I wonder how many readers clicked on this post and expected to read about a fancy method I'm using to teach my baby (17mo) to talk. Maybe sign language. Maybe teaching specific sounds. (Is that even possible? I thought babies just learn how to make sounds randomly based on the frequency they hear them, hence … Continue reading Baby Talk: Learning From the Pros
Oh, you will never read this For blogging you do hate But I know soon is your holiday So for you these verses I'll create. * You bring home all our bacon, And do all the nasty chores - Like mowing and tarring the driveway And killing spiders, crickets, and more. * You never … Continue reading An Ode to My Children’s Father – Happy Father’s Day!
It may be the influence of social media - where we tend to compare others' posted highs to our everyday moments or even our lows - but sometimes we are a tad hard on ourselves. (It's not just me, right?) The dishes aren't always done promptly. We raise our voices more than we want to. … Continue reading 10 Ways I’m Rocking Motherhood
For the second time in two days, Baby has spilled spices on the kitchen floor. Things like mustard powder and chili pepper flakes aren't the best things for a baby to spill and potentially sample, am I right? (Let's not talk about the time she unscrewed the jar of almond extract.) Who let Baby into … Continue reading Don’t Child-Proof Your House – “Fake-ize” Your House
It's well know that songs can help kids learn things better. Put a bunch of information to the tune of a known song, and they'll memorize it much easier than repetition, flash cards, or the (tedious) like. I haven't used that yet for Toddler, but I think I will soon. First I need to learn … Continue reading Top 3 Songs We’ve Co-opted To Get Our Kids To Do Something
There's a lot to kvetch about as a parent, isn't there? Many blogs (umm, this one included) poke fun of or just outright complain about everything from diaper explosions to sibling rivalry. Of course, other blogs exclusively extol their parenting bliss until the reader herself has unicorns sprouting from her eyeballs. I actually enjoy both … Continue reading What I Shouldn’t Enjoy as a Mom – But 100% Do
Way back in January, Toddler started preschool, and I had a few reasonable worries. It turns out that her school is going great! Things have been a piece of cherry pie and she is doing so well - and loves it! Nothing I worried about back then has come to fruition. But the one thing … Continue reading More Transition Woes: School + Nap = A Mess
Our kids seem to do some funny things, don't they? Sometimes they imitate us and pretend their toys are real purses or makeup or coffee cups (Toddler likes to drink "kid coffee" out of the mug that holds her watercolor water and paintbrushes). Sometimes they just do weird things with their own toys. Imaginative, yes … Continue reading Odd and Crazy Things My Kids Do With Their Toys
I've got one kid who is an absolute motormouth, and one - just about 16m - who can say about 5 fully-formed words and maybe 15 half-formed words. Baby, who is heads above where her older sister was in the vocal department, is probably on the cusp of talking for real. Unlike her sister, she'll … Continue reading We Should Be Experts at Charades By Now
When I became a parent, I didn't think about what kind of parent I would be. I might've been too busy nursing the baby, cleaning up blow-outs, and figuring out some sort of feeding/napping schedule. But mostly I just jumped right in and assumed I'd raise my kids as my parents raised my sister and … Continue reading Will I Ever Let My Kids Roam?