Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Baking Cupcakes with Sarah

Leading up to Daniel's birthday and Father's Day this month, I decided to take our extremely active and curious two-year-old into the kitchen with me to bake her favorite treat for Daddy -- cupcakes.

I had great hesitation, until recently, to bring Sarah into the kitchen to cook with me. Much of this feeling is based on the layout of our home and the limited space on our counter tops. And, because I am not a great cook. However, I do love to bake and do it often so thought now would be as good a time as any to get started teaching her.

I went into this experience expecting the absolute worst. Thinking that Sarah would not stand still on the step stool, that flour would go flying everywhere, sugar would get poured on the cat, and much more, made me put off this experience until now.

Therefore, anal retentive me made sure to clear away as much of the counter top as possible of anything that Sarah could likely pull at or push off. I also made sure to get the cat out of the kitchen away from any potential flying food, bowls or other objects.

Many times I have heard friends and family talk about their fun experiences with their little ones in the kitchen. With my daughter, who really gets into her work (have you seen what she looks like after painting? It gets everywhere.) I was concerned for her safety and the outcome of what the kitchen would look like in the aftermath.

Once I got past all of this, I decided to put out all the fixings for cupcake making so that I could remain close to Sarah throughout the process to help keep it simple and controlled.

Sarah did an AMAZING job making the cupcakes, listening to me when I asked her to do certain things, holding on to the step-stool tightly by her choice, etc. All-in-all the experience was an AWESOME one. Sarah and I laughed and bonded. You could tell she was really trying hard and was so proud of herself. I gushed with her over this accomplishment and she was so pleased. She couldn't wait to share the news, and tasty results, with Daddy.

My best advice when cooking or baking with little ones is to:
+ Start with as much of a clean surface as possible
+ Have all of your tools and ingredients out within arms reach (so you can be close to your kids)
+ Let your kids pour in the pre-measured elements into the bowl
+ When it comes times for mixing, let them help by holding the spoon or putting their hand on yours while you use the mixer

Every so often Sarah got a taste from the bowl and also stared back at me excited that she was helping. This experience made me want to go out and buy her an apron too. And, I am still thinking of doing so.


The cupcakes were a hit.

Daddy loved them so much, and especially because Sarah had a hand in helping mommy make them.

I look forward to this fun experience with Sarah again in the future. In fact, this week we have a family get together along with some close friends. This is a perfect opportunity to get my little baker back in to the kitchen to whip up some tasty treats.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Keeping Kids Busy on Summer Road Trips

This is a guest post written by Beth Feldman, Founder of RoleMommy.com

I'm sure you've been there before. You've packed snacks, shoved your luggage, roller blades and tennis rackets in the trunk, jerry rigged the bike rack to the car, gassed up and are finally ready to hit the open road. What you may fail to anticipate however, is the bumper to bumper traffic you'll be sitting in while your kids pester you from the back seat with the dreaded question - Are We There Yet???

As a road trip warrior, I've got some great game and gadget options that'll keep kids of varying ages entertained as you traverse the highways and byways of our glorious country. So what's the secret behind a smooth summer road trip with your family? Here's our Fave Five:


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1. Nintendo DSi XL - We received a complimentary DSi XL to review when it was first released this spring and my kids have been fighting over it ever since it arrived on our doorstep. So what's so great about about the DSi XL? Well, the screen is way bigger than the traditional DSi, there's also built-in educational software including Dr Kawashima's Brain Training: Arts Edition and a comprehensive dictionary - which my husband loves since he's a walking thesaurus - but more on him later. There's even an option to create your own digital short movies complete with audio...I've even created a few Peanuts movies of my own since I'm proficient at stick figures, Snoopy and Woodstock. As with the Lite, XL owners are also able to download games through the Nintendo DSi Shop and create and share photos - which my kids happen to love!!! Of course, there are also plenty of game options - including the brand new Mario Party 8 for DS , Atari Sandlot Sluggers, Style Savvy and one of my personal faves - Scribblenauts!


2. Bring Books to Life with Your iPhone, iTouch or iPad - Whenever my kids are completely bored, they ask me to hand over my iPhone so they can download apps to pass the time away. But thanks to the folks at MobiStories, I now have the upperhand! If you want to really knock your kids socks off, then try out the latest innovation in children's book technology with the debut of The Marvelous Toy - a digital and musical children's book now available on MobiStories on PC's, iPhones, iTouch and the iPad. Your kids will be mesmerized as they touch the screen and the images are literally brought to life in front of their eyes. Plus, in addition to their latest release, Mobistories offers a host of downloadable picture book options for kids ages 2-10.

