Monthly Archives: January 2019


A mom was sharing a humorous story about her two-year-old little guy – who, after sitting on the potty proceeded to independently try to put his own pants back on.

When Mom came into the bathroom, he immediately told her, “Don’t see me”, “don’t see me” .  This apparently was a feat he was determined to do – on his own – no help invited.

But minutes later, Mom heard from the other room “I’m stuck!”  And stuck he was – two feet in one leg hole.

And yes he did need a little helping hand.

I love this sweet story.  I love how he says “don’t see me”.  I love his struggle and his eventual realization “I’m stuck”, and yes, I do need some help.

As parents it’s easy to identify with this young fellow.  Often we struggle with different parenting concerns, and feel stuck – kind of like having two feet in one leg hole.

This is the time to give The Parenting Place a call, ask for a Parent Educator, and tell us, like this brave boy, “I’m stuck”

And then choose to talk your struggle out over the phone,  or meet at The Parenting Place for some one-on-one sessions, or attend a class with other parents.

We take “stuck” seriously and love to help you



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Boxed in

This is the time of year when families do get that boxed-in feeling – frigid temperatures, wind chills, slippery walking conditions, a knee replacement   – can expose all of us to old-fashioned cabin fever.

And cabin fever can be challenging.   The glitter of the holidays is past, the allure of new playthings fading, as one long day at home turns into the next.  Patience for all can wear thin

Well, think simple if you have that boxed-in feeling – go with it.  Look around your house – in the basement, or pick up a few from the supermarket. I’m talking cardboard boxes.

I love that the simple cardboard box has a prominent spot at the National Toy Hall of Fame.

As well it should!

A cardboard box catches every child’s imagination.  You must know that if one is left anywhere  in sight with children around, it will not be ignored.  A cardboard box can be transformed into as many ideas as your child has.

And simple works best.  Yes you could spend hours creating a masterpiece, but a few circles on the top of a box for the stove burners – a door cut open for the oven, and you can almost smell the cupcakes baking.

In fact I just received a few pictures of my little guys,Theo and Zeke.  Yep, they were both engaged in playing with their cardboard box kitchen – a stove, a microwave and a pantry. Add a few items from the kitchen, a few empty boxes and cartons from the recycling, and say no more.

Play is happening.

And the great thing about a box is – what might it be tomorrow?

So look around your home and begin to recover from that nasty cabin fever.

Don’t worry about creating clutter.  It’s play, it’s imagination .

It’s child development in process.

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boy oh boy

What a lovely, sweet, wild, and fun Christmas week we had with our two young grandsons.

And, oh, did the house seem ever so quiet when their bags were packed and we waved good-bye.

Later that day, while waiting my turn at Great Clips – waiting for one particular stylist that was already promised to four young brothers ahead of me -a – 9 year-old, a 7- year-old, a 5 -year-old, and a  3-year-old  –  I sat back and enjoyed.

It was the perfect remedy for me – already missing my two sweet guys.

And like I always notice in Theo’s and Zeke’s mom, – this mom, too, just knew how to connect with each of her boys. Her eyes were always on them when they spoke to her – her response positive and personal – her laugh, genuine, her touch lingering on a shoulder or gently stroking a back.

I have a definite soft spot for little boys – for their vulnerability, sensitivity, sweetness that often goes unnoticed among the rough and tumble.

Unless, of course, you’ve been lucky enough to have a boy or two in your life.

Like me.


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