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Toddler Tricks - 20

Ways to Trick Your Baby:



Problem:  You have something important to do in a timely fashion.  You'll quickly find that nothing turns normally self-entertained, quiet babies or toddlers into snivelling, whiny, needy messes than the knowledge that their mommy or daddy might actually have something to do that doesn't involve them.



Solution:  Tread softly.  Let nothing in your attitude or demeanor betray that you might have something important to do.  Try not to let your…

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Added by Darlena Cunha on January 1, 2011 at 12:50pm — No Comments

A New Year

New Year's Eve has always been a disappointment in my life.  I'm not sure if that's because it's coming after the enormity that is Christmas, or if the expectations of the night are just too high. Maybe it's because of the immense pressure to finally make something of yourself this year, as if the changing of the calendar has any bearing on your personal goal system.  The falsity of the core concept of the New Year is about all that rings true.



Or maybe I'm just a little bitter. …

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Added by Darlena Cunha on December 31, 2010 at 10:48am — No Comments

Holiday Intensity

Christmas is for the memories.  Christmas is for the anticipation.  Christmas, at least when you're the parent of two year olds, is not for the day, itself.



On Christmas Eve, I excitedly brought down my horribly wrapped presents and placed them carefully under the tree in the most eye-pleasing manner I could manage.  I stepped back to view my work, envisioning the happy day that was surely awaiting us.…



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Added by Darlena Cunha on December 29, 2010 at 11:49am — No Comments

The Santa Concept

Christmas has been so hectic.  Dragging babies across the country, presents, presents, different foods, different people, presents, a massive snow storm, and, well, presents.





It's amazing how quickly the girls took to the idea of Santa.  We hadn't prepared them for it throughout the season.  We mentioned Christmas.  We told them about presents.  But we…

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Added by Darlena Cunha on December 28, 2010 at 11:47am — No Comments

Think About What You Say

After two intense weeks of tantrums, screaming, flopping, crying and whining, my kids have finally had a language breakthrough.  For the past four days or so, they have not only been pointing at objects and telling me what they are, but they have been connecting abstract ideas together, using adjectives and nouns to specify their meaning, and using verbs and nouns to create basic sentences and to tell me what they are doing.



They’ve got the command down pat.



“Look,…

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Added by Darlena Cunha on December 22, 2010 at 10:31am — No Comments

Free Personal Video from Santa in Minutes

There is a great website where you just follow a few simple steps and your FREE personalized video message from Santa is created in minutes.  It feels like Santa is really talking to your child one-on-one and knows all about their life.  This is our second year making these messages from Santa for our kids, and every time I see one, I can't help but smile.…

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Added by LocalFunForKids on December 22, 2010 at 1:00am — No Comments

The Fake Career Woman

A beautiful blogger and great friend of mine wrote a post today about being a fake stay at home mom (during break as a teacher.)  She got a lot of well-deserved hits, and I laughed at myself, saying, "I'm going to post where you post, claiming that SAHM is a career."



But, then, I thought, what the heck, self?  SAHM is a career.



She writes: As a teacher "for several weeks out of the…

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Added by Darlena Cunha on December 21, 2010 at 12:02pm — No Comments

A Letter to Myself in 2006

Dear Self,



I know you are taking time out of your incredibly intense existence to read this. I know as you look at the page, you aren't able to pensively nibble at the end of your pen as you contemplate the next brilliant phrase to jot down. I know your air of mystery and sexy aloofness must be put on pause, and that the corner couch of the Starbucks will be wasted on you for these few moments, but I have an important message: Get over yourself.



Yes, that's right. Life is… Continue

Added by Darlena Cunha on December 20, 2010 at 11:37am — No Comments

For parents: when your child doesn't have any friends

I just wanted to write a little about my daughter who was having trouble making friends at school. I know there are other parents that might be concerned about their kids and their friends...or lack there of.



My daughter is in kindergarten and as far as I knew, she was outgoing and had friends in preschool. I knew elementary school would be different and I was right. The first week of school I stalked my baby from my car after dropping her off. What? My first born was in regular… Continue

Added by Michelle on December 20, 2010 at 12:55am — No Comments

Defiant Children and Natural Consequences

It was a snowy morning at the bus stop, and the grass was wet and icy. So I told the kids to stay out of the grass and stand on the street so their shoes wouldn't get wet. For reasons I will never understand, Miles decided to take this directive as a challenge. He looked right at me…

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Added by Momniscient on December 19, 2010 at 3:15pm — No Comments

Really, I Am Going To Keep My New Years Resolution...

