tantrums 

Mama's helpers are often strangers

Nolan likes to save his most tumultuous and dramatic tantrums for the Bakery section of the grocery store. I don't know what it is, perhaps sensory overload and all the mountains of gogurt but whenever we go grocery shopping, there is almost always a...

What are your child's sleep habits like?

It must be the month of sleep over here at Parent Dish. First, Sandy told us how she was having troubles with her granddaughter, Ellie. Then, Susan wowed all of us with the news that her kids go to bed at 7:30 pm. Now it is my turn. My Ellie (who...

What's your temper tantrum MO?

Cliches are cliches for a reason, aren't they? They are cliche because they happen a lot and so why did I think the terrible two's wouldn't happen to me? Actually, Nolan is 20 months, but the tantrums have started in earnest and they are unprovoked,...

Life with just one child, it seems so peaceful

Friday night my two younger children were with their father for the weekend. My oldest, Loren, spent the night with me in an effort to find some peace and quiet in the hours before he took the SSAT test on Saturday. We had dinner, had a real...

To struggle or to trick, that is the question

"To be or not to be" is way too complex for my weary Mommy brain, I just want to know whether I should force or trick Nolan's meaty mini-arm into his winter jacket. Nolan is going through some absurd power struggle game at the moment. It is only...

Goat's milk, good for the tummy

My nearly two and half year old, Devon, cannot process cow's milk. It is something that we have known since he was about 12 months-old, and no surprise since his older two siblings could not drink cow's milk either when they were younger. We have had...

Poop: My daughter's newest delaying tactic

My daughter has never had a good relationship with going to sleep. Ever since she was a wee one, we've had issues with getting her to lay in bed, close her eyes and go to dream land. While things have gotten better as she has grown older (especially...

The vicious whining cycle

I think I may have mentioned before that I drive Nolan to and from daycare every day. I try to stagger our arrival and departure to avoid rush hour. But the round trip takes at least an hour, no matter how many side roads I take or how light the...

Stopping tantrums in the car?

My daughter is 2-years-old and quite a handful. I've been very lucky in that, for the most part, we've been able to get a grip on her behavior at home; usually all it takes is a threat of time-out to get her back in line. But, she's stubborn, smart...

Would you go on television to get parenting help?

Who hasn't looked at their child at one point or another and thought "what the heck do I do?" Whether the problem is fighting at bedtime, not eating at dinner or tantrums in public, you wish there was a magic button to help you learn what to do. TLC...

Using TV as a parenting tool?

When it comes to television, there's a lot of negative information out there. It is too violent, a time suck or too time-consuming. But what if television could help you become a better parent? A study out of the UK shows that for some parents,...

Is your patience decreasing?

Patience has never been one of my attributes. I work hard at it, because I know I'm incredibly irritating in my impatience at times, but I know I need a lot of work. If Patience were on my life report card, I'd get a D. When Nolan was born, something...

Hitting and pinching and Mom's dismay

When I first brought Nolan to daycare, Carrie and her Mom were filled with praise for him. "He's such a good baby," they'd tell me,"He's so happy and so alert." I shook my head,"I know,"I said,"I had nothing to do with it. I don't know why he's so...

Who is to blame for bratty kids?

I remember when I first started drilling "please and thank you" into my then 1-year-old's vocabulary. My husband thought I was crazy. "There's no way she'll say please and thank you," he said. He is now eating his words. My daughter has been saying...

The funny temper tantrum

The first time Nolan had a temper tantrum, I didn't know what to do. It was completely, ridiculously funny. He was overcome with raging fury that I wouldn't let him slam a large glass bowl on the dog's head and he didn't want to be held or cajoled or...

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