parenting

Sublime Seven: Happy Birthday, Maddie!

Dear Miss Maddie-pants, Well, darling, you did it.  You went and turned seven.  SEVEN.  Now, I think you’re just a “kid”; you’re not even a little kid anymore.  This must be very exciting for you–and it makes me feel old.  Old and somewhat accomplished, as your dad and I have at least helped (I think)(…)

“Princess” Is NOT a Viable Career Option

Le sigh.  Upfront?  I’m about to read way to much into something AGAIN.  It’s just…  Well, here: Gabbie, dragging one of Jon’s OD school text books into the living room: I’m going to weed dis book. Me: Cool, go for it. Gabbie (flips through pages for about thirty seconds): Okay, I’m awl done. Me: Awesome.  So(…)

Unloved in Olathe (Translation: Toddlers Are Mean)

This morning, Gabbie was in a bit of a mood.  It could be that she got up way to early*, it could be that no one would give her more breakfast after she’d already eaten an entire banana and an adult-sized bowl of oatmeal, it could be that she’d just gotten roundly scolded by both(…)

Potty Training (and Why It Majorly Sucks Butt…)

I feel that I’ve alluded to this on here, but we’re going through the whole potty training thing with Miss Gabbie…still.  We initially tried, wow, about seven months ago?  But that was totally a non-starter because she first time she actually pooped in the toilet, it scared the crap out of her (possibly literally), and(…)