Elise Davis

An educator and parent of two toddlers in Western Alaska who loves a good blizzard, who has carried around a guitar for two decades and still can't play, and who loves working with teenagers.

 

Science and Laughter in the Midst of Bathroom Humor

Oh my gosh - you are doing super cool things with your kids!   And your photo was absolutely ...more

Peter and the Wolf, Love-Bombing and Difficult Stages

When my mom was a little girl, she stole something from the store. Her mother found out, and instead of scolding or punishing or dragging her back to the store by her ear, my grandmother picked up my mom and held in her in her lap and told her she loved her. I don't think this was the way my grandmother usually parented and yet, in that moment, I think my grandmother did some of her finest parenting....more
@Waffle-Wednesday That's all a beautiful way of putting it! It's great to meet you.more

Peter and the Wolf, Love-Bombing and Difficult Stages

When my mom was a little girl, she stole something from the store. Her mother found out, and instead of scolding or punishing or dragging her back to the store by her ear, my grandmother picked up my mom and held in her in her lap and told her she loved her. I don't think this was the way my grandmother usually parented and yet, in that moment, I think my grandmother did some of her finest parenting....more
@Waffle-Wednesday Oh, I love how you said your parents kept out-loving you.  It's how I feel ...more

This is Why We Can't Have a Pet

I'm one of those people that couldn't keep a goldfish alive. Seriously, my parents bought us ( my brother and I) goldfish when I was about five years old. There were seven little goldfish, and they lived exactly one week. Apparently we over fed them. ...more
We have a frog and I am amazed at how well she does (and how long she is living).  We bought her ...more

Hey Mom, I Get You

I have a friend I met when we both belonged to a local moms group. One of the first group activities my kids and I participated in was a play date at her house. My friend has a cat, and L, who was probably just over a year old, was found playing in the litter box. We determined that L hadn't eaten anything (litter or otherwise), and after washing her hands REALLY good, I released her to continue playing while I sipped my coffee, chatted with the other mothers, and kept a better eye on my kid. I was grossed out, but what was I gonna do? Enjoy my coffee and grown-up conversation, that's what....more
Oh, I liked what you wrote.  I don't have enough energy (or desire) to worry about all the ...more

Peter and the Wolf, Love-Bombing and Difficult Stages

When my mom was a little girl, she stole something from the store. Her mother found out, and instead of scolding or punishing or dragging her back to the store by her ear, my grandmother picked up my mom and held in her in her lap and told her she loved her. I don't think this was the way my grandmother usually parented and yet, in that moment, I think my grandmother did some of her finest parenting....more
@Darcie Thanks - I sure hope so!more

Poopy Cake!

A month or so back, we suggested having a celebration (who doesn't love a good excuse for a celebration) when little boy did his first poop in the potty.  He was quite taken with the idea and told us all about it many times....more
 @nikonMom  It worked really well.   I'm not a fan of external based rewards such as prizes and ...more

Poopy Cake!

A month or so back, we suggested having a celebration (who doesn't love a good excuse for a celebration) when little boy did his first poop in the potty.  He was quite taken with the idea and told us all about it many times....more
 @HomeRearedChef It really has been a wonderful month for celebrations.  I love that it's driven ...more

Can Grandparents Be Too Involved?

Yesterday, my husband's parents asked if they could take our daughter to the parade in their city. Since we had a number of things to get done that day -- all of which would be easier without a toddler in tow -- it seemed like a great situation for all of us. Clara got to enjoy the day, as did her Grandparents, and we were able to get our stuff done. Why was I conflicted?...more
My in-laws are super involved and want to soak up as much of their grandchildren as they can. ...more

Poopy Cake!

A month or so back, we suggested having a celebration (who doesn't love a good excuse for a celebration) when little boy did his first poop in the potty.  He was quite taken with the idea and told us all about it many times....more
 @kkeith Well, it was pretty dang tasty and the kids were quite thrilled.  It was our "Jenn's ...more