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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 | 0 comments

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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No-no Night-nights.

Posted by on Oct 16, 2012 in toddler doesn't want to sleep, toddler tantrums, toddlers and sleep | 0 comments

Ryan has become obsessed with the idea that he must never go to sleep. The actual sleep part isn’t the problem. The vast majority of the time, once he falls asleep, he stays asleep all night. But ohhhhhhh, how he dreads it. From the moment I pick him up from daycare in the evening, he’s a broken record of “No-no night-nights. Ok? No-no...

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Trading stress for happy.

Posted by on Aug 30, 2012 in motherhood is stressful, stressful week, toddler stress, toddler tantrums | 0 comments

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 | 0 comments

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 | 0 comments

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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