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Wednesday, April 28th, 2010
8:55 am
Refusing medicine
Any tips on getting toddlers to take their medicine? Ben has got tonsilitis so we have to give him antibiotics and paracetamol 4 times a day. Last night was fine, but today he has been screaming, kicking, spitting, and cried himself sick so anything he did swallow came straight up again.
Wednesday, December 16th, 2009
8:34 am
Switching to toddler bed
Hi, I'm new. I have a 27.5 month old who is starting to climb out of her convertible crib and has already climbed over the safety gate that we put up in her room.

My question is, how do you get a little one to learn to sleep in a toddler bed? A little information, my daughter won't nap anywhere but in her crib unless she is driven to the point of going mad. It is always a fight to get her to go to sleep, though she is getting a bit better. She is not the type of child that likes to just chill and relax, she has to constantly be moving and going. She has not once laid on the couch or in our bed with me and napped. She very much likes when we stay in her room with her until she goes to sleep but we have been doing pretty good with breaking her of that habit. It's kind of hard not to have to do that when you have an almost 7 month old requiring your attention as well. And she does great with him so it helps a little.

Right now we are living in an apartment but will be moving into our house at the end of January. She is not yet potty trained, that is a whole other problem in itself.

For those of you that have already gone through this, can you shed some light on what to expect? What you did that you found worked or didn't work? Should we attempt to convert her and get her used to sleeping in her big girl bed before we move or wait until after? And if we wait until after, how long should we wait to try?

I would greatly appreciate any advice, tips, hints, tricks or ideas. And if you need anymore information to help out, please ask.

X-posted to stayathomemoms and parenting101
Thursday, August 6th, 2009
7:03 am
Books on Raising Boys?
My oldest is about to turn 3 and I'm really starting to notice some very sterotypical male behaviors such as him clamming up and not wanting to talk about things/people that are bothering him. Having had very little experience with young boys until now, I'm kind of at a loss when he won't talk and I'm realizing I need to know more about raising boys.

So what books would you recommend? Have any advice?
Thursday, June 25th, 2009
2:52 pm
I've been watching this community for a while but never posted before. I'm Jodie and I have two children Ellie (2) & Ashton (8 months). My fiance and I are having difficulty making Elle eat "proper" food. For the last few weeks she's been happily eating sweets and chocolate and usually asks for cheese on toast or boiled egg, but refuses to eat anything else. Before this "phase" she ate almost anything I gave her. 
Any ideas why she's become so fussy all of a sudden? Or on anything else I can try to feed her? Preferably something that Ash can eat too.

Wednesday, June 17th, 2009
9:07 pm
Hi, I'm a new member. I've got a little boy, Benjamin, who will be 2 in July, and another baby due in November. Just posting with a query.

Ben woke up from his afternoon nap with a rash on his arms and legs. He was miserable when he woke up but cheered up within 10 mins. The rash faded but came back again when my husband gave him his bath before bed.

It's not menningitis (glass test), measles, mumps or rubella (mmr) and I'm ruling out chicken pox for now too cos he isn't scratching and it's flat rather than raised. He has had a low appetite and been slightly out of sorts since sunday, though getting better through the week. I'm wondering if it is a late symptom of some virus he has had. Will see if it is still there in the morning and if it is take him to the GP. Didn't see the point of sitting in A and E once I'd worked out from google that it probably wasn't anything serious.

Anyone seen anything similar?
Wednesday, May 20th, 2009
3:57 pm
When "time outs" stop working
Can anybody offer some suggestions.

My son has started refusing time outs. He'll get up and move around, try to get toys to play with, refusing to sit in the time out spot.

What do you do?
Tuesday, April 14th, 2009
7:51 am
Toddler bullies?
There's a boy at the weekly play gym we go to that I think might be a bully. A few weeks ago he pushed my son really hard, the following week he scratched him on the face and yesterday bit him really hard on the arm. 10 minutes later the same boy bit someone ELSE.

Up until yesterday I was pretty forgiving since my own son plays very physically and they're both toddlers learning impulse control. Usually these incidents start with mild pushing between them. But my son is smiling and laughing and PLAYING whereas this other boy sometimes seems like he's out to get my son from the very start and his attitude is malicious.

I commented to this boy's mother that it was so strange how they got into it every time. And she replied that she thought it was because the boys were so similar in aggression...which is so not the case!

The fact that she didn't remove her son from the play area allowing him to go on to bite another child and still didn't remove him after the second incident tells me the problem is really with her.

