Every family has their particular bedtime routine, and ours involves split duties. First we read together in Squish's bed, then one of us takes Puff to her bed to lay down while the other lays with Squish for a few minutes after she turns off the light in preparation for dreamland. Usually those few minutes … Continue reading Toddler Talk Tuesday: Sweet Dreams?
You might be sick of reading about kids and naptimes. I'M sick of living with the hassle of naptimes. Hell, I'm sick of even thinking about naptimes. But right now I feel, more than ever, my life and my family's lives revolve around Puff's nap. And my fears about her nap + Squish's preschool time … Continue reading Naptime (Mommy Free Time) – Playing the Denial Game
The new school year has started, and aren't we excited? Anyone else been late for school yet? (Dammit, it was just one minute, I swear!) And who else loves rushing around again in the morning while your kid brushes their teeth and chews their breakfast at a glacial pace? Sigh. But hey, learning is happening! … Continue reading Toddler Talk Tuesday: And My Friends Are…?
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
Kids do embarrassing things - sometimes daily. It's part of growing up, right? You don't know what you should and shouldn't do when you're only a few years old. There is lot to learn about manners and social awareness, the latter I think can really start once kids develop the so-called Theory of Mind around four … Continue reading How Did Your Kid Embarrass You Today?
Here in New Jersey it is chilly. I mean, 50 degrees in the morning for at least a week straight chilly. For goodness sake, the leaves are starting to change. At the beginning of September. Yikes. I associate the hum of cicadas with prickly, sticky heat - not decidedly fall-ish temperatures. Somehow, though, the cicadas are still … Continue reading Toddler Talk Tuesday: Cicadas, Death, and Doctors
Hello and welcome to the final installment of this "my best" series! Have you enjoyed it so far? I have ... but all good things must come to an end. I thought I had shared all my parenting hacks on the first week, but I came up with more! (And I'm sure I'm forgetting some … Continue reading “My Best” Series: Parenting Hacks, Part 2
Let's just do the plus part right up front. How do you ruin a vacation when you have an 18mo in tow? Well, if they drink milk out of a glass bottle (because they are incredibly stubborn and refuse dozens of times over to drink out of a straw or sippy cup) ... ... just … Continue reading Toddler Talk Tuesdays: Vacation Edition (Plus HOW TO RUIN A VACATION)
So, not to brag or anything (I'm totally going to), but my husband is super smart. As in, whatever he doesn't already know off the top of his head he can figure out with a few spare minutes and brief instructions (or the internet). I mean, the guy taught himself how to sail a boat. … Continue reading Toddler Talk Tuesday: Don’t All Schools Give Prizes?
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