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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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Potty Training Q + A: Fruit and Loose Stools

Posted by on Aug 25, 2014 in Potty Training Love | Comments Off

Potty Training Q + A: Fruit and Loose Stools

A reader wrote in: My son is 28 months and we’re getting ready to start potty training. Since it’s summer, he’s been going to town on all sorts of fruit and his diapers have been a bit of a mess. Do you think this will make it harder for him? Do we need to get things back to normal first? Sorry, it’s gross. But I want to set him up for success.   Answer: Number one, ain’t no such thing as too gross or TMI  ’round these parts.  Number two (all puns are fully intended): great question!  Yes, you...

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NOT back-to-school, NOT the end of summer

Posted by on Aug 18, 2014 in Homeschooling | Comments

NOT back-to-school, NOT the end of summer

This is one of my favorite times of the year. NOT back-to-school.  Everyone is lamenting the end of summer and we’re not. We’ll have another month of going to the beach and weekday camping and hiking and all sorts of fun. There’s no scurry to get uniforms or school clothes. We’ll be in our bathing suits and pi’s for a while longer.  Supplies like pencils, notebooks, and dry erase markers are constantly strewn about my house, so there’s no rush with a supply list. We homeschool year-round so there’s...

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Limit Testing

Posted by on Aug 8, 2014 in Parenting | Comments Off

Limit Testing

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about acting out and what that means with your child. Today, I want to talk about limit testing, which is different than acting out although it can often come with similar behavior as acting out. Limit testing is sort of one of those hot button parenting subjects.  I think because limit testing may require another hot topic; discipline.  Both these words don’t have nearly the power that social and other media would suggest. Limit testing is simply that. Testing where the limits lie. Testing where YOUR...

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