Potty Training

Live chat: Toddler Sleep & Behaviors, Potty Training, and Car Seat Safety

Got questions about toddler sleep and behaviors, potty training or car seat safety? (Really, what mom of young kids doesn’t wonder about these things?) On Friday, June 14, 2013 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., the Children’s Hospital of Colorado will be holding a live chat where your questions will be answered immediately by a doctor in their Ask the Experts series. Go to http://childrenscolorado.tumblr.com/ and post your questions in the comment section.

Potty Training Tips from a Mom of Nine

I have helped seven children graduate out of diapers and into undies. My first few kids were subjected to all kinds of nonsense, fueled by advice found in parenting manuals. Barrels of tears were cried as accidents mounted. Frustration and angst hung in the air as my main focus in life seemed to be the state of my little one’s innards. It took a long time to learn that bladders don’t know how to read anything, especially parenting manuals. Bladders don’t blow out birthday candles, either, so they aren’t aware they just turned two. When I began thinking about potty training our fourth child, a thought occurred to me. My three oldest kids had terrible times mastering the numerous skills that need to come together. Kids need physical self-awareness, the ability to anti...

A (Hilarious) Prelude to Potty Training

Never in my wildest dreams did I ever imagine I would ever have to introduce someone, who was not even close to sober, what the potty is and how it’s used. The closest I get in experience is our cat, but we never had to tell the cat what the toilet was or ask her if she had to go potty. We just put her in the bathroom with the litter box and closed the door for an hour. What she did with her time in there was completely up to her whether it was actually using the litter box for its intended purpose or exploring it by building a few sand castles. If we left our child in a room for an hour with nothing but sand and a box we’d open the door to discover she had remodeled the entire room with her poop and eaten half of the sand.

Mama Drama: 3rd Anniversary Advice Round Up

It’s October, which means falling leaves, Halloween, and the 3rd Anniversary of our Mama Drama advice column. We’ve rounded up and sorted out the advice over this last year so it’s easy to find what you need. Bookmark it and send it to your mama friends! (photo credit) Keep the questions coming ([email protected]) and remember the more we ask, the smarter we get at navigating this amazing journey called Motherhood. Daily Routines Ending Morning Madness

Mayim Bialik Goes Beyond “Blossom” To Attachment Parent In “Beyond the Sling”

Mayim Bialik, who played the younger Bette Midler in Beaches back in 1988 and was Blossom from 1990-1994, is adding author to her resume with her natural parenting book Beyond the Sling. 

Postcards from the Edge (of the potty training seat)

“Potty training.” The mere words still make me shudder. For some parents, it is a simple process. For others, there are months of nail-biting frustrations. And for a select few (like me), sometimes it felt like our child was never going to get trained. Though it was a trying time, I was surprised to learn there are a large number of children who, even beyond the preschool years, continue to have issues. Thankfully, I can finally say we’re in the clear after many difficult years. I have a few friends who are currently potty training their kids and so I thought I would revisit those harrowing 3 years and 9 months it took to get her potty trained. You know. The first time. March 2006: We brought home our first potty amidst great fanfare. Twenty-month-old daughter was enthusi...

Kids Crafts for Kids!

Backpacks, #2 pencils, washable markers and hand sanitizer. It’s that time of year again – back to school – where our children will be taught to share freely with others…a lesson they will carry out quite well…when it comes to GERMS.

The one thing you don’t want to happen in a public restroom

What would you do if you wanted to be able to show your face in your favorite place again?

Children’s Hospital Colorado’s Free Parenting Seminars–From Babies to Teens

A few years ago, my husband and I were in the throes woes of potty training our potty-training-challenged daughter. We had tried everything and were at the end of our ropes. That is when we heard about the Children’s Hospital Colorado’s free parenting seminars that include advice for parents with babies to teens. Please note the 2011 schedule below: Texting All Tweens and Teens: Social Networking and Your Kids When: Wednesday, September 7 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. From texting to sexting to cyber-bullying to teen depression, social networking can leave lasting marks on children of all ages. Participate in this seminar to learn about the real impacts of social networking and how to best communicate with your kids about them. Transition to New Parenthood When: Monday, September 12 from 6 to ...

FREE seminars on sleep challenges, potty training, toddlers & teens at Children’s Hospital

A few years ago, we were in the throes (or rather, woes) of potty training our stubborn 3-year-old daughter. Our pediatrician recommended we attend a FREE toilet training seminar at The Children’s Hospital and I have been an advocate of this program ever since. Let’s face it: there is a lot to parenting and tapping into the experts at The Children’s Hospital is an easy way to learn tips or just find support. As a bonus, childcare for children ranging in age from newborn to 9 years will be provided by specially-trained Children’s volunteers. RSVP is required. The sessions are: Childhood Sleeping Challenges Thursday, October 7,* 7–8:30 p.m. Guest Speaker: Bart Schmitt, MD Transition to New

Mama Drama: Potty Training On The Go

Dear Mama Drama: My two year old is potty training and has moved into wearing “big girl panties.” I am freaked out about taking her out of the house because I’m afraid she’ll have an accident and will become too discouraged. How can I take her out and help her to be successful? ~ Stuck in the House Mama (photo credit) Dear Stuck: Taking toddlers out in the world while they are potty training can be an adventure. Remember that it takes time to learn to read the signals that your bladder is full, tell mom you need to go, use your muscles to hold it in while you get to the bathroom, and get your clothes off in time. Here are some tips for a dry and happy outing:

Parenting 101: The Art of Lovingly Bribing Your Children

Parents have very strong opinions about what they refer to as bribing their children. I prefer to look at it as an early lesson in action and consequence. If you do something, there will either be a reward or a punishment. If that is bribery, sign me up. Potty training my daughter was a nightmare because there was nothing in this world she wanted enough to make her do it (to see that long, sordid journey summarized in one painful post, go here). Treats? Forget it. New toy? Whatever. Revoke beloved cat privileges? “Just make sure to feed him during my absence.” Parenting the most spirited and stubborn child in the world is a battle of the wills. Since starting kindergarten, she has regressed and we have gone through a new set of challenges. We have also been potty training my so...