Walter C. and the Great Meltdown

Welcome to another episode of Keelan Hates to Read! This time, I torture him with a cute book by Ginny Jordan called What's Making Walter C. Laugh?, available on Amazon in both paperback and Kindle editions. OK I'm kidding about the torture part, but really that's how he acts whenever I try to sit down and … Continue reading Walter C. and the Great Meltdown

I Like Having Magic Kisses

I will admit right now, that this is a myth I have totally perpetuated and encouraged to grow: Mom has magic kisses. There's something extremely satisfying with kissing a boo-boo and having it magically make your baby feel better. Dad might tell him to shake it off, but mom makes it all better with a … Continue reading I Like Having Magic Kisses

A Toddler’s First Movie, and It Was Totally Incredible

I was super excited to take K to see The Incredibles 2 this week! I feel I am so out of the loop on movies, so being able to take him to a theater is really taking it up a notch on our possible family friendly activity list. We weren't entirely sure how it would … Continue reading A Toddler’s First Movie, and It Was Totally Incredible

The Real Reason Toddlers Have Tantrums

My 3-year-old is going through some intense development right now, and the resulting tantrums are quite impressive. I am lucky they are short-lived because the decibel level of the screams could possibly cause some eardrum issues. If I have any future hearing loss, I'll be telling my son he did this to me as a … Continue reading The Real Reason Toddlers Have Tantrums

20 Minutes of Freedom, or Why I’m OK with Screen Time

Most of the shows my son likes to watch last about 20 minutes. He gets bored pretty quickly and will usually watch just one episode before yelling "The end!" And turning it off. For a mom with a toddler that doesn't nap, those 20 minutes are incredibly valuable. I can use this time to take … Continue reading 20 Minutes of Freedom, or Why I’m OK with Screen Time

You’re the Reason We Can’t Have Nice Things

I have a fancy new white couch and a toddler. WTF was I thinking??? I also chose white cabinets for our kitchen remodel. I've obviously lost my mind. I spend wayyy too much time wiping hand, feet and God knows what else kind of prints off everything from the couch to the light blue colored … Continue reading You’re the Reason We Can’t Have Nice Things

Watch out Betty Crocker!

My son surprised me by asking to bake cupcakes this week. He usually has no interest in helping out in the kitchen so I immediately dropped everything and got to baking! In full disclosure, I was doing yardwork and it was hot and any excuse to take a break sounded like an amazing idea. Trying … Continue reading Watch out Betty Crocker!

Angry Mommy – When Mom Needs a Time Out Too

The other day my son was really pushing it, not listening, throwing things at my head and generally driving me crazy. So what do I do? Yell "Keelan stop it right now! Mommy's getting mad! You won't like me when I'm angry!" And then I realized I was quoting the Incredible Hulk, or technically Bruce … Continue reading Angry Mommy – When Mom Needs a Time Out Too

Potty Training – Sh*t Just Got Real, Literally

My life for the past few months has been a constant refrain of "Where does poop and pee go? In the potty. Poop and pee go in the potty. Are you sure you don't want to potty? Why wouldn't you want to put poop in the potty? I promise you can look at it all … Continue reading Potty Training – Sh*t Just Got Real, Literally

Talking to Kids – Beyond Baby Talk

In yet another installment of "I was wrong about everything," today it's about the way we talk to children. Before kids I didn't understand the difference. I was like "Hi, small child. How's the weather? OK, now go away." But now, I put a little enthusiasm in my voice and enunciate, ask questions about their … Continue reading Talking to Kids – Beyond Baby Talk