All Blog Posts Tagged 'toddlers' (168)

Toddler Tricks - 25 - Potty Training Edition

Ways to Trick your Baby:



Problem:  Congratulations!  Your child is pooping in the potty!  What could possibly be the problem there?  Well, I don't know about you, but after years of wiping the stuff, cleaning the stuff, and otherwise handling it, I find nothing more gross than carrying it from the chamber pot to the actual toilet to flush.  And, sometimes, it sticks.  It sticks.  It's something that just turns my stomach, and I don't know why, but I hate it.



Solution:  This…

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Added by Darlena Cunha on February 5, 2011 at 11:43am — No Comments

Back From the City & 'Mum's Tips Friday' Announcement

 Me on the London Eye. I forgot how high that thing goes!…
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Added by Sarah Winborn on February 2, 2011 at 1:46pm — No Comments

11 lessons for those contemplating Parenthood!

*This is not written by me, a friend of mine posted this on facebook. Thought it would elicit a few laughs*



Lesson 1



1. Go to the grocery store.

2. Arrange to have your salary paid directly to their head office.

3. Go home.

4. Pick up the paper.

5. Read it for the last time...

(Read…

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Added by Heather Jones on January 10, 2011 at 4:08pm — No Comments

Moment of the Week - 21

My guitar-playing, dancing twins at your service!  Cute videos!

http://parentwin.blogspot.com/2011/01/moment-of-week-21.html

Added by Darlena Cunha on January 9, 2011 at 11:18am — No Comments

Toddler Tricks - 21

Ways to Trick your Baby:



Problem:  Your kid, to put it mildly, wakes up on the wrong side of the bed.  It seems no matter what you do, you are going to be graced with a crying jag leftover from sleep.  Nothing appeases, nothing stops it.  She's just cranky when she wakes up.



Solution:  Try to get there right before she wakes up.  This has worked for me about 50 percent of the time.  It's hard to pull off because sometimes the babies will sleep for an hour, other times…

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Added by Darlena Cunha on January 8, 2011 at 2:42pm — No Comments

As Twins Grow Up

My girls are identical twins.  I have kept them on the same schedule since birth.  They sleep at the same time, eat at the same time, watch TV at the same time, play at the same time.  Everything is the same.  They even play on the same playground toys at the same time.  It's just easier for me that way.  Plus, they don't seem to mind.  Little did I know I was instigating a mindset that is unknown to most children and that my twins will have to overcome as they grow up.…

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Added by Darlena Cunha on January 6, 2011 at 11:47am — No Comments

I Will Die on Every Hill

The moment you start fighting with a toddler, you have already lost.  Everyone loses, but the parent especially.  The main problem is that a toddler will treat every minor infraction with the same amount of vigor.  It doesn't matter if they have just broken their leg or if you gave them cheerios in the wrong bowl.  When your toddler has the fighting spirit, nothing can stop them.  So the question is, how hard should we try? …

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Added by Darlena Cunha on January 5, 2011 at 3:30pm — No Comments

The Hanging Carrot

Packing up, leaving the house in a cluttered disarray of wrapping paper and toy pieces, and hurrying off to the airport at 8 a.m. just before the holidays, I felt nothing but dread as I looked ahead to our day of travel.



First a two-hour car ride to Orlando where we would drop the car off and wait for a shuttle to the airport.  Once there, we would have to check the bags in, go through security, and wait around to board the plane while trying to keep two toddlers amused and calm.  The… Continue

Added by Darlena Cunha on January 3, 2011 at 1:46pm — No Comments

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

My Son The Stuffed Animal Hoarder!

My son has slowly collected stuffed animals he feels he needs in his

crib over the months. He never had attachment issues until we started

watching a little girl with a cute little froggy doll and a blanket with

tags all over it. He was so intrigued with her doll and blankie that I

had to find… Continue

Added by Heather Jones on December 31, 2010 at 12:30pm — 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

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

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

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