3. A DVD Double Feature - Turn your laptop into a movie screen or better yet, pick up an inexpensive DVD player you can strap to the back of your seat so that your kids can catch their favorite movies - incidentally, "Alice in Wonderland" was just released this week on DVD and in my house, "The Tooth Fairy" is a current must-see (at least a dozen times or more). And hopefully, if you're not driving, you can grab a seat in the middle, whip out a bag of popcorn and watch right along with them. Another option, take the quiet time to read on your Kindle, iPad or crack open a good book...now that's a novel idea!


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4. Mad Libs - If your kids are proficient at potty words (ie. poop, fart, etc), they will have an absolute blast filling in the blanks to the age old road trip conversation starter - Mad Libs. We actually gave these out at my daughter's birthday party and they have taken up permanent residence in our car. Funny, but when I used to play with Mad Libs way back when, I thought my stories were hilarious too.

5. The License Plate Math Game - I have to give credit to my husband on this one. Whenever we're in the car, he will encourage the kids to add the numbers in a license plate and whoever gets the answer quicker, wins the points. They do the same thing with the alphabet - they look for every letter in the alphabet and call it out as a car is whizzing by. Obviously, the driver should not participate in this game, but my hubby can't help himself - he's very competitive.
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One more week to win an iPod Touch! Visit this link, re-tweet the road trips post and then leave a comment offering your own road trip survival tips. We'll share your tips with the team at MobiStories and they will ultimately decide the winner of an iPod Touch! The contest runs throughout the month of June and we'll select a winner on July 5. Runners up will receive a $25 iTunes card as well as an autographed copy of The Marvelous Toy signed by Grammy award-winner Tom Paxton.

*This post was sponsored by the Role Mommy Writers Network. For more information visit http://www.rolemommy.com/.

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Here's a How To video for reference as well:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3z1pxE872OM

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Dentist Visit a Must Before First Birthday

This past week Sarah was due for her annual dental check-up, her second in her life.

I had great expectations this visit was going to be a challenging one especially since she has been going through a phase recently of not wanting to go to the doctor.

Boy was I mistaken, and quite relieved.
Sarah's first visit to the dentist during age one, was a relatively good experience. She only cried a little and all-in-all did great. I chalked it up to her being younger and not as aware and understanding of the situation.

This time around, I was sure to bring as well, many of Sarah's comforts and reinforcements to survive the visit.

The great news is that she did really, really, really well. I especially have to thank Julia Cook and Laura Jana, M.D. authors of the children's book Melvin the Magnificent Molar. Recently, I wrote a blog post and review on this great new book and stand behind it as a quality read for little ones, and a source of comfort for future dentist visits.

I made sure to have this book in my bag for our visit. Sarah and I also spent much time reading this book leading up to the dentist visit. As a result of reading this book, we have since started calling Sarah's molars Melvin, same as the name of the main character, a molar, in the book. Giving her molar teeth personality by naming them has made it a lot easier for us to help her brush her teeth, especially way in the back. We also told Sarah that her Melvin's were getting checked out and she was happy.

She did great at the dentist. I can't say this enough. The visit really went smoothly. It started off calm with Sarah reading the book in the waiting room, the photo is above. Once in the chair laying on me she got a little cranky. Once we mentioned her Melvin's were being checked out she become much more cooperative.
Many times I have heard moms say that they have not yet taken their children to the dentist. It appears that moms are getting many mixed messages. After talking with our pediatrician and researching recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the American Dental Association and the Academy of General Dentistry a child's first visit to the dentist should happen during the first year of life, especially if any teeth have erupted and if any teeth are touching one another.

It is very possible for children to develop dental problems early on in life. The sooner you visit with the dentist with your child the better you are all able to protect against problems such as baby bottle or nursing tooth decay, teething irritations, extensive thumb-sucking or even gum disease. And, if there is a family history of dental problems parents are highly encouraged to bring their children in as well for routine check-ups.

