Topic: toddler

I Was Smug About My Early Walker

I Was Smug About My Early Walker

I mumbled something about each baby doing things in her own time, but secretly I felt smug. I tried to dispel the smugness, but the feeling hung on for the rest of the day, surfacing again when I told my husband about what our daughter had done in the baby group, recounting that collective gasp in which an entire roomful of mothers paused for a beat to marvel at our daughter. More »

I’m Taking My Toddler To A Restaurant Even If He Gets On Your Nerves

Iâm Taking My Toddler To A Restaurant Even If He Gets On Your Nerves

One of the unexpected highlights of being a parent is how much you lower your expectations. Hear me out. It used to be that I could go out and get crazy any time I damn well pleased. If I wanted to sit down and eat in a fast food restaurant with a fork and a knife, it was my prerogative. If I wanted to plan a decadent dinner out with a date or girlfriends, then I had more than a few hours to kill. More »

Publicly Shaming Moms For Potty Training Accidents Isn’t Helping Anything

Publicly Shaming Moms For Potty Training Accidents Isn't Helping Anything

A Missouri mother is embarrassed and angry after a checker at a Dollar General store shamed her for what she considered to be an inappropriately dressed child. The two year-old was in underwear and a t-shirt at the time – her had mom changed her out of her wet clothes in the bathroom after a potty training accident. I don’t see the point of shaming a mother who is doing her best in a difficult situation. Mind your own business. More »

There Are No More Excuses For Letting Kids Die In Hot Cars

There Are No More Excuses For Letting Kids Die In Hot Cars

If you are a parent in the new millennium, then you’ve probably read the news. If you’ve seen the news just a few times before, then you’ve likely read multiple headlines on infant and toddler hot car deaths. What I’m getting at is that we’ve passed the point where it is understandable to “accidentally” leave your kid in a hot car and potentially endanger their life. Parents should know by now that this behavior is inexcusable. More »

WARNING: The ‘Terrible Twos’ Get Worse When Your Kid Turns Three

WARNING: The 'Terrible Twos' Get Worse When Your Kid Turns Three

The terrible twos are simply a warm-up. They are an introductory phase that gets parents primed and ready for a dark future. Whoever coined the term “terrible twos” without emphasizing that it only gets worse when your child is three has done us all a grave disservice. Parents all around the land are doing what is tantamount to waiting for the Tooth Fairy or Santa to arrive. It’s not happening. There is no Tooth Fairy, there is no Santa, and your toddler is still an asshole. Sorry. More »

I’m Still Wearing My Three-Year-Old In A Carrier And I Have No Plans To Stop

I'm Still Wearing My Three-Year-Old In A Carrier And I Have No Plans To Stop

I’ve worn her at my big kid’s elementary-school science fairs, talent shows and school plays. I’ve worn her at music festivals and street fairs. (Tell me you can drink a beer, dance and comfortably hold your wriggly kid all the while keeping her safe from drunken concert-goers.) I’ve worn her through museums and zoos and on hikes through Glacier National Park. I’ve worn her to pick up packages at the post office and while we wait for her check-up at the pediatrician. (No thanks. I’d rather not have my kid lick that toy that your tuberculosis-racked toddler just licked.). More »

The Details From Justin Harris’ Hot Car Death Hearing Are Beyond Disturbing

The Details From Justin Harris' Hot Car Death Hearing Are Beyond Disturbing

I started following the story of the 22-month-old boy who died in a hot car immediately. Two hot car deaths had happened that week, and the other one took place in the city where I now live – Orlando. Immediately, I felt awful for both of these fathers. It’s easy to project your own love for your children onto other parents – thinking that they must feel the same way about their children. If what is being alleged is true, Justin Ross Harris, whose son died in a hot car two weeks ago, is a monster. The hearing is being live-blogged right now, and it is almost impossible to bear.
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If The Father Who Left His Baby In A Hot Car Is Guilty, The Rest of Us Parents Can Relax

If The Father Who Left His Baby In A Hot Car Is Guilty, The Rest of Us Parents Can Relax

When I first heard the case of the Georgia father who unintentionally left his toddler to die in a hot car after driving to work, I was heartbroken. This is one of those infamous warning stories that every parent hates to hear yet can completely relate to. But as an outsider, and with all due respect to the poor deceased toddler, I must confess that I am relieved to learn that the father in the story may not have been so innocent. More »