-By Kacy Faulconer
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Potty training my daughter Bella was a dream. It took a few days, and that was it. She has been daytime diaper-free since she was 2 1/2. No drama, no fuss. When she realized she could reach the big potty, she started going in there, too. By herself.
I know several friends that have really struggled with potty training, so I don't take that easy milestone for granted.
I appreciate it even more now that we've tried to do nighttime training.
It's been a disaster.
I didn't bring it up until a few months ago when she was getting ready for bed, and I casually said, "One night you won't need a diaper anymore." We talked about what that meant and how her daddy and I didn't wear diapers to bed (but give us 50 years and we might).
About 2 weeks ago, I decided that she might be ready. I don't know what made me think that, as we'd had maybe a dry overnight diaper twice in her life by accident. I think it was mostly her age and the call of, "she should be nighttime trained," thatRead More »from Why We’re Postponing Nighttime Potty Training — Indefinitely
Is touching a woman's belly a warm expression of awe and wonder, or is it just really bad manners or maybe even a violation? Apparently in Pennsylvania, touching a woman's belly without her permission has been against the law all along. Recently, however, that law made national headlines and created a storm of debate when it was renewed in relation to a harassment case in Pittsburgh involving the touching of a pregnant woman's belly.
We turned to our own Disney Dads bloggers to get a dad's point of view on the subject. We wanted to know if they ever felt uncomfortable when someone touched their wives' bellies. Do they feel it necessary to specifically mention contact with pregnant bellies in harassment laws? Or do they think putting something like this on the law books crosses the line into the absurd?
David Noel Edwards says this: "If you want to touch a woman's belly, you should ask. And if you don't have the wherewithal to ask, then a written law could save you considerableRead More »from How Dads Feel About the Pregnant Belly Rubbing Controversy
If you're a person who has some thoughts on parenting that you would just love to let out on a non-suspecting stranger at the park, let me say one thing first: keep your parenting judgments to yourself. This may sound a little ranty because I'm feeling a little aggravated the day after witnessing a parental shame-down. Here's the story. I'm at a park filled with parents and kids doing some community outreach for my daughter's school. The other moms who are volunteering with me have all brought their kids, and everyone is happily running around eating snow cones off the ice cream truck and basically looking like a bunch of Instagrams begging to happen. It's cute, is what I'm getting at.
One of the moms, I'll call her Sandy, had a kindergartner and an almost two-year-old toddler with her, and at one point while we were standing at our folding table chatting with interested families about our awesome school, a woman came walking up carrying Sandy's toddler saying, "Isn't this yourRead More »from Why Parents Need to Keep Their Judgments to Themselves
October 29 marked the first anniversary of the wake of devastation left after Hurricane Sandy ripped through New York and New Jersey leaving a death toll of 162 and 650,000 homes affected. Not only were homes distressed, schools and more than 250 child care centers were damaged, leaving thousands of children deeply affected by the tragedy around them and with more questions than answers. In fact, many children are still coping with the impact of Sandy a year later and this video by Save the Children shows us that and what they still need to recover.
It's important to mark the milestones of tragedies like these because we need to be shaken again with the reminder that if it happened in NJ and NY with Sandy, in New Orleans with Katrina, and in Oklahoma with tornadoes, a disaster can happen at anytime to any of us.
And I should know.
I've lived through the devastating earthquake that destroyed much of El Salvador's capital city in 1985. I was in school having lunch outside when the earthRead More »from One Year After Hurricane Sandy, Does Your Family Have a Disaster Checklist?
While concussions are definitely something that concern me as a parent, I know that I cannot put my child in a bubble in order to avoid them. After all, the second I turn around he could fall down and smack his head on the floor of that bubble, now couldn't he?
Brain injuries, including concussions, can occur anywhere at any time. Did you know that football is not the activity responsible for the most sports-related head injuries among children? Believe it or not, football is actually second on the list. Can you guess the top activity for causing head injuries among children?
It's bicycling, with almost twice as many brainRead More »from The Link Between Childhood Concussions and Depression
We have had a lot of fun trying costumes on Django and Hayley. Seeing Django as a sexy devil from Petco is pure joy. We also tried a homemade costume for Hayley. We're still trying to figure out what it is, but she enjoyed wearing it nonetheless. (Our cats, meanwhile, have been less cooperative.) Some costumes fit better than others, and some costumes annoy the pups less than others.
There has been so much talk about whether Halloween costumes are good for pets at all. They can pose severe health risks, like strangulation, or moderate ones, like all-day discomfort from tight or ill-fitted clothing. DogsRead More »from Is it Safe to Dress Up Your Pets for Halloween?