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What “Terrible Twos” REALLY means.

Posted by on Nov 7, 2012 in terrible twos, toddler tantrums, toddler tantrums in public, what are terrible twos, what does terrible twos really mean, when do terrible twos start |

Last night, I pulled into the parking lot of Ryan’s daycare. I passed by his main teacher, who was leaving for the day. I smiled at her. She blinked and nodded once. Uh-oh…I walked into his classroom. He spotted me, grinned and ran into my arms, the same way he does every day. The picture-perfect reunion after a day apart. His other teacher...

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My kid hates pizza parties.

Posted by on Nov 4, 2012 in toddler tantrums, toddler tantrums in public |

Today, we attended a friend’s surprise birthday party. It was in the bowling alley of the college campus where I work. We took Ryan, against our better judgement. We knew he had an ear infection that was bothering him. We knew he was whiny. For some reason, we went anyway. Maybe because we’re tired of canceling on people at the last minute with...

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Trading stress for happy.

Posted by on Aug 30, 2012 in motherhood is stressful, stressful week, toddler stress, toddler tantrums |

You know those weeks when you are so stressed, you don’t know whether you’re coming or going? That you’re so overwhelmed, you feel dizzy? That if just one more thing comes up, you might actually scream out loud? Yeah, I’m having one of those weeks. So is Ryan. He might actually have it rougher than me, though, because FOUR terrible...

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Evidently I’m a terrible singer.

Posted by on Jun 12, 2012 in singing to my toddler, toddler hates my singing, toddler screams when I sing, toddler songs, toddler tantrums |

I’ve never claimed to be the next Adele, but I always thought my voice was at least passable to a child.  Ryan always seemed to enjoy my singing. When he was a newborn, my rendition of Sarah McLachlan’s “Angel” was sometimes the only thing that would calm him down. And until about two weeks ago, he would clap and yell...

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The Daycare Daily Report

Posted by on Apr 27, 2012 in a day at daycare, daycare report cards, daycare teachers, toddler and daycare, toddler tantrums |

I love our daycare. Literally, I like every single teacher and staff person there. They are sweet, they clearly love my kid, they limit milk and slather on sunscreen… they’re wonderful. Their strengths are pretty clear — they’re patient, kind and loving. They’re each a lovely combination of teacher and nurse. They’re...

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