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Making a clean start for the new year

My 2-year-old son is a December baby. Which means we celebrated Thanksgiving, turned around and celebrated his birthday, then all of a sudden it was Christmas. Which meant one thing – a huge influx of stuff, mostly toys, into our home. My husband and I were talking about paring down his toys even before his birthday. I had separated out the baby toys and put them in a canvas bin a while back, however my son discovered the bin and started playing with them all over again. When we are ...

Entering the twos … sans pants

My son turned two a couple of weeks ago, and it seems like so much has changed in the blink of an eye. We turned around his car seat, and now he wants to get in and out of it by himself. He prefers to sit in a regular dining chair to eat rather than get strapped into his modified-high-chair-now-booster seat. He talks in rather long sentences for his age. He's moved to the 2-year-old room at daycare, which hasn't been the easiest transition. It just feels like all of a sudden I don't have a ...

Raising a toddler in our ‘on-demand’ culture

My 23-month-old son is not going to know television as my husband and I knew it. I didn't think much about it when we first started streaming Curious George with my son. He loved the music in the intro, and didn't pay much attention to the show while it was on unless an animal caught his attention. Then we moved on to Sesame Street after he discovered Elmo at daycare, which ultimately led us to watching other character clips on YouTube. I'm not so sure about streaming television for my ...

The physical struggles of toddlerhood

As my son gets older, he's growing stronger and more defiant. He's going to be turning two very soon, and we're already dealing with battles I was hoping we wouldn't have to face for another year or so. He gets his stubbornness honestly from both his father and I — he wants to do everything himself, and he's vocal about what he clearly does not want to do and whether he wants help or not. Bedtime is becoming a battle: Even though he loves his books and trying to brush his teeth, it's ...

Finding joy in the ABCs

A recent trip to visit my father spurred my 21-month-old son's latest playtime craze. My niece left behind a random assortment of magnetic letters at my dad's house after my brother and his family stayed there briefly while in between houses. When my father offered the letters to my son, he couldn't get his hands on them fast enough. Once we got them home, we put the letters on the washer and dryer for him to play with. My son loves to grab our hands, say "come on mommy," or "come on ...

Batch cooking a big help for quick weekday meals

I admit I'm not the best when it comes to meal planning. Many afternoons I rush home from work, not the slightest bit prepared for dinner. My 20-month-old son usually exclaims "Eat! Eat!" the moment we walk in the door from daycare. What's a busy mom to do? Instead of letting my son wail for his milk or beg for his favorite "fruit" word of the day while I'm cooking for half an hour, I've developed a routine where I run home before I pick up my son to get dinner going. I either throw ...

Venturing into the world of potty training

I've started plotting our plan of attack for the stage of toddlerhood I've been dreading: Potty training. I've heard so many people say different things: That girls adapt to potty training more quickly than boys; specific incentives, such as chocolate candies, work best; that you should let them show an interest in the potty first and so forth. I decided to take initiative and got my 20-month-old son a potty-training book to help nurture an interest into learning about it. He didn't care for ...

Shifting focus from lights to shadows

My 20-month-old son has been enamored by lights ever since he was a small baby. I used to have a small light on a table next to the recliner where we would feed him his bottle and rock him to sleep. He would always try to reach for it, and when I turned it on, he would usually stare between that and the ceiling fan. He's also always been very aware of the sunlight entering our main room. I have a birdbath in the garden bed in our front yard, and the morning sunlight bounces off the water, ...

Teaching a toddler it’s not always about him

Two words are becoming more and more prominent in my 19-month-old son's vocabulary: "Me" and "mine." He's gotten to that age where he's being rather vocal that everything is his and more assertive on what he wants to do and that he will do whatever he wants. It's not easy teaching a toddler that everything isn't about him, everything doesn't belong to him and  he can't do anything he wants. We're doing our best to try and encourage him to share and not cater to his every demand, no matter ...

Tales of a talkative toddler

I've always loved hearing stories about funny things other people's kids say. Now that my son has become quite the chatterbox, I'm eagerly awaiting every single syllable that comes out of his mouth. In the past month or so, my 19-month-old toddler's vocabulary has grown by leaps and bounds. I am completely blown away by all the words he can say, and he's even started calling people by their names now. All of his teachers at his daycare say he's extremely talkative, and he's the only one ...