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15 December 2005 @ 11:01 am
My friend has a 22 month old daughter and they use a Naughty Chair to discipline the little one. It works really well for them... the daughter gets warned about the chair, then sits on it if she continues being naughty (screaming, hitting, etc... not for just being a rascal)... and sits on it for about a minute. Then she gets a hug, says sorry (though the mom does this now as the daughter doesn't talk much and can't say sorry) and gets on with her day.

Seems like everyone has a different system for discipline, for teaching the kids not to bite, hit, etc... and David and I are experimenting. I used to be sent to a corner, my mom said it was because no matter where we went there was always a corner, just in case. :) One of my sisters-in-law does Time Out, the other one has a Naughty Step... and they all seem to work in their own ways.

What do you guys do? More importantly... When did you start? I'm thinking of buying a stool this weekend. :/ Mainly because he's begun throwing things when he is frustrated... and he *knows* he's being naughty. If he's in a good mood he stops before he does it, when we say No... but if he's in a bad mood? Or tired? Lets just say there are already Thomas the Tank Engine shaped dents in his bedroom wall. :(

Thoughts? Ideas? Valium?
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10 November 2005 @ 09:02 am
So... what are you all getting your little ones for Christmas? Philip will be 21 months old at Christmas. My mom is buying him a few things (a Barney guitar and a dog that barks and flips), he'll get a few things from my in-laws, and my husband & I are only getting him 2 or 3 things.

We're thinking of getting him a climbing frame kind of thing for his room... like a mini-playhouse or a slide or something. Some new books, something with a steering wheel on it... we haven't completely decided yet.

What are your little ones getting or doing?
Current Mood: curiouscurious
07 November 2005 @ 08:17 pm
I've just purchased bedding from this place: http://www.carouseldesigns.com/ - - and I must say, it is AMAZING. I've been looking for a toddler bed comforter that doesn't have any designs on it, and this place has the most mix and match solid bedding of anywhere I've found. Endless colors, and some of their patterns are really, REALLY sweet as well. The next time we are able to have a baby I'll definitely be ordering from them. The stuff is just so well made... I'm thoroughly impressed.

Also - - - butt creme! Woo hoo! Philip is on his 6th day of diarrhea and our pediatrician recommended we use Dr. Smith's creme on his bottom as it is super thick and gives a better barrier than other cremes. The stuff has been MAGIC on his bottom! It is more expensive than Desitin and other cremes, but if the kid has a really sore bottom I totally think it is worth it to spend 5 extra dollars for a product that really works and this stuff is SUPER. Super DOOOPER, in fact. -----> http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B00068Y9SU/103-1636745-8672632?v=glance
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22 October 2005 @ 11:24 pm
I wasn't sure if I ever actually gave an extensive introduction.

My name is Jenny, and I live in Maryland, in the USA. I am mother to David, born Mar 17th, 2001, and also to a miscarried angel, named Andy who went on to the Summerland at 10 weeks gestation in July 2005. I am married to my best friend, Kurt. I work as a preschool teacher, and enjoy my work very much. Education is very important and I feel that I have really found my place doing what I do. Hobbies...I enjoy doing digital artwork and writing. You can see my work at Ariannasage.deviantart.com

David, my first born son, is almost Five years old. He just started preschool, and as you may guess, I am of course the proud momma. As such, I must show pictures, found beneath the cut below... (I will also include a link to a picture of my lost infant, Andy, because I am proud of how beautiful he was even in death...if you do not wish to view it, please do not. Some may not understand the need for such a thing..but for me, it is all I have)

I am enjoying reading through your writings and hope to get to know many of you here.

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Current Mood: calmcalm
22 October 2005 @ 07:37 am
While I'm posting - I thought I'd share what the pediatrician said the other day. I asked a while back about food and juices that caused excess poop, as Philip has - from day one - had a very sensitive belly and gets diarrhea easily. She recommended taking him off juice completely, and it has worked a treat! He has milk in his morning sippy cups and water in his afternoon/evening sippy cups - - - and he hasn't even noticed! I thought he'd pitch a fit about not having juice. She also said that if he had too much juice he wouldn't eat as much, and I have definitely noticed that he eats more now that he has less calories from his drinks. Problem Solved! I'm a much happier diaper changer now. Muuuuch happier.
Current Mood: tiredtired
22 October 2005 @ 07:24 am
For those of you who have have a child that has gone through the screaming stage alive...

When Philip screams at home, I get down with him and ask him what he wants. (Unless he's screaming because I've said something like "No Philip you may NOT play in the toilet." I let him scream all he wants for being told off.) Unfortunately, he still isn't able to communicate what he wants very well. He knows how to tell me he's hungry, thirsty, and wanting to play with *insert off-limits thing here*.

So I understand that a lot of the screaming must come from frustration. But it is just getting so BAD, and getting so LOUD, that I'm starting to think I'm doing something wrong, and I'm not doing my part to keep the child from screaming. Philip is the kid that stops everyone in the entire restaurant, the kid that gets everyone's attention for being so loud. He doesn't *cry*, and they are really just screams of "I want something"... I just don't know what he wants. :(

Does this actually ever get better? I'm dreading having him on an airplane, I find flying with him stressful enough without feeling bad for all the screams. We don't have any real "issues" with Philip other than this... he is a very happy kid - just LOUD. My mom says he's the loudest grandchild she had (out of 8) and while I know she thinks it is endearing, I think I'm doing something wrong.

His communication gets better each week. He doesn't say much (has about ten words) but understand almost everything I say. If I repeat a word only a few times he seems to get it. He isn't a late-talker or anything, he's right on track as far as The Books are concerned....

I guess I'm just worried that his LOUDNESS and SCREAMNESS is not actually part of the normal evolution of his language, and rather just that he thinks his life sucks or something! :/

Current Mood: tiredtired
18 October 2005 @ 12:10 pm
I'm feeling a bit sad this afternoon, and what better way to create some happiness than to share happy baby moments?

Join me in listing some of your favorite things about yout child(ren), some of your happiest moments, some of your happiest memories.

My smoochy list:Collapse )
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12 October 2005 @ 10:44 am
I've put a pair of Philip's shoes up on eBay, size 4 leather osh kosh shoes, and they aren't selling so I thought I'd post in here to see if anyone wanted to bid... otherwise they'll be going to Goodwill. :) I'll be putting up some 12/18 month stuff up in the next few days as well.

02 October 2005 @ 08:49 pm
As Ethan is on the verge of walking, several people have mentioned child harnesses to me. I am in two minds about them. On the one hand I can see how they would be useful from a safety perspective not to mention, saving my back from breaking, but on the other hand the word "leash" keeps springing to mind. My mum pointed out to me at one time they were very popular, but fell out of favour for some time and now are becoming more popular again. If you have used them, what are the benefits/drawbacks?
25 September 2005 @ 09:31 pm
Anyone know how those Lapad things work and if they'd be US/UK interchangable?  Like if mother-in-law bought one in the US and we bought a book in the UK if they'd work together?  Run on batteries?
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