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Why Toddlers Are Terrible Helpers

Why Toddlers Are Terrible Helpers

06. 9.2014
What she was actually doing was attempting to assert her dominance over me via a gradual wearing-down process, one vegetable at a time....
Southeast Asian Parents -- Here Is What Your Kid's Toddlerhood Looks Like

Southeast Asian Parents -- Here Is What Your Kid's Toddlerhood Looks Like

06. 6.2014
Taking the best of your culture and passing it onto your kids is a constant work in progress. You have to be prepared for battle from a...
No, Education Isn't Enough to Get You Out of the Ghetto

No, Education Isn't Enough to Get You Out of the Ghetto

06. 6.2014
Over 73 million adults have a college degree in this country, but less than 2 million of them are members of the One Percent. Most earn...
My Kids Drive Me Crazy

My Kids Drive Me Crazy

06. 5.2014
Have to go to the bathroom? When you do finally make it there, just be prepared to have company or, if you are bold enough to lock the...
How I Scared the Pizza Man

How I Scared the Pizza Man

06. 5.2014
I want you to know that the 2-year-old who opened the door for you wearing just a diaper isn't allowed to open the door for strangers....
Our Last First Year

Our Last First Year

06. 5.2014
Memorize this, you silently cry, as you look around the nursery littered with board books and diaper cream and stray socks and lovey blankets...
My Answer When You Ask If We Really Need To See Breastfeeding

My Answer When You Ask If We Really Need To See Breastfeeding

06. 5.2014
If we continue to treat breastfeeding as a secret art form, reserved for private rooms and hushed conversations, it will remain a taboo....
Why Kids Whine... And What to Do About It

Why Kids Whine... And What to Do About It

06. 4.2014
In essence -- whining gets our attention and signals distress. The more distress is signaled, through more dramatic vocal qualities, the...
Dispatches From Potty Training

Dispatches From Potty Training

06. 3.2014
I knew that potty training would be difficult but I hadn't expected it to really test me as a parent. My patience was pushed to the edge...
Letting Myself Off the Perfect Hook

Letting Myself Off the Perfect Hook

06. 3.2014
For every high bar I set for myself, little bean sets herself one too. And every time that I miss or fail, without grace and without acceptance,...
Be Careful With Cotton Swabs in Your Child's Ears

Be Careful With Cotton Swabs in Your Child's Ears

06. 3.2014
I always use safety swabs when I clean my daughter's ears -- the ones with the funny shaped tip that can only go a tiny bit into the ear...
We Had No Idea What Was About To Happen When We Posted This Photo On Facebook

We Had No Idea What Was About To Happen When We Posted This Photo On Facebook

06. 2.2014
I was down at the end of the driveway, waving my laptop in the air, when I saw someone had posted on my Facebook page. It was a photo of...
10 Things to Keep Your Toddler Busy This Summer

10 Things to Keep Your Toddler Busy This Summer

05.30.2014
When you're a parent, along with all that summer goodness comes a few other things -- namely, hot, whining kids; boredom; and if you're...
Deploying Jack Bauer Phrases for an Intense, 24-hour Job: Parenting Toddlers

Deploying Jack Bauer Phrases for an Intense, 24-hour Job: Parenting Toddlers

05.30.2014
Bauer and his Counter Terrorist Unit colleagues are great at working together to solve complex problems in real time under pressure --...