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Toddler Tuesday ~ Controlling The Volcano Within

On a regular basis I attend parenting sessions at the local Early Years Centre. I have found a lot of these sessions useful and so I thought I would summarize a few over the next few weeks ~ partly as future reference for me, and partly for the benefit of other parents and/or caregivers. Controlling the Volcano Within The morning concentrated on the adult assisting the child in managing their overwhelming emotions. The particular age of children we discussed for tools and situations were 0-6 years old. The tool that I feel was the strongest was the use of visual

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Toddler Tuesday

Themes of the week were easy when the oldest didn’t quite “get it”. I would set themes weekly and I would order books and videos from the library and pick them up when they were in. I would have a circle time while the kids ate lunch or while waiting for parents to pick up and read one or two of the books.Now that Ava is going to be 3 this March, I think it is time to ramp up the activities we do for the themes. Upon brainstorming and Internet searching I have decided to do monthly themes with

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Toddler Tuesday

I had a ton of ideas for my first Toddler Tuesday and wouldn’t you know it but Ava is sitting here bossing me and distracting me with “I’m talking to you, Mommy!” and “Listen to me! Stop playing on the computer and change my bum!”. When did three year olds get so smart? I’m off to change that poopie bum and if I think of what I was originally going to post I’ll do two for today.

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Toddler Biting

Ava (2 years old) tends to bite when she teethes. This would not be so bad except for the kids that I care for – it’s hard to send your own child out of care for such behaviour. The good part about being with Ava 24/7 is that I know her very well and know the cause which makes it easier to determine it will be short-lived. In the time while we are living through it, however, I have been able to give her a soother attached to her clothes and re-direct her to chew on that instead of her

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Cottage Living

At the maternal grandparent’s cottage for vacation, we are certainly not enduring hard living. With a computer and modem (we’re roughing it with dial up), a washer and dryer (I am especially grateful for these as we use cloth diapers on the little guy!), fully functional shower and toilet, furnace, ceiling fans, space heaters and fire place we are very comfortable – and the view of the lake (a mere 70 feet from the cottage) is so relaxing! It truly is a home away from home. And with Grandma joining us, Mommy gets a little (all right, I’ll admit it

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Shower Story

Ava doesn’t always like to bathe (she’s better now but there are still moments). I shifted when I was pregnant to let her come into the shower with me – especially in the later stages of my pregnancy this was far easier than trying to wrestle the slippery child and lean over the bath tub to reach her. The other day I decided to take a shower in the evening. We have glass doors. I’m washing my hair, rinsing the soap out with half my head under the tab when the bathroom door explodes open and a naked two-year old

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Toddler Tuesday – Sesame Street Obsession

There is a strange obsession my daughter has with anything Sesame Street. And do you think I could find tee shirts in the stores with them? No … it’s all Dora, Diego and Disney Princesses. They would do in a pinch but it’s still the sweatshirt in 90 degree F weather for her!Luckily her grandpa was able to get a size 6/8 tee shirt hand-me-down for her. I guess that is good for her to wear as a nightshirt and grow into (she’s barely a size 3).

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Reasons Why I Work From Home

When I decided not to go back to work outside of the home I sat down and wrote a list of reasons why to stay home. As I’ve just accepted a third child care client (in addition to my own two kids) all of whom are two-years-old or younger I wanted to remind myself just why this is. 1. so my kids won’t fall asleep while crying at the front door for me to come back and take them home from the babysitter 2. to raise our children with our morals and values 3. so I will not miss developmental

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Our Garden

My husband is an avid gardener. Let’s just put it this way … if he didn’t do it I’d either hire someone or be musing about how fast weeds grow and multiply. Anyhow, he is so passionate about it he even gets plants growing in the colder months from seed. He has the basement all set up with fancy plant growing lights and trays of seed and soil. I don’t ask – as long as it’s out of my way I’m okay. So he plants these seedlings that he’s done for months and months into the garden and within a

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Grandparents

Another interesting article from the Jesuit prayer site my own grandmother is a member of. “Being a grandparent has many bonuses. It is more agreeable than being in charge. You shed the power of authority, and also shed the distance which it imposes. Children use their grandparents in a particular way. They can be very direct and contemporary in their comments. A friend was telling his granddaughter a story when she interrupted, ‘Fast forward, please, grandpa.’ Grandparents can be safe people to talk to. Children know they can count on affection, and need not fear retribution if they tell things

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Hi! I'm Elizabeth

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