“It’s all about the Tiger Growl”

Aug 22, 2014 by

Our 2 ½ year old was going through (I hope it’s over) an age appropriate phase of biting and hitting. It began a few months ago when she bit her BFF at daycare, how upsetting right?! It broke my heart that she would hurt her friend and even though daycare doesn’t disclose who bites your child, since I knew the mother well, I decided to talk with her about it in front of both girls.

I went up to the mother with M and apologized for her behavior and asked the little girl how she felt after she was bitten. As I was talking to the mother and daughter, M was looking at her BFF the whole time. I looked down and said, “What’s wrong M?.” She said “I sorry for biting my friend.” I then told her how proud I was of her for understanding how sad her friend was.

Trusting Your Child

Aug 8, 2014 by

Last week was probably the hardest week our family has ever had. Our daughter kept complaining that it burned “down below” after she urinated. We immediately took her to a walk in clinic, which of course occurred at 8:00 p.m. These “emergencies” never occur pre 5:00 p.m., it would just be too convenient.

We walked in and the doctor asked me what was wrong, in which I directed him to our two-year old who clearly can state how she’s feeling. After she told him what was wrong, he said, “There’s no way at two-years old that she has a UTI, it’s just too unlikely.” He told us that most likely it was a cut or just a phase she was going through.

“One and done” or “Two and Through”?

Jul 25, 2014 by

Our daughter is already 2 ½ years old and lately I have been feeling some pressure, not from anyone in particular, to think about having another child. One side of me is happy with just her, yet the other side wants to have another. Maybe it’s because I don’t want her to experience the negatives of being an only child like me.

Don’t get me wrong, there were many, wonderful times when I enjoyed being an only child, such as getting spoiled as a little girl and having my own room. However, as I grew older, I became lonely and really wanted a “permanent friend.” My parents are not getting any younger, in fact, they are starting to have health issues (none serious thank God), and it’s a lot of mental pressure to be the only one taking care of them. I wish I had a sibling to lean on and share personal things with, that only siblings understand.

Keeping the Romance Alive

Jul 18, 2014 by

Two years into this parenting gig and the hubby and I are really working hard at keeping the romance alive. From date nights to surprise bouquets of flowers and everything else between the sheets, the loving is great!

WAIT! Did I just write that while I was dreaming? That isn’t my reality, mine is much different.

Let me break it down for you. Unfortunately, being a parent takes a toll on your romance. It makes finding time for just the two of you that much harder. Long gone are the times of being caught up in the moment and there’s nothing wrong with that. I think we as women, put so much pressure on ourselves to keep the romance alive and when we see that it’s not as easy as it used to be, we clam up and get frustrated with ourselves.

Tackling Toddler Tantrums

Jul 11, 2014 by

Moving, unpacking and remodeling a house will even make an adult have a tantrum. Add a two-year-old into the mix and for the past few weeks it’s been tantrum town at our house.

The days were much longer and the nights passed by so quickly, before we knew it, it was morning again.

Sipping my coffee last weekend I came up with a strategy for tackling these tantrums. While I knew it would be hard, given so much recent activity and change in our family, I was determined to give it a try.

I thought about the best way to handle it and for me, talking about my feelings makes everything better and maybe it would for my two-year old.

I sat our daughter down outside and said that I needed to talk with her about something. I told her that sometimes I see she gets frustrated and upset and even mad at mommy and that while it makes me sad it’s completely normal and OK.

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