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Loved this post about the power of two little words, "You can", in parenting. I'm currently looking for some good (gentle) behavior management techniques for my toddler who has recently discovered tantrums, "no", and just plain ignoring mama. This seemed to fit the bill and I think I may have noticed an improvement already, if not in the way Lucia acts, at least in the way I act toward her.
Also liked this article about a Bronx priest who makes honey and beer...and clothes for Cameron Diaz. I have to say, when I read articles like this, I realize that I can probably do more with my life. Wednesday, I put the dishes away, loaded the dishwasher, did one load of laundry, and took a shower with Lucia (two birds with one loofah) and I thought I was super productive. And I only have one child!
What is it about twins? I think everyone is fascinated and many girls dream of someday having twins. Remember how big Mary Kate & Ashley were? While we're talking about multiples, did anyone have the Quints dolls when they were little? At age 5, I was convinced by those darling dolls that I wanted quintuplets. Now there is a new line of children's books/clothes called Twindollicious that appeals to our culture's love and fascination with twins. The clothes are so, so precious (and no, you don't have to get them in pairs). I'm eying this dress for Lucia for a wedding we're going to in October.
Today was a reminder of why I don't want to move. I spent several hours with my sister-in-law. She only lives 30 minutes away now and it's so nice to be able to spend the day with her all the time. And come September, I could be cuddling my sweet niece all the time. Then I took my grandpa to run some errands while my grandma stayed at home and played with Lucia. I feel guilty I won't be here to help my parents care for my grandparents and for taking away the great-grandchild that brings them so much joy. I am working on a post about all the things I'm looking forward to in North Carolina, though, so I can focus on the positive.
Speaking of my grandparents, I just want to say that I am so grateful for everyone in service industries that treat elderly people with respect. I know they sometimes take longer to get things done or need extra explanations. Your kindness and patience are not unnoticed! Nothing is worse than someone treating an elderly person like a child or with outright disrespect and unfortunately that happens all to often. I think as a society we're doing a poor job teaching the younger generations the value that our elderly continue to contribute to society. How do you teach you children to treat elderly people with respect? How did your parents teach you those lessons?
Check out Lucia's newest word:
Which is only said in the context of playing with this bear. Never when we pray with her. But I guess this is a start, no?
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