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Top 100 Books for Preschoolers: ParentDish Picks

Who doesn't love Amelia Bedelia? Credit: Amazon Even though children are preparing to go to school, parents are encouraged to keep reading to their kids during the preschool years. Letter recognition and other important reading skill...Letter recognition and other important reading skills start during this time and help lay the foundation for learning to read, so these books will keep your preschooler busy.

Staying Mad at a Child - How Bad?

Ever have one of those bad-parent moments where you instantly regret your actions or words? And then you spend the next few days wondering: Did I just damage my child? If the answer is no, please click on the Daily Cutie photo above for some adorable...

Pacifiers - Saying goodbye is never easy

Pacifiers are both a godsend and a major pain in the you-know-what. They magically soothe babies and put them to sleep, but when it comes time for a toddler to say goodbye to their beloved "nukie," it's torture for everyone. We're going through that ...

The Wiggles top list of richest Aussie performers

Moms and dads of the under-5 set know them well. They're The Wiggles, the colorful, noisy, silly children's musical group from Australia. I remember the first time I saw them -- pre-motherhood -- and I thought, "What the heck? Are they for real?" But...

Toting your toddler

Early parenthood is often a never-ending sea of weaning. A baby is weaned from the breast, from formula, from soft food and then diapers. Eventually sippy cups are replaced by "big kid' cups and tiny clothes are put away in basement boxes. Every day ...

Put in my place by a preschooler

Yesterday, my 5-year-old sat me down for a serious conversation. "Mama. You can't keep picking out my clothes for me. It's more fun for me to do it by myself." I sat back, properly scolded. Most of the time, she does dress herself without my interfer...

The terrible fours?

Stefania Pomponi Butler has a post up at CityMama yesterday that stopped me in my Blogroll tracks. She prefaced her post with "A post whereby I'm praying you will tell me I'm not alone". And I have been feeling somewhat alone in my misery lately, wo...

Kids and chores: My preschooler does the handwashing

Before anyone thinks I'm putting my child to work a la Cinderella, let me just say that nothing pleases my three-year-old more than helping around the house, especially with the laundry. And, let's be honest, who am I not to take a little help where ...

Emergent writing: fascinating to watch

"Bunny," my three-and-half-year-old is at the developmental stage where she wants to write. She knows all her letters and basic letter sounds (thank you, Leapfrog!), and lately has been saying things like, "Dora...D and A and R are for...

Baby image of the day: silly, off-center

I love a good off-center photo, and this one is so fluid, so silly, it's irresistible. It captures the soul of a preschooler, and it's pretty to boot. Photo of Vivienne uploaded by Metal Meredith. If you'd like your own child featured here, simply u...

Blogging Baby Size Six: Products I can't live without

As a busy mom of two young girls, I am all about products that make my life easier. Here are six that are essential to helping me get through my day: Snack-Trap: This is a little cup which holds small treats (Cheerios, goldfish, etc.). It has a p...

Adventures in Parenting: Rainy days and paper diapers

Another rainy day, another day of desperate attempts to keep Nolan from bouncing off the walls. First it was the family shopping trip to the grocery store, which went surprisingly well. Then it was making a paper mache hot air balloon. While we left ...

My son and the occupied bathroom sensor

We live in a house with one bathroom, which is perfectly fine most of the time. Except that I've become increasingly annoyed with my son's apparent built in sensor which fills his bladder to bursting every single time I am using the bathroom. It's go...

Pediatricians: do you try to match Dr's gender with child's?

My regular pediatrician is an effusive, no-nonsense single woman. She doesn't have kids but she's fabulous with them. I adore her and have rarely quibbled with her advice. But she's off Fridays and, when I took Everett in with a possible ear infecti...

When are your kids old enough to talk about racism?

Everett's three-and-a-half, and really has no clue about Martin Luther King, Jr. I feel as if I should explain a little about him and why today is special. The thing is, that conversation would be so loaded. As it is, he has no idea that there is any...

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