MomPowers Episode 3 – Being Prepared; Like a Boy Scout on Steroids

By:Jessica Azar One of the most useful powers I’ve acquired is “Being Prepared” for life’s little emergencies…. Ok well it’s IMPOSSIBLE to truly be prepared for whatever occurs in the throes of child-wrangling… But I’ve learned to be a whole lot better prepared for things-that-could-and-very-well-may-happen. We learn to see potential in everything…. Potential opportunities for our kids, the potential greatness within our children waiting to be realized…. And potential disasters. On any given day, if you look in my purse (which is more of a Mary Poppins bag in a Vera Bradley Pattern disguise)you will find lollipops to reward/bribe/calm a kid down, band aids and antibiotic ointment (because someone WILL get a boo boo somehow if I don’t have them with me) hand sanitizer (for obvious reasons), a random Sippy cup, benedryl, tissues and the list goes on and on. In packing these things, I’m preparing for potential disasters, but also trying to ward them off by being ready. A Boy Scout would look like an ill-prepared, inexperienced slob next to most Moms…. And our preparedness is born out of disastrous experiences. One of the biggest surprises about having a baby for me was the sheer amount of junk that…

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Being Good At Drinking Wine Isn’t a Hobby… I Think?

By: Jessica Azar So this afternoon I was in the grocery store with Sundance, the Princess and LLL getting the weekly ginormous amount of food needed to sustain our family… And we walked past a huge end-cap of an aisle with giant bottles of wine on it… Looked pretty enticing to me quite honestly… A wall of wine sounds like a great time to me! Anyways, Sundancesays “Hey! Those are on sale! If Poppy (that’s what they call my Dad) was here he’d buy a bunch at that low price!”…. I almost busted out laughing, we had talked about looking for sales and saving money before coming into the store, so him looking for a good deal didn’t surprise me like the wine part did…But I said “Well son, why do you think Poppy would buy the wine?”… Sundance said “Poppy loves wine! He always drinks it whenever we eat… I think it might be his hobby” By this point I’m actively laughing… He’s looking at me like I’m rude or crazy for laughing at his serious observation. I said “Well yes, Poppy does like wine… But I wouldn’t call It a HOBBY…. Eating and drinking shouldn’t be hobbies. Drinking…

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MomPower Episode 2: Understanding Toddlerese

By:Jessica Azar Just when you think you’ve gotten the hang of Cryanese, get ready for your little one to introduce you to the exasperating world of Toddlerese. In addition to the crying, there are now hand gestures, beginning words and various glares thrown into the mix. On one hand, it’s a good thing, because it gives you more clues to figure out what they want, but on the other hand, it can make things even more complicated. Kind of like someone speaking a foreign language and giving you baseball signs at the same time. Good Luck understanding that! Pair this with their rapidly expanding interests and new boundaries and a low frustration level… Recipe for screaming (them) and exhaustion (You). Hopefully the tactics in this post will help you survive the Toddlerese phase in your child’s life. It’s difficult, but we as Moms begin to connect the dots of their demands with their signals. We learn that “Em Ade” means Lemonade… And that “Guh” means cup. We see that grabbing their ears can indicate ear pain… Their way of saying this HURTs. Fix it. When you finally do begin to understand their fledgling words and hand signals, you begin to…

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