Parenting

Is There Such a Thing As Birth Order Effect?

June 4, 2021

Elliot Roosevelt. Neil Bush. Billy Ripken. Tisa Farrow. Eli Manning. Ever heard of them? Bet you’ve heard of their older siblings: Teddy, George H. W and Jeb, Cal, Mia, and Peyton. But you know where this was going…birth order effect. It was Eli, wasn’t it? Eli gave me away. (If I woulda said George Clinton, [...]

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June Is National Camping Month

June 4, 2021

Outdoor activity is declining across the board among youth. Of course it is - have you played with a Wii? Anyway, I’m no camper - nope, I like a nice hot shower and a plug for my hair dryer, thank you very much. But I thought I’d pass this information along seeing as not everyone [...]

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Turn Your Child’s Weakness Into a Strength

June 3, 2021

Recycling and re-purposing are all around us - I see it everywhere I go. That little triangle made out of arrows urging us to re-use something rather than throw it away seems to be ubiquitous. It got me to thinking, can I re-purpose my daughter’s most annoying habit and turn it into a strength (or [...]

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Two Years Old: Terrible or Terrific

June 2, 2021

When it comes time to discipline your child, how do you handle things? I’m asking because it’s something that we all have to do. Are you a screamer (let’s face it, most of us are at some point!), do you give time outs, ignore the bad behavior? Or is it a combination of things and [...]

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Handling the Constant Crying

May 28, 2021

The crying game - it means a-whole-nother thing when you become a parent. The constant crying, the fake crying, it kills me and my husband. Lately, as heartless as this may sound, we’ve been telling our 2 1/2 year old that she needs to cry in her room. I’ve heard parents try to get their [...]

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Trying To Accept Being Good Enough

May 26, 2021

With so many demands on our time, it’s hard to reconcile that we just can’t do it all. I’m not an over-achiever to be sure. I like my television and my couch way too much to be called that. However, I find myself on this treadmill of parenthood that both energizes and exhausts me. While [...]

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Today’s Stay-At-Home Mom

May 14, 2021

“I’m not being the Mom I want to be.” How many times have I said that or heard that since becoming a Mom? I often wonder how women used to do it. June Cleaver. Ms. Brady. Even some non-TV personalities of yesteryear who seemed to hold everything together, get dressed in something other than jeans, [...]

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Mommy Prayers by Tracy Mayor: Painful But True

April 23, 2021

As every mom knows, that little voice inside your head starts praying the minute you see disaster about to strike. It doesn’t matter what your religion is or whether or not you even use the word prayer. I think we all do it…silently plead with some higher power to please, please, just let me find [...]

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Setting Boundaries At Home

April 20, 2021

Do you adhere to the same boundaries that you set for your little one? I’m sure you don’t throw food, don’t hit your sister, and rarely talk back to your mother. Right? But I’m referring to things like talking with your mouth full, standing while eating, and interrupting people when they are talking. My family [...]

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The Importance of Letting Your Child Win

April 19, 2021

I have been writing about the lessons I’m learning from reading Dr. Harvey Karp’s wonderful book The Happiest Toddler on the Block. Last week I talked about Karp’s method for dealing with toddler tantrums by communicating on their caveman-like level. Being able to listen to your toddler and communicate with her when her brain is [...]

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Let Peace Reign: Dealing With Toddler Tantrums

April 15, 2021

How Dr. Harvey Karp, author of The Happiest Toddler on the Block, hasn’t won the Nobel Peace Prize is a mystery to me because this guy is a freaking genius. I’ve been reading his book because, frankly, I’m at my wit’s end with our 2 year old. All our previous tricks have stopped working and [...]

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The Inevitable Poop Incident

April 14, 2021

Everyone who has gone through potty training has a poop story. We, the lucky parents we are, now have ours. It happened when our dear, darling little angel was taking her nap the other day, or so I thought. OK, yeah, I heard her stirring a bit, but she does that and if I go [...]

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