parenting

07 Jun walking the line

Living with two children under four, there's a tension between over-the-moon joyful and waiting for the other shoe to drop. Or more accurately: waiting for the next hit, bite, fall, crash, time-out or hurt feeling.For the mama, it's delightful and utterly exhausting. I try to...

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03 Jun irony

Me: Get in your seats, kids. Your oatmeal is ready.B: We don't have time to eat, Mommy. We're too busy taking care of our babies.Reminder: Giveaway ends tonight. Enter by commenting on Tuesday's post! I'll announce the winner on Saturday. ...

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19 May positive reinforcement

Me: B, you get a pink star for being a good listener today. And another star for being helpful. B: Yes, but sometimes I pick my nose a little bit.Me: I don't have space on the sticker chart for that. B: There are whales underwater,...

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06 May peer pressure

Backstory: For the past year or so (i.e. one third of her life), B has refused to wear anything but dresses. No shirts. No skirts. No shorts. Often she will wear pants under a dress. But that's about it. Also, it helps if the dress...

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29 Apr entomology 101

Apparently, 3 is the age when you become obsessed with caterpillars and the magical transformation they undergo to become butterflies. We talk about this process EVERY DAY. And it just makes me smile that my life includes this kind of conversation...

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