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Cara Figlia - Toddler Tantrums

Cara figlia,

I love you so much, and you are wonderful, smart, creative and cuddly. But what is with the toddler tantrums? You are giving us a nice mix of the following:
-You want to do it yourself and don't want help, but you can't quite do it yourself so you freak out.
-You aren't comfortable but you are really tired and you don't know what is wrong but you are going to scream about it (we had this again last night).
-You want Mama or Daddy and only that person, but the other person is the one who comes to get you so you flip out. (In fact, you are downstairs yelling for me right now, but I really really need a break!)
-And my latest favorite, you want only the few things that your Daddy and I don't want you to have our do, and when we won't let you have it/do it, you throw a tantrum.

I knew this was coming and had lots of warning about the tough toddler years. But yeowza, this is hard! You are hard! I know it's a phase that you will get through. But then you w…

No Halloween Partying This Year

Unfortunately, we have had to cancel our Halloween party this year. Londo and I have an annual Halloween party that we've been having since 2000. I don't think we've missed a year... until now.

But I've just been so busy with one deadline after another at work, with the Pumpkin going through her toddler phase plus being sick, many rough nights (when will it end???), and of course all the fertility stuff. I simply haven't been able to do anything for the party, and Londo can do only so much. It's usually just starting to get tough this time of year for me, with the onset of fall affecting my Seasonal Affective Disorder, but I'm usually able to get some basic party planning done. I just wasn't this year.

So Londo and I talked about it, and then when my mom said she couldn't babysit for the Pumpkin, we just decided to scrap it. One year off due to too many factors taking our time.

For those of you who usually come, I'm sorry. For me, I'm sorry bec…

Fun at DC BlogHer!

I'm so excited that BlogHer did their Reach Out Tour and came to DC. I was thrilled to have the opportunity to meet other bloggers and sit in on seminars about blogging. Networking and learning. What more could a blogger geek want?

At the networking breakfast, I met up with Colleen. Shortly after, she introduced me to ClumberKim, who'd I'd seen comment on other blogs I read so it was nice to meet her. I also saw another blogger who I went to high school with and other bloggers who I had met at a bloggers cocktail a month or two ago. Throughout the day, I met many new bloggers, including a brief conversation with Goon Squad Sarah, who was really nice and funny.

As for the sessions, they had two tracks, one for Blogging Basics and the other was all about online community building. You can read the summaries of the sessions by clicking here and clicking the one you are interested in. I went to Online community building as natural promotional tool, Online community building for…

Question of the Week - Learning Languages

I spent all day today at the DC BlogHer conference, which was totally awesome! I will blog all about it after I've had some time to let it sink in.

I have had the pleasure of viewing, and reviewing on my review blog, Baby Signing TimeVolume 3 and Volume 4! I couldn't be more excited about these DVDs, and if you are at all interested, please check out my review and the DVDs.

Teaching babies and toddlers to sign is really teaching them another language, as well as providing them another form of communication to ease up on their (and the parents') frustrations. I think it's so important to teach kids how to communicate, especially in more than one language. If you start teaching another language at a young age, they are more likely to pick up language even as they get older. And in today's globalized world, that is an increasingly important skill.

Which is why this week's question is:

If you could teach your child to be fluent (or you yourself be fluent) in any lang…