Want Your Six-Year-Old to Learn How to Breast Feed? There's A Doll For That

This is a post I contributed to www.CoronadoPatch.com.  Hope you'll head on over there, too! The Breast Milk Baby mimics the suckling motion and sound when brought next to a sensor-equipped halter top a child must wear to nurse the doll. The colorful top has petals indicating the correct placement for the doll. Once the doll is close to […]

Katy Perry in Sesame Street Video

The controversy over this video is whether Katy Perry's outfit is appropriate for kids who watch this program. The age range of children who would tend to watch Sesame Street is 2 to 5 years old. This video was pulled by the network after parents complained about the wardrobe selection. What do you think? Is […]

I Wasn’t Smarter Than a Five Year Old – Part 2

This is Part 2 of a multi-part post. You might want to read Part 1 so you are fully in tune with this difficult situation. I'm sharing our story hoping you might benefit from this, and know you are not alone raising a difficult child.
The amount of resentment I had stored up against my husband was getting the best of me, and was probably the main motivation behind my effort to find guidance to deal with our willful child. I didn't have access to the Internet back in 1997-98, and still relied on word-of-mouth recommendations, wives-tales and the library (remember those?) to get a handle on our child's “misbehavior”. Needless to say, most of the advise I got was related to spoiling her; don't let her get away with it, put her in a time out, etc.

I Wasn’t Smarter Than a Five Year Old

This is Part I of a multi-part post.
Before blogs were commonplace or even the Internet, I was the mother with 'that child'. Yes, the one with the child screaming at the top of her lungs while shopping at Target; the one you looked at in horror when the kid flailed on the ground because she demanded to have every last sweet at the check-out stand. Boy, I wish blogs had existed back in my early parenting days – then I would have known I wasn't the only one who'd spawned a difficult child.

Getting Baby to Sleep Through the Night

Sleeping Baby

It seems babies are born with their clocks turned around; they sleep during the day, and are determined to stay awake all night when WE need to be asleep.