Archives For Parenting

By Eric on April 1, 2014 10

God’s love is unconditional. And for many years I don’t think I knew what that meant. But now I know.

I know because I have a daughter. And while I’m not sure I can say that I had this unconditional love feeling from day one, I know that I have it now.

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I know because she’s 2. And she does toddler things, like pushes me away when I try to hug her and kiss her. She says “No, daddy,” as she hits me. And currently her favorite person on earth is mommy. When I say that I can help her put her shoes on, she says, “No, mommy do it!”

And this hurts my feelings on the inside. It makes me sad that Rooney won’t let me help her, and it makes me sad to see Kelsey exhausted having to do nearly everything for a clingy little girl.

But as she pushes and screams and hits me, day after day and time after time, I feel God whispering to me, “See, that’s unconditional love.” She does those things to me, and I sit back and think to myself… You won’t win. You’ll never do anything to make me love you any less. My love for you is not based on the conditions with which you treat me.

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By Kelsey on March 24, 2014 22

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I remember the exact moment we became “pacifier parents” (Rooney was less than a week old), and I would do it all over again even though she is now OBSESSED with her “dassy.” At this point it has saved us HOURS of crying, I’m sure of it.

But, like I said, she is obsessed. Her comfort items are her sleep sack and her paci. She asks for both IMMEDIATELY when I pick her up from daycare. She brings her paci in the bathtub. For a while we had it confined to the car and crib but at some point we lost control of that. I’m kind of embarrassed now when she has it in when we’re at the grocery store or at a restaurant.

Her dentist said to get rid of it by age 3, so we’ve got 11 months to lose it. I will say that she talks with it in and has advanced speech, so I don’t think it’s affected her in that way yet.

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By Eric on February 7, 2014 12

Nothing good happens after midnight, my mom always used to say.

By all comparisons, we’ve been extremely blessed with a really good baby (and toddler). We’ve only experienced a few scary moments in the nearly two years of Rooney’s life (a terrible nighttime cough attack last winter and the time she slammed her finger in a heavy door).

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By Kelsey on January 20, 2014 6

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I definitely thought parenting would be a little more black and white than it is. There are some things about parenting that just make me shake my head!

Parenting Mysteries

  • They always seem to poop right after you change their diaper. What? Why?
  • To where do all the pacifiers disappear? Why at 21 months of age was I still buying pacifiers? Where have they gone?!!!
  • That ONE DAY you plan a lunch date, your baby will take an epic long nap. Happens every time!
  • When you put them to bed later, and they wake up earlier.
  • When you put them to bed earlier, and they sleep longer.
  • You can be SO ready for them to go to bed, and then miss them 15 minutes later.
  • The hardest parts of parenting Rooney is because she is so much like me, which I would have thought would make it easier.
  • One day they love macaroni and cheese and the next day they will hate it.
  • Breastfeeding is so natural yet feels so darn difficult and unnatural (at least for us).
  • They say no but they really mean yes.
  • The days feel so darn long, yet the years go by so fast…

Parenting is such a science experiment. Do you agree? I want to hear what about parenting has been mind-blowing for you!

By Eric on January 10, 2014 15

Kids apps

It came like a thief in the night. Something I’ve been thinking about for months, and hoping we wouldn’t have to deal with it so soon. There seems to be a lot at stake, and so many things to be cautious about – boundaries to be set.

But then, the meltdown happened and we caved. We’re now fully immersed in the tension between letting our 21-month-old embrace technology or saying “No” 3 billion times a day.

For the past week, after she wakes up in the morning, the first words out of Rooney’s mouth have been “Foam?” And, in case you don’t speak Rooney, I’ll tell you exactly what that means in English: “Where is your phone? Give it to me now; I need to watch the first 10 seconds of everything on the PBS Kids app or I’m going to throw a fit.”

Maybe I’m over-reacting, or being a bit nostalgic, but we certainly didn’t have these devices when we were kids, and I’ve always been a bit leery of my child becoming entranced with electronic devices.

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