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ChitterChatter: It Gets Harder When They Can Talk...

Jun
28
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Yup, it's confirmed! Three's are definitely harder than two's. I need to talk to whoever came up with the idea of the terrible two's because all of my friends who have experienced both ages agree that three gets even trickier. From one to two, parents need to get used to the idea that their babies can now talk a little. And once they can walk, they can run away and they're stronger than just a baby who lies around all day. But when the three's come, they not only talk, they have opinions, they reason, they ask TONS of questions, and they sometimes stump you. I find myself saying "um...

ChitterChatter: Do We Become Our Own Parents?

Apr
19
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Growing up, I was always the calm one at home. I had the good temper. I was the one who tried to cheer people up (particularly my little sister) when they weren't in a good mood. I was the patient one. Who knew that motherhood could bring out the best in us and the ugliest. And somehow, during the many years of wonderful upbringing by my incredible parents, they have passed down not only the discipline, the ability to judge right from wrong, the compassion and kindness, but the way they taught us was also silently passed down. I didn't know that until I became a mother myself.

ChitterChatter: Baby's First Haircut

Mar
15
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ChitterChatter: Do You Think Kids Are Born With Innate Skills?

Feb
1
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I was having this discussion with a good friend a few weeks ago, about whether or not our children are born with innate skills, hobbies and interests. Our conclusion was that it's definitely always a mix of nature and nurture, but that innate skills are definitely there. For one, S had been very active since he was in my belly. After he was born, he was still all about the kicking. Physically, he just developed quickly. He took his first steps at 10 months! And now, as a toddler, he's very athletic and loves all kinds of sports.

ChitterChatter: What Part of Parenthood Stresses You Out The Most?

Oct
1
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Don't get me wrong, parenthood is the best gift one can receive. The love, the joy and all the memories, nothing compares. But to say that it's all rainbows and peaches is, and any parent would attest to this, a load of baby poop. We have our bad days, many of them, and yes the bad days make the good ones that much better, but on those bad days, we just want to scream and throw tantrums like our little ones. I don't know what stresses you out as a mom/dad/caretaker, but for me, the single BIGGEST cause of my extreme mood swings and increased stress level is the issue of SLEEP.

ChitterChatter: When Is It The Right Time To Send Your Little One To School?

Aug
3
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Our little guy started school a couple of weeks ago. I didn't know what to expect, but I knew that it wouldn't be an easy process. I've always been with him (no nannies, babysitters, day care), always the two of us. Owning my own business and working from home has given me the luxury of being a full-time mom. As hard and crazy as it gets sometimes, it truly is luxury and a blessing. But yes, that makes separation challenging. S was happy to play with the toys in school at the beginning, but as soon as he saw me leave, he burst into tears.

ChitterChatter: Choosing Baby Names

Jun
4
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One of the most exciting things about expecting a baby is the process of picking a name. It's something I LOVE thinking about and discussing (my hubby will tell you how much I think about it). It's a big responsibility! You want to make sure you pick something unique enough that will give a good impression when they're little and when they're grown up. You don't want to pick a name that a ton of other people have already used because who wants to be Aiden # 5 in a class of 6 Aidens? These days, parents have made it their mission to pick out unique names (e.g. Atticus).

ChitterChatter: Till When Is It "OK" For Your Child To See You Naked?

May
25
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Definitely not something I had to think about until recently. It started out with the little guy getting curious and asking us about body parts, and now he's still at the giggling stage where if we catch him staring he'll giggle. It's like they're born to know that being naked is a private thing. He's always been around us when we change or shower or even go to the bathroom sometimes, and I know a day will come when we're going to think "ok it's time to close the door!".

ChitterChatter: Do You Want A Baby In The Year Of The Dragon?

Apr
16
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In the last few weeks, my friends have either just had babies or just told me they were expecting later in the year. It's overwhelming (in the happiest of ways) just how many of my good friends are having babies this year, the year of the dragon. Is it coincidence or Was it planned? It's some of both. They all want babies anyway, and given it's the year of the dragon, a year that traditionally represents luck and prosperity, it's two eggs with one stone! I feel like I must be a little lucky because I'm going to be surrounded by dragon babies in just a matter of months.

ChitterChatter: When is it "ok" for children to eat chocolate?

Apr
6
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I personally don't remember when I started eating chocolate when I was little. My parents weren't big on sweet things, so we probably didn't have any lying around the house to begin with. But even though my parents never specifically told us "no you're not allowed to eat sweets", I, for some reason, don't want to expose candy and other sweet treats to our little guy too early on. We all know that it's not healthy and it's probably very bad for their little teeth (he doesn't even brush with toothpaste yet!).

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