Notes to Self

things to remember while parenting small children

  • Searching every cupboard and drawer in the house may not result in finding your missing sewing project that you stashed somewhere while in labor well over a month ago. However, losing important sewing projects is a strong motivator for necessary home organization. Given that your home is approaching organized mode, here’s hoping said sewing project turns up soon.
  • Having two children who can walk/run means you have two children who can walk/run in opposite directions. This complicates supervision since you cannot split yourself in two. Be thankful that your children like to stick together in public so this is only a problem at home. We won’t worry about three children who can walk/run just yet.
  • Your toddler is an expert at self-entertaining. However, he may not choose the forms of self-entertainment you would select for him. You would love for him to draw nicely on paper, read books, or do puzzles. He may choose instead to:
    • draw on the table, floor, chairs, and walls
    • tear pages from books
    • throw puzzle pieces
    • taking three bites out of each ripe nectarine on the kitchen table
    • pull every baby wipe/kleenex out of the box
  • If your toddler does any of the above, be sure to remember that he does sometimes choose to entertain himself by:
    • completing puzzles nicely
    • reading books without ripping out pages
    • building block towers
    • drawing on paper
    • cleaning the house with the baby wipes he pulls out of the box
  • If a parenting tip works one day, be sure to thoroughly enjoy your success. The same trick may not work the next day.
  • Hugs, kisses, and “I love you, Mama!” are fantastic antidotes for sleep deprivation, general exhaustion, and bad days.


  1. Sadia says

    Um, is the post on the wrong blog? I swear those are the contents of my brain – except the drawing on walls. Please don't give my girls any ideas.

    But yes, the hugs, kisses, "I love you"s and just the word, "Mama" make it worth it.

    I once invested in the toddler backpacks with leashes attached to try to keep a rein (ha!) on my twins. The first time I tried them, they ran in opposite directions, yanked my hand every which way, and ended up abruptly on their bottoms when the leashes tugged on them. We didn't try that again.

  2. Susana says

    LOVE this post. Written very well, entertaining too:-). You are a great writer, by the way!

    I'll be back with my answer to enter the giveaway:-). Your new set-up/area for sewing is awesome. I know you are loving it, and so happy to have it!!

  3. sunnymama says

    I laughed at 'your toddler is an expert at self-entertaining'. I am amazed at the mess Sunnyboy leaves behind him when self-entertaining! :)

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