Confessions of a Potty Training Failure (& Giveaway)

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Confessions of a Potty Training Failure (& Giveaway)

Confessions of a Potty Training Failure (& Giveaway)

Disclosure: I am doing this review in exchange for a one-year subscription of the KidloLand Nursery Rhymes App. I love being honest about all my reviews so all opinions really are my own! I’m a failure. I can put up beautiful pictures of my kids on Facebook and show happy moments, but it hides the truth. I suck! Well, more specifically, I suck at potty training my children. It all started when I tried to potty train my oldest, Ginny. She was two and therefore ready to start learning how to use the potty, or so I thought. Ginny did

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Night Owl

I’m a night owl. I never imagined I would give birth to a night owl. For some reason, I believed that all children were morning people and would develop into night owls as they got older. I was wrong. So very wrong.  We had it easy with my oldest child, Ginny. She was always a good sleeper. At night, she’d goes to bed around 7:30 p.m. and sleeps until 6:30. Up until she turned three, she would also take a 2-3 hour nap daily. (Of course, once she had her third birthday, she decided she was too old for naps.)  My

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2014 Gift Guide for Little Ones

I’m eagerly anticipating this coming Christmas! My oldest, Ginny, finally understands Christmas, Santa, Jesus’s birthday, and presents. Of course, like most kids, she’s most excited about Santa and the presents she might receive. When a toy commercial comes on TV, she will declare, “I want that! I need to ask Santa!” Recently, she and I made a trip to Toys R Us. She loved nearly everything she saw saying, “I want that and that and that,” as we walked through the aisles. After getting a couple of toy catalogs in the mail, Ginny pointed to every toy she wanted (about 80%

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6 Real-Life Tips on Surviving Potty Training

Over a year ago, I decided to try to potty train Ginny, who was just over two-years-old then. I looked for signs of readiness, and, admittedly, didn’t see any. Despite that, I decided to try anyway. I wasn’t successful. At all.  I had hoped that by using cloth diapers, she would be more than ready to use a potty.  I was wrong! Ginny is a stubborn child who prefers to do things in her own way, at her own time. She decided on her third birthday (literally) to start peeing on the potty. I’m not sure what magically happened on

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A New First

As hard as it may be for some parents to believe, neither one of my girls has ever had a haircut. Well, that is until yesterday. I decided that it was finally time to take Ginny, who is 3 1/2, for her first haircut. Not much was done to her hair other than some trimming and shaping. And, for a change, Ginny didn’t scream and cry when someone ran a wide-tooth comb through her hair. That said, she had the wiggles and struggled to keep still, making the hair stylist a real pro with the patience of a saint. Ginny’s favorite

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My Toddler’s 10 Favorite Words

For the longest time, I worried that my youngest, Grace, did not talk enough. At 18 months, she only had 15 words in her vocabulary, if that. Her doctor reassured me by letting me know that younger children often take up to 6 months longer to develop a vocabulary than their older siblings. So, I attempted to relax, but still encouraged Grace to talk.  It turns out her doctor was right. Now she has at least 30 words in her vocabulary (probably more but it is hard to keep track) along with two-word phrases such as “Bless you!” Developmentally, my daughter is

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The Value of Naps

If I could go back in time and repeat my years as a little girl, I would take full advantage of nap time, something I fought and refused to do. Was I insane? What in the world did I think I would miss? I gave up napping at the age of four. I likely would have given them up sooner if I had thought of it. Sleep was never a priority for me. I didn’t want to miss everything going on around me. My mom would send my sister and me off for naps in our shared room. Mom would pull me

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Charlie Brown

My girls love Charlie Brown. They take after their dad who relates so much to the bald-headed boy. Chris’s love of all things Peanuts™ includes a collection of Charlie Brown and Snoopy movies that our girls enjoy watching almost  as much as him. Grace, in particular, can’t wait until we put in a Charlie Brown movie. She will hand us the remote saying, “Brown. Brown.” If we turn off the T.V., well….you can see right here her response. Poor Grace! We didn’t turn it back on, FYI. I think she’ll recover.  What is your favorite children’s show or movie? What is

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Will You Check on Me in 15 Hours?

Having conversations with my 3-year-old can be entertaining and challenging; sometimes both at the same time. I think part of the struggle comes from her desire to be independent and a need to depend on me and her daddy still.  Last night is a perfect example of this dichotomy. At bedtime, after her bedtime story and hugs and kisses time, Ginny asked me to bring her to her room. I did. Then, she sat on her bed, pointed at the door and said, “Leave, Mommy. Leave now!” It was her way of letting me know she could tuck herself into bed.

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Teaching My Toddlers Manners

Toddlers do not always follow rules, much less the niceties of society. Part of the reason for their lack of manners is they need to learn them still.  (The other is they have poor impulse control, something my oldest made me aware of recently.) My husband and I do what we can to teach our daughters empathy and manners. We started teaching manners soon after they were born by modeling good manners through our own behavior to each other and others.  As they hit the pre-verbal stage, we would encourage them to say phrases such as, “Thank you,” “Excuse me,”

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