One of the most frustrating parts of parenting is when you’re struggling to cope with brand new life equations as more veteran parents chuckle about how you don’t even know. Like, you’ll be dealing with morning sickness and ill-timed incontinence while constantly hearing: Just WAIT until the baby is born… Then you’re losing your mind from […]Read More Leveling Up The Parenting Game
Does anyone remember Garbage Pail Kids? They were these nasty trading cards you could get in the late 80’s and 90’s of cartoon toddlers covered in vomit or otherwise being gross or violent. They were wildly popular. I think they were a backlash against the Cabbage Patch Kid fad at the time, which was all […]Read More Kids Are Fascinated By Gross Things
As I’ve mentioned before, I walked into parenting thinking most gender norms were social constructs. Not wanting to cram my daughter into a pink box from the get-go, I painted her room green, bought her gender-neutral toys, and avoided onesies that said crap like “I’m so pretty” like the plague. And… I still ended up […]Read More The Princess and the Viking
A chicken may have just solved 95 % of the Toddler Problems in our house. Yeah, I couldn’t believe it either. You see, once we finally got past that stage where the kids were throwing hour-long tantrums about things like not wanting a glass of water then being enraged about not having one, most of […]Read More How To Solve Your Toddler Problems With Timers
It’s been interesting to check out the kind of advertising they’ve been running on my site lately. Expecting something more along the lines of Legos or diaper deals, I’ve been shocked by all the ads for MBA degrees and thousand-dollar Polyvore skirts. (Was this because I made fun of Gwyneth Paltrow a while back? I’ll […]Read More How ‘Bout Them Bapples? and Other Assorted Toddler Rebellions
Lately, I’ve been admiring the Weekly Roundups some of my fellow bloggers have been posting and I want to try it too! But here’s my spin: I’d like to share a few funny exchanges I had with my weird kids this week, then mention some reactions the week’s topics: Our Ridiculous Dog Brontë (looking very […]Read More Weekly Weirdness
Whether or not to teach your child to share is a matter of great controversy. Some may find this surprising, because sharing is good, right? Doesn’t it teach kids not to be selfish? Eh, not so fast. Like practically every other aspect of modern parenting, the issue is much more complicated than it seems… For example, […]Read More Do You Teach Your Child To Share?
Generally speaking, Brontë and Bridget are much easier to manage now that they’re five and three. Gone are the days of three-hour fits and grocery store tantrums. Consistent refusal to reward bad behavior slowly winnowed them out. Or of Brontë’s poop-mural experiments, which went on for months. Making her clean them up, by the way, […]Read More My Kids Advance to Higher Level Tantrums
Yesterday was Bridget’s 3rd birthday. She spent the daylight hours indulging in cookies, cat-stalking and sunshine in the kind of present-moment-savoring paradise that most adults wish they still had the freedom to enjoy. She was playing on the porch swing when her big sister Brontë put one of Douglas’s dog toys in her mouth, barking and crawling around on the ground. Oh […]Read More Bubbles and Beebots In the News!
Some parents bribe their kids when faced with an avalanche of tantrums and whining. There are entire discussion threads devoted to the most effective toddler bribes. Other parents resort to scare tactics. A friend of mine once warned her daughter not to scream in grocery stores because monsters would hear her. Many people, especially those who place honesty at […]Read More Monster Attacks as a Teaching Tool