Archive for February, 2007

Potty training…anybody have any good suggestions? You would think since I’ve been down this road two times before, that I would know what to do…WRONG!

My youngest just turned three last week. She has always been very verbal and able to communicate. We never went through that frustrating time with trying to find words and throwing tantrums when said words couldn’t be found. So, I’m thinking…”life has been a breeze with her for the first three years, why would potty training be any different?”

HAHA, was I in for a RUDE AWAKENING!

She has been using Pull-Ups, and pretty successfully, for the last year or so. We’ve been talking about becoming a “big girl” with this birthday and even got some Dora underwear in the stocking from Santa.

This past Friday, I decided it was time. She was home with me for the day and we would have a 3-day weekend to work on it. We traded in the Pull-Ups for Dora. I quickly became aware that my little angel’s halo was slipping and she was going to put me to the test. All of a sudden she became defiant – I would tell her to go sit on the potty…”No, I don’t want to” – EVERY time I put her on the potty this happens. We go through a HUGE power struggle and I’m trying like hell not to let her win.

This is the kicker right here…she goes to a private babysitter 3-4 days during the week. This babysitter has been taking care of her since she was about 10 months old. She’s awesome. Livvie loves her and everything is hunky dory.

I’m getting to my point…the babysitter tells her to go sit on the potty…AND SHE GOES AND SITS ON THE POTTY. She even pulls her own pants down, does her thing, pulls her pants back up, washes her hands and BOOM, she’s successfully gone to the bathroom by herself.

Of course, I’m thinking I’m the biggest failure of a mom who ever lived. This shouldn’t be that tough..I’m smart, educated…and for God’s sakes – I’m 36 years older than this child!

Okay mommies out there – this is an official cry for help.

I’m looking for some great advice…don’t let me down now.

Update: it’s now two days later and we’ve had TWO DRY DAYS!! All day long…even through nap time. Maybe I was wrong…maybe I AM a genius after all 🙂

Update – 8 days later: Okay – I want to thank everyone for the kind words and advice, but I really think we have this thing licked! She has had 1 accident since this past Saturday. She is still wearing the Pull-Up for nighttime (and she’s been dry all night a couple of times), but she’s “big girl underwear” all during the daylight hours. WOOHOO!!


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Kids CAN Help Out With Chores!

It’s never too early to ask your kids to help you with chores around the house. You can even start as early as two years old. While children mature at different rates, you can still determine what age appropriate chores are best suited for toddlers, kids, tweens and teens. Here’s a little guide to help you:

Toddlers – These little balls of fire can certainly help you around the house. Start by giving them some of these simple tasks: making the bed; picking up their toys; feeding the family pet; helping you put laundry into the basket; or cleaning up split milk on the kitchen floor. These chores would be most suited to two and three year olds. You can teach your toddlers to do their chores by making a game out of it or singing a song while completing each task. It will give them a sense of pride and accomplishment. Yes, even at that young age.

4’s and 5’s – You can ask them to help you: set the table; dust around the house; help make cookies; help you carry grocery bags (as long as you make it light for them).

6 thru 8’s – This age can really dig into the chores by: taking care of the pet they’ve always wanted; helping you vacuum the floor; taking out the trash or folding the laundry. You can even ask them to help you prepare meals. Think of the experience they are getting at this early age.

Tweens (9-12) – This age group really has their work cut out for them. Some of the more vigorous chores can be relegated to outside work: rake the leaves; wash the car; help clean out the garage. If you need help inside the house, they can certainly help you prepare meals; dust and vacuum the house; wash dishes or clean the bathroom. Certainly they would be old enough to make their beds; clear their room of debris; organize their toys, etc…

Teens – These 13’s and up tend to pose a different problem altogether. Sometimes they are willing to help, and other times not. It depends on how you’ve raised them. If they have been helping out since they were two, you won’t have a problem. In fact, they can do almost anything you ask of them. Be sure they can manage whatever task you assign, however. If you’ve taught them well, they have the ability to prepare meals; clean the kitchen; wash windows; do the laundry; just about any indoor and outdoor chore you need.

It’s important to build your child’s self-esteem and self-worth by teaching them to be independent at a very young age. This can be accomplished with the assignments of age-appropriate chores and LOTS of guidance 🙂

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Product: Crayola Color Wonder products
Rating: 12 out of 10!
Review: Have you seen this stuff? I swear, this is the best invention since Velcro sneakers!
My daughter received some of the Crayola Color Wonder markers, finger paints, themed coloring books (Little Mermaid and Backyardigans) and drawing paper for her birthday yesterday. This stuff is SO COOL! You can color and paint without making a mess. She is just infatuated with the MAGIC and I’m excited about the clean hands. These fingerpaints are really cool too. You just dip your fingertip in and color the page – magically, the color appears on the paper.
I don’t know how it works, but I LOVE IT!

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This week’s “thumbs up” goes to Robyn at The Serious Shopper. She is very enlightened in the shopping arena. She’s got some great advice for shopping with a fun and easy-to-read style of writing!

One particular post that caught my eye was how to best Maximize Your Credit Card Points. I like my reward-air-miles-from-my-Visa-card as much as the next person, but after reading this post, I found there are other ways that I could be cashing in on the reward points. She suggests using one card to pay your monthly bills and another card for regular purchases during the month. This is GENIUS…why didn’t I think of this before?

She made her point a couple of times and I would say you need to HEED THIS ADVICE. If you’re going to start paying your regular bills with a credit card – PAY IT OFF EVERY MONTH so you don’t accrue interest. Otherwise, you’ll be negating the reason why you’re doing it in the first place.

The Serious Shopper is informative and fun – it’s worth a second look…and a third…and a fourth 🙂

Now, I’m off to earn money to pay off my credit cards so I can begin maximizing my reward points…

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Happy Birthday!

My baby is turning 3 years old today. At this time, three years ago, my water had broken and I was on my way to the hospital. She came three weeks early, but I was glad because she was already 8 lbs, 6 oz and she really didn’t need to be any bigger! She was an easy pregnancy, an easy delivery and has been a joy to have around ever since.

Happy Birthday Livvie…we love you!

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