally true. Baby's erratic napping (and lack of napping while Toddler is at preschool!) and subsequent schedule-tastrope have colored my entire outlook, I'm … Continue reading Sweet Memories Friday: Hugs are Here!
*Kidding Toddler is learning to write, which is particularly thrilling for me. She's taken to it quite all on her own, too; one day she wanted to write an A and amazingly has produced legible and pretty A's since day one. Then she wanted to write all the letters in her name (there aren't many, … Continue reading Learning to Write … or a Kidnap Note?