Friday, February 18, 2011


"We apologize for our Huggies Little Movers diapers, that really let your little one move." Well, I say if your child causes this much destruction, you have bigger problems on your hands!

Still, super entertaining commercial.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

E.M.V. - Eat MORE Veggies

I've never wanted to be a vegetarian. I'm a meat eater. I can't help it. That's just who I am. A good steak is hard to beat.

But lately, I've been challenging myself to eat more vegetables and find different options for protein and fiber - gotta lead a good example for Joe. The results? Super tasty recipes, clearer skin and added energy.

Cooking nightly dinners can get really boring, but at least with veggies there are thousands of combinations and I'm embarrassed to say, there are some I've never even tried, and now some I can't imagine going without ever again!

For instance. I now love kale. Great in soups, sauteed with garlic, or roasted. And, a new use for cauliflower - steamed, mashed and whipped into a mashed potato like consistency. Oh, and leeks. They're just like GIANT green onions, except milder. Great in salads, soups, and more.

I guess the interest came, when I had to start cooking a lot of vegetarian foods for friends and family. And, once I tried meals sans meat, I realized I wasn't missing much.

Friends, please share some of your fav veggies recipes with this aspiring veggie cook.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

What I L.O.V.E. About Being a Mom

My Valentine's Day post from where I am a contributing writer. They asked what I loved about being a mom, and this is what I had to say:

I love being a mom because it is the most rewarding thing I have done or will ever do in my lifetime. I’m actually shaping the life of a human being – scary at times, but I’m up for the challenge.  My son is the epitome of the love my husband and I have for each other, and represents a bright future for our family.

I love being a Mom when I can make my son feel happy and secure. Nothing makes me more happy than seeing him with a smile on his face, knowing that my love helped contribute to it.

I love it when my son says I love you. It really sound like I luff you. It’s the two most perfect words ever.

I love the sound of my son running down our long hallway, his little feet pitter-pattering on the hardwood floor and the crinkling noise his diaper make as he runs.

I love watching my son interact with other kids. They seem to have a language all their own. I can see his own unique personality shine. He loves to make others laugh and is quite the comic.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Yo Gabba Gabba RULES

I can't express how much I love this show, and how happy I am that Nick Jr. has been running new episodes all this week. It's a great show for kids and adults. Bright colors, fun characters, really cool independent talent like the Band of Horses, Decemberists, Biz Markey, the Shins, and more.  As DJ Lance says, "Listening and dancing to music is AWESOME!"


Rethinking Time Outs

Repurposed from December 10, 2010

When the kicking, screaming and other tantrum-y behaviors start, the easy fix is often a threat (or an order) to go to time-out. But according to parenting expert Kimberley Clayton Blaine, author of the new book "The Go-To Mom's Parents' Guide to Emotion Coaching Young Children," too many
time-outs may be ineffective at best -- and downright harmful at worst. Blaine says that young children
simply don't understand the concept, and that kids who are subjected to repeated time-outs may develop poor emotional control because they are left alone without support and validation when they need it most.

"The misuse of a time-out is not only punishing but also alienating, and may spark a long-term physiological response," explains Blaine, a licensed family and child therapist and the mother of
two boys. "In a worst-case scenario, they could internalize the emotional pain in order to cope, which can eventually turn into early-childhood depression. Empathy is truly the foundation for effective parenting, and it is also necessary in creating a stronger bond between parent and child. Time-outs are the antithesis of that." Blaine advocates an alternate method that takes into account a child's
developmental limitations and that serves as guidance rather than punishment. For babies 2 and under, Blaine recommends distraction and redirection. At this age, your baby is simply too young to understand the concept of a thinking time; instead, give him a new item of interest or move
him to an exciting location.

For children over 2, she suggests using a "cool-down" or "thinking time" instead. Not only is this method gentle, it keeps the parent by the child's side to help him learn to calm himself down and think through what happened.

Here's how to do it:
Get down at your child's level. Be sure to maintain good eye contact; give a warning and ask if what he is doing is "OK or not OK."

If your child doesn't calm down or stop the unacceptable behavior, then lead him to a "quiet area" or "thinking area." Sit with him and offer assistance and love. Remember, this is not a punishment.

Be aware that time is not important; having your child calm down is. Disregard the "one minute times your child's age" rule. Don't give a 5-year-old five minutes to think; sometimes the older child needs only a minute or two to come up with a better solution.

On the other hand, a  younger child may need to cuddle or sit with you for ten minutes until
he's calm.  As you're sitting there, empathize, validate and reflect what you see.
An understood child is less likely to be fraught.

Once your child is calm, ask him to tell you what's wrong or what's going on. Restate the problem again more clearly if he has difficulty. Ask your child, "What will you do differently next time?" Name the expected behavior if he doesn't know.

Thank your child for helping you come up with a solution. It's important that he hear this positive reinforcement.

Set the expectation for the future by wrapping up with, "If you don't listen next time, what will happen?"

Inform your child that you will take actions to help and that you will not
tolerate unacceptable behavior.

Moms, what do you think about this advice? Are you for or against time-outs?

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Can't Wait for Cars 2

Our household is a buzz about Cars 2. I for one can't wait for it to come out, so I can stop watching the first Cars. Talk about an obsession. Joe LOVES it. His heros right now are Dad and Lightening McQueen. The new characters look awesome, and per usual, Disney is bringing on some cool new talent including John Tutturro, Michael Caine and more.

Doggy Dentures

And I thought dogs with wigs were funny. This is a close second. It's a perfect combination.

Bedtime Stories with the Fiedlers

Joe loves reading before bedtime. His father and I are hard pressed to keep our eyes open long enough to get through the first few pages of Green Eggs and Ham. But I can tell you this - I've read some books so many times, I know the words by heart, and probably could "read" them with my eyes closed.

I've been trying to do the math. If Joe is two and a half years old and we've been reading to him since he was at least four months old, the same books night after night, how many times have I read the following sentences? Props to whomever can name the books from which these quotes were taken. We have some interesting picks as you'll see.

"Good night, Hollywood Bowl, where musicians fill the air with song after song. Good night Griffith Observatory. Do you like looking at the stars?"

"Did you ever have the feeling, there's a wasket in your basket ...or a nureau in your bureau?"

"Did I ever tell you that Mrs. McCave had twenty-three sons and she named them all Dave?"

"I ran and found a brickel bush. I hid myself away. I got brickels in my britches but I stayed there anyway."

"Flying is just one thing I can do in my dreams. Anything is possible! I could have an elephant trunk, three heads, lobster claws or a potato body."

I think Dr. Suess will always remain a favorite of mine. His stories are so much more than fiction for children. If you don't know what I'm talking about take the story of the "Zaxs" for example - one of our favorites. If it's not a good example of our current political climate, I don't know what is. His books were pretty controversial at the time. The most controversial, according to the BBC:

"The Butter Battle Book, published in 1984, about the arms race. Taking the place of the US and the USSR are the Yooks and the Zooks, who disagree on whether bread should be eaten butter-side down, or butter-side up. The story ends with a blank page, allowing readers to imagine the result of the rising tensions for themselves. The book remained on the New York Times' bestseller list for six months - for adults. The televised version of the book was shown in the USSR in 1990; Dr Seuss joked that it was after this that the country began falling apart."