Did you know there's a type of parent that's called "crunchy?" Crunchy as in "like a hippie," not crunchy as in crispy like a cracker. I only found out about two years ago that "crunchy mama" is an actual term, that it means someone who tries to raise their kid in a natural environment marked … Continue reading I Think I’m A Little Crunchy – Are You?
Squish has been saying so many coherent and logical things lately that my list of funny toddler gems is rather drying up. Puff had better start to say funnier things, right? Or else this weekly special is going the way of her stinky diapers - the the trash! So today I have a smattering of … Continue reading Toddler Talk Tuesday: Food, The Eclipse, and Ear Bombs
Let's face it: most parents deal with trying to get their kids to eat more - of anything. Fruit. Vegetables. Meat. Milk. Yogurt. Carbs. Thankfully, most kids have a secret vice. (Typically it's sugar, but let's pretend it's not.) They love chicken? Pack it in!! Strawberries are the fruit of the week for baby? Here … Continue reading Did My Kid Really Eat THAT?!
It seems like mealtime is a gold mine for amusing toddler quotes. Not sure if it's the food inspiration or just an opportunity for her to ramble or just ham it up because she knows she has her audience cornered. About 75% of our recorded quotes (in a text file on my husband's laptop) originated … Continue reading Toddler Talk Tuesdays: What a Stinker!
I don't think my 3.5yo is unique in her impatience to grow up. After all, I've been waiting my entire life to learn how to drive, go to college, grow tall enough to reach high shelves (not there yet!), get a real job, get married, have kids ... and now I'm waiting for a chance … Continue reading Five Things Growing Up Means to My Toddler
The scene this morning at breakfast was one of fruit carnage on the counter, sheer indifference by my girls, and shrouded exasperation by me: Our typical breakfast routine is to have some fruit first, then either cereal or an English muffin or baked oatmeal or bagels on the weekend (with cream cheese and sprinkles - … Continue reading Food Choices: These Kids Don’t Know How Good They Have It!
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?
The situation: we're at our local grocery store and walking through the seafood section to pick up some salmon. Toddler puts the fish in the cart for me and then stops to look at the display ... Toddler: "Mom, why are there bugs in there?" [And points to the large tank...] Me: "No, honey ... … Continue reading Toddler Talk Tuesdays: Are Those … Bugs?!
Here are two exchanges (bonus!) that show just how "well" Toddler is at understanding how she grows. Granted, she's now connecting eating healthy food with growing big and strong (thank you, Berenstain Bears!). But clearly we have a ways to go: Toddler: "I want a weed." Me: "You grow like a weed!" Toddler: "I want … Continue reading Toddler Talk Tuesday: Growing Up!