I used to feel bad about my parenting whenever I heard a mom talk about how easy potty training was for her and how I should try her magical method that somehow magically did not work on my daughter.
"It makes potty training fun and easy!" How fun and easy does potty training have to be? How distracted do our kids need to be all the time? How distracted do WE need to be all the time?
Of all the parenting activities that have tested my resolve, potty training is at the tippy top of that list. Now that I've survived it once, I realize that it's not the end of the world, it's just a somewhat difficult part of the world that will someday resolve itself.
The average dog is in many ways like a child in the toddler stage. If you're familiar with the time, attention and energy a child between the ages of 12 and 30 months requires, that's about what you should expect to provide for your dog, for all the years of his life.
We all know the old adage "never pee into the wind," but there are some additional, quality, "how to" ideas about peeing that are not, apparently, self-evident. For those times, here are 15 rules for peeing.
There is, to put it bluntly, a lot of crap involved with caring for the next generation. Parents of small children find themselves pretty routinely deep in the muck of their kids' bodily stuff.
It's tempting to treat annoying behaviors as problems that need to be solved. When we do that, we risk missing a chance to strengthen our connection with our children.
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by guest blogger Renee James, essayist and blogger Let's make a few things clear. One, it's been about 19 years since I spent any time trying to pot...
It's finally Aubree's third birthday, and Chelsea's perpetuating socially accepted gender roles and female passivity by renting a big, bouncy princess castle! Elsewhere, Jenelle and Bahhbrahh have a fight.
The day of the wedding, Leah and Jeremy flout the rules and hang out. She must be super sure of their relationship now 'cause she's plucked her eyebrows like a woman with nothing to lose.
Though Jenelle "just needs to focus on" herself, she'd like to also have a boyfriend at the same time. Duh, it's not like "focus on herself" means "be alone," it just means "be with the lesser of two evils" and also do soul-searching in the form of Kieffer and marijuana.
Every parent, if they're honest, will admit that a particular stage of parenthood was especially challenging. For me, it wasn't infancy. It was hardest for me when the kids were in that in-between stage.
Gary seems to think that one week of engagement is the "wood" anniversary, 'cause he kicked in Jenelle's front door like a total psycho. As Jenelle surveys the upsetting scene, she tells the story of their fight with a strange smirk ...
When Gary returns, he and Jenelle bring Jace to some sort of pirate convention. It seems very fun in the way that glorifying criminal violence at sea is. I'm going to guess Jenelle was drawn by the promise of a "bottle of rum."
Things get physical between Kailyn and Javi; Leah substitutes a beach wedding for a pond wedding, and a real live human trusts Chelsea with their hair.