I was so incredibly proud of Sarah and told her this many times over. While the dentist may seem like a scary process for our children check out this fun read, bring along some your child's favorite comforts, go in expecting the worst, be calm and know it will be over before you know it.
Good luck on your child's next dentist visit.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Happy Father's Day and with Good Cause

Happy Father's Day.

I wanted to take this opportunity to acknowledge all the dad's in the world, especially the incredibly special men in my life.

This time of year also tends to be somewhat somber for me as well as I lost my father well over a decade ago to a blood-related cancer.

I can't believe how much time has passed and how much my life has changed since.

Also, within the year of my father's death, another supportive and loving man in my life, who also means very much to me, my step-father, was diagnosed with a blood cancer too. This was just so much to bear all at once. However, I am happy to report that my step-father is a cancer survivor. Thank goodness.

Over the years, I have often been involved with charitable causes volunteering my time and services mostly in honor of people who were still living, battling or having survived disease. Let's just say that death and survival led me to explore a cause I had never thought to take part in and one where loss played a significant role in shaping my future.

These very close-to-home personal experiences with cancer led me to The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. I was especially intrigued by an aspect of the organization called Team in Training. This facet of the organization coaches people to train for endurance events such as cycling centuries, marathons and triathlons. And, you don't have to be an athlete to join and succeed. These events are not races. For the cycling century, I signed up not even owning a decent bicycle and others had not ridden more than just a few miles at a time.

I signed up, teary-eyed, ready to embark on a journey involving training for months for a one-day 100-mile bike ride in hilly Lake Tahoe while also raising necessary funds for blood-related cancers.

While I sensed that this experience would be impactful I didn't envision it would change my life forever.

On the first day of training for what seemed like an arduous task, and it was, I happened to meet great people who had stories to tell as well. Many of these people are now life-long friends. I was also most taken by one person in particular, not only because he was cute and looked good in spandex cycling shorts, but because he was a nice guy who also lost his father to a blood-related cancer. He was easy to talk to, and funny. We became friends. He helped me train. We flirted too. We fell in love. He held my hand while we crossed the finish line of OUR first century together. We married nearly two years later.

My husband Daniel and I went on to ride and fundraise further for this important cause near and dear to our hearts. Years later, when I was in my first trimester of pregnancy, Sarah and I went out to cheer Daddy on all along the 100-mile route via car and on foot.

Sarah arrived early the next year. Since her arrival I have seen the most amazing change in Daniel as he became a daddy. He continues to be my best friend, has since become an adoring and doting father, still remains the funny person he is, and is a loving and compassionate husband. Despite our sad life losses, we have been brought together, likely from a conspiracy above, to build new life and love, and created our own new family.

Happy Father's day to all the special men in my life here now, and who have since passed on, and to all the dads in this world. Know your role in life is significant.

In honor of Father's Day, to those who are cancer survivors, and in memory of those whose lives have been lost to these terrible diseases, please join me in donating time or funds, if you can,; however much you are able, to The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Reminder: Please Nominate My Blog

This blog post is a reminder that there are five days left to nominate Mommy's Point of View for the ParentsConnect contest.

I am re-writing to you my wonderful readers and supporters to ask you a favor.

Recently, I was entered into a contest for ParentsConnect to hopefully win recognition as a new, up-and-coming mommy blogger for my blog Mommy's Point of View.

It would be so exciting and rewarding to know the support I have in you as my readers, followers and friends to help me achieve this next milestone in my journey as a writer, parenting blogger and educator.

If you wouldn't mind, please visit the following link below and scroll down to my picture and name and click on the word NOMINATE for Mommy's Point of View. You have to sign up for the site in order to be able to vote. The more votes I have the greater my chances are of winning this auspicious title, thanks to you.

http://www.parentsconnect.com/parents-picks/best-parenting-blogs

Thank you in advance for your support. I really do appreciate it.

And, I look forward to continuing to share life's trials and tribulations regarding parenting here at Mommy's Point of View and providing you what you most crave in parenting topics and important issues filled with fun, laughter, tears, and support.

Thanks again.

Cleaning House: Green and Non-Toxic

This is my week to praise products I have been so incredibly happy with. And, no, I have not been paid by any company to write this blog post. I am truly a happy customer wanting to share my experience to help you.

It's also time for another mommy admission.

I am not a clean freak. (Sorry Mom. Why didn't I develop this gene from you?)

My daughter is approaching two and a half and only recently did I finally wake up to the fact that it's really important to use safe cleaning products in our home especially considering that little hands are touching many surfaces all around the home.

