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 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.
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!
"I don't like my body!" My then-2-year-old screamed.
I'm pretty fearless with her, mind you, and it takes a lot for anything she says or does to faze me. But this one stopped my mind for a moment, and in that moment, I raced into the past and ahead to the future.
If you're anything like me, you've woefully underprepared, again and again, when your child has gotten sick in their carseat. After a holiday cookie-tossing bonanza, we decided to adult a little harder around here and create a go-bag with all of our carseat cleaning needs handy. We pass on the wisdom conferred by our inexperience to you.
As we say in Yiddish, "People make plans and God laughs."
I'd like to append that idiom to read, "People caring for small children make plans and God grabs a jumbo tub of popcorn."
Small children suck at dining in restaurants. But if the restaurant deities are whispering to you and you simply must heed their call, here's some advice to help you navigate the experience with your spirit and dignity (mostly) intact.