Tag Archives: Child

Little Girl Growing Up

13 Aug

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When I look at this photo of my soon to be 8-year-old I can see the teenager in her so clearly.  I squeeze my eyes tightly shut before I allow myself to imagine the young adult and onward.

I want to grab a curl and smooch her nose while she’ll still let me…

My Baby is 6 Years Old Today

25 May

How can it be?

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I was so blessed to have had the experience of one baby after having twin babies…my little red headed “surprise” who completed the family in a way that we could have never comprehended.

My husband thinks I’m mental but I do get heavy hearted on my children’s birthdays.

I was reminded about this poem and it seemed so relevant to think about today:

On Children Kahlil Gibran

Your children are not your children. They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself. They come through you but not from you, And though they are with you yet they belong not to you.

You may give them your love but not your thoughts, For they have their own thoughts. You may house their bodies but not their souls, For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow, which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams. You may strive to be like them, but seek not to make them like you. For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday.

You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth. The archer sees the mark upon the path of the infinite, and He bends you with His might that His arrows may go swift and far. Let your bending in the archer’s hand be for gladness; For even as He loves the arrow that flies, so He loves also the bow that is stable.

So beautiful…just like my 6 year old :)

with our newest addition to the family...

with our newest addition to the family…

How I Spoke to My Children About the Sandy Hook Tragedy

16 Dec

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Like so many, I’ve hard time processing the horrific events of this past Friday. 26 people gunned down, 20 of whom are children (around my children’s ages) is so hard to comprehend. One of the first questions I grappled with was how to communicate with my children.

For me, it wasn’t a choice of whether or not to tell them.

They are bright and inquisitive 7, 7 and 5 year olds who are very tuned into the world. Children are a lot more aware than we perceive them to be. I knew I wouldn’t be able to keep them from hearing about the horror so I wanted it to come from me. Experts will say to start this conversation by finding out what the kids have heard. It was too early for mine to have heard. Here’s how it went for us.

I decided to talk to them while we were in the car en route to an activity. Car rides are an excellent time to speak with kids. There are fewer distractions and sharper attentions.

I used simple language without too many details. Along the lines of…”a very bad person did something terrible…”

I told them the truth without over sharing. They had a lot of questions…some I answered and others I didn’t.

I reinforced that they are safe and that this kind of thing doesn’t happen very often. I didn’t tell them this wouldn’t ever happen. I told them I felt confident in their schools keeping them safe. They shared that they participate in “lockdown drills” and that was good reinforcement of some of the safety measures in places in their lives.

I encouraged them to tell me if they have questions or feelings about the information I presented, whether in the moment or anytime. You’ll read a lot about kids feeling stressed and scared. Some kids may be more vulnerable, others might just seem to move on. Remember most kids are self-centered. Whatever the feelings are that are presented to you the parent, it is important to acknowledge them and reassure your child.

On Saturday my kids saw me watching the news about it. I let them watch for a minute then decided to turn it off as the news about this is very overwhelming. My daughter said she heard some info on her radio that morning so I was glad that we had already spoken about it.

You may have seen this wisdom being passed around from an icon in my childhood, Mr. Rogers. I think it’s great advice:

“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” To this day, especially in times of “disaster,” I remember my mother’s words and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers – so many caring people in this world.”

It’s also important to empower your kids to feel useful during trying times. In our case, my daughter came up with a brilliant idea on her own. She wants to write a letter to the students at Sandy Hook (912 Dickinson Dr., Sandy Hook, CT 06482). I’m very proud of her. :)

Did you speak to your children, and if so, how did it go?

The Tooth Fairy Keepsake Book Review

22 Aug

If you read anything I write, I think it’s pretty easy to deduce that I am very loopy and emotional sentimental, especially when it comes to my children. I keep records of their physical exams, their infant feeding schedules, their first words, etc, etc. In fact, the motivating force behind this blog is to RECORD all the details of their adorable existences!

So it makes complete sense that ever since that first tooth came out last month, I have been seeking and searching for the perfect keepsake holder for the precious little teeth…enter The Tooth Fairy Keepsake Book.  This is my answer to the question of where to store my children’s baby teeth!  (I would NEVER throw them away, but I am also the mother who saved their umbilical cord scabs…)


When the Tooth Fairy heard you lost a tooth, do you know what she did? She made a map to visit you ’cause you’re a special kid! First she got your home address and checked her fairy map, then she flew to your place where she saw your brand new “gap”. Of course, she took your worn-out tooth, just like she’s always done.  But she’s left something nice instead to help you have some fun!

