Category: Toddlers

The end of naptime

We’ve had some major schedule shake-ups in our house over the past couple of weeks. The kids spent a week at (morning-only) day camp, which was awesome because I could work uninterrupted for three full hours. But it also caused problems because Darling Husband…

Kids + weddings

I’m a big fan of weddings, possibly (probably?) because I didn’t really have one, myself. I just wrapped up working on two pieces for wedding-themed issues of six newspapers, where I got to write about two fun topics: adding local flair to a wedding,…

Nooooooo! The era of toddler destruction

We’ve been battling this for over a year now, but it’s showing no signs of slowing down just yet. It started a year ago, Christmas Eve, when C flipped herself out of her playpen on the night before her 20-month birthday. Items were wrecked,…

Mommy needs a time-out: Seven things to try (and three things NOT to try) when your kids are driving you crazy

Taking a deep breath and counting to 10? Has that ever worked for anyone who’s pissed off? Or am I just immune to the cliche of calm-down techniques? I have no problem admitting that I get frustrated with my kids. I feel badly when…

The kids who hate Santa … and the mom who insists on a photo every year

When this week’s The Mom Scene column was published, I was kind of expecting reader backlash like “What?! You force your kids to sit on Santa’s knee when they are CLEARLY UNCOMFORTABLE?! You negligent monster!” But I have yet to receive one comment or email…

I love my daughter … but man, I wish she’d stop this!

It started out innocently enough, with two mismatched socks. Our two-year-old daughter decided she wanted to wear socks during her nap, so she pawed through her drawers until she could locate two (very different) socks. In the process, of course, she had thrown dozens…

My daughter is a marketing genius

In my nearly four (FOUR!?) years of this parenting gig, we have tried a lot of sippy cups. (Oh dear, this is sounding like an infomercial already) Wait, let me start over.  I got an email a few weeks back from the good people…

Mornings with my girl

Now that we’re finally settling into our new lives — that are officially crazy-ville with scheduled activities — I’m catching my breath and taking a second to tell you about it. D now goes to preschool two mornings a week (Tuesdays and Thursdays), takes…

Mommy confession: I hate playing outside

Yes, it’s summer. Yes, the weather is too hot, er, nice. Yes, my three-year-old and one-year-old want to be outside ALL. THE. TIME. But no, I don’t like to play outside. It sounds terrible to admit it, I know! But I have always been…

Chatty Cathy

I can’t tell if it’s boring when I re-tell them to other people, but I just can’t get enough of the funny things my newly-minted three-year-old has been saying lately! Maybe it’s a Mom thing, and other moms find toddler-speak interesting, too? I always…

More adventures in camping with toddlers

Our new tent trailer has been getting quite the workout! And luckily, we’re learning more each trip about how to successfully camp with toddlers — something that is not for the faint of heart. For our third camping trip, we hit up a spot…

Camping with toddlers: Take II

It appears we got over any ill feelings towards camping with toddlers pretty quickly, because before we knew it, we were on the road again! This time, it was what I refer to as “soft camping,” because we were setting up the tent trailer…