I know, I know.... Who still makes New Years Resolutions and actually takes them seriously?



Well, in my attempt, no, "journey" is a better term... In my journey to find and maintain my recently distant, pre-parenthood sanity, I have made a firm commitment to develop and succeed in my New Years Resolutions...



This is a big deal... This is the first time, ever, that I have made a decision to develop a New Years Resolution and seriously commit to it. In the past, I simply made…

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Added by Kristy Canton on December 19, 2010 at 2:19pm — No Comments

Moment of the Week - 18

Gigglefest with Daddy.  Adorable and short video here:

 

http://parentwin.blogspot.com/2010/12/moment-of-week-18.html

 

I love my family!

Added by Darlena Cunha on December 19, 2010 at 10:39am — No Comments

Toddler Tricks - 18

Inspired by my friend Chelsea:



Ways to trick your baby:



Problem: You've just switched over to the toddler bed (or taken the rail off your now-outlawed crib), and your toddler has discovered he has run of the room.  Instead of sleeping, there's a raucous party going on in there, a party of one (or in my case, two).  You've taken all the toys out of the room, you've made sure it's as boring and calm as it could possibly be, and still, your child has developed an imagination…

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Added by Darlena Cunha on December 18, 2010 at 11:10am — No Comments

Phantom Noises

The babies are finally asleep.  It's the middle of the day.  Maybe I can squeeze in that shower I've been wanting to take since yesterday morning.



I turn the hot water knob, water sluices toward the wall, the inviting tap tap tap calling to me well before the water is warm enough.  I ready my towel, brush my hair.  I leave the door open, just in case.  Just in case something happens, I'll be able to hear the babies.  Everything should be just fine, right?  They sleep for at least an…

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Added by Darlena Cunha on December 17, 2010 at 11:43am — No Comments

Where the Heck is the Tape?

I am the worst wrapper in the history of present wrapping. I always start out with such good intentions. I'm going to cut my lines straight and even. I'm going to line the corners up and crease my folds. I'm going to use very little tape so that you can't even see it. I'm going to put ribbons and bows on every present. They are going to be beautiful.



These ideals last only until I lose the scissors the first time, which is to say, the first time I put them down. They're scissors.…

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Added by Darlena Cunha on December 15, 2010 at 2:36pm — No Comments

The Last Goodbye

On May 3rd 1992, my son Eric Miller was killed in a one car collision. He was home visiting with family in Louisiana. My family and I visited Louisiana very often. However, when my son began to insist that he spend some time in Louisiana with our family, I reluctantly agreed.

After I received the phone call telling me that my beloved, beautiful and kindhearted son was killed in a car accident; I slowly began to understand why going home was so important to him. It seemed as if I was…

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Added by Kristy Canton on December 14, 2010 at 11:52pm — 1 Comment

Inconsiderate Fu*kers!

http://crikeymum.blogspot.com/2010/11/inconsiderate-fuckers.html



After my initial horrific solo mUm travel experience, I developed a strong 'fuck you' approach towards anyone who even dared look in my direction when Michael cried, however, on my recent international travels, again as solo mUm, my patience and language profanity ability were truly tested!



The story begins, again, as our 36-hour… Continue

Added by Trudi Webster on December 13, 2010 at 3:12pm — No Comments

Give Him a Fish - Teach Him To Fish

http://crikeymum.blogspot.com/2010/12/give-him-fish-teach-him-to-fish.html



My husband grew up on Lake Beulah in Wisconsin (ya naw), spending every moment he could, fishing. Whether, off the jetty in the beautiful warm Summer months, or huddled in a hut, over a small hole in the ice, so it was only a matter of time before Michael too would experience his first fishing adventure.



Now, I… Continue

Added by Trudi Webster on December 13, 2010 at 2:54pm — No Comments

Christmas Greed Pot: I'm The Kettle!

http://crikeymum.blogspot.com/2010/12/christmas-greed-pot-im-kettle.html



I just read a post suggesting that $300 was a suitable amount per child to spend on Christmas gifts, and after closing my mouth in disgust, have to question how the true meaning of Christmas has been replaced by a superficial need to transform our children into spoilt rotten Veruca Salt's!



And, while it's absolutely… Continue

Added by Trudi Webster on December 13, 2010 at 2:52pm — No Comments

What Ever Happened to the Alarm Clock?

Weekday mornings in December are difficult. There is a lot going on with the holidays; band concerts, choral concerts, basketball practice, days full of shopping. All of this…

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Added by Lanita Moss on December 8, 2010 at 9:29am — No Comments

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