Tag Archives: Parenting

What’s Your Baby’s Poo Telling You? by Josh Richman and Anish Sheth, M.D.

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What’s Your Baby’s Poo Telling You? by Anish Sheth M.D. and Josh Richman Avery Trade; $11.25 Hardcover, $9.78 Kindle 208 pp.; ISBN-13: 978-1583335437 So, “What’s Your Baby’s Poo Telling You?” showed up in our office the other day. And if the name wasn’t enough to grab your inner immaturity, the color of the book will. […]

My Kid Can’t Use A Can Opener!

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In the same line as yesterday’s post, this article asks the potentially offensive question: ‘Are you raising a generation of nincompoops’? Addressing an envelope and placing a stamp on it or looking up a word in the dictionary may be old-school at this point, but this is a problem: Second-graders who can’t tie shoes or […]

Getting toddlers to clean up after themselves

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Let’s face it, toddlers are kind of gross. Give them cake and they smear it all over their face. Can you imagine if an adult did that? Imagine for a moment if you went to work with chocolate cake smeared all over your face and snot running down your upper lip and then proceeded to […]

Kids Lower Your Blood Pressure??

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Hard to believe when you’re pulling your hair out for the third time in a week or when you’re caught in tantrum-land. But, according to a study done by Brigham Young University, having kids can actually lower your blood pressure, especially women. The study involved 198 adults who wore portable blood pressure monitors, mostly concealed […]

Parenting 101: Sighs and Punishment

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I suspect that civilization, as a whole, took a nosedive the very moment people started trying to reason with children. Children are, by nature, unreasonable. Children are basically egos with lungs and legs. Nonetheless, modern parents seem to spend an inordinate amount of time trying to coax, cajole and downright BEG their progeny to “please, […]

How do you spell p-r-e-t-e-e-n?

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It’s been a few years, but I’m fairly certain I taught my son to speak. I have a dim recollection of spending many happy afternoons coaxing his sweet baby-self to say “mama! Ma-ma! You can do it sweetie, Mama!” only to thrill to that blessed, blissful day when he cracked a wide, gummy grin and […]

Awful, Very Bad, No Good, Terrible Twos

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My son turns two in August. He’s been exhibiting a lot of behavior that falls squarely into the “terrible twos” category since about 17/18 months. I’ve been told this is normal. I’ve been told it gets better at two, then bad again at three. I’ve been told “just wait until two.” Whatever the answer, I’m […]

Empty Threat? Not In This Case

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Recently, I heard a story in the news and was pretty torn. It was story of how a mother in New York ordered her bickering 10 and 12 year old girls out of the car and drove away. Here’s the story in case you missed it. Apparently, Madlyn Primoff left her girls on the side […]

Bigger Than Me

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While I usually exploit my dunce-y motherhood moments in public blog posts, today I’m going to talk about something that’s bigger than me. Something a lot more worthy of attention than mishaps at Chuck E Cheese. It’s easy for writers to remain in their own little cocoons, forgetting that there’s other people out there, forgetting that our words […]

Second Kid? *Shrug*

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Since my son turned eighteen months old, I’ve discovered a disturbing trend among friends and family–the questions about “second child” turning from merely inquisitive to downright hostile. When my son turned a year, it apparently was a magical number in which people deemed it socially acceptable to inquire about the timing of “the next one.” I mainly […]