I will say that all of my existing cleaning products, those filled with harsh chemicals, are indeed behind gated doors and cabinets; however, they are not safe for children.

With seeing so many green products on the market I decided it was time to start researching and looking into what were best recommendations. As part of my search, I found online at Diapers.com a product line they sell called Babyganics. All, and I mean all, of their products are green, and non-toxic. I have not seen other green products on the market that can boast this non-toxic label.

So, instead of beating myself up about what I have not done to date as far as the right cleaning products in my home, I decided to take action and make a change moving forward.

While green products do tend to cost a bit more than the average I have to say the prices of Babyganics prices are worth it. Also, as in my experience with Diapers.com, you can find coupons every so often to help bring the price down.

For me, I feel tremendous confidence and comfort in the products now cleaning my home. I have come to realize that clean doesn't have to have an ammonia-like smell. Unscented products that are non-toxic, if heaven forbid ingested, do a quality job cleaning up stains and spills, and are safe.

Since using The Grime Fighter and Floors to Adore products I have been so much more comfortable when food falls off Sarah's plate onto the table, or sometimes the floor (yes, this does happen), and she puts it into her mouth. I also feel more comfortable when Sarah is in the tub thanks to Babyganics' Tub and Tile Cleaner, which is easy to use.


One aspect of the product that what a huge coo for me too, once I started using it, is the fact that when you spray the nozzle a good amount of product comes out and the stream covers a good amount of surface. Sometimes you only need one squirt.

I highly recommend Babyganics products. I even just processed another order last night on Diapers.com and got a buy one get one free offer for purchasing at least two other like products. I was very happy about this.

Clean and be safe.

Toddler Loving Kickboard Mini Scooter

There are many toys on the market for children that are not one size fits all. Some kids have longer legs than average while others have longer torsos. And, some products are not labeled correctly as to who the product is really best suited for.

In our case, Sarah has some ride on toys that are just not ready for her to ride yet despite the packaging saying she is well over the age limit to start. My somewhat tall toddler doesn't have long legs and; therefore, hasn't quite been able to reach the pedals on her trike/big wheel and it's been too hard for her to push the pedals for more than a few rounds on her tricycle.

Thus, wanting so much for her to have a toy that she can ride on and play with outdoors, I was on the hunt.

The good news, great news actually, is that I didn't have to hunt too hard. Fortunately, I came across a scooter by Kickboard USA. The product came rolling into my view thanks to one of Sarah's friends. At the same age as Sarah, I was so impressed by her friend whizzing around the neighborhood and with such ease that I had to look into it further.

I will say that I have been somewhat skeptical about scooters generally, especially for kids. They just seem dangerous. Then I started to pay closer attention to the kids in the neighborhood on all their different types of scooters and noticed some kids were not able manage their scooters well. However, for the scooters made by Kickboard USA I saw something different. These kids had greater comfort and control of this piece of machinery and my thoughts started to change.

At first I tried to see if there were any deals online since the scooter is on somewhat of the pricey side compared to other similar products. And, knowing how quickly our kids go through toys as they age I was hesitant to plunk down the nearly $80 for the possibility that Sarah may not like it or use it for a little while and then move on to something else.

Because Sarah's safety is the most important to me, and the warm weather is here, I decided to research the product further. The consumer feedback around this product, not just on the company’s website but other retailers as well, is glowing. I was most impressed when people said they bought other scooters and then later purchased a Kickboard.

We are now the proud owner of a Kickboard USA mini scooter and love it. I highly recommend this product for toddlers. My daughter is approaching two and a half and the product boasts a target age range of 3-5 year olds.

We are very, very pleased with this product. I have been talking about it in the playground and with other moms especially as Sarah gains greater control of her new, fun, favorite toy. Kickboard USA has created a quality piece of machinery and something I feel comfortable with my daughter riding. I do suggest though that you also invest in a helmet, without question, and also knee pads. There have been occasional falls when Sarah gets too excited and speeds up and the extra protection has been well worth it.

Enjoy getting around town on new wheels with your kids.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Haiku: What Matters Most to Me

I came across something this week asking what do I care about and what matters most to me. The catch was, how can I convey this in ten words or less. I chose to write a haiku. I managed to get it to twelve words and still feel it's powerful and succinct.

