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Danny the Dragon Makes Bed Time a Success

Danny the Dragon the book has finally helped me figure out bed time. For a long time I couldn’t get Toddler boy on a set schedule, or to fall asleep without my laying down with him, or needed Blue’s Clues to fall asleep.

But this past week I decided that enough was enough, and I needed to take some time to really focus on bed time. So I started to at a set time, turn off all TV’s, and sit down with toddler boy in the kitchen to do some drawing to wind him down. Then we have a small snack and juice, and then we head for the bedroom.

Well, I decided that Danny the Dragon Meets Jimmy would be a good candidate for a bed time story, considering the book  really focuses on manners, listening to your parents, and ends with Danny and Jimmy’s peaceful bedtime. So that completes our nightly routine, and toddler boy loved it. I’d read the book to him before during breakfast, but this was the first time we read the book at bedtime (We watched Danny the Dragon the movie, which worked great too, but I wanted to completely eliminate the TV from bedtime).

And sure enough, it actually has been working. After I finish reading the book, I tuck him in, let him have the book next to him in bed, and tell him I’m going to be back to check in on him, but it’s time for him to go to sleep. The first night, he did it without any problems. The second night, once again no problems. The third night he put up a bit of a fight, but every time he tried to come out to the living room and ask for things like a TV show, or another snack, or anything else that were pretty much just reasons to stay awake, I just took him by the hand, walked him back to bed, and tucked him back in. Within a short period of time, he was back asleep with Danny the Dragon by his side, just like Jimmy.

And often during the day at nap time, Toddler Boy asks for the Danny the Dragon DVD. Which we put on, and Toddler Boy is able to focus on the voice and the sign language to calm him into a nice nap.

Another Danny the Dragon tool that’s been great for my kids, has been the Danny the Dragon CD. It’s full of soothing, classical music that we play in the car to wind down after work, or after and exciting day to relax the kids and myself. I love it!

I’m in trouble now


Toddler boy is finally able to form sentences, which is really neat because he says new stuff every day. But I wasn’t prepared for this:

He got a “duck in his pants (As my husband calls it)” and farted the other day.

So I said, “Oh did you fart, little boy?”

To which he responded, “No…Mommy farted!”

I laughed, then I heard my husband say “Ew…” from his office, at which point I had to defend myself!

Uhm I’m in it pretty deep

Here’s the result of my current life obligations and the basement remodel, which has covered my laundry room with layers of saw dust. See you in a few week, clean laundry! No? All right I guess I’ll get started on it…


Give Them a Break

file0001860395431As reported by The Daily Perrell, Farrah, from MTV’s hit reaility series, Teen Mom,was allegedly choked and hit by her mother. This was all in front of Farrah’s baby girl, Sofia.

TMZ wrote: “According to cops, Farrah and Debra started arguing over childcare issues when Debra allegedly threw an MTV shirt at her daughter … which landed “on or near” Farrah’s baby, who started crying. That’s when Farrah claims she went off on her mother — who then grabbed Farrah by the throat. Farrah told cops she pushed her mother’s hand away from her throat, causing her mother to strike her on the right side of her head and mouth.”

It trully saddens me to hear that a baby girl has to live around all of that yelling and violent environment.Farrah and her mother should really start reconsidering their ways, and if either of them are fit to raise a child.

On another note, it also truly saddens me that this situation had to be blasted all over the news. It’s stressful and tramatizing ernough even for an adult to go through such an experience, let alone to be condemned about it by the media. Life can be stressful and full of pain and it would be best to just treat yourself, a back massage or anything else, like a podiatrist.

It is extremely overwhelming to be a young mother, and I am sure it is extremely overwhelming to be the mother of a teen mother who won’t take full responsibility for her child. Because of this, I do not excuse the violence in any way, but I just ask that people try to see the situation from their perspective.

I know it’s silly for me to be even following the show, or to be taking this news story as seriously as I am, but it is tough for them, I’m sure. What do you think obout this Teen Mom incident?

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