How would you deal with a parent in this situation who doesn't seem to get teaching her child not to hurt other children?
Saturday, March 28th, 2009
9:05 pm
running errands with toddler
We have a new unit of distance - the Puff-the-Magic-Dragon. As in:
Q: "How far is it to the store?"
A: "At least 2 Puff-the-Magic-Dragons".

I figure Nice is about 10 Puff-the-Magic-Dragons, but I haven't made it that far without turning off the CD player. I'm not sure if that's an improvement on the old unit of measure - the E-I-E-I-O.
Friday, March 27th, 2009
9:06 am
pictures for fun. It is great when more people post on this blog!
This is a picture I took with my phone about a month ago. She's a little over 2 years old. (b-day 12/31/06)

And here is one of Cadence and I when she was about 7 months old...

Lately, she doesn't want to do anything I ask her to do.
My friend just went to see Jeanine Fitzgerald speak the other day, and she was telling me how the power struggle ages are 2-6 (approx) and adolescence. She said that the way your child acts out as a toddler (and the way you deal with it) sets the tone for adolescence. Wow. I know it might seem obvious to some, but I am constantly blown away by how important it is for us to be in our children's lives when they are young.
Tuesday, March 24th, 2009
3:24 am
I love being a dad
My son is 4, closing in on 4 1/2 at a frightening speed, and as such he's no longer a toddler, and thus may be outside the boundaries of this community (tonight we were out at a store and he wanted to race me around a table because, as he put it, "I'm 4, and 4 year olds are FAST!"). Too bad, I'm going to tell 2 stories about him.

#1. He has a TV/VCR in his room, which he uses to watch kid's movies. This is a great boon for my wife and I, because even though we don't use TV as a babysitter, he tends to wake up way early in the mornings, and it gives him the ability to put in a tape and gives us a blessed extra hour or so of sleep while he's watching it. Just recently, the VCR part of his TV went on the blink and started eating tapes, so I dug out an old VCR from the basement and hooked it up to the TV. I then showed him how to work it, this is the play button, this is the stop button and he needs to press it twice to eject the tape before putting in another one. He got it pretty quick, and he was a pleased as punch to have his own dedicated VCR. I went away for a few minutes, and when I came back into his room, he was proudly (PROUDLY) demonstrating and teaching my wife how the VCR works. God! Is there anything better as a parent then seeing your young child learn, grow and thrive? I don't think there is.

#2. Earlier today, I was helping Jimmy get dressed. He doesn't really need me to, he can get dressed fine on his own, but he had brought his clothes into our bedroom and I was obliging him. I was sitting on my bed in my underwear, and after getting Jimmy into his shirt I casually reached down and rearranged my penis and balls inside my underwear to a more comfortable position (Men reading this will understand completely, women reading this will have seen this from the men in their lives and will have rolled their eyes at it). Jimmy looked at me and said in a voice as serious as any I've used with my teenager "No daddy, you don't play with your penis, that's something you should only do when you're alone.". I swear that of all the hard things I've ever had to do in my life, keeping my face straight for Jimmy at that moment was amongst the hardest. My wife was behind him, out of Jimmy's line of sight, and she's got her hands clasped over her mouth having absolute silent HYSTERICS at my son's solemn declaration. I looked down at him and said "You're right, thank you for reminding me". He then happily left the room and I looked at my wife, a grin spreading widely over my face and said "Now don't you start".

The hell of it is that I know, I KNOW that the next time I'm trying to get intimate with my wife, she's going to look at me with a sparkle in her eye and say "No, playing with your penis is something you should only do when you're alone.". Damn that kid! :p
Monday, March 23rd, 2009
1:37 pm
Biting - NAK
My 2.5-year-old bit a boy on the face today at the playground. This is his first biting incident. And unfortunately I wasn't there to see it, my mother was watching him. I'm a bit horrified at the prospect of having a biter. I'm really hoping that this was a one-time thing but I doubt it.

Have any biting advice or resources?

I suspect that my mother was following him around the playground constantly correcting him, as she is inclined to do, and that he got frustrated and acted on his frustration. We also have a new baby in this equation. She had BoyWookie apologize. and when I got back from changing the baby and discovered all this I told him that we were done at the playground and leaving immediately and he started wailing while the infant was also crying. I thought I was going to lose my mind.

arg! It has been quite a day.
Monday, February 23rd, 2009
11:28 am
Rules for your toddler when you have a new baby
My oldest son is 2.25 years old and my next son is 6 days old. The oldest is a typical 2yo and very energetic and temperamental. He's enjoying touching the baby's face and giving him kisses on the head. I'm not sure what kind of guidance/rules I could give him to keep the baby safe. So far all we have is "ask for permission to touch the baby."

