If you’re a parent and…you’ve got a slugger

Posted by on April 23, 2015.

Well, maybe not a “slugger.” More like a clunker.

His pitching is anything but fast, his tiny hands can barely close his glove, let alone catch with it, and he usually forgets to run the bases when his bat finally makes contact with the ball.

If you are a parent and… your child learns to read

Posted by on March 23, 2015.

Little boy with dinosaur book

I’ll be honest – I burst into tears.

At first I didn’t believe it. Emmett’s friend (who is nine) had been sitting with him looking at a book when she alerted me: Emmett can read. I said, “What?! Really? Are you sure?”

“Watch,” was her response.

If you are a parent and… every day is Thanksgiving

Posted by on November 25, 2014.

Awesome Book of Thanks

As parents we often exhaust ourselves prodding our kids to use their manners:

“Remember to say please.”

“How do you ask nicely?”

“What’s the magic word?”

“What do you say now?”

We want them to be polite, appreciative, socially appropriate beings, and sometimes forcing them to use manners doesn’t feel like the most effective or authentic way to do it.

If you are a parent and… you need the toy to end all toys

Posted by on October 24, 2014.

Box plane-train

It’s a drizzly, dreary afternoon. The blocks have towered and the cars have raced and the crayons have drawn. But it’s still drizzly and dreary.

Cue the whining.

My son’s new favorite I’m-bored-phrase is “but who will play with me?”

That’s when it’s time for the box.

If you’re a parent and… you’re raising a sensitive child

Posted by on August 20, 2014.

You may witness a multitude of emotions within any given day – unfettered giggles rising from deep in his belly, tender moments of quiet affection, loud protests of untamable anger, and tears of heartbreaking sadness.

 

Sure, all toddlers carry a strain of drama queen.

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… your child has no use for logic

Posted by on February 18, 2014.

screaming toddler and Pete the Cat

If you live with a toddler, you’ve probably seen the blog Reasons my Son is Crying. You may have even submitted to it. I know. A typical conversation in my house goes something like this:

Him: “Mama, please I can have a samich?”

Me: “Sure.

If you’re a parent and… your child is afraid of the dark

Posted by on September 30, 2013.

If you’re a parent and your child is afraid of the dark, then you probably find yourself in your child’s room more often than in your own throughout the night. You startle awake to the staring eyes of a toddler standing next to your bed.