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I buy my kids things fairly often. It's usually something I think they will enjoy and it's definitely not the stuff they see in television commercials. Yesterday I bought them each a book at the bookstore, but I refuse to buy those darn Stompy slippers we keep seeing on TV and they ask for. Are my kids spoiled? I don't think so, because I think "spoiled" involves bad behavior. Are they very fortunate? Yes. And as part of that it is my responsibility to teach them to be giving people (of time, money and things).
Toggle Commented Sep 20, 2012 on What is spoiling? at Ask Moxie
My kids are 2.5 and 5. Both are in bed by 8-8:30, but not asleep until 9-9:30 most days. We wake them at 7:30 and we leave the house at 8am. They both sleep with us. The 2.5yo takes naps Monday-Friday at the sitter. She is an excellent napper there. At home, she takes a nap occasionally. The 5yo naps at the sitter once in awhile, but is more likely to negotiate her way out of it (fine with me, b/c then she sleeps better at night). She attends pre-K 3 mornings a week. I'm hoping for earlier bedtime next year when the oldest is in full day Kindergarten and her body needs more sleep. I love these data point posts. :)
Love the horse and church analogy. Posted my mission statement on your FB page.
I keep seeing posts on FB about local chapters affirming that they will remain open to everyone, and so families are posting that is ok to remain a part of the organization. I maintain that it is NOT ok, unless these local chapters are banding together to stand up to the national organization and demanding change. And then I count backwards from 10 and thank the stars that I have girls.
Toggle Commented Jul 18, 2012 on Thinking about disappointment at Ask Moxie
Awesome. Maybe some mention in the beginning about how to balance recovering from an emergency c-section while caring for an alien? A section can be bad enough, but an emergency one is so much worse.
Toggle Commented Jul 13, 2012 on The Table of Contents at Ask Moxie
And it's too bad it is so poorly written.
Toggle Commented Jul 10, 2012 on 50 Shades of Commodification at Ask Moxie
Kids are so different. My daughter (34 months) has been skyping since birth, so she sort of gets it. She gets it so much that if she's watching a youtube video of someone she knows, she gets mad that they are ignoring her. My husband travels 2-3 days a week and I judge my daughter's mood before we skype/call. If she's already cranky, we don't do it. If it's too close to bedtime, we usually skip it. When they do talk, the best ones are when they do an activity like reading a book. Last night they played some made up version of hide-n-seek and they both had a blast. I couldn't watch b/c Daddy was walking around the hotel room with his camera "looking" for Etta and making me dizzy! I'll probably be heading to Europe for 2 weeks next summer for work. The kids will be almost 1.5 and 3.5. I'm already worrying!
DD1 hit every sleep regression, but it was manageable. I don't remember hitting a wall until she could walk and talk. DD2 is 6 months old and we're keeping our fingers crossed because all has been well.
Toggle Commented Jun 21, 2010 on The Wonder Weeks iPhone app at Ask Moxie
Reposting my facebook comment here: After our daughter was born 2 years ago, we quickly adapted the mantra, "Everyone must eat; everyone must sleep." It didn't matter HOW we accomplished it. Breastfeeding, bottles, mac n cheese (this morning she had chips for breakfast). Short naps, sleep rotation, co-sleeping. Just eat and sleep. Repeat. It will get easier, but it is very, very hard work!
Toggle Commented Oct 20, 2009 on Q&A: new baby at Ask Moxie