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First, who has seen the amazing parental gift that is this video? https://youtu.be/Mh4f9AYRCZY I watched it at least 25 times yesterday. I couldn’t quite put my finger on why exactly I loved it so much until I realized… it’s because I no longer have to deal with this same kind of scenario myself. Hallelujah! I’m finally out of the baby woods!!! But I can relate so very much from my experience with raising P&G over the past few years. Fortunately, at 3.5… Read more »

7:00a – kids are up and in undies. Despite our efforts to get them on the potty first thing when they woke up, neither went. 8:00a – we’ve eaten breakfast and the kids are on a steady diet of juice and water. No pee yet. 9:00a – first accident of the day. P peed right between the both of us in the kitchen in his underwear. Afterward he said “I have to pee” and I ran him to the potty,… Read more »

8:05a – Kids are up. Already defying the orders of the PT Gods – step 1 was to put both kids in a t-shirt and no pants. G was already saying when we walked into her room this morning “I want a NEW dress mama. New dress.” No shirt for her. So, P is in underwear and a tee and G is in underwear and a dress. 8:10a – threw diapers out. Introduced kids to potty and training urinal. P… Read more »

We’ve been approaching potty training for about a year. It’s been quite a slow approach. It’s kind of like when you’re on a flight and you hear the pilot say, “We are now approaching our descent for landing” but it’s still 45 minutes until you land. Well, we’ve been approaching our descent for landing for awhile now, and we’ve had a lot of false starts. It’s time to land. This weekend. So this is it. I’ve read the books, I’ve… Read more »

I recently finished reading the book Positive Discipline for Preschoolers, the third discipline book I’ve read in as many months. Reading these books has been my way of processing and wrapping my brain around this extremely challenging new phase of parenthood, the “terrible twos”. This book emphasizes two qualities, kindness and firmness, in the disciplining of our children. It takes a more general, birds’ eye view of discipline and raising kids during the toddler/preschool years, although its advice is geared… Read more »

My super-nerdy 3-part book review continues with a review of No-Drama Discipline by Daniel J. Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson. The premise of this book is that central to discipline is actually teaching–and reacting punitively (time-outs, spanking, etc) to your toddler’s bad behavior is not the correct response. According to the authors, fear and punishment are only short-term solutions, and are not effective over the long run. The book advises that prior to responding to misbehavior, we ask ourselves three… Read more »

Step one in living every day authentically: admit that your brain is only operating at 50%. These are just the facts, my friends. After spending two weekends away from my home and kids this summer I made an astonishing discovery–my brain recovered to 100% operational capacity. I finally felt like a normal human being who could compute basic math and formulate a semi-sophisticated sentence. I could be contemplative and unfrenzied. I could be organized and tell you exactly where my… Read more »

No, I’m not announcing that I’m a man trapped in a woman’s body. Not that kind of lie. This phrase actually came up at a writing retreat I attended this past weekend. It’s all the little lies we live on a daily basis. We promote the good, the happy, the “perfect” things in our lives, and hide the sad, the dark, the scary. I learned so much at this retreat, and the most profound was how much pain we all carry… Read more »

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This past weekend was awesome. There is nothing better than a weekend away with your girls, right? I mean seriously. I love my husband and kids, of course. But girlfriends are the best. We went to see Britney’s Vegas show (amazing), walked to Serendipity 3 for frozen hot chocolates, enjoyed delicious meals, checked out some retail/fashion inspiration for our Multiplicitees products, and just had the greatest time. I don’t often get time away from P&G; as I’ve talked about before,… Read more »

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P&G are now 21 months old and over the course of the past month or so the most evident (and hilarious) development has been saying each other’s names. I started hearing G do it several months ago but I couldn’t tell for sure. I sometimes call P “bubby” and in the past few months I would hear G as she meandered around the apartment, saying something that sounded a lot like bubby (bubba, baba, baby) and then when she found… Read more »