First off, Happy Halloween! I hope you and your kids are enjoying a very spirited holiday (see what I did there?!). Squish has been wearing her Elsa costume for the past 6 weeks ... every day (yes, I've washed it), and Puff has worn her costume all of 0.75 seconds - and never will again. … Continue reading Toddler Talk Tuesday: Happy Halloween and … Taunting?
I've made a few mistakes as a parent so far - I mean, who hasn't? - but I feel like a biggie lately has been being out of touch with what a parent does nowadays. I'm not one to really spoil my kids, and I hate the whole "don't touch my precious snowflake" mentality, so … Continue reading Why I Can’t Make it as a Millennial Parent
There's just something about stereotypes that are so ... true. For better or worse, whether we feel guilty about admitting it or not, stereotypes exist for a reason. They were coined because of a prevailing trend, and they typically continue to be proven. My favorite stereotype is that "mother knows best" because she has that "motherly … Continue reading There’s a Reason Motherly Instinct Exists
You know how you're raising your tiny human being (or beings), and everything is going so smoothly until BAM! Something happens to remind you what an amateur parent you are? Still, after nearly 4 years in this game, I feel like I have no business doing what I do. The week was going pretty well until we … Continue reading When This Happens I Feel So Unprepared As A Parent
The school year has come to a close, but I don't plan for the learning to stop. Au contraire - we learn year-round. (Don't we all, in one way or another?) I don't mean I've developed lesson plans and subject units to pore through from now until September. But there are things we work on … Continue reading Kids, Why Will You Learn From Your Teacher But Not Me?
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
I had an epiphany a few weeks ago, and it was bolstered a few minutes ago as I put away some clean kiddie cups (more in a moment). Baby's pediatrician recommended I try feeding her Cream of Wheat (I've been having trouble getting her enough milk and carbs) ... so I bought a box. What … Continue reading What We Overspend on For Kids
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
So with baby #2, we've been a bit more lax with clothes. As in, I kind of could care less if she's wearing a cute outfit, let alone a matching one. (In fact I've enjoyed, in a way, channeling my inner Mondo Guerra and putting Baby in print-on-print outfits.) We've actually - gasp - let her … Continue reading Do You HAVE To Wear Day Clothes, Baby?
So I'm on child #2, and I'm finally realizing that those new mommy books are mostly unhelpful. As in, take them with not a grain of salt but a whole container of salt. I've never had much of anything happen 100% as a book described, or even 75%. (Some books are really helpful medically, like … Continue reading New Moms: Forget the Advice, Close the Help Books