We were taking our usual after dinner walk with the dogs. Kerry, me, Clara in the stroller, and Hank and Homer. Deciding to take a longer walk, we strolled by the pool in our neighborhood bustling with children playing and splashing in the water. Such a refreshing sound on an early summer evening. There were [...]
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Every time you get behind the wheel, can you say your child is in the safest possible position and buckled in the seat properly? Would you bet his/her life on it? Have you read your car seat manual front to back and the owner’s manual to your car? Who does? Even if you had the [...]
It’s scary being a new mom. I remember on our first night home from the hospital, Kerry looked at me as I was nursing Clara and said “so what do we do now?” Looking back on that moment, we can now laugh at it. But after experiencing the roller coaster of birth, dealing with jaundice, [...]
Off is a word that has always been in my “dog” vocabulary. Hank and Homer know it well. And now I’ve added it to my “child” vocabulary. No, Clara doesn’t jump on me yet. She loves to flip the light switches off as part of our bedtime ritual. But, she also loves to pull books [...]
I can relate to the father who says he won’t let his daughter date until she’s 40. Likewise, I won’t let her eat sugar, processed foods, watch TV, or have useless plastic noisy toys to name a few until she’s 40. And she’ll turn out completely normal and well-adjusted! And mommy and daddy can model all of these behaviors perfectly all the time too!
Do you think I’m excited about this or traumatized? Maybe a little of both… haha! So, I decided to be adventurous. I’m reading a book called “Montessori from the Start” since I’m really fascinated by the Montessori philosophy. One of the ideas of Montessori is that children should play with real and natural things as [...]
Music class is great for many reasons, but one is that I get to see her interact with other kids and adults. Boy, is she cute! That’s what people say anyway. Well, what’s not so cute is when it’s time to put instruments away and she throws a fit. Now, I understand that developmentally, infants [...]