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Pot Calls Kettle Black: When The Pot is Your Parent Criticizing Your Parenting

imageMy Dad was visiting us this week to spend time with my sons – one is almost-5 years old and the other is 2 years old. After a few days, my Dad sat me down to have a talk about how out of control dinner time had become. Let me step back and set up the scenario. Both boys are rowdy. They are loud, full of energy and opinionated. When it comes to food, they can be picky. After too many meals juggling different options, I have since laid down the law and everyone eats the same meal. If it is something completely new, the boys just have to try one bite. Sometimes even getting them to take one bite is a battle. Sometimes it is even a battle when I know they like the food! This was the scene that played out in front of my Dad. (more…)

Adventures in Swimming

swimmingWe started my four year old son in swimming lessons at the local rec center. My husband and I had talked about it for months before I finally got around to it. My sister lives in Florida and her two girls are fishes. They swim in their pool almost every day.  So I signed him up for Wee Paddler I. (more…)

Terrible Twos: How Could I Have Forgotten How Awful it Is!?!

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My second son has entered the terrible twos. I can tell because my sweet, sweet son screamed for an hour tonight, threw his dinner at me and refused to stop crying until he could sit on my lap and feed me crackers that I didn’t want to eat. (more…)

How to Stick Up for Your Kids

the big duck

As a parent of two young children, I’ve learned to stand up for my children. This has brought up lots of memories of times when my parents stood up for me as a child and even as an adult. They were just moments that reminded me that my parents are funny, great and badassed. (more…)

My Top Ten Parent Fails So Far This Week

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It’s been a hell of a week for me and my poor kids.
1.    I was asked to leave by my four year old’s daycare teacher while he was screaming facedown on the “quiet couch” begging for his blankie.

2.    My 17 month old tried to bite an 18 month old who was trying to play with my 4 year old.

3.    My 17 month old screams for his pacifier. In fact, he hides them around the house and WE DON’T KNOW WHERE THE STASHES ARE. (more…)

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