Family Fued

This is a partial list of all the things I fought about with my 2.5 year old daughter today: Her dress, her socks, her shoes, cutting her hair, brushing her hair, brushing her teeth, her breakfast, her lunch, her dinner, taking a picture, taking her brother's toys, taking a bath, putting on her diaper, going to bed.Here is a complete list of all the things I fought about with my 4 month old son today: Morning nap, afternoon nap, evening nap, bedtime, taking a bottle....more

Is my one year old winning the battle of wills?

For the 5th time in a row, Poppet has picked up her sippy cup, taken a drink, dropped it on the floor and clapped ecstatically.  I look as stern as I possibly can, tell her “no” firmly and put it back on the tray.  I know that all the experts agree, I must win the battle, but she is 1/36th of my age, and has WAY more stamina than I can ever remember possessing!...more

Toddler Tricks - 71: Show Off

Problem: You've got ten seconds to make a move. You're in that precarious pre-tantrum state, either looking at a cross-armed, sighing toddler (since when did they decide they were teenagers?), or you're hearing garbled speak over and over again and you can't make out the meaning no matter how hard you try. Whatever the cause, you know your time is short. The end is near. You've got to act fast.READ MORE:...more

The Twin Fight or Why I'm Hated on the Playground

This might place me firmly in the bad parent category, I'm not sure. I know that some mothers laugh with me, and some laugh at me (when they're not busy throwing daggers my way.) What could be so polarizing, you ask? Playground politics. READ MORE:...more

Emotional Three-Year-Old Breakdowns

It's that time again--when I come to you, my readers for help. Help! Lately, Sawyer has been having some trouble dealing with his emotions. He's three. This is par for the course. But this is my first three-year-old and I am struggling with the right way to handle some of his emotions. I'll give you some examples and then you can (hopefully?) offer some thoughts. When things happen that are upsetting to him, he runs to his room (or behind a couch or chair) and cries. This is different (and yet similar?) to throwing the tantrums that kids start throwing when they're two....more

My Children Love Me. They Love Me Not.

It’s been a rough week with the kids…and it’s only Thursday. They’ve loved me. They’ve hated me. They’ve been amazing. They’ve been horrible. My heart has swelled with joy and love. It has been plagued by disappointment and sadness. My realization this week is that life with kids sometimes bears a strange resemblance to the toxic relationships you swore off in your youth.Don’t believe me? All the signs are there....more
@DesiValentine4 Yes, I'll drink -- I mean consume my fruit and legumes -- to that!more

I Killed Another Parent’s Dreams

I scared someone the other day. Not just scared them as in “boo,” but scared them as in shattered their dreams, stole their hope, burst their bubble, etc. The look on this poor man’s face was indescribable in its horror. And I have to admit, it made me laugh just a bit....more
@DesiValentine4 Ha ha ha ha ha, too true! And, my hat is off to you for managing a six-man crew ...more

Tantruming - I've Been Doing It Wrong

You know how the most obvious rule for getting a well-behaved toddler is to say something and then follow through with it? Apparently it's more difficult than I previously thought, since I had assumed I was doing it, and I was not.I was following an old model. A model for babies. Not for toddlers. I was, in essence, teaching my kids to tantrum. Way to go, me. Aces.It hit me last week. My kids were yet again crying and screaming about something ridiculous in public. We were at family art, and Natalina wanted to use glue, but this week's project didn't involve glue....more

Lose your Embarrassment Meter

You almost can't be a parent to toddlers if you are easily embarrassed, humiliated or sensitive. They will see you. They will see your weakness. You will perish. Okay, maybe not, but it will feel as if you're going through the seven gates of hell. At least once a day. It all starts with a bad idea. For me, today, that idea was bringing the girls to the toy store (should have listened to you, Janel). ...more

A Twin Specialty

Toddlers don't like compromise. This is a shame. Compromise is one of my main tactics in calming the girls, and since they don't like it, well, it doesn't work at all. I keep waiting for the day that they will magically understand how both of them get a little of what they want and it's the best I can do. I'm not sure that day will ever come. ...more