The difference between a trauma and a difficult experience is how it ends.
What's the best option when you're solo with two kids under 2 in the "witching hour," and you and your partner disagree about turning on a little Sesame Street ?
When the babysitter seems inappropriately affectionate with the baby, what's a concerned parent to do?
When your beautiful biracial child starts making self-deprecating comments about her curly hair, what's a concerned parent to do?
I thought we were doing a pretty good job of having one of those silent passive-aggressive fights. One that was way better and less impactful on our young daughter than an all-out, down to the mat scream-fest. I was terribly, terribly wrong.
Every person has roots; celebrate yours, your spouse's, and whichever of humanity's move and inspire you. Perhaps most importantly, know why you do what you do. My dear friends, you are free to choose. Feel empowered. You can have your latkes and eat them too.
Ah, the season of awkward family encounters. That annual occasion when well-meaning parents, grandparents, in-laws, uncles, and third cousins twice removed all get together to make stilted conversation and offer unsolicited advice on how to raise your little ones. The following three-step approach will help you respond productively to intrusive and unwanted advice on parenting - happy everything to those who celebrate!
There comes a time in all children's lives when they must do something new, unexpected, tricky, and even a little daunting: learn to use the potty. I'll save a longer discussion on the ins and outs (pun very much intended) of this task for another post, and instead share with you several of my favorite books for children on the subject.
Got some news over here at Living in Captivity - check out my guest post for Mother Squad to find out what it is!
Read the post here: http://blog.mothersquad.com/carrying-life/