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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

8 Modern Day Parenting Challenges With Toddlers

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Are there any toddlers out there that are not terrified of the self flushing toilets? Or the loud no touch hand dryers? If your toddler is one of the few that happens to not be terrified, I am extremely jealous!! My daughter is potty trained, yet, at the moment, she's in a phase of being terrified of using public restrooms. Why? Because one too many toilets has flushed on her preemptively, while she's still sitting on it! We've all had it happen at one point or another. As an adult we just find it gross. You can't possibly get up fast enough to prevent the toilet from splashing all over you, and you feel so dirty. I'd rather kick the flushing lever with my foot like we did in the good old days then have my rear end splashed with dirty water! My daughter doesn't think of it that way, but it scares the living daylight out of her. Once this happens, it takes me a good month to calm her down to the point where she can use a public restroom again. Anyways, it got me thinking. With all the "luxuries" of modern day life (such as self flushing toilets), there are some drawbacks as a result, when it comes to parenting toddlers.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Behaviors I "Go To The Mat" For

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This post originally appeared as a guest post at Guest post at BabywiseMom in December 2016. is by far the best online Babywise resource you'll come across. Every topic you could ever imagine regarding Babywise is on her blog! It is such an honor to guest post on her blog, and to be a part of the Babywise Friendly Blog Network with Valerie (writer at

A few weeks ago, a mama in the Mama's Organized Chaos Discussion group on Facebook, posed a question:

"What fights aren't you willing to have with your toddler, and what ones will you go to the mat for??"

Here was my response:

"Safety (holding my hand when crossing the street, throwing things, etc)
Manners (saying please and thank you, saying sorry)
Listening to mama/daddy: if she tries to ignore anything really (I think this sets the stage for a lot so we are firm) with this said I try to only tell her to do things that's I feel are important (clean up, come to mama, etc)
Food: try everything offered once

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Mr. & Mrs.: The Lost Art

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Today I am featuring a guest post from Cole at Twinning Babywise. She is talking about teaching our children to use Mr. and Mrs. when addressing adults. There's definitely been a shift in our society and we seem to be using formal address less and less. Great read!

I am guest posting over at The Journey of Parenthood today on methods of correction that can be used with your toddler.

Mr. & Mrs.: The Lost Art


I looked down and there stood a dirty three year old. Can I have a muffin?

I see this three year old every week. This three year old knows my name. I scanned the group of moms beside me as I struggled to find a response. Did they all just hear this? Are they really going to let this fly? I guess so. Hey you, it is.

Sure, sweetheart, here's a muffin. 

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

2 Year Old Imaginations

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It's amazing to hear your child talk for the first time.
It's then amazing to hear their minds at work.
It's even more amazing to hear their creativity and imagination shine through.

Toddlers don't exactly have a normal perception of the world. I was at a play area in a mall the other day. I saw a little girl brush past my daughter. They touched....barely. My daughter turned around and yelled "She bonked me!!!". Quite the exaggeration, yes. But to my daughter it wasn't. That little girl bonked her...whether it was hardly at all, or on accident doesn't matter. There was contact and my girl was going to call her out on it.

Inside I was laughing (maybe a little outwardly as well- although I was trying to sympathize with my daughter).

Monday, February 6, 2017

26th Month Update and Schedule

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It is simply amazing to see my daughter learn so much in so little time. Caroline is now 26 months old, and she is so different from even her 24 month old self! Her language is off the charts (doctors and teachers that we meet say she's easy to understand and well beyond what's typical), and I am so impressed with her reasoning skills. She has risen to every expectation we've ever set for her and she is simply thriving. Don't get me wrong, she has her terrible 2 moments and can throw a good tantrum... but she learns from each moment and really seems to comprehend what we are telling her.

She went through a pretty rough "I need Mama" for everything phase, and she came out the other side with amazing understanding of what I was trying to teach her, and I came out of the phase with some new tactics to use and add to my toolbox. The biggest change I see in her over the last couple of months, is her ability to know what she should be sorry for, to know what she's thankful for, and to be able to express ideas like this on her own with little to no prompting. It is amazing to me, that a 26th month old can say things like "Thank you, Mama, for making my dinner", or "Sorry for throwing the toy, Mama". She makes us laugh every day with the things she says. I asked her the other day how her milk was. She replied with "It's not terribly bad". We just die laughing at these responses from her. It is so amazing to be a part of her world right now!


Friday, January 27, 2017

A Day in Our House- Mama and 2 Year Old

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I always find it fun to read about how everyone utilizes their time with their toddler. I also feel like I have so many plans for the day and rarely get to all that I want to do with my daughter. There's my goal, and then there's reality- the day just goes SO fast! Our typical day also changes with the season. When it is nice out, we are outside all the time and on the go. Now that it is winter and cold, we are being a bit more lazy and lounging around the house more often. Here's a peak into our daily routines:

6:30 am: Mama has big plans to get up 45 minutes before Caroline. Instead of this actually happening, my alarm goes off and I snooze until I HAVE to get up. Big dreams and it is staying on my goals for 2017, but I'm too tired to make it a reality- yet.

7:00 am: I finally decide to get up. I let the dog outside, get his breakfast, make coffee and get Caroline some milk.

7:15 am: Caroline's clock turns yellow and it's time to go get her! I grab Caroline, her blankets, and a couple of books and we head to Mama's bed. We drink our milk and coffee, snuggle, talk a bit, sometimes read books, and sometimes we watch a TV show (either Daniel Tiger or Dinosaur Train). I loooooove this time with my daughter. I know it's not the greatest start to the day to just stay in bed and even start off with a TV show, but it's our special time and I know I won't always get this time with her, so for now I'm keeping this around. #GuiltyPleasure :) We both love it so much, and before we know it the weather will be warm and we'll be getting back to our morning walks. Until then, I'm totally soaking this up. On school days or days where we are headed somewhere we don't do this since we need to get up and get moving to make it on time.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

10 Benefits of Screen Time for Your Toddler

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Today is Babywise Friendly Blog Network day, and all of the wonderful bloggers are writing on the topic of: "Screen Time"! We have all sorts of fabulous viewpoints on this to share with you today. Please see the bottom of this post for a full list of titles and links.

Screen time seems to be a source of guilt for parents. If you do a search on screen time, you'll find all sorts of articles and blog posts talking about how detrimental it can be to your child and how you need to severely limit screen time. If you ask other moms how much screen time they allow, they seem to turn their nose up at it and say they do as little as possible. I really struggle with this because, as a former teacher, and now as a mom, I see SO many benefits to using technology with our children. As a society we seem to be resisting the use of technology with our children, instead of embracing it as a welcome new addition to our toolbox (and yes it is an addition, not a replacement, to outdoor play and tactile learning). As a result, I'd like to focus my discussion today on the benefits that I see to allowing screen time at the young age of... toddlerhood!