Rambunctious

Soooooo, Bean’s three and a half.  And if I had to describe three and a half year old boys in one word, it would have to be “rambunctious.”  Like, REALLY, REALLY rambunctious. Bean has always been a pretty mild dude.  He gets that from his dad.  He’s a laid back, go with the flow, playing-with-my-action-heroes kind of a guy.  But lately, it is like someone is pouring buckets of testosterone into his system and the BOY is just BURSTING out of him!  He’s running and throwing and yelling and climbing…

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He Did WHAT???

For the first time ever, Bean got in trouble at school today.  Really, the kid has NEVER gotten a bad report at school.  I don’t even know what their discipline procedures are because he’s never come close to having to use them.  Bean is the kind of kid who loves structure, exploration and encouragement – all of which are cornerstones at his school.  He’s never really had a reason to get into trouble.  He likes to follow directions.  He likes to participate.  I used to worry that he was going…

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Binky Free is the Way to Be!

The kids go back to daycare the week after next, and when they go back, both will move up to the next classroom from the one they left at the beginning of the summer.  Big dudes!  Bean is excited because a lot of his friends had already moved up to the three-year-old classroom before he left for summer, but he wasn’t old enough to go with them.  Now, when he goes back, he’ll be in class with them again.  He’s very excited about that.  Gracie is moving up out of…

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Summer of Organization: Kids School Work

My kids are only one and three years old, and already the school work they bring home is overwhelming. We bring it in from the car every day, ooohh and ahhhh over it appropriately, and then put it in a pile on our kitchen counter where it will sit for two or three weeks until I get tired of looking at it and throw the entire pile into the trash. Then, Chris will snap at me that I am not sentimental enough and that I’m trashing our children’s childhoods and…

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The Downside of Daycare

We’ve had our kids in daycare since they were each about four months old. Our health insurance is provided through my job, and so we can’t really afford for me to stay home. Plus, I like working, and especially teaching. Overall, I really like that our kids are in daycare. I like that their days are active and full of interactions with people and experiences that they wouldn’t get if I were just home with them or if we had them home with a nanny. I like daycare especially for…

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When Puffalumps Eat Puffs

Gracie is seven months old now (gasp!) and I started to panic because he daycare teachers told me today that she’s about to move up to the next classroom. In that class, they introduce a sippy cup at ten months old and they start on table food. It’s not that we are trying to hold Gracie back on purpose, but we really haven’t been working with her on developmental skills at this point. I mean, she’s only seven months old, so her skills are pretty basic. But the conversation about…

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Daycare Update

Two weeks ago, Chris and I decided to change daycares for the kiddies. After a series of events that I just wasn’t comfortable with, we started looking around and found a daycare that was closer to our house. The format and systems that the daycare uses (ex. potty training, daily routine, curriculum, etc.), which is fine because we liked all of that about the other place. Our biggest criteria this time were the teachers. We wanted kinder, gentler teachers, and we really think we found them at our new daycare.…

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Unexplainable Intuition

I had a pretty rough day today. I woke up with a headache and that ended up being the high point. What got everything off to a bad start was something that happened at Bean and Gracie’s daycare. I’ve thought about this blog post all night and about whether I would share what happened or not. I think I’ve decided not to. It wasn’t anything horrific, but the point of this blog post isn’t about what a daycare does or does not do. The point of this blog post is…

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Putting Your Toddler Through Changes

We moved into our house on a Saturday and Sunday.  That following Monday, Bean Man started school. Normally, I am really big on avoiding too much change at one time for the kids, but the situation was unavoidable. So, we tried to love him up really good during that busy time so that he at least knew that we were constant and stable, even if everything else was changing. The move into the new house went fairly smoothly for Bean. I think it helped that we spent a few weeks…

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New Daycare for Bean

I worried about the timing of all these new things in our lives for the kids. They were moving into a new house the same week that they started a new school and I went back to work. That’s a lot of change for me, much less for the kids. Rather than try and cram all the changes and reactions and things we’ve done to help (or hurt) the transition, I thought I’d break them up into several blog posts this week. I’ll start with Bean at school because that…

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