Thursday, July 10, 2008

The things we get excited about...

Isaac is potty training! In case you hadn't heard. Not so much training though really as him deciding that it's worth the trouble to use the potty. Since he's known how for a while I think. I knew my laziness instinct to wait would pay off!
So that's my parenting advice for today. If you have a strong-willed child, you may as well just wait for potty training to be his idea. Unless you love losing power struggles. And unless your definition of potty training means training yourself to clean pee off of everything BUT the potty. It's a lot less work. Except for emptying man-size poops out of the little potty into the big one...
Sigh... he's getting so grown-up. The only things left that he doesn't say quite right are hangaburgers (hamburgers), pecks (beaks, as in, Do those seagulls have crackers in their pecks?), and cries (he get's very upset when I wipe the "cries" off of his cheeks while he's having a tantrum). I really hope he doesn't figure those out too soon.
Gracie is talking up a storm now too. Some of her favorite words are NO! and MINE! She's completely spoiled rotten. Yesterday we tried AS HARD AS WE COULD not to laugh while her Daddy was speaking sternly to her. We really really wanted to be serious and make sure that she knew what she was doing was unacceptable. It didn't work. Her face... she brings new meaning to the phrase "too cute for your own good".
We got her sleeping well for about a week and a half and now she's got a bunch of teeth coming in and stays up half the night. This is both of them "waking up slow" as we say in our house. For me that involves a couple of giant cups of coffee but the sugar in a sippy cup of juice does plenty for them.


Kris said...

Hi, Gretchen. Thank you for your comments on my blog. I hope you don't mind me leaving my response here, since you mentioned having trouble with your email.

I love your blog! The design is beautiful. You have beautiful children as well...had to lol at the baking soda. Ack! Don't you just love those parenting moments?

Anyway, the books I recommended are my favorites. If I had to recommend just one, getting started, it would be Homeschooling: The Early Years by Linda Dobson. She gives a wonderful, objective overview of all the various approaches to homeschooling.

A Charlotte Mason Education would be my next choice, especially with young children.

I love Susan Wise Bauer and her thoughts on thoughts on classical education, but if you read The Well-Trained Mind thinking that you need to do it all, you'll soon be incredibly overwhelmed. That one is definitely one from which you want to take what you need and leave the rest.

I hope that helps and answers your questions. Please don't hesistate to ask, however, if you have any more or if I wasn't clear.

Have a great day!

Monica @ Paper Bridges said...

man-size poop. heh heh. there is truth in blogging for ya. ;)

send me your snail mail address, Gretchen, you won a copy of For Young Men Only. I'll try to send you an email too.