Any ideas? Anything work for you in the past?
Saturday, November 29th, 2008
2:37 am
Have you any suggestions for how I stop my son from slapping everybody?
its not hard, but the fact that he is doing it concerns me because he has now started to with his little sister.

Thats my little monster on the left hand side :) He is 19 months old and my daughter is 8 months old.

Many Thanks,

Saturday, November 22nd, 2008
9:43 pm
Potty Tots potty training giveaway!
Hi Everyone,

Just wanted to let you know about a giveaway I am running on my blog, The Wise Mommy.  I have partnered with Potty Tots to giveaway one girl's and one boy's potty training kit.  If you or anyone you know needs some potty training help, just leave a comment on the Potty Tots Giveaway Post and you will be entered to win!  Remember to let us know if you need a boy's or girl's kit in your comment.  The winners will be notified by email on Nov. 25th.  Good luck!


Sunday, November 16th, 2008
11:55 pm
Nightmares or sensory issues?
X-posted to my journal.
This past weekend, Liam had a stomach bug.  He vomited three times in one evening, which is not  the problem I am addressing.  The second time Liam vomited, he had crawled into bed with his brother, Dominick.  When Liam vomited, he did so in Dominick's bed, and managed to get some on Dominick as well.  This terrified Dominick. Dominick has recently been covering his ears with the palms of his hands when he gets overwhelmed or scared.  Last night, after the vomit incident, Dominick started crying and shaking, covering his ears, and was very concerned with Liam.  Not just that his brother was sick, but Dominick was hyperaware of every movement and noise Liam made for the rest of the night. The vomit incident happened at around 1:30 a.m., and Dominick did not go back to sleep until after 4:30 a.m., which kept Jason and me up all night as well.  Liam vomited once more at 2 a.m., which sent Dominick into a bout of hysteria.  I'm talking shrieking, crying, shaking, covering his ears, in general he was acting terrified of his brother.  I understand that waking up to someone vomiting on you is not pleasant, especially to a 3.5 yo child. 
My concern is that Dominick has continued this behavior tonight as well.  He did not want to go to sleep, despite having very little sleep last night and the complete refusal of a nap or even rest-time today.  We usually give the kids melatonin to get to sleep anyway, so he did eventually fall asleep just from the melatonin.  He woke up a little over an hour ago, crying and screaming, covering his ears, unable to tell us why he was scared.  I finally figured out that he did not like his pillowcase(it has Mater and McQueen from Cars on it, and they are his two favorite characters in the whole world, but waking up to someone, even a cartoon, staring at you from your pillow is a bit much for him, I'm assuming) so, I switched the pillow completely and gave him Daddy's pillow from our bed. This seemed to calm him down tremendously.  He was able to drink some water, get back into bed and let me cover him up.  Now, he is wanting to cover his ears when he goes to sleep.  It is not noisy in the least here.  We have a fan on in his room for air circulation and white noise, mainly because he got used to the noise over the summer when it was so warm.  Liam has been a bit restless while he is sleeping(they share a room, but not beds), and Dominick was worrying on the fact that Liam got sick last night.  I had to explain to him that Liam was fine now, and it was bedtime so lie down and be quiet.  He wants me to hold his hands on his ears. 
I guess I am asking for input. Does this sound like nightmares, and they will run their course?  Dominick has sensory issues, and I'm not sure if this is a new manifestation of an old issue, or what.  I plan on asking his therapist tomorrow.  Does anyone have any suggestions on how to get him past this, if it is just nightmares brought on by a scary incident last night?  On a side note, Dominick is fine with Liam and they played all day.  It's just now that they are in their bedroom tonight that these issues are resurfacing.  I can't take another night of no sleep.

Current Mood: tired
Monday, November 3rd, 2008
11:47 am
Mother on the edge of sanity
Quick info on me before my question.
I am married. 3 kids. Ages 4, 2.5 and 1. Two boys and a girl in the middle. I am a SAHM and hubby works day shift.

Here is my problem.

My one year old will not sleep thru the night. I was spoiled with my others. They slept mostly thru the night from 2-3 months old. There were phases that they woke up 1 or2 times a night. I just don't know how to deal with this.

Thomas, my youngest, wakes up anywhere from 4-10 times a night. He is still on the bottle. We are just now starting to wean him off the bottle. Currentlly he has a bottle before nap time and a bottle before bed time. Then he has 2 more bottles in the middle of the night. It is the only way I know to get him back to sleep. I know it isn't the best idea.

Thomas is teething pretty good also. I have tried giving him motrin, hylands teething tabs, orajel, tylenol and Dr. Hands teething lotion. Nothing works. There are times he wakes up every 20 min.

