To Be a Kid Again

To Be a Kid Again

We recently returned from a quick roadtrip across the Mississippi to see family. I’ve been making this trip in various forms my whole life. So when I looked into the back seat to see Jamie (who skipped naptime at his daycare to make the trip) with his head cocked to the side and passed out, it felt like a full circle on this trip occurred. In other words, I’ve probably been making this trip since I was the one passed out in the car seat. I...

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Acceptable Reasons for Throwing a Temper Tantrum

Acceptable Reasons for Throwing a Temper Tantrum

The other day I’m driving through a parking lot at my local grocery store. I backed out and made my way down the aisle. A car came barreling toward me not really paying attention to who’s side of the aisle was who’s. Instead, he utilized the middle. I veered to the side and stopped. It was the only way to avoid an accident. For some (note: most mature people) it probably would have ended there. But alas, that’s not me. I...

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Justifications

Justifications

Throughout time, men have given their wives an infinite amount of crap about never being wrong. You know who else is never, ever wrong? Toddlers. Jamie in his young three years of age, is building up quite the streak. Last year I wrote a post about “Again!!” being the most dangerous phrase in the toddler’s vocabulary. Well, if that is the case, then “I was just…” is the most annoying phrase. It has to stop. It’s right up there with “Watch this”...

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Who Said It: A 3-Year-Old or a Drunk Person?

Who Said It: A 3-Year-Old or a Drunk Person?

It’s time for a game: Who said it, a 3-year-old or a drunk person? Below are nine quotes. Can you guess which one said it? “When I’m taller, you’ll be little.” “My hair looks, like, amazing.” “Come sing Jingle Bells on my pirate ship.” “When your hair turns gray, then you and grandpa will have gray hair.” “I’ll put the little baby on my back.” “I just want to look at daddy.” Given as a reason for repeatedly getting out of bed and coming into...

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Rationalizing with a Tiny Human

Rationalizing with a Tiny Human

Going on trips with a toddler can be hard work. When my son is strapped into his seat and says he wants to get down from here, I’m the one trying to rationalize that we’ll be there shortly. Just sit tight. He’s the one looking at me like I have three heads. His look says it all: “Why can’t you just let me scream?” “Are we there yet??” “I have to go to the bathroom.” “I’m hungry. I want food!” “I WANNA GET OUTTAAA HEEEEEEREE!!!!!!!!” Then I...

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The Table at the End of the Hall

The Table at the End of the Hall

Parenting is being relegated to eating anything with an ounce of taste at the back of the hallway, with the lights off, especially if it is not what my son is eating at any given time. My 3-year-old can eat a lot, but when it comes to the basics, he’s no different than any other toddler, which is to say that his least favorite meal is the one that is in front of him. Toddlers have a way of turning you into a short order cook. Then, there are...

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Kids Say the Darndest Things

Kids Say the Darndest Things

Kids say the darndest things. This sentiment doesn’t change, no matter the legal status of the classic TV show’s host. Thankfully it rings true in our house. I remember long nights with an infant crying in my arms. “If only he could talk,” I thought to myself. “Then he could communicate what’s bothering him without having to resort to hysterics.” Well, now he can talk, yet he still resorts to hysterics every once in awhile. They just take a...

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