Tuesday, December 22, 2009


Lately Little R has sure been difficult. He has been talking like a baby, yelling a ton, hitting, crying non stop,testing my patience constantly, and just down right being a STINKER.
I keep wondering,
"Is this Normal? Is this a phase he is going through?
What is going on with this little 3 year old? "

Have you ever wondered if what your TODDLER is doing is considered NORMAL?

Hopefully, I am not alone on this. Well I was put at ease at his check-up at the doctors office last week. I was given a sheet with NORMAL DEVELOPMENT for a 3 year old.
And I discovered that what little R was doing was NORMAL BEHAVIOR!!! (For the most part)

Here is a list of all of the different types of development that I found rather reassuring, and rather hilarious at the same time.

Physical Development:
*May stumble and fall often.
*Undresses self, but needs help with dressing.

Emotional Development:
*Cries and hits at times.
*Quickly switches from shyness to high spirits and back again.
*May want to be a baby at times.

Social Development:
*Seeks approval from adults.
*Shares and takes turns OCCASIONALLY.
*Quarrels with other children.

Mental Development:
*Has attention span of no more than a FEW minutes.

Written by Donna Warner Manczak, PhD, MPH and Robert Brayden, MD

Way to go little R, you are well on your way to be a NORMAL little 3 year old.

Proud mother moment!!!

Monday, December 7, 2009

Christmas Tree and Wreath

Happy Holidays

Are you feeling like your house is a little low on the holiday decoration side? Well here are two cute kid crafts that you can instantly hang up to add to your home holiday decor.

(They really turned out this cute,
and they were made by two toddler boys,
who knew boys could be so crafty???)

Christmas Tree

1-Find some green scrapbook paper
2-Cut out a pattern of a Christmas Tree
3- Cut out a yellow star for the top
4- Cut out circles or any other shape for the ornament.
5-Let your toddler glue on each piece wherever they see fit.

***I used wrapping paper that already had circles on it.
The paper was shimmery and added something fun.
We hung little R's tree on the back of our front door. He was so excited to hang it up himself.

Christmas Wreath

1-Cut the inside of a paper plate off, so you have a nice circle to work with.

2- Use some branches from your Christmas tree or nearby forest to use to glue to your wreath. This should not be too hard to find if you live in my neck of the woods. :)

3- Use Elmer's glue and let your toddler glue those branches on. This glue takes a while to dry but works really well to hold the pieces on to the paper plate.

4- Once your branches are dry, hot glue on a crafty bow.

5- Add a little Merry Christmas sign for some color, just glue it to the back of your wreath.

6- Hang it up on your toddlers door:)
Happy Holiday Crafting!