Feelings and Emotions, Growth & Development, Okay mom, Parenting, Years are short

The kids are growing up too fast…ahem…can someone make them grow faster?

The years are short.   Enjoy them while they are still little.   They are only little once.   It gets easier.   Sentiments expressed in the sentences above are simmered into the brains of new parents, particularly the primary caregiving parent since the time people find out about the pregnancy. It becomes an anthem… Read More The kids are growing up too fast…ahem…can someone make them grow faster?

Blog Challenges, Feelings and Emotions, Motherhood, Motherhood lessons, Okay mom, Parenting, Reflections, TJ

Will I ever learn…

…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…

Baby J, Blog Challenges, Motherhood, Parenting, Years are short

Fragile Lives: Fragile Moments – Cherishing the last times

Whoever said “Cherish every moment with your newborn. These moments don’t last forever” deserves the “Most Cliched Statement of the Parenting World” award, after having battled it out with “Sleep when the baby sleeps” for the top spot. First of all, if you are a new mom and this is your first baby, forget cherishing… Read More Fragile Lives: Fragile Moments – Cherishing the last times

Blog Challenges, Feelings and Emotions, Motherhood, Parenting, Reflections, Years are short

What you don’t know as a parent and a child…

There are a LOT of things I don’t know about raising kids but like most people, I raise them anyway, making mistakes along the way and sometimes, miraculously, just getting a few things right. Therefore, in a twist of sorts, rather than write about what I do and don’t know about raising kids/parenting/mothering, I want… Read More What you don’t know as a parent and a child…

Discipline, Parenting, TJ, Toddler Days

Navigating the delicate waters of rewards and punishment

It began in the most mundanely boring and predictable way possible. As parents, we started punishing bad behavior with time outs and rewarding good behavior with praises, and even more hugs and kisses than we did usually. Then somehow, I am not sure how or when, we started giving incentives (material objects as presents) randomly… Read More Navigating the delicate waters of rewards and punishment

Growth & Development, J and E, Lists, Parenting, Second Child, Toddler Days, Uncategorized, Years are short

5 Challenges of being a Firstborn

Most people, myself included, will be forgiven for thinking that firstborns have all the advantages over their younger siblings. After all, they got their parents’ undivided attention for a while before the next one came along. They were fussed over, hovered over, and attended to perhaps far more than any of their siblings. Parents could… Read More 5 Challenges of being a Firstborn