If you’re a parent and… your toddler is toying with naughty words

Posted by on July 23, 2014.

The Very Inappropriate Word by Jim Tobin

…then you are quite familiar with “the look.

It’s no longer the oblivious, “Gee, climbing on top of the couch is such fun!” expression. At least that one carried pure ignorance to the actual danger or unlawfulness of the behavior.

No, this “look” is a new level of testing, of pushing boundaries of which he is well aware.

If you’re a parent and… making up stories doesn’t come naturally

Posted by on May 5, 2014.

I love a good story. But making them up on the spot doesn’t come naturally to me. I dread when my child asks “tell me a story.”

She usually asks when I feel least creative – driving to school, waiting in the doctor’s office, or sitting in her bed in the middle of the night after a nightmare or an upset stomach.

Dr. Seuss and the Great Reading Debate

Posted by on May 3, 2013.

If you have ever had a small child living in your home, chances are there are several Dr. Seuss books lying around. He is, after all, the best-selling children’s author of all time.

Did you ever notice, though, that there are two different types Dr.

Idioms Take the Cake!

Posted by on March 19, 2013.

At our house no one is ever hungry, they are “staaarving!” No one is ever tired, they are “exhaaaausted!”

That’s how we roll. To just say things straight would be “sooo incredibly booooring!”

And we are not just prone to hyperbole either, we like all types of colorful language, especially idioms.

Kids and Potty Talk

Posted by on February 21, 2013.

Watching your child develop language skills is definitely one of the great joys of parenting. My five year old is picking up big, grown-up words every day, and it is fun watching her figure out how to use them.

But, as with any new skill your child obtains, there are definitely drawbacks.

Here we go…again…

Posted by on November 28, 2012.

I pulled out a pad of paper to jot down a few ideas for my blog post, and the toddler to my right (my son Emmett’s friend) inquired, “Mommy write?”

Impressed with her command of the word “write,” I joyfully responded, “Yes.