This is a keepsake holder to display baby teeth as the child loses them. This keepsake is a box formed in a hardback story book. On the inside, it displays on the left a poem regarding the Tooth Fairy and the child. On the right side is a diagram showing the graphical representations and dental terminology that corresponds with your child’s twenty baby teeth. There are date entry lines for filling in the dates that a child’s baby teeth fell out. As the teeth fall out, you poke a hole in the correct location where the tooth has fallen out on the diagram. Then, add a little bit of water base glue, push the baby tooth in to display the teeth, and remember them the way they were in your child’s mouth. It will be an heirloom collectible for any parent and child.

This is exactly what I need x3!  My little guy’s tiny front tooth is already glued into its new home.  I plan to get one for each child (2 pink and 1 blue) and hide them away as I collect and record.  When the tooth fairy is no longer visiting our home I will surprise the children with their books.

I searched for a while to find something for those precious teeth and I am so thrilled with The Tooth Fairy Keepsake Book!  There are other great tooth fairy related gifts on the site (http://toothfairykeepsakegifts.com/) too :)

Where do YOU keep your child/ren’s teeth?

(Sample provided for review.)

Driveway Tantrum

26 Jun

Aw she’s so cute…even when she’s having a tantrum on the driveway. And she’s no stranger to tantrums…in the store, in the car or on the floor!

Moms Drag Yourself Out

8 Jun

One of the hardest aspects of parenting for me is dealing with sick children.  For most of us it’s very difficult to witness your child experiencing pain, or any discomfort for that matter, but with me excessive worry is added; I cannot relax.

Unfortunately we have been hit very hard this year with tons of maladies and within the last 3 weeks it has been non stop one with or more being ill here everyday.  (also why I have been posting less).

So last night the kids and I were invited to a friend’s house along with others for a pizza party.  The little was hanging on me by end of the day feeling sick and I just wanted to curl up in bed and moan with her…thinking my husband would go with the twins.

I ran out to Target to buy more children’s meds and I realized I hadn’t had a break from the kids in a long while.  (I haven’t even been to kickboxing in a whole week as I was so sick.) So I decided to get it together and go to my friend’s home…and to try to enjoy the time.

It worked.

If you’re wondering who the only one is holding a beverage…that’s me!

The moment I arrived I was handed a strawberry daiquiri!  I was with a bunch of other moms and you know how it is…moms get it…the anguish, the worry, the ups and downs that all come with the job.  I felt so much of the stress melt away.  Seems funny that it could as there were like 18 kids running around and we could barely hear ourselves think!

Chaos!

It’s important not to isolate yourself when you are feeling down and overwhelmed.  If you have the opportunity for companionship and camaraderie…jump on it!  I’m glad I did. :)

Movie Night with Grandma and Grandpa

2 Apr


My parents moved to New York last week and we are overjoyed.  It means the children are already getting to see them so much more and they are all loving it.

They really enjoy hearing my parents tell them stories and one day my father told them a story about a genie.  He said the story was really about his favorite movie, The Thief of Baghdad.  Right away they wanted me to get the movie and I was lucky enough to be able to get it from the library.

I wasn’t quite sure they would like it….and they love it!  They’ve watched it twice in it’s an entirety with my parents and several times on their own.  This is a movie from the 1940′s that I never would have thought to expose them to but that is why grandparents are so awesome!

Have you ever seen The Thief of Baghdad?

Oh What Fun It Is To Jump On A Trampoline

8 Dec

Greatest Birthday Present!

4 Wonderful Things About Our New Trampoline:

1.  The children are contained

2.  The children are getting exercise and releasing their unlimited energy

3.  The children LOVE it and can’t enough

4.  A great way to stay warm (jumping) while getting fresh air!

I was a little worried about safety but at this point I am sold on the greatness of a trampoline.

Any other trampoline owners/users out there?

Sick Kids

7 Jun

You know I was under the strange misconception that once the weather warmed up we would get a break from the constant illnesses…….wrong!

So today, 2 out of 3 are home and laying all over me with their hot, fevery, sweaty bodies driving me crazy.  I’m running on like 4 hours of sleep and it’s gonna be a long day.  Here’s what they’ve been saying this morning:

Little one:

I’m hungry but I don’t want scrampled eggs.

Then she gives me a big fever phlegm kiss on my fatigued face and says:

I’m feeling you better.

Says the big guy as he pulls on me:

Your legs are rusty.

Okay, I say, but who’s your favorite mommy in the world?  To which he quickly replies:

Daddy

Then he has the nerve to ask if he can go to Toys R Us.

Who else is having a great week??!

My Black Hen Nursery Rhyme

10 Feb

My Black Hen

Hickety, pickety, my black hen,

She lays eggs for gentlemen.

Gentlemen come every day

To see what my black hen does lay.

 

First time I ever heard this nursery rhyme is when I read it to my kids last night. (Is that weird?)

I know nursery rhymes don’t necessarily sense, but, what! ?  It just seems wrong.

But it’s probably my warped way of processing things.  Do you ever have distorted moments like this?

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