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Parenting/Development
Mastering The Art Of Distraction Print E-mail
Wednesday, 25 March 2009

With Cora’s insatiable curiosity and burning desire to do whatever Maddie does coloring every step she takes, her big sister Maddie has learned that honey is sweeter than vinegar.

Maddie constructs elaborate games nearly every day – stories about Thomas, plays involving every single animal we’ve got in the Little People Kingdom, an elaborate picnic for her teddy bears – the variations are endless but with one theme in common: Maddie, and only Maddie, understands the plot and rules of the game, and no one else can play. She’ll set up a story in the morning right after breakfast, and come back to it all day long. As a rule, we clean up every night before bed, but I allow Maddie to leave her games overnight if I can tell she’s still in the midst of an epic.


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Am I Tired, Or Is She Harder? Print E-mail
Friday, 13 March 2009

Maddie’s always been on the front of the developmental curve; she walked, talked, and hit most milestones on the early side. And since she was our first child, every step of the way – rolling over, sitting up, walking – was new and fascinating and worthy of sonnets.

Which is probably at least partially why Cora’s been even further ahead on the developmental curve: she knows she’s got to really step up her game to impress us. First steps? We’ve seen ‘em. First steps at ten months old? Now THAT’S impressive! “Mama, dada” – old news. Complete sentences at 18 months – that’s new!


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Isn't This Supposed To Be Getting Better? Print E-mail
Friday, 30 January 2009

The past few weeks have seen a drastic increase in Cora’s separation anxiety, and I keep wondering – when’s it going to get better?

I mean, the girl’s twenty months now- that’s a year and two-thirds. And separation anxiety is supposed to peak around eighteen months, so wouldn’t we be maintaining or getting better rather than going deeper into it?

I suspect that part of the cause is Cora’s nearly unending stream of colds and teething and stomach viruses; there’s nothing like not feeling good day in and day out to make you want your mommy. So I get that, and give her extra snuggles and love and patience. But even when she seems to feel good, she simply wants me, and nothing else will do.


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Two Preschools, Both Alike In Dignity Print E-mail
Wednesday, 28 January 2009

We’ve been preschool shopping in earnest the past couple of weeks, since registration’s begun for September and we’ve admitted that Maddie absolutely needs to go for a year before kindergarten. We narrowed it down to two and took tours recently of both facilities, and have finally made a decision.

The hard thing is that both schools are really good, and Maddie’s got friends at each one. Ask her which school she prefers and she’ll say, ‘Maxum’s school!” simply because it’s where Maxum goes. Somehow I’m going to have to break it to her that we’ve chosen the other school.


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Learning To Lose Print E-mail
Thursday, 08 January 2009

One of the “hit” gifts that Maddie and Cora got for Christmas is the board game Cariboo. This game is billed for ages 3-6, but Cora adores playing it since she gets to use the key and drop the balls in the tunnels, and Maddie helps her “read” the game cards.

This is not the first board game Maddie’s played – she loves freakin’ Candyland, and really enjoys that hugely-annoying-to-parents game Chutes and Ladders. But those have always been played one-on-one with an adult, and Cariboo is the first game Maddie’s had to play with Cora. And we’ve noticed a disturbing trend.

Maddie hates to lose.


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