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Three Little Words For Your Toddler That Are Better Than “No”

By Halina Newberry Grant

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I don’t practice any “type” of parenting.

My daughter slept with us in our bed for a while: some people call that “co-sleeping,” I just called it getting sleep.

I wore my baby in a carrier. Some people call that “attachment parenting,” I just called it convenient and loving.

I embrace the philosophies behind what some call “child led” and “play based” learning, but I...

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Supreme Decision Making

By Meika Rouda

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While last month’s Supreme Court decision to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act received much due attention and celebrating, there was another Supreme Court decision that also deserves a toast.
The Supreme Court had an adoption case pending regarding the rules of the Indian Child Welfare Act. Veronica Capobianco nee Brown was adopted at birth. Her biological mother placed her...

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Fun Raising

The grueling end of the trike-a-thon

By: Ted Peterson

Mikey’s preschool had a bake sale and a trike-a-thon to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. As part of the week leading up to that, during one circle time, Mikey’s teachers taught them about sickness and health, and asked the kids what they would do to help another child who was seriously ill.

The adorable suggestions were...

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Clueless Caucasian Parents Doing Their Son’s Afro

By: Ted Peterson

 

I think we’ve got a pretty good handle on most aspects of parenting Mikey. The care and feeding of our three-and-a-half-year old hasn’t exactly gotten boring, but the “Oh my God, what the hell are we doing?” moments seem rarer and shallower than once they did.

The exception to this is on the subject of hair. Completely falling into the cliché of the clueless Caucasian parents,...

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Love Bites

By Meika Rouda


I had something shocking happen yesterday. Asha and I were in music class, happily singing “Jimmy Crack Corn and I Don’t Care” in a circle with the other moms and toddlers. Asha usually meanders during class, dancing around in the center of the circle, walking over to sit on other moms’ laps, or to hug other children. During the middle of the song, just as we were getting into the...

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Just A Little Brit

By: Ted Peterson

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I’ve been an Anglophile for at least thirty years. The first Brit I fell for was James Bond, and I’ve remained true through his six incarnations. To this day, no one can beat me in Bond trivia, and I specialize in the worst of the movies, like “Diamonds Are Forever,” “The Man With The Golden Gun,” “A View To A Kill,” and … okay, whatever the second...

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The Best Blog Ever

By: Ted Peterson

It’s been understood in our house for some time that the way to motivate Mikey is to appeal to his sense of competitiveness. He’s not a morning person, and will remain under the sheets, eyes closed, resistant to gentle nudges and more forceful shakes, until you say, “Hey, I bet I can get to the bathroom faster than you.”

“Nooo,” comes the zombie-like groan.

“Yeah, I’m pretty sure...

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Q&A: My Toddler Won’t Share!


Little girl not sharing

Question:
My 18-month-old-son “shares” by handing me something and then snatching it back. What kind of kid am I raising? Are there proven ways to teach a child to share?

Answer by Julie Gamberg and Holly Kretschmar (Parents & Educators)

The behavior you describe –let’s call it “playing backsies” –is absolutely normal, developmentally appropriate behavior for your toddler. It’s admirable that...

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Potty Training

By: Brandy Black


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Does anyone ever look forward to potty training? I think I’ve been dreading it for months. I envied friends that had put it behind them quickly, that saw that golden window of opportunity and went for it. We put it off. Honestly, I don’t think there was a window that we missed but maybe I wasn’t looking hard enough. My daughter is now 2.9 years old and we determined that...

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The Other Mother

*My wife dropped in with a guest post.

By: Susan Howard

I get the entire team out of the house.

Dog: check.  Two year-old with pink tutu on: check.  And myself with a crumpled 5 dollar bill (the gateway to my double-tall latte): check.

We are going for a walk and I am a good mom. I let little Sophia walk on her own and when it’s time to cross the street I pick her up. This time I decide to...

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Orange Stars

By: Brandy Black

Today we found out that Sophia will be in the Orange Stars class with Miss Kimberly for preschool in September. I jumped for joy and must have read the letter out loud to Sophia 3 times. We printed out the email and colored orange stars all over it and, as Sophia would say, “sticky-taped” it in the scrapbook. I was elated. We read the kids’ names that will be in her class and...

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Me Work And Have Family

By: Amy Forstadt

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There comes a time when maternity leave ends, the bank account is drained, and it’s time for mom to go back to work. For some women, this is a gut-wrenching, heart-breaking experience that involves tearing themselves away from their babies every morning, crying at their desks, and feeling like something is seriously wrong with the world. For others (me) it’s more like, “Hey,...

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