A brown belt for Big Guy – not that it’s important
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It was testing week in karate and, as usual, Big Guy was under the gun. Not as much as he used to be, when he didn’t have a clue and had to frantically cram, but …

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Can’t a Little Guy have some privacy?
Monday, 2 Jun, 2008 – 5:45 | Comments Off

WARNING: Some readers might find the contents objectionable, particularly if the reader is Little Guy in 10 years. Sorry, son. Feel free to start your own blog to counter.

The second child always is easier to potty-train, everyone assured me.

The stories are legion: A former sister-in-law swore she’d never spent a second potty-training her middle daughter, three years younger than the oldest. Kid just jumped right on the toilet and went, mom said. An older mother backed her up, but that was a bout of selective amnesia. She forgot to mention that her second kid still had accidents in early grade school.

The key factor missing in all the stories: Kids whose personalities are night-and-day different. I crafted Little Guy’s potty-training with the assumption that what worked for Big Guy would work for him.

Foolish, foolish Mommy. I should have known that a kid who’d been shy literally since the day he was born would be shy in other ways, too.

Diaper free? Not for me!
Sunday, 1 Jun, 2008 – 20:54 | Comments Off

I guess I’m just too much of a self-absorbed, spend-thrift, non-environmentally aware mother to get the whole diaper-free movement.

Granted, it’s not without appeal – toilet mastery far earlier, some claim before the baby’s even 1.

But I cannot imagine hauling a butt-naked newborn to a sink or toilet on a set schedule so the baby can potty. Call me lazy, but I’d rather sleep. Or eat. Or do virtually anything in the world just to catch a break for a stinkin’ minute.

What an unsympathetic cad I am. Not at all like people who are practicing “elimination communication” – how’s that for an impressive buzz word?

“It is about slowing down and taking things day by day, moment by moment, learning to listen to your child and figure