Author: Jenn Ford

Slacker Parent Milestones

I’ve got a message for parents of babies, toddlers and even preschoolers: It gets better. My kids are 3 and a half and 6 and we have turned an amazing corner. They can do so many things for themselves allowing me to reach my full slacker parent potential. I can now relax in the backyard, converse uninterrupted with friends and houseguests and even take a little snooze without anyone needing much help or attention. So for those new parents out there who are wondering when they will be able to relax a little, here’s a list of the parenting...

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Thank You Could Never Be Enough

My husband and I spent the first two years of parenthood over a thousand miles away from everyone and everything we grew up with. We were on our own during those years and I think it’s given us a real appreciation of how much help we have today. After my dad retired, my parents starting coming up north for a month or so during my mom’s summer teaching vacation. Now that my mom has retired, we have my parents just a short walk across the street for over half the year. They help with drop offs, pickups, groceries, cooking,...

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The (non) Napping House

It’s summer and I’m all about flexing the schedule, but 10:30 p.m. bedtimes just do not fly in my house. My three and a half year old has been steadily creeping her “fall asleep time” later and later. We put her in bed close to 8 p.m. or so, but lately she’s been coming back out, having to pee, needing one more hug, one more kiss, one more snuggle, having a bad dream and on and on until 10 p.m. or after. Finally, she’d fall asleep. Problem was there was no time left for me time. Or for US time. And don’t get me started on nap times. That girl does not want to take a nap. There’s just nothing like a three year old (whose eyes are crossing because she’s so tired) crying and telling you she’s not tired. Then she’d fall asleep for two hours. So we felt like she still needed the nap. So here was the schedule – she’d wake up around 5:30 a.m. on her own, take a one to two hour nap, then not be able to fall asleep until 10 p.m. This just was not working for us. We’re a family of four and since our other child doesn’t nap anymore, naps kind of slow us down. I know that’s not always a bad thing. So we decided a few days ago to...

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This is What the Truth Looks Like: My Daughter Went Cross Eyed at Three

In less than two months, my daughter’s eyes went from totally normally to being crossed more often than not. I still can’t believe how quickly it happened. One night at bedtime, as I lay cuddling her in the darkness, something made me turn on the light and look into her eyes. She didn’t seem to have control of them. Something wasn’t right. I was the only adult in the house and I worried she was having a stroke or something. She was acting normal and her eyes went back to normal pretty quickly. It was two weeks until the...

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Kids Say The Darndest Things

No kid is exactly the same because kids are, like us parents, unique individuals. However, it boggles my mind how predictable and similar children and the catch phrases they use can be. I’m hungry. This phrase is classically heard just after the click of carseat buckles or the turn of a car key as you’re pulling away from a party where copious amounts of food was served, but not eaten. I have to go to the bathroom really bad. This one usually comes halfway into a walk to the playground, or when you’re pulling the car onto the highway for a 30 minute trip. I’m NOT tired! shrieks the overly tired toddler at nap time. I think this video clip about sums it up. You never let me do anything fun. Oh, challenge accepted my dear. You’re not invited to my birthday party. I hate you. You’re the worst mom ever. I’m sending you to jail! I’ll group all of the insults together. They’d be insulting were they not so hilarious. I find that laughing in their face really isn’t the best way to handle these. Ignore. Ignore. Ignore. I promise they’ll phase them out, at least until we hear them again at 13 or so. Then there are the good things. When I really stop to think about it, and to document it, there are way more good phrases than...

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