preschoolers

All She Wants for Christmas Is a Doll — and I Hate Dolls

with her first doll, Jan 2011with her first doll, Jan 2011
Just when I thought I was done with all my Christmas and birthday shopping (Lovie turns 3 just four days after Christmas), Lovie starts telling me that she’s going to tell Santa that she wants “a new dolly with lots and lots of milk and a doggie.” Uh, a doll was not something I bought... read more

The Hangry Monster — The Real Cause of Most Toddler Meltdowns

Photo: Thinkstock / The BumpPhoto: Thinkstock / The Bump
Picking up my three-year-old daughter, Lovie, from school at 3:30 like I do every day, I peeked into the window of her room and saw her sitting right in front of her teacher who read from a book. One of her classmates saw me and feverishly started pointing in my direction while nudging Lovie. She... read more

Parents: How to Get Through the Hurricane Without Losing Your Mind

Photo: Thinkstock / The BumpPhoto: Thinkstock / The Bump
East-coasters who've  been cooped up at home for the storm: I feel your pain. It was barely even nap time at our home and I was almost ready to tear my hair out. So far, we've put on a pot of chicken chili, played trains, read what feels like a hundred books, dealt with several... read more

Potty Training In Two Days — I Never Thought It Would Work, But It Did

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"They need to be potty trained for Pre-K 3." Those words, spoken by a teacher during my son's school tour back in the spring, stung. You see, I had read a thing or two about potty training, and the gist I'd gotten was this: Wait until your child is ready -- don't force it. And... read more

Preschool Supplies You’ll Want to Snatch Up

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Most of my friends' kids started school today, but I've still got another week until my son's first day of preschool. (So all that shopping I did over the weekend can't be considered last-minute -- for once I'm actually slightly ahead of the game!). Here are a few cute things I picked up -- and... read more

Why I’m Not Taking My Kid to See Fireworks (Such a Mean Mom)

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Like (probably a lot of) other parents out there, I haven't seen a fireworks display since my son was born and that's not a coincidence. The whole fireworks thing never really seemed baby-friendly to me. Now that he's two (almost three), I debated making this July 4th my son's first fireworks experience -- but when... read more