A Pinterest-Worthy Family

A Pinterest-Worthy Family

Aug 20

A few years ago, someone gave Salem a cloth-bound, slip-cased edition of Dr. Seuss’ Oh, the Places You’ll Go! I had his preschool teacher sign it, and I plan to have all of his teachers inscribe the inside cover from now until he graduates from high school. Wouldn’t that be a special keepsake? Looks like I’m going to need an extra copy. Today is Mia’s first day...

Free Time

Free Time

Aug 14

What are you going to do with all that free time? This is the one question that everyone immediately asks me when I tell them that both of my children are going to school this year. “All that free time” really only amounts to about 15 kid-free hours a week. Nevertheless, that is more free time than I’ve had in the last five years. Why didn’t anyone ask me what I was going...

A Potty-Training Lament

A Potty-Training Lament

Aug 12

I have often wondered why I’ve put off potty training Mia this long. When I re-read this post from my potty-training days with Salem, I suddenly remembered why: I have to admit, when my mother sent me the book, Toilet Training in Less Than A Day, by Nathan H. Azrin and Richard M. Foxx, I promptly put it in the...

A Mother’s Back to School Prayer

A Mother’s Back to School Prayer

Aug 07

Dear God, please help me to always tell the difference between what requires muscle and what requires Mommy. Happy 1st Day of School! {image via Salsa...

Woody’s Greatest Hits

Woody’s Greatest Hits

Aug 06

Salem is telling stories. The communication barrier is still pretty thick, but in the past 15 months, Salem has progressed from using echoed and scripted speech to answering simple “yes” and “no” questions to actual role-playing with his sister. Lately, he has been telling stories– nothing elaborate, but I will catch him narrating an original scene in limited...

Twenty Five Lessons I’ve Learned From My Three-Year-Old Daughter

Twenty Five Lessons I’ve Learned From My Three-Year-Old Daughter

Aug 05

1. Redheads really do have more fun. 2. What’s mine is yours and what’s mine usually ends up underneath the bed, the sofa, and the car seat. 3. Helium balloons are a form of cruel and unusual punishment. 4. The definition of prudence is sleeping with one’s purse. 5. A dad is a girl’s first love. 6. “Miss Daddy” is a term of endearment. 7. Skeletor has...