Yo Gabba Gabba Party

My son recently became enamored with Yo Gabba Gabba, so we decided it would make a great theme for his birthday party. For the cake, I made a rainbow cake (recipe here). This blogger recipe uses diet Sprite to mix with the cake mix, but I just followed the box directions. I also used butter instead…

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Limp wrists? Crack ’em

Well, the day after Spank Out Day, during which I read so many encouraging posts about positive, respectful parenting, I got to listen to a nice sermon clip (insert irony) from a North Carolina pastor encouraging his flock (and other Christians I assume) to physically assault their children if they suspect they are gay. And…

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Potty training, part infinity

For the last year, potty training our oldest has been a huge struggle for us. About 6 months before he turned two in 2010, he was very open to it and liked sitting on the potty chair. But this interest did not last long; he got bored and moved on. We eased up a bit,…

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Learning styles

I went to a free parenting/teaching workshop last night that talked about how everyone, but particularly kids, learn. Very interesting. The info is from educator Cynthia Tobias. These are the three learning styles: 1. Visual (lots of color, images, etc.) 2. Auditory (need to talk) 3. Kinesthetic (need to move) Most schools are geared toward…

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On spanking

Whether or not to spank your kids is a hot topic. I’d say most Americans think spanking is okay. Many others consider it abuse. Some are on the fence. I recently read a blog post from Demand Euphoria about this disconnect some have between kind of thinking spanking is ok…but kind of not….but kind of…

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Countdown to Christmas

December is almost upon us and I have done nothing in terms of Christmas cards, getting a tree, etc. I had this note on my calendar at the beginning of November to start planning for Christmas stuff…this did absolutely nothing. My short-term goal is to order Christmas cards and send them out by the second…

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What nap?

During the last two days, #1 has not napped and boy has it started to show today. Totally flipping out, and it was barely past noon. About an hour before his usual nap time, I put him down. Amid a lot of protesting, but I had to be firm. He was really tired. During the…

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Thanksgiving Plans

Thanksgiving is in two days and I decided to cook a turkey breast in the Crockpot. However, I have about a 2.5-3-quart Crockpot and needed to get a bigger one for this (which I was fine doing since I can use it for other roasts and bigger portions of stews). So I bought a 5-quart…

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Sleep

Like most kids his age, if my #1 is hungry or tired, meltdowns are inevitable. But while I believe that a child may not truly be as hungry as we think (so eating a piece of toast and some milk may really be enough to fill them up at the moment) sleep is a different…

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