One thing I find interesting about having a child is how a mundane event, such as doing the laundry, can turn into a pediatric emergency room visit. I’ve learned doing laundry in an apartment building with an 18-month old is a great way to tire a kid out. My son really enjoys running down the hallway, taking the elevator, pushing all the buttons, and saying hello to anyone he meets. After my little helper goes back and forth to the laundry room a few times, he's wiped out. By the time I'm finally folding the clothes on our bed, I just let my son lay down and play with the pillow … [Read more...]
Starting school last year was difficult for our family. It seemed like every morning for the first month my son Jake would break down when he got to the classroom, begging me not to leave. It broke my heart. His teachers finally approached me and explained he might do better if he had a consistent morning routine. At the time, we didn't have a routine. Getting him ready for school was chaotic. So I developed a plan where he would wake up and go potty then have breakfast, get dressed and watch TV for a bit while we waited to walk out the door. Surely it would work. It did for a while, but … [Read more...]
You wouldn't think it to look at them, but our favorite professional baseball, basketball, football, hockey and soccer players have a ton in common with wee toddlers. How so? Let us count the ways? 1) They all want the damn ball.Almost immediately following his rookie season, former football player Keyshawn Johnson, stirred quite the controversy when he published an autobiography titled Just Give Me The Damn Ball in which he called one teammate a “mascot” and complained that his then team, the New York Jets, didn't throw the ball his way enough. Many sportswriters ripped Johnson for having … [Read more...]
We walked through the store at the Bronx Zoo and sat my son’s pacifier on the shelf. Gripping his new stuffed gorilla tightly and sporting a quivering lower lip, he waved goodbye to the thing that had comforted him on so many nights and so many upsetting moments.
With a sad heart, I too turned my back on my old comforting friend and walked toward the cash register.
If you have a child using a pacifier, you know it can be the greatest tool in your parental utility belt. … [Read more...]
“Wanna do it SELF! Wanna do it SELF! Wanna do it SELF!” She thrashes like an angry crocodile caught in a net. “Sienna, calm down!” I say, my frustration near boiling over. “You can’t change your diaper by yourself!” Poop leaks everywhere as she flails. I take a deep breath wishing to skip potty training (which we haven’t even started yet) and go right to whatever craziness comes next. We might be a couple of days away from the Fourth of July, but my daughter's in the throes of a sudden independence streak. She wants to do everything herself: open doors; use silverware (if I can … [Read more...]