It hit me like a brainwave – Why not do a movie night with my little guy? It is a Friday night, after all. Of course, as all parents of toddlers know, it really does not matter what day of the week it is! It could be the middle of the week or a Saturday… Read More Mother-Son Movie Night
In 2015, June was the month in which Baby J experienced his first big fever. He was 14 months young. In 2016, June was the month I was still very much in the throes of a postpartum funk, slowing trying to find my rhythm. In 2017, June, so far, has been more of the ‘found-our-rhythm’… Read More Summer School Begins and Other Things
I tiptoed down the stairs. Literally. Teju is asleep in her room and I just kissed TJ a Good Nap quietly closing his door behind me. Yet, I fear the slightest sound might wake one or both of them up. I can’t have that. I need this time to recharge. It has been a tough… Read More The lesson my toddler taught me
Am I ready for my child’s transition into boyhood when he was just a little toddler not that long ago? … Read More Toddlerhood to Boyhood…The Inevitable Transition
My headline reads like the title of a Little Critter book, doesn’t it? On Monday last week, TJ and I got to spend some time together. Just us. Mother and son. Like we used to before Baby E was born. It was the last session of Music Together (MT) for this quarter. Upon my request,… Read More Just Me and My Son – Part 1
The same energy that works for me professionally, does not quite do it for me, personally. I am not much of a laid back person. I’d like to think I am but I am really not. I just don’t work that way. I get annoyed easily. I lose my patience quicker than you can say… Read More My 2-year-old asked me to “Calm down”
The cacophony of sounds and squeals drowns every other sound within a short radius of the room. It nearly bursts my ear drums. I should be used to it by now but I am not. I don’t want to be. There is something wonderfully unpredictable about the type of sound that demands the most attention… Read More A SAHM’s Conflicted Relationship with Music Together
My most recent pledge to not yell at my son was an epic failure on day 2. Everything was going smoothly until it was time to strap the kids in that monstrosity of a double stroller to take them for a walk. TJ wanted to get out but I really needed that walk because I… Read More Untitled: Gathering the Pieces of Failure
You know the worst thing about disciplining? It’s not the yelling. It’s not the tears. It’s not even the behavior that elicited disciplining in the first place. Although all of those things are really awful, it is the guilt infused yelling-screaming hangover that hovers around a parent that, in my opinion, is the worst thing… Read More My 8 New Strategies for Disciplining
I am trying something new today. Recently, I was thinking about how our kids’ universe is so full of exploration and then… I decided to stop thinking, and actually start writing about it: Here is how my 2 year old explores his little universe and what exploration means to him.
A short time ago, in recent history, I was one of those moms who was quietly judging other moms/caregivers sitting by the sidelines, almost literally, of the park on 15th and Wabash in downtown Chicago.
…that my child is extremely impressionable and that what I do and how I behave absolutely and directly influences what he then does and how he behaves. …that my yelling may seem like a great release for me but may do irreparable damage to his ability to learn the action-consequence-reaction dynamic. …that my throwing things… Read More Will I ever learn…