One of the twins was helping me clean the kitchen the other night, and I was pouring on the praise: what a good helper, you make me so proud, I can’t do it without you. He says “okay, but am I the best?” Now, I don’t pretend to be a great mom. I’m just a regular mom. But I do know that no smart parent tells one kid that they are better than the others if they are all siblings and live in the same house. That’s just asking for drama and a future drug problem (obsessed with Bloodline right now). So I say no, not the best, I love them all equally. Then I say “would it be fair if I asked you to pick a favorite parent?”
Revised AAP Sleep Recommendations for Kids
As parents we all know the importance of sleep for our kids. A child who is tired is cranky and difficult. Getting enough sleep helps kids with focus, learning, memory, and emotional regulation. Kids who don't get enough sleep are at an increased risk of injuries and accidents. We ask a lot of our children so make sure yours are getting enough sleep! Here are the new American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommendations:
Ages 4 months to 12 months: Twelve to 16 hours of sleep per 24-hour period. This number includes naps.
Ages 1 to 2 years: Eleven to 14 hours of sleep per 24-hour period. This number includes naps.
Ages 3 to 5 years: Ten to 13 hours of sleep per 24-hour period. This … [Read More...]
Report Card Time
Moms love report card time. A somewhat impartial third party sending home a written evaluation of my kids' academic and intellectual growth? Yes please. Thoughtful (perhaps rote) commentary on their in-class behavior - something … [Read More...]
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