10 Things I Can't Have In My House Thanks To The Toddler
October 27, 2015 April McCormick 5 Comments
I think this picture is a pretty good indicator of what kind of a toddler I'm dealing with here...
The older, and taller, and more curious and mischievous my child gets, the more I have to childproof the house. Which, now that my kid is three, repeats every word and behavior he sees, and can somehow climb the walls like Spiderman, there are things that just cannot be in the house. Period.
First and foremost, Stickers. Stickers are not allowed in my child's hand. not one. Because, it will end up stuck to my ass. Minutes before I leave the house for a day of work and errands. There is no place for stickers in my house. I know, my toddler has stuck stickers everywhere, and not one place was awesome.
DIY Craft Ideas For Baby's First Christmas
October 26, 2015 April McCormick 0 Comments
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The 5 Stages Of A Toddler Tantrum #HumorPost
October 23, 2015 April McCormick 0 Comments
1. Denial- Toddler tantrums most always start with denial of some form. For me, the denial is him ignoring me, or staring at me with a look of shock and disbelief that I won't let him have his way, or just the good ol' go-to "NO!" flying out of his mouth while running away from me, my kid has denial down like a pro.
Keep Hardwood Floors Clean With Microfiber
October 23, 2015 April McCormick 1 Comments
Autumn. I love it. The cooler weather, trees glowing every shade of the rainbow, tailgating, chili-cook offs... Yes, autumn is certainly a lovely season.
Being that my house is wall to wall hard wood, (most 1920's original!), I get a little panicky about the floors this time of year, too.
With those beautiful leaves and cool weather, come heavy rain and high winds. The amount of mud and leaves that get tracked into my house from October to December is pure Dumbassery.
Some of you may remember my solution last year; the dust mop slippers:
THIS Is The Perfect Gift To Give New Parents #SOFUNNY
October 22, 2015 April McCormick 0 Comments
Being that I'm a parent blogger, I'm frequently asked what the best gifts are to five new parents and children of various ages. Especially, my non-parent friends. And truth be told, I think it's a fair question. There's no doubt over the years I have heard all about, and tested, thousands of parents and kid-related products and services.
Oddly enough, I still recommend the classics: diapers, gift cards, open-ended toys like blocks and shape sorters...
Of course, every once in a while, I come across a product that is a parent game changer. Something that alleviates a parenting pain. Think: Invention of Pack N' Play. What a game changer that thing is, even today!
In fact, any product that helps a baby sleep safely and soundly is a parenting dream come true...
Dear Parents of Little Girls, Even Though We Have Boys, We Have A Lot In Common
October 20, 2015 April McCormick 2 Comments
If it weren't for my friends with boys, I'd be positive that my kid was a rare breed of wild untamable toddler. Thankfully, they all would share war stories about their crazy boy doing crazy things. I resigned the fact that I had a boy, and such was life with a boy.
While I love having a boy, it didn't stop me from secretly wondering what it would be like to have a well-behaved little girl, like the ones I always saw playing quietly or sitting still at restaurants. I would look at my friends with little princesses and think how they had it so easy with their sweet little well-behaved princess.
As with almost all my preconceived notions about parenting and children, I was wrong. It appears, that all little girls aren't perfect little princesses...
11 First-Time Parent Fails. I Do Daily.
October 19, 2015 April McCormick 4 Comments
Nearly four years into parenting, I am still a first-time parent. I always will be. While it has gotten easier, and a little less shocking, my first-time parent tendencies shine through daily. Below are my First-Time Parent Fails. I Do Daily.
1. I overthink EVERYTHING. Including, lunches, playdates, trips to the park, snacks, bedtime... everything.
Two Years Later... Very Little Has Changed Between My Toddler And His Acceptance Of The Word, NO!
October 15, 2015 April McCormick 0 Comments
Chances are, you are too. Because, toddlers are masters of selective hearing...
I present an excerpt from; I'm a Lazy Doormat.
There is a growing problem going on in my house right now; Confusion over the meaning of the word no, and the number of times I use it in a row. Basically, the issue is, I say “No!” to Oliver, and most times, he just kind of stares at me, clearly trying to decide what I am going to do if he doesn't listen.
