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Showing posts from January 11, 2009

TV Usage in caramama's House

I'm glad to know I'm not the only one using bribes and TV to get through the day. A few things came up yesterday about TV that I wanted to delve into further. So let's talk toddler TV!

Up until this winter, the Pumpkin probably watched a 20-30 DVD on TV every few days (as far as I know, although the nanny might have put something on also, but not often). She mostly watched Baby Signing Times (which I can't rave about enough!) or little shorts of books like Cordury Bear or Goodnight Gorilla or a Baby Einsten Nursery Rhymes. She was happy with them and the amount that she watched them.

Then came this winter, with my Seasonal Affective Disorder and the pregnancy creating crazy low levels of energy for me, while her energy levels stayed in her normal hyperdrive. Also, she started getting bored with the same DVDs. So I finally turned on Noggin (we are lucky to have extended cable) and discovered (and in some cases rediscovered) what I consider to be good quality shows that h…

Question of the Week - A Parent's Gotta Do What a Parent's Gotta Do

We are having lots of fun with Toddler Tantrums these days. My little darling girl is really asserting her independence. She knows what she wants and what she doesn't, and Lord help whoever is trying to get her to stop doing what she wants or do something she doesn't want!

I think I have to finally admit that she's more stubborn than I am. Or at least, she has more energy and uses tactics that I couldn't get away with wouldn't. I just don't have the energy to argue with her or deal with all the tantrums.

So last week, I made my first bribe of something sweet with the Pumpkin. And it worked like a charm!!! Sure I would have given her a sip of my delicious Rita's Misto shake, but what I really wanted was for her to get in her highchair and put her bib on without a big fight and ensuing tantrum. And she did! And I gave her a sip of my Misto! And we ate lunch together without any tantrums and with a few more sips of Misto!

In my ideal world, I wouldn't have …