Wow…what a crazy week. Well actually only a little more crazy than usual. Most of it is spent driving the kids to practice, grocery shopping, work, school…I should literally paint the word Taxi on the side of my car.
I’m back at work after maternity leave and that means I have to pump at work. Thank goodness I have my own office, unlike some of my family and friends who told me they used the bathrooms to pump. We deserve better than the bathroom!
Where have you pumped?
For the first time in my parenting life, I had to write that check to a preschool for my 4 year old. My husband and I work opposite schedules so we have been able to stay home with the kids. We debated waiting one more year when he would enter public school, but decided to fork over the money so he could be around other kids his age and start learning more than we can teach him at home.
Our son is excited to go to school which is great and wants to start packing a backpack. Thanks goodness we have at least another year before we have to start paying for tons of supplies, sports, music, etc. Watching my friends and families with growing kids, it seems with each passing year comes even more on the shopping list for back to school.
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- They are “acting up” because they will take ANY attention they can get from you. If they know you will show attention when they are hurting each other or doing something naughty, they see that as attention. So make sure you are showing them enough POSITIVE attention and then they won’t have to act up to get your attention in those other ways.
- Give them power. Just like we as adults don’t like being pinned down and told what to do every step of every day, neither do our kids. I try really hard ot make sure my kids get to make their own choices. For example, I give 2 options on what to make for dinner, have them help make that choice of dinner, and sure enough they usually will eat that full dinner because they had the power in making it.
- Finally, making consequences related to the item and making the consequence actually make sense, not be so far fetched. Most importantly, make sure to give them the power with the choice ahead of time by telling them the consequence for the action. This one was a “ah ha” moment for me as I realized I would make a consequence and just spring it on them. For example, “ok you are not finishing your dinner so you don’t get to watch your TV show.” Instead, give them the power and the choice “if you don’t finish your dinner, then you don’t get your dessert tonight.” Then follow through!
Let me get this straight, I’m going to be the most tired I’ve ever been in my life and can’t consume caffeine?!
I’m in my final month of pregnancy, with 2 toddlers at home, and we are moving into our new place this month… yea talk about being exhausted. Then to top it all off, I can’t have caffeine. That is the big question that goes back and forth with pregnant women: can I drink it, and if so how much?
I’ve been thru 3 pregnancies now and it changes each time. Being told to avoid it all together, then hearing it’s ok to have 2 cups per day, oh wait now it’s just one cup per day…and you wonder why pregnant women get upset so easily. We aren’t even talking about no more drinking alcohol, no more eating deli meats, no more eating sushi, the list goes on and on! Let’s just focus on the caffeine debate here.
Remember caffeine isn’t only in coffee, but also in soda, tea, chocolate, etc. Ah-ha maybe that’s why I’ve been craving sweets so much! I’ve been trying to drink more water and eat more fruits and veggies, but it doesn’t compare to a big strong cup of coffee.
We go thru this for 9 months and then it’s time to nurse the baby while getting only 2 hours of sleep at a time…again with no caffeine. Yup what you eat/drink, the baby is also consuming, so again the caffeine debate is back! And remember this can go on for a year or more depending on how long you nurse your baby.
So next time you are with your pregnant or new mommy friend, offer to help her so she can go take a nap!