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Monday, March 02, 2009

I am getting some phony comments posted here. That's really annoying. I guess that is what I get for posting my website address on someone's fb wall. I knew that I shouldn't have! That's what I get for semi-"publicizing" my site against my own good sense.

Anyways, I just thought I would share two things today.

When Tyler was toilet training, I bought him some Thomas underwear and I told him that we did not want to get Thomas wet or dirty. Oh my, you wouldn't believe how fast this did the trick (cause of course, he LOVES Thomas!)! Of course, he still made had some mistakes, but I could see he was truly motivated. If he got himself dirty, I would hold the Thomas underwear up showing Thomas's face and say in a very animated voice something like, "Hi Tyler, that's ok, try next time. If you have that feeling you have to go pee or poo, tell your mommy right away." He would laugh. And then, if he stayed dry, I would hold up Thomas and make a huge deal about it. I would hold the underwear up again and as if Thomas was talking again, I would say, "Tyler I am so proud of you! You are a big engine! You kept me nice and clean!" He would feel so proud! Anyways, since he didn't want to get his beloved Thomas dirty, I think this really motivated him to use the toilet. Just one more mommy trick! :)

Another thing has to do with brushing his teeth. Once I was telling him about the tooth fairy and he got really excited that the tooth fairy would come visit him one day and leave some money for him under his pillow. I told him the usual; you know, lose a tooth, put it under the pillow, wake up, collect the money. He loved it! But I decided to take it another step. I told him that if the tooth fairy sees a clean, shiny, tooth with no cavities, he would get something really special- possibly a train. And if the tooth fairy gets a rotten tooth with bugs and cavities on it, he would only get a penny. Ever since then, he has been so motivated to brush his teeth! Sometimes, he even begs me to brush his teeth! I think this is so clever, if I say so myself! I don't understand why it isn't a part of the tooth fairy legend! All parents should add this when they tell their children about the tooth fairy! :)

Well, I hope you guys are doing well. I tried to post some more pics up on the site. Ya like? :) What's going on here? Um, I'm already my children's chauffeur. I take them here and there. haha.

Oh, which reminds me. I got this book, Raising Boys, from the library. To be completely honest, the title is The Idiots Guide to Raising Boys. haha, how fitting. Anyways, I didn't actually go to the library to get this book. I was getting Confessions of a Shopaholic (loved it!) and this happen to stick out when I was walking by the aisles. And hey, getting the book doesn't cost not a single penny so I borrowed it! So, I came home and looked through it and it got me so sad! Number one, I realized that I am ill equipped to raise boys! I don't know about how they build relationships by "doing activities" (What? No sipping coffee at a cafe and chatting?) and that "teasing" is part of boyhood (I would cry!). Huh? Number two (and this was a shocker to me!). Boys start puberty when they are 10! Oh my god, Tyler is already 4! I only have six more years with him before he starts pushing me out of his bedroom and asks for more privacy!! What am I going to do! Now that I know this, I actually think about it once in awhile throughout my day and each moment I spend with him seems more precious. So sad! I think I told Jason (either Jason or Tyler, not quite sure, but it makes more sense that it was Jason) about my fears, Tyler heard me and said, "Mommy, I will still hug you when I am 10." Ah, my cutie pie.

10 Comments:

Blogger Christine said...

those are such great tricks. i will definitely have to use them when brady especially since he loves thomas too! tyler is so cute...i always tell conrad that brady is not going to kiss me and hug me in a few years too. how sad.

12:39 PM  
Blogger Kristen said...

you have such great mommy tricks! you should write them down and publish a book! i would buy it!!!

1:51 PM  
Anonymous fk said...

wait, so when you're making your voices while "holding the Thomas underwear up" and it's dirty, are you holding it up to your face... because, that's kind of gross.

2:59 AM  
Anonymous fk said...

wait, so when you're making your voices while "holding the Thomas underwear up" and it's dirty, are you holding it up to your face... because, that's kind of gross.

2:59 AM  
Blogger vero {suh} said...

Tyler sounds darling! Puberty at 10 sounds terrifying, but not if you have cristina as your super mommy! you're going to be great!
sorry about the creepy comments. i'm getting those too. boo.

10:14 AM  
OpenID jeesoo said...

really clever ideas, i like it! do you have any other tricks up your sleeve about taking care of infants?? we're close!! week 37.5, omg?!

10:29 AM  
Anonymous susan said...

great ideas! tyler is such an endearing kid. :)

11:39 PM  
Blogger Dr. Chen said...

I love the tooth fairy idea! It is great that you've brought joy to oral hygiene...Tyler is going to have great teeth, I can see it now!

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