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Forum: The Childhood Years   05-13-2014, 06:09 PM
Replies: 8
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Posted By kanani
I have two daughters, almost 3yo and 5 mo, and...

I have two daughters, almost 3yo and 5 mo, and I've been totally stressing about how I'm going to teach/project/model good body image for them in the coming years. I didn't have great body...
Forum: Life with a Toddler   05-13-2014, 05:14 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 445
Posted By kanani
Ugh. That sounds awful...

Ugh. That sounds awful...
Forum: Life with a Toddler   05-11-2014, 05:06 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 249
Posted By kanani
Quote:Originally Posted by...

Quote:Originally Posted by bruna http://www.mothering.