Learning to Discipline My Child

Learning to Discipline My Child

This is the newest game that Bean and Chris have started playing. Every night while we’re making dinner, Chris and Bean back up to different sides of the kitchen and then run straight towards each other and right at the last minute before they collide, Chris jumps over Bean. Then they both fall down laughing. Apparently, it’s the greatest thrill in life. Right there in our kitchen. Looking at this picture, you’d probably never guess that about 2 seconds after it was taken Bean had a complete and total meltdown…

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Taming the Bean

Taming the Bean

A few weeks ago, I was asked on the Q&A page about our discipline methods and philosophy for Bean at this age.  I had to actually stop and think about it for a while and then I kind of panicked. Did we discipline?  Were we supposed to be disciplining? So, I panicked about that for a few days but finally came to the consensus that maybe that was okay.  Maybe that’s how discipline (at Bean’s age, at least) is supposed to be – such a natural part of your interactions…

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Eat, Child! Eat!

Eat, Child!  Eat!

Don’t let this happy “say cheese!” face fool you. Meal times at our house have become exhausting. Well, for Chris and I. Bean thinks it’s a lot of fun. He gets to sit in his chair and throw food, pour juice in his plate, dump his food out of his bowl, and shake his head, “Nooooo!” every time I suggest he take a bite. All activities which are, apparently, way more fun than actually eating the food. Bean’s gone through these phases before. Usually, he eats less when there’s something…

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Sleeping in the Big Boy Bed

Sleeping in the Big Boy Bed

For Christmas, Santa brought Bean his big boy race car bed.  Christmas night was the first night he slept in it and he was so exhausted from the excitement of the day that he fell right asleep.  Chris and I high-fived and congratulated ourselves on raising a well-adjusted and flexible child.  Then we went out of town for a week to visit family.  Then we came back home and realized that maybe the big boy bed wasn’t going to be such a smooth transition after all. Our first night back…

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Toddlerhood: Defiance vs. Distraction

Toddlerhood: Defiance vs. Distraction

Brushing teeth in our house is non-negotiable.  Every night after his bath, Bean climbs up on his little stool in the bathroom and we brush his teeth. First, I brush his teeth for him while he goes, “Ahhhhh….” and then “Cheeeeeese…” And then he gets the toothbrush and he brushes his teeth. Which used to mean he sucked the toothpaste off the brush for a couple minutes, but in the past couple weeks has actually become Bean brushing his teeth. His newest fascination in the teeth brushing thing is the…

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Faster Than a Speeding Bullet

Faster Than a Speeding Bullet

A few weeks ago, I blogged about how Bean was entering the terrible 2’s a little early by enacting the Limp Noodle game in our house. Yeah. That’s been fun. But now I think we’re venturing further into the terrible 2’s.  I call this latest game, “BOLT!”  This is how you play:  Whenever your mom or dad asks or tells you to go somewhere, you BOLT! in the other direction.  See?  Pretty easy, right?  Let’s practice. You and your mom are going for a walk around the neighborhood and when…

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