My girls aren't in school yet (just daycare) but I agree that this summer has gone by so fast. Just last night I was thinking that there's probably only 3 more weekends that we can hit up the community pool. We just got from vacation last week and it was so nice to be off work and enjoying our kids full time for a few days. It spoiled them/us b/c no one wanted to go back to the "normal" routine.
I love back to school sales even though we aren't buying stuff for school yet. I got both girls little backpacks for day trips for less than $10 a piece and bought supplies for DD#1 birthday party (we are doing an art theme, so super cheap crayons, markers, bins, etc). Next year should be exciting to shop for DD#1 to start kindergarten. I can't belive she'll be going next year. Still feels like she was just a baby!View Thread
For a few months now, off and on DD has been complaining of a stomach ache after we put her to bed. She doesn't complain during the day, just at bedtime so we've been thinking it was a stalling method. Everytime we just give her kisses and tell her to go back to bed. No more complaining until the next time (may be a few days later). Well this morning she was crying and complaining that her stomach hurt. DH thinks she was just tired and emotional (she was up about an hour later than normal and up early). I'm starting to question it. What would you do? I think I'm going to wait and see what her daycare says but we're leaving for vacation tomorrow, so I'm nervous about it actually being something.View Thread
I absolutely agree with the idea of hiring a pre-teen to help babysit. This is actually how I got my start with the family I babysat for up until I left for college. I started at like 12, watching their 9 month old for a few hours while the mom did stuff around the house. Then as I got older, she started leaving her there with me for a few hours. By the time I was a senior in high school there were 3 kids in the family and I even did an overnight job for them as well as go to the beach for a week (all expenses paid, plus spending money). Sweet gig!View Thread
Wow! They seem so young to be talking about this stuff but I guess it needs to happen earlier than when we were kids. I have two girls (4 and 1) and I dread the day I have to talk about this. Did you use a book?View Thread
Not sure if this will help you or not but the majority of our friends are from our church. We joined a small group before we had kids and now we are close with two of the couples that were in the group and all of us have kids now. Other friends from our church are actually the parents of kids in DD#2's Sunday School. Since a lot of us have kids the same age, we've become friends on facebook and every month or so we pick a place to meet for coffee/smoothies, etc. We hang out and chat. Seriously, this has been the best place for me to met friends b/c we have the same values/morals in common so I never feel comfortable with our disscussions.View Thread
My DD is 4 and has been whinning/crying over almost anything that doesn't go her away. We put her in a time-out chair until the behavior stopped and then she could come talk to us when she's settled down. However, it doesn't seem to be getting any better. She's worse now than she was at 2-3 yrs old. Not sure if it's b/c she sees her baby sister acting this way and gets our attention right away but we've talked/explained to her the difference. I'm at my whits end!! She was in time-out twice this morning for crying1) She didn't like that I picked out her outfit instead of her...no big deal if she didn't cry about it and 2) I pulled her hair a little while brushing it, sure it hurts a little but I'm super careful not to pull too hard b/c I remember my mom didn't care and just yanked at my hair. Anyway, after her 2nd TO I talked to her about how she can better handle herself during these things. She gets so emotional when things don't go her away that it's like she can't think like a big kid, she just starts crying! Any help would be appreciated!!View Thread
I agree! We went straight to underwear and for a few days it was messy but she got the hang of it quickly. I tried the M&Ms and those didn't work for my DD, so I went to the Dollar Store and bought a bunch of toys were multiple items came in a pack. Those were her rewards for going potty. Then once she was doing better, we just started giving M&Ms. For some reason she needed a bigger reward at first...guess it made it more exciting/fun to go potty. We also did a piece of paper on the inside of the bathroom door where she'd get a sticker for going as well. She liked to see how many stickers she could get on the paper.View Thread