Your very own personal trainer – a 19-month-old!

Want to get in shape? Is the gym too expensive? I’ve got the solution! On behalf of all nannies everywhere, I offer you the thirty-minute complete cardiovascular workout, courtesy of 19-month-old Piglet!...more

...and then our hearts stopped beating. Toddler drowning happens in seconds.

So last week the four of us went over to my brother and sister-in-law's new house....more

Ten Ways to Tell You're Outnumbered by Toddlers

I've found myself in a few compromising situations lately, and I can only say it's because I'm outnumbered. I'd say anyone taking care of two toddlers has basically hit the skids. Let's never mind three. So, I've compiled a handy list of ways to help determine whether or not you're, well, ineffective, just a few short steps away from being tied to a chair and gagged with your own socks....more

Why Does My Toddler Think He's a Newborn?

Dear Mouthy Housewives, Let me start by saying I adore my kid in insurmountable ways, but I'm going to go ahead and admit our now-more-frequent time together in the evening (all evening into morning) are dates I can do without. Little dude is 2.5 and was an awesome sleeper until about 3 weeks ago, where he apparently decided to take my Weissbluth book and start a bonfire with her lessons on going to bed early....more
I have an 11-year-old with insomnia and panic attacks at night.  We adopted her at 9 thinking ...more

Prenatal Memories?

 The Joy of Mothering ...more
 @motherofnine9 I don't see how.   :)more

My Ten Year-Old Grandson Rescues a Toddler from Drowning

My ten year-old grandson, Andrew-Jordan, who is ever vigilant of other children, often playing the role of Big Brother, and who is also very protective of his younger brother, Elijah, came to the rescue of a two-year old toddler yesterday. Had it not been for his always-on-alert watchful eye, and sensing that this little boy that’d just befriended him, who’d already taken a great liking to him—following him around like a shadow—that child could have drowned in the deep end of the pool....more
 @ropcorn Hello, Alexandra, and thank you for the visit and the comment, Amiga. It is always ...more

Toddler Tricks - 95: Give Chances

Problem: You've got an unruly child. (This is my problem a lot, have you noticed?) She can take anything and twist it into a reason to cry or get upset. She's irrational and dragging you down in her own little whirlpool of insanity. And you had planned some fun things to do, but now you don't even want to chance bringing her out. SOLUTION:...more

Under Lock and Key (or How I Learned the Muppets Were Big Enough to Deadbolt the Front Door)

Plans were for an easy night. Got home per usual, unloaded the muppets, opened the door and embarked upon the multiple treks needed to shlep all our stuff back inside.I heard the giggle. The door closed.I heard the bolt click. The world went slo-mo. NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.Fuck....more

Music classes for babies found to boost their brains

There was a lot of controversy around the Baby Einstein videos for awhile. People argued that they weren't really doing anything good for kids' brains after all. My daughter watched them and despite the attempts to dispel their positive role, I still believed that anything with classical music that engaged my daughter was better than the alternatives on TV. (And as a working mom, there are plenty of times I've used videos as a distraction.)...more

Caillou is going down

Caillou has become an institution in my sons TV library. I'm not sure how or when it started- possibly during the early years of complete parental ignorance and confusion, and having 2 children within 17 months might have contributed to it as well. There must have been a time where relative peace and quiet trumped quality of parenting. I hope my lovely wife and I were just too exhausted to pay enough attention to what we put on the TV for him....more
Hahaha! If there is one thing I do not miss it is Caillou! Wait until you have to watch Zac and ...more