TJ started summer school today. I could do a happy jig in celebration of this great occasion – TJ going back to school. In fact, I really should. TJ away at school for three hours means much less screaming (by me), much less crying (by Teju), much less mess (by TJ), and in general a… Read More Two Weeks of Fun with the Kids
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
Read Part I here. We held hands. He reached his hand out and said, “Hold hand, Mommy”, he said with all his earnestness. It always pleases me when my little boy asks to hold my hand. I will always hold his hand just like I will always pick him up for as long as I… Read More Just Me and My Son – Part II
It’s funny how sometimes life’s unprovoked events can teach you lessons that have the potential to make a world of difference in understanding your child. A few days ago, I took the kids to Ardenwood Historic Farms in Fremont, CA. Since I had never been to this farm’s Pumpkin Patch, I only had a slight… Read More Lessons Learned at a Pumpkin Patch
Have your arms ever cried out for relief from carrying your child?
It’s quiet. Rather peaceful, actually. It is about 11:15 a.m. and I am at my laptop writing this while my baby is asleep upstairs. TJ is at school. I feel accomplished and it is not even noon yet. I woke up at 5:30 today with Baby E acting as my alarm clock. She is slowly learning… Read More No More Yelling – Another Honest Attempt
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.
Motherhood is not a one time been-there-done-that (BTDT) kind of a deal. Sure, the BTDT acronym is a popular one that does the rounds of pregnancy and baby related forums, but as even BTDT moms know all too well, how kids are raised not only varies significantly among kids in general, which is a given,… Read More 10 Things only Moms of Toddlers and Infants know
TJ is obsessed with Thomas and Friends but he does not care much for Thomas himself. His favorite engine is Percy. Today, we had the opportunity to go visit Roaring Camp Railroads in Felton, about 45 minutes from San Jose, and enjoy a Day out with Thomas. Of course, a “day” for us with… Read More A Day out with Thomas the Train
For Part I, click here. Okay that taming part – that doesn’t always work. If I ever write an autobiography, I might call it “A work in progress” because I am never done. A personal philosophy that I hold most dear is: (this is an original quote. You will need to cite me if you… Read More Our visit to (anywhere) – Part II – Taming my anxieties
I know I have written about this before but it never gets old…getting out of the house with two kids; an infant and a toddler is a pretty gargantuan task. I know it’ll get easier once Baby E gets older or maybe it gets worse as each child decides to exert independence at the most… Read More Our visit to (anywhere) – Part 1 – Why my anxieties ride high