This whole trying so hard thing? Making homemade this and that every time, playing with you every second? Nah, I think I'm going to ease up a little bit for a little while. Why? I make homemade fruit/vegetable puree pouches for Baby. What has she done the last 4-5 times I've offered them? Pushed them … Continue reading Kids, I Give Up
This afternoon Toddler will take her first swimming lesson - with her dad. (... because I'm not a calm influence when it comes to swimming ... I swam out of an undertow once at St. Augustine Beach and can swim enough to save myself and my children - I think - but generally am not … Continue reading To Class or Not to Class?
... And want to remain ten paces from me at all times. Seriously, that's what a teenager wants, right? To be far from a parent and not within hugging distance, right? That's opposed to our current stage, which is my 14mo baby girl not wanting to be more than ten inches from me - and … Continue reading Sweet Memories Friday: I’ll Appreciate This When You’re Older …
I've noticed that time is a bit warped for my toddler. I remember being a kid and feeling like summer lasted a mere week, the school year dragged on nearly forever, and each day felt like it contained more than 24 hours. Being an adult means most things move fast; some days I really feel … Continue reading Perceptions of Time: Parent Vs. Child
When I look into the mirror I see: gray hairs sprouting, a few age lines mimicking what I see on my mother, and freckles and age spots from the sun. Yet mostly I see a child - still, at 33. I feel 18 for the most part - not a kid but just barely an … Continue reading The Dual Ages of a Mom
I love my Toddler, but some things she does make me want to claw the stuffing out of one of her stuffed animals. What's tops, most days? The way she takes 5 times the typical required time to use the bathroom. Seriously, I understand the glacial pace of a toddler, but 8 minutes just to … Continue reading How to Win 3-15 Minutes of Peace and Quiet
No, I'm not talking about that (besides, who could compare with this Seinfeld episode?!). I'm talking about when we fake emotions with our kids. Let's face it, sometimes we're tired - of the whining, the same questions over and over, pretending it's fun to act out a Sofia movie or book scene for the eleventh time … Continue reading Do They Know We’re Faking It?
How do you wake up in the morning? I'm guessing that your eyes open and you shift a bit in your bed, maybe stretch a little, and then - silently - let your consciousness become alert. Then you probably sit up, maybe drink a glass of water, and head to the bathroom or to the … Continue reading How A Toddler Wakes Up Parents
As our 3.5yo gets older, I see her imitating us more and more. Naturally, she wants to do what her parents do since we are the coolest people on the planet. (Well, we'll hold that status in her mind for another few years at least.) Between acting out scenes from Sofia the First and tap … Continue reading Toddler Talk Tuesday: Imitating Parents
*It's not really crap, honest. Just "art." I know I'm not the only mom with this problem: too much art, too many crafts, too many watercolor paintings hung around the house. And the accompanying problem: too many craft items (pom-poms, markers, crayons, colored pencils, stickers, stamps, construction paper, coloring books, paints, brushes). And don't even … Continue reading What Do I DO With All This Crap?*