What matters most to me?

Husband and daughter
Love, happiness and good health
They’re what matters most

What matters most to you?

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Children Mimic Us: Be Careful What You Say

During the first two years of a child’s life, especially with regards to language and vocabulary, they learn by osmosis. All the people our children are surrounded by contribute to their language development so early on. Children can pick up habits and language quickly and so much more just by watching and listening to us. For things we don’t want our children to do or say we need to be that much more cognizant of our actions and words.

Many times when our children mimic something we say or do it’s cute or adorable and then we laugh about it. Sometimes, not realizing our children are within an ear reach of us, can copy something we say or do that we wish they would not.

This is especially true for the language we communicate and the way that we treat people. After a long day, stressful time or challenging moment, we may say or do something not realizing our children are around or think that our little ones will forget.

Well, forget, is unlikely.

Since having my daughter I have been much more aware of my language and what I communicate. However, on occasion whenever there has been a stressful moment or a really funny moment with friends and family I might slip up.

As a parent I have taken greater responsibility, especially around my child, not to convey words that I would not want her to say. It is my responsibility, along with my husband, to educate her as best as possible and to provide a good example for her.

And, if your child is anything like mine, a young child’s memory is incredible. What my daughter remembers blows my mind sometimes. Things she remembers from days, weeks or months past still come back into current conversations. So, I have become that much more careful with what I speak and how I convey it.

The same goes true for words that are not technically profane. A good example is the word “stupid.” I absolutely hate this word. The only thing this word accomplishes is to make people feel insecure, uncomfortable, incapable or unable. For people with thick skins this word might roll off their back. My job as a parent is to not only to help my child to grow with confidence, especially should she ever, ever be called this name or worse, but also to teach her that it’s not nice to use this word with others.

Personally, I believe that the word “stupid” needs to be removed from our language all together. While I know that will not happen I will do my best to ensure that my daughter tries not to use this word or convey it to someone else. While I can’t prevent others from using this word around her I will do my best to help Sarah sees why it’s not nice and can hurt people’s feelings.

Recently, I invited, as a guest to Mommy's Point of View to share her ideas on parenting, fellow mom Jennifer Bright Reich, writer, co-founder and editorial director, Momosa Publishing LLC, who manages the blog The MommyMD Guides and now add author as well of her first book The Mommy MD Guide to Pregnancy and Birth.

While I have not yet read her book, I did ask her to share some of her ideas she would like to communicate to parents and it just so happens she had something to say, too, about the word “stupid.”

“We don’t say stupid!” proclaimed Jennifer’s four-year-old son Tyler once during a moment of play. It appears that he overheard her talking with a friend saying this very same thing, and he repeated it. Jennifer said “I didn’t even realize Tyler was paying attention! Tyler looked to be completely absorbed in playing...yet, apparently he was paying attention.”

Jennifer and her husband adopted a zero-tolerance policy for use of this word. Also, any time the word was communicated by her two children she calmly replied, “We don’t say ‘stupid.” Amazingly, this approach worked for Jennifer and her family. Her children have since dropped this word from their vocabulary and are even “quick to point out to family and friends” that they should not say this word either. Jennifer further emphasized, “It is amazing to me how much these little pitchers have big ears even when they don’t appear to be listening.”

Therefore, from my advice and from Jennifer, let’s be extra careful in the language we communicate, especially when we are around our children. We may not think that our kids can hear us even if they are out of sight in another room or if they are distracted by a toy or something else. We need to be alert and on our toes and aware that all we say can indeed be picked up by little ears.

Thanks Jennifer for contributing as a guest on Mommy’s Point of View. And, congratulations on your new book.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Child Proofing: An Ongoing Process

When I woke up this morning I thought it was strange and odd that Sarah was not talking in her room as much as she usually does at this time of early play. When I started to hear her move around more and more without talking I started to get suspicious.

And, suspicious is exactly what I should have been indeed.

I walked into her room slowly, and she was standing, more so hiding, inside her portable, canvas play house. Then I noticed that she had a black marker spot on her foot and was standing way too quietly.

Then, I looked around the room and noticed that Sarah managed to climb to the top of her changing table, which is attached to the wall with screws, and saw that she managed to get her hands on the marker, might I add permanent, for labeling her clothes in a jiffy amongst other things we use for diaper changes. All of this was located on a shelf on the wall way up high from the floor.