Then nine times out of ten, I say “No!” ten more times before anything happens. I know what you are thinking, if “No!” means, “Stop that right now!” then why do I say it 10 times in a row? I will tell you why, because of these two reasons:
5 Winter Weather Game-Changers For Children
October 14, 2015 April McCormick 0 Comments
Being that last winter, it snowed from Halloween to the first week of April, I found myself under prepared a few times. From snow pants being too thin, or gloves not being waterproof, and boots failing to keep the kid's feet warm, we had issues. Well, not this winter season! I'm preparing early. I've been on the lookout for winter clothes and accessories that can not only stand up to a snow-loving toddler, but also have features that will make life easier.
Below are five Winter Game-Changers I've found that have taken winter clothes and accessories to a level of brilliance.
My Three Year Old Learned How To Give The Finger. To Everyone.
October 13, 2015 April McCormick 4 Comments
Ollie has two older nephews, 8 and 9, that LOVE to teach him naughty things, then laugh hysterically when Ollie emulates them.
I get it. I'm guilty of taking advantage of his speech delays for my own amusement. In fact, I was super bummed when Ollie learned to properly say Duck and Bridges.
Still, teaching him bad words and gestures is not OK.
I'm constantly telling them that they know better, and while it's funny, Ollie has no clue what the naughty things mean, or even that the naughty things are even naughty. Especially, since his teachers, the two boys, laugh and cheer for him.
That all being said, when Ollie learned to stick his middle finger up, I drew the damn line.
I nearly died.
Find The Perfect Balance Between Parenting And Personal Life
October 12, 2015 April McCormick 0 Comments
This past Saturday, FTD and I celebrated our 5th wedding anniversary. I couldn't help but look back on how much has happened in the last five years. How drastically different my life is. How if you would have told me in 5 years I would own a house, have a toddler and be a published writer, I would have smacked the crack pipe out of your mouth, then paid to have your head checked.
But, it's true.
Five years ago today, I was newly married, had a negative balance in my bank account, was working a job I thoroughly loathed and had no plans to ever become a parent.
Today, I have a house, $3 in the bank, a badass toddler son, and published in both print and online media.
what. a. ride.
If You're A Gift and Holiday Shopping Procrastinator, READ THIS!
October 08, 2015 April McCormick 0 Comments
You know that mom at 10:30 in the morning frantically searching for a birthday gift for a birthday party that's happening in 30 minutes? Yeah, that's me. And the crazy toddler two aisles over screaming something about Star Wars, that's my kid.
I'm a procrastinator. A proper procrastinator. I save everything until the last minute, and I mean EVERYTHING. From what we're going to eat for dinner, to buying gifts to getting my work done. everything.
But now that I'm a parent, being a procrastinator is ultra difficult. Saving things for the last-minute doesn't always work when you have a toddler who has BIG plans for you during those last few minutes. Or worse, you have to take the toddler with you to buy dinner or gifts.
Needless to say, my procrastinating ways are changing.
If You Won't Teach My Child To Write Cursive, I Will.
October 06, 2015 April McCormick 2 Comments
I was sitting with my sister, mother of two boys, 8 and 9, when she casually dropped a huge bomb on me.
Sister: ...Well now that they're not teaching cursive anymore...
Me: Blasphemy. When did that happen?
Sister: This is not new. Cursive is considered obsolete.
Me: What asshole decided that? Cursive is a fundamental of the English written language!
Me: Obsolete? It's how I write! So my son will not be taught how to read the way I was taught to write? What kind of dumbassery is that?
Are children working on computers so much that they're not writing by hand?
Parenting PSA: If You Have A Toddler, Don't Do This...
October 05, 2015 April McCormick 2 Comments
Whatever you do, do not tell a toddler about something exciting unless it's going to happen the very next second. Trust me on this one. As usual, I've learned this parenting principle the hard way.
Looking back, I can see so many times I should have caught on to this parenting fail...
10 Signs That Your Child Is Spoiled. Or A Toddler. Same Thing.
October 04, 2015 April McCormick 6 Comments
Inherently, I know my kid is spoiled. I am a spineless twit when it comes to that kid. I spend my days trying to come up with creative ways of saying, "no" because the word itself doesn't register with him.
DIY: Because, Sometimes, You Gotta Smash It! #Hardwood #Renovation
October 02, 2015 April McCormick 2 Comments
If you follow me on social media, then you know, I have very lofty DIY ideas.
I have this old house, with beautiful bones, that I am desperate to uncover or renovate. Especially because the last renovation took place somewhere around when Jesus was born.
My latest lofty idea started when I found out you could paint tile floors. Being that I had the ugliest, crap tile stairwell floor in the galaxy, I was desperate to try something.
Nothing could look worse then the tile...
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