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Toddler Lessons: Faith

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Sep 26, 2011 | Mommy Monday, Parenting | Tags: ,

A friend of mine recently related a story to me that struck me as typical of my life.  She was dropping her oldest off at school and had to run back to the car to get her checkbook to pay tuition.  Her middle didn’t want to run back through the parking lot with her so she told him to stay by the yellow fire hydrant on the sidewalk that was less than 4 cars away from their van.  (more…)




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Toddler Lessons: Perspective

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Aug 22, 2011 | Mommy Monday | Tags: ,

Recently, my now two year old daughter has started to play a game with us that we consider disobedience.  After bath, she runs away from us and hides in corners all while giggling away.  From her perspective, she’s playing with us and from our’s, she is disobeying us when we tell her to go to her room to get her PJs on and she goes in the opposite direction.  (more…)




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Toddler Lessons: It’s the process

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Jun 13, 2011 | Mommy Monday | Tags: ,

My daughter loves her shape sorter.  It was a gift on her first Christmas from her grandmother and she is really good at it now.  She still asks for help occasionally, but I think it’s more that she wants us to know that she still does need us every once in a while :-)

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Toddler Lessons: Old Spoon, New Spoon

This is my daughter at the tender age of 5 months holding on to her spoon for dear life - she was sleeping at the time

Recently, we purchased new spoons and forks for my daughter since she’s actually using them now.  The other day, I fed her extra sticky oatmeal so she could feed herself and not end up with oatmeal all over her lap.  About half way through, she said she was “all done” and handed me the bowl.  To that, I said, “do you want your new spoon?”  She quickly took her bowl back and happily fed herself the rest of the oatmeal with her new spoon.  It truly is amazing how exciting a new spoon can be to a toddler. (more…)




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Toddler Lessons: Saying “NO!”

We have heard a lot of “NO!” in our house as of late.  It’s especially bitter when the stiff arm accompanies the exclamation.  We’ve been teaching our little girl that it’s not okay to say “no” to Mommy and Daddy. (more…)




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Toddler Lessons: I want to hold your hand

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Apr 25, 2011 | Mommy Monday, Parenting | Tags: ,

There is nothing sweeter than stubby little hand wrapped around an adult finger.  I love it when my daughter reaches up for my hand.  The other day, we were in the car and she started to make some frustrated sounds and reach towards the front of the car.  Usually, this body language means that she wants something.  However, every time I offered her something like her sippy cup, a snack or a book, she would say “no” and push it away.  Being that I was driving, there wasn’t much else I could offer her.  So I reached my hand behind me (in a slightly uncomfortable manner – sure wouldn’t want to drive 10 hours that way) and she grasped my finger.  Then all was right with the world.  (more…)




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Toddler Lessons: Contentment

Around 16 months of age, our daughter decided that she no longer wanted baby food, but only food that came off mommy and daddy’s plate.  I really didn’t have a problem with this, but a lot foods we ate she wasn’t able to chew because all her teeth hadn’t come it yet.  To this day, if we put it on her plate and she won’t eat it, all I have to do is (more…)




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Toddler Lessons: Comforting

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Apr 11, 2011 | Mommy Monday, Parenting | Tags: , ,

I’m really bad at comforting.  I’m not sure if it’s my left-brain personality or what, but when someone else is hurting, I know next to nothing about the proper way to handle it.  Of course, with a child, it’s easy.  You pick them up, rub their back, kiss their forehead, tell them it’s okay and then send them on their way.  Adults don’t respond so well to this approach.  Can you imagine? (more…)




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Toddler Lessons: Covetousness

My little girl and I went over to a new friend’s house for a play date a few days ago.  The other little girl is about 2 months older than my daughter (although, you wouldn’t know to look at her because my daughter is such a BIG girl and her new friend is quite small for her age!)  If you’ve ever seen 20 month old toddlers “play” together, perhaps you know by the title “covetousness” what I’m about to say.  (more…)




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Toddler Lessons: Negotiating with a toddler

The other day, my daughter and I went to Smoothie King to get a snack.  Before we headed out the door, I gave my daughter a small sip from the straw.  That led into her desire for more and she wouldn’t stop until she had the cup resting in her lap while she was strapped to her car seat.  As we were leaving the parking lot, the cup was leaking all over her so I took the cup away.  At that point, she started screaming and reaching for the cup.  (more…)