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Struggling With Getting Poop In The Potty?

Posted by on Jan 28, 2015 in Potty Training Love | Comments Off

Struggling With Getting Poop In The Potty?

Pooping difficulty is probably one of the most common issues when potty training.  There’s a million different specifics but the gist is a child who’s doing well with pee and for some reason, just can’t let go of that poop in the potty. It can look like fear. It can look like a power struggle. It can look like your child is just being difficult.   It’s important to remember we can never, ever MAKE a child go to the bathroom. It absolutely, positively MUST be their idea. This is why I say you can never get into a...

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A Modern And Major Potty Training Mistake

Posted by on Jan 25, 2015 in Potty Training Love | Comments

A Modern And Major Potty Training Mistake

If you know my work at all, you know I consider myself a “real world” potty trainer.  As if potty training weren’t challenging enough, we as modern parents have some extra challenges that can muck up the process for us. There’s a very new problem that can throw a wrench into your system. This problem didn’t even EXIST until 2006. And it didn’t pick up speed until around 2008. And now it’s like a run-away train.  Can you guess? FACEBOOK. That’s right. Facebook. The social media  Big Daddy...

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My Random End of Year Thoughts

Posted by on Dec 31, 2014 in Potty Training Love | Comments Off

My Random End of Year Thoughts

I love New Year’s Eve. I usually lay low and don’t do too much. I love reflecting on the past year and gearing up for a new one. I don’t do resolutions. But I recommit. I like to recommit to my vision for my life, what I’ve done, what I want to do…going inward and seeing if my vision has aligned with my doing. Often I’ve fallen off track. I turned 46 this year. All around me, my around-the-same-age friends are having some version of a mid-life awareness. I say awareness, not crisis on purpose. The old days...

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Love And Joy Come To You, In Their Pants, There’s Pee and Poop

Posted by on Dec 21, 2014 in Potty Training Love | Comments Off

Love And Joy Come To You, In Their Pants, There’s Pee and Poop

‘Tis the season for regressions, accidents, meltdowns, and crazed toddlers. And why not? The whole world is pretty crazy right now as well. LOTS of parents are experiencing all kinds of madness around potty training during the holiday season. It might look like sudden accidents for the little potty training pro. It might look like the whole process just isn’t clicking. And it may be a certain version of undefinable hell for you. As we come into the home stretch of the holidays, please remember all that is jarring for a toddler...

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Let’s Get Really Clear About My Homeschooling

Posted by on Dec 8, 2014 in Homeschooling | Comments

Let’s Get Really Clear About My Homeschooling

As you may or may not know, my last article about homeschooling went viral. I’ve never had over 60,000 likes before, nor so many comments.  It was very overwhelming to keep up with all the comments. So, I stopped. But a few comments stuck with me and  I’d like to address them all in one spot. I HATE TEACHERS. There could be nothing further from the truth. I adore teachers. When my son started Kindergarten and I saw his teacher in action, I was astounded. I think teachers’ starting salary should be $100,000 and go up another...

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Parenting Lesson #2394: Shut Up More.

Posted by on Dec 1, 2014 in Parenting | Comments Off

Parenting Lesson #2394: Shut Up More.

I’m on Day 6 of the worst case of laryngitis known to man. No voice. A teeny-tiny whisper is all. I’m of the mind-set that things “happen to us” for reasons. And laryngitis is usually a big-fat-case of the universe wanting me to shut up. Which as you can imagine, doesn’t come easily to me. But some amazing things have happened in my parenting in these past 6 days, leading me to believe that the universe wants me to broadcast why I think we all need to shut up a little bit more in our parenting. #1. The big one....

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The Most Radical Parenting Thing You Can Do

Posted by on Nov 23, 2014 in Mama Self Care | Comments

The Most Radical Parenting Thing You Can Do

I’m a rebel by nature. I don’t do what everyone else does. Haven’t for a long time. Lately, I’ve been SUPER radical in one area of parenting.  I think most people don’t even think of this thing as parenting. But trust me…it is. You ready? You feeling rebellious?   MORE SLEEP. That’s it. GET MORE SLEEP. It will change EVERYTHING about your parenting. I promise. I could go on and on about how so many of our kids are lacking enough sleep. I think naps should be National Law for everyone and I think...

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Potty Training Q + A: How Many Accidents Are Normal?

Posted by on Nov 10, 2014 in Potty Training Love | Comments

Potty Training Q + A: How Many Accidents Are Normal?

Question: What is a normal level of accidents? How long should you expect accidents before you go into to really correct them? Answer: This is a great question with a somewhat vague answer. One of the things that makes potty training such a trying process at times is that there really is no finish line. It hard to define the moment you can consider your child DONE. I consider a child DONE potty training when the parents can have 5 consecutive thoughts that don’t involve pee, poop, or potty.  For MOST parents, this takes about 1-4 weeks....

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Don’t Homeschool! You Can’t Shelter Your Kid From The Real World!

Posted by on Oct 9, 2014 in Homeschooling | Comments

Don’t Homeschool! You Can’t Shelter Your Kid From The Real World!

So this week, a charming thing happened. Three school districts in Rhode Island received graphic bomb threats that included the beheading of elementary school students. Which of course, put homeschooling in the center of a lot on-line discussions. Which of course led to some pretty stupid arguments against homeschooling. A huge prevailing comment was along the lines of homeschooling shelters children, when they need to be out of the home and gain independence from parents. Ay yi yi. Now, granted, I consider myself a hip, urban homeschooler. I...

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Rant of the Day: Gluten-Free Haters

Posted by on Oct 1, 2014 in Mama Self Care | Comments

Rant of the Day: Gluten-Free Haters

Argh. If I see one more article in my newsfeed with the gist of,  “You’re not allergic to gluten, you’re just a whiner”, I’m gonna scream. Yes. I get it. I know a lot of people jumped on the gluten-free bandwagon with no clue if gluten is what’s making them feel crappy. I get that a lot of folks don’t even really know what gluten is. I get that it’s become a fad, a “thing”, and that some people are using “gluten-free” to be a major PITA. And maybe feel a little special. I...

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