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After I potty trained my two oldest boys before the age of three with absolutely no issues, I thought I was an expert. Then number three came along, or Mayhem, as we lovingly refer to him. He has done an amazing job of teaching us that we are always learning and growing when it comes to parenting, and that we are not experts at anything.
Like with my oldest two, I started on the path to potty training at around two years old. But like most toddlers, he wanted nothing to do with anything that wasn’t his idea. After a lot of patience, persistence, and mini marshmallows, I can finally say that he is fully potty trained during the day. He’s got the routine down! However, we are still struggling with the nighttime accidents and bed-wetting, though we have found some ways to help make him more confident and have more dry nights and mornings.
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Even though it feels like Summer just started, I’m already in Back to School mode. It really sneaks up on you. I try to get ahead of myself and shop early for new wardrobes, shoes, and of course school supplies. I also start building up our Box Tops for Education collection, so we can bring them in when school starts again. We have been at the same school since my oldest was in Kindergarten, and I love how hard the PTA works to fund music and art programs that our kids wouldn’t have otherwise. I do everything I can to support them, and collecting Box Tops is one of the easiest ways to do it.
A new year of school brings on a lot of stress for me because my oldest has a lot of developmental issues, and although he functions well enough to be in a regular classroom, he can sometimes be difficult for a teacher with 30+ other kids to handle. After having a bad experience with one teacher, every year now I spend the first few weeks of school trying to get to know his new teacher, and helping the teacher get to know us, and making sure to be available for any issues that may arise before the first round of parent-teacher conferences. This year I’m going to be more proactive with a “Getting to Know Me” Back to School gift for the teacher.
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If you’ve been following me on Instagram, you might have noticed that we are currently on a mini vacation in Las Vegas. Fun Dad and I consider ourselves road trip professionals. It’s our favorite way to travel! This time around, Fun Dad had to work, so he drove out separately from me and drove home earlier. That means that I am doing the bulk of the driving with the kids all by myself.
Like I said, we’re pros. I’ve driven to other states by myself with the kids, and I’m sure I’ll do it again, but only because I’ve picked up some tips and tricks over the years that make every road trip smoother. Not only do I have a list of things that we always bring along, but I also have a list of things that have been banned from future trips.