The quickest way for a parent to get a child’s attention is to sit down...– ~ Lane Olinhouse
Teaching Time Management
So after my exploration of discipline techniques from the experts, I have been very aware of how I interact with my daughter. I notice that she is quite resistant to any sort of direction. I let her play outside yesterday with two neighbor girls and when it was time to come in, she was somewhat agreeable. Sometimes she throws a tantrum and cries, but this time she came in, albeit somewhat...
Mostly Organic Oatmeal Treats
This is a recipe that my four year old daughter absolutely loves. I call them treats because, although they are like cookies, they are not sweet, so if you want them sweeter, add up to 2 cups of sugar instead of the 1/2 cup that I use. They are a healthy alternative to cookies and other prepackaged snack foods. I made them tonight and my daughter gobbled up 3 of them. As the pictures show, I...
Mothers are all slightly insane.– J.D. Salinger
Dad and the Cable
My dad is staying with us for his annual two-week visit. While my man and I work all day and my daughter is in preschool, my father basically has his run of the house. He did not want to rent a car, so he is stuck either surfing the internet or watching television. I can tell that he is growing tired of this routine as evidenced by the five or so phone calls I received from him yesterday. One...
You Make Your Own Family
You make your own family. This is something I realized with great clarity this past weekend as we celebrated my daughter’s 4th birthday party. While some family members were present, I was overwhelmed by the response from friends. I will be the first to admit that my relationship with my parents and immediate family is not the best, but I have always tried to keep it stable. After having my...
So it’s Sunday morning, the morning of my daughter’s 4th birthday party, and I’m up way too early. At the bright time of 6:40, I was awoken by my daughter, Oliver (our older cat), and Lily (our new kitten), who all decided to come into our bedroom. “I have to go to the bathroom,” my daughter whispers to me. I glance over at Daddy, and he is still fast asleep. I...
I admit that my daughter is quite willful and tests our patience often. It made me wonder if all parents experience moments that we do where we think, “This could be so much easier if she would just listen.” There is no doubt that my daughter is strong willed, but I wanted to see what the experts have to say about giving children choices and disciplining when they don’t listen. ...
At four years of age, I think my daughter is doing just fine. She is healthy and happy with almost everything for which she could ask. I know I am not a perfect parent, by any means, but I think I have done pretty well up to this point. So why examine my parenting now? I want to do better, to put it bluntly. Parenting is one of those things in life that most people try to get right, but there is...