I am the only one who gets up with him because I don't want to wake my DH up since he has to be to work early. He sleeps in a crib in our room. When/if he starts sleeping thru the night he will be moved in with his older brother.

Thomas takes one nap a day. Around 1 pm he and his sibs go down for a 2 hour nap. My eldest doesn't take a nap but he does quiet time for about an hour. Thomas just kind of faints at 1-ish. I have tried keeping him up but it doesn't work very well. He was just taking 30 min naps and he was cranky all day and still didn't sleep well.

I am not a fan of CIO. Not only do I just not like the baby crying but I also don't want the whole house woke up. Thomas has a massive set of lungs. However, I cannot go on like this much longer. Trying to do preschool work with my oldest and my niece 4 days a week on this little sleep plus all the mommy/wifey stuff is killing me.

Any help would be apperciated. Please give it in a nice manner. I have asked for advice on other things in other communities and just got attacked for what I was doing. Just please advise with out being mean. Thanks

Current Mood: exhausted
Sunday, November 2nd, 2008
2:31 pm
Operation Holiday Card

Operation Holiday Card is up and running again this year!  This is a wonderful program that distributes Christmas, Hanukkah, and holiday cards with short personal messages to troops deployed overseas during the holiday season.  This program was a huge success last year collecting over 16,000 cards.

            I am asking people to write a note to an unknown service member inside your card, seal it, and send it to the address below.  Cards can be for Christmas, Hanukkah (please write this on the back of your envelope), or general Season’s Greetings.  Your words of support mean so much to these men and women.  Remember each card you send is another service member touched.   

            This program works because individuals take this initiative to spread the word and collect cards with in their lives.  Please pass the word about this project to everyone you know.  Feel free to post it in your journals, other communities, promote it in your workplace, or your place of worship.  One woman from my church last year collected 200 cards in her workplace. How many cards can you collect?  Cards can be sent to:


Operation Holiday Card
226 Albany Ave  

Shreveport, LA 71105


            This year’s deadline will be Dec. 3, all cards must be received in Louisiana by that time.  The cards will need plenty of time to get overseas.  I thank you for your support of this wonderful project.  There is so much support for our troops as they spend the holidays away from their families.

            Please look at our new website http://sites.google.com/site/operationholidaycard/Home for more information.  If you have any questions please feel free to e-mail me at operationholidaycard@gmail.com


Thank you and God Bless you,

Operation Holiday Card


Wednesday, October 29th, 2008
1:27 pm
Children's drawings of inventions sought for a good cause
Hi, I'm Cristina, and I’m helping to put on an art auction of very young children’s art to benefit a global humanitarian project of San Jose State University’s Entrepreneurial Society. As the quarter proceeds we will brainstorm and decide on an organization dealing with some global issue (malaria, AIDS, hunger, child labor, pollution, tree planting, clean water, literacy, etc) and auction art off to wealthy venture capitalists to fund our chosen project. This event takes place December 4th at the reception after we present our own business plans to the investors.

They’re looking for art by young children (any style/medium OK but something that can be hung up on a wall.) The theme is “Good Ideas” - either a business idea they child has, or an invention, or a place filled with things they child thinks are good ideas.

If anyone here has young children, teaches, works with kids, or knows of kids who would like to participate (and the kids can come see their art on the walls in SJ State if they would like) then please send a scanned PDF/JPEG to our vice president Ruth Gonzalez at rkgonzalez@gmail.com with the child’s name, age, and an artist’s statement describing the work.

You may also send artwork via mail to:

Ruth Gonzalez
700 Vasona Street
Milpitas, CA 95035
Tuesday, October 28th, 2008
8:50 am
Sick toddler - what to do for activities
So my little guy is coughing and wheezing and I'm keeping him away from other kids. But I'm now at a complete loss as to what to do with him. Normally we go to a playground or the children's museum in the mornings and do errands in the afternoon. What do you do to keep your sick toddler entertained for a day?
Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008
6:56 pm
Hey everyone!  This is my first time posting!  

First of all I want to say hello and introduce myself.

I am Raven, 23, and have 3 kids- Dara (7), Zoe (4), and Gabe (14 months).  

Secondly I want to tell you about my new community  It is a photo communiy for children of all ages.  If you like to enter contests and take photos then you should join. =)


Thanks to anyone who does join!  Once I have 5 members I have a gereat theme photo contest we'll do!

Next  iwant to share a cute picture of my 14month old son.  We went to the Pumpkin patch yesterday and he loved it.

This community seems fun.  Later I will post a video of my son dancing!  Do your toddlers dance?  Do they dance well for their ages?  My son amazes me with his moves! lol

Nice to meet you all! 

Current Mood: anxious
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