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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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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MomPower! Superpowers of the Mom Kind: Episode 1 – Cryanese

When I became a Mom, I had no idea that I would be getting/developing superpowers… Sometimes these special talents are useful in the non-mommy-related parts of our lives, but they’re supremely helpful in our pursuit to keep our kids safe and under control. At first, I set out thinking that I would write one article to discuss of the MomPowers, but there are just too many of them to keep it from becoming a novel of epic proportions. Instead of do ing that, I’ve decided to start a series of posts with each one focusing on a single MomPower! They truly deserve to be honored individually. As a part of paying homage to them, I encourage all of the Moms reading this to post a story or incident where they utilized the amazing MomPower being praised in that particular post! This weeks MomPower: Cry Interpretation… Understanding Cryanese Moms have Bionic Ears that are designed to accomplish many amazing feats. This week we will focus on the wonder of Interpreting Cries. This Video shows exactly how I felt when I had my first baby… Before I had kids, all cries sounded the same to me. One baby sounded just like any…

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