What happened next I was not planning to expect. As I lifted the house over Sarah's head there she stood face and knees covered in black permanent marker. She managed to scribble all over her knees and across her beautiful face.

I looked around further to see where else the markings may have landed and breathed a little more easy thankful that it did not land on her furniture, stuffed animals, toys, books, carpet, etc. It's very likely that as the days progress I may find some markings that are currently hidden that I can’t find now.

After taking a really big deep breath I said to myself that the changing table was officially done and soon to be gone. It needed to be moved from Sarah's room for good. While we use it much for storage and the occasional diaper change now that Sarah is learning to potty train it's not worth the risk of injury and such to keep it in there.

I then knelt down to Sarah and began to explain mommy’s upset by what she did, kept my composure and did not yell. In this moment, and many more there after, I realized that she is only two-years-old and doesn’t know better. We have to know that as much as our children are bright and growing they are still children and still active mischievous and explorative. So, getting mad in this instance was going to do her and me no good. I have to honest, had the marker landed in other spots of her room and on her belongings I might have been way more upset.

I then proceeded to scrub and scrub to get as much of the marker off of her body. Fortunately, what's on Sarah’s face as far as marker goes is much, much less and almost gone. As far as her knees goes I can't say the same. It looks like now she now has bruises on her knees. There will be many baths in the coming days to scrub further to remove.

As parents it is imperative we proof the space our children play and sleep in for safety reasons so they don't harm themselves in any way. And, since we know our child better than anyone we must check on these spaces often to make sure they continue to be safe as they grow and further explore.

For me, knowing how much Sarah is a monkey or future trapeze artist there is no way moving forward her changing table can remain in her room unless I develop some carpentry skills to attach doors to the front or buy a new piece of furniture. So, for now, the table is out and another round of proofing for precaution has been done.

What a great way to start the day. Ugh.

Let's continue to keep our monkeys safe.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Managing Sick Kids on Workdays

For dual-income families raising one or more children it can sometimes be tough when kids get sick on a work day. Not all working parents have flexibility to take-off from work and need to find other means for daycare and back-up options for ill children if they are unable to work at or stay home.

My husband Daniel is a freelance technology expert and writer and works from home. And I, fortunately, work for a company that has a great understanding for parents in situations like this and also work a type of job, public/media relations, which enables me to do all that I need to from my home computer and phone.

Together, Daniel and I tag team to care for our daughter Sarah on days when she's home sick. We work around each others deadlines and work assignments to make the most of the situation.

Any parent knows, nothing is etched in stone no matter how hard we try to plan. We need to be flexible as best as possible. Thankfully, with our employers, their understanding is valuable in these unexpected and unfortunate situations.

To add to this, I have previously written posts on this site about kids and television watching and believe that children should be limited to how much television they are exposed to. However, on sick days, this theory for us goes out the window.

Yep. I admit to the fact that on sick days Sarah gets a whole lot more television watching than usual especially when work and clients needs must be addressed and assignments completed. Fortunately, I can work early in the morning, late at night or by her bedside on my laptop, if necessary, to get what needs to get done.

While television has become a necessary evil I have also realized something else too that's interesting and helpful. If you were to see Sarah when she is sick (e.g., cold, fever) you would never know it outside of symptoms of coughing, temperature spikes or appetite loss. She is often one of the happiest and most active sick kids you will ever see. Therefore, she doesn't rest much on days when she is sick. Sometimes, sitting her in front of the television on these sick days almost gives her the rest she wouldn't otherwise get that her body needs but her mind tells her otherwise.

It's just not worth beating myself up as a parent for voluntarily exposing Sarah to too much television on days when she is home ill and Daniel and I have to work. On these days too, when I am working from home Sarah wants to spend even more time with me and television helps to ease her frustration by comforting her when my attention needs to be elsewhere.

Thanks to my employer and the clients my husband represents for enabling us to care for our child when she is ill.

As parents, sometimes we have to do what we have to do to comfort our kids. And, since money doesn't grow on trees, and we need to make a living to provide for our families, a bit more television than usual hopefully will not change things too much in these infrequent situations and not impact her development. Instead, hopefully it will provide our sick little ones the rest and comfort they need and require while they recuperate.

Halloween Candy for the Troops

While we all recover from over indulging in too much candy during Halloween, still the candy is in our homes staring at us willing us to...