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Category Archives: Preschoolers

Yes, Please, Help My Kids, (if they need it)


A while back, I read some parenting article that went viral. This lady was on a rant about how she didn’t want people to help her daughter on the playground. It was all ‘tough love‘, my girl’s gotta learn that life ain’t easy and that you’ve gotta stand up for yourself, etc. She went on and on about how life is full of disappointments and upsets and how if you can’t figure out how to be tough on the playground, then where else will you learn your life lessons? Most people wrote comments like, “You go girl!” Or, “Oh… your daugther will grow up to be so strong.” etc… But… not me…. I was rolling my eyes as I read. I see the situation all so differently. Read the rest of this entry

The Myth of the ‘Easy’ Baby


When people asked me if my babies were ‘easy‘, or if they were ‘good‘, my first reaction was to wince and then remind myself to smile and say ‘yes‘. I know they were only asking out of habit or lack of something better to say.  I still give the same reaction when I hear someone saying, ‘Oh, we’re so lucky, we have suuuuuch a good baby‘.  Wince.  Smile.   Read the rest of this entry

Baby Wearing and Swell Festival Gold Coast Australia 2013


September!  All the world through, I love September!  Swell Festival happens in Currumbin Beach on the Gold Coast, every year.  Here’s a few highlights from our walk along the beach.  I always forget that it gets so hot and sunny though… next time I’ll remember to go later in the afternoon… although, twas a beautiful day.  The featured baby wrap is a Didymos Lila Hemp Indo, size 3, that I bought from Wrap ‘Em, in Australia.  Please ignore poor wrapping job… Read the rest of this entry

Toilet Training is a First World Problem

Ain't nobody got time for diapers.

Ain’t nobody got time for diapers.

Let’s put this into perspective. The concept of the disposable diaper has only been widely in use for approximately .0003% of the entire existence of homo sapiens on the planet. In other words, only the past 50 odd years or so. Nearly 2/3 of the population of the modern world either don’t have access to or don’t have the money to spend on diapers. I’m not sure of the exact number, but most of the babies in the world do not wear diapers. Especially those babies in places like Africa, India and Asia. Read the rest of this entry

Rainy Day Button Play


What is it about buttons that kids (and I) love? Button soup? Button money? I bought this bag of assorted buttons from the craft store ages ago for $5. It’s come in handy on more than one occasion! Just watch out for little ones if they like to swallow things!

Meditation with a Baby in My Lap: Confessions of a Yogi Mom


What’s the first thing I do as soon as my kids fall asleep?! Do the dishes? Fold the laundry? Start cooking dinner? NO WAY! I unroll my yoga mat next to the bed where the kids are sleeping and start my yoga/breathing/meditation routine that I’ve been doing every day for the past eleven years. Read the rest of this entry

Why I Don’t Teach My Kids to Say They’re Sorry

Just before the 'smack'

Moments before the ‘smack’

This little boy smacked my daughter hard across the face today at the playground.  (Ah, the playground… if ever I need fuel for a blog topic).  The little boy’s father, who was hovering closely behind said, ‘No!  Simon, bad boy!  Say you’re sorry… Siiiimooonnnn…’ the dad said, as he raised his eyebrows, ‘Say, ‘I’m sorryto the little girl’.  The boy, of course, did not say he was sorry.  Whether he was too young to articulate his ‘sorry‘ or not, I don’t know.  But, what got me was the look on the little boy’s face that said, ‘Hey, I just smacked someone across the face… I can do this again and again and again, and all I have to say is, ‘sorryand it’s OK!’ Read the rest of this entry

Positive Parenting 101: Say ‘Yes’ More and ‘No’ Less

Little Miss Three Year Old

Little Miss Three Year Old, likes to say ‘YES!’

I, personally, think that positive parenting is the best way to raise your child. You can take a look at this positive parenting solutions review to find out more about it but it is where you focus on the positive points of behavior in your child rather than negative.

Just about every kid’s most frequently used word is ‘NO‘. It sometimes comes out even when they mean to say ‘yes‘! Really, it’s bizarre behavior and can often be quite maddening for parents. I’m sure you know what I mean. Read the rest of this entry

Keeping Young Children and Babies on a Schedule (With Lots of Room For Spontaneity)

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Days like these, when routine goes out the window!

Days like these, when routine goes out the window!

We were just getting into the car to go home at 2:45 pm and Margo (almost 3 1/2) was starting to get delirious. You know, speaking tongues and crying over everything… end of the world things like wanting mommy to buckle her into the carseat instead of daddy, etc. By the time we got home and inside, it was about 3:00pm, she cried some more about not wanting to take a nap, or that she didn’t have to pee before she went to bed (even though she did), etc. We all got into bed (queen size, can you say squish), Art rubbed Margo’s back for about 2 minutes, and probably by 3:03pm, she was out like a light. Read the rest of this entry

Elimination Communication With Two Under Three

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Little miss (nearly) 12 month old

Little miss (nearly) 12 month old

When Margo, my older daughter, was 6 weeks old, a friend of mine came to visit.  I showed her the trick of how my 6 week old baby could poop and pee and in a bucket.  She was impressed, but very skeptical.  She thought it was pretty cool, but she had two kids, one of them a baby, and she wondered how you could possibly bother taking a baby to the toilet if you had two kids.  Well, I thought she may have a point.  I only had one little munchkin to keep an eye on… so I didn’t really know what to say, other than, ‘yes, you’re probably right‘.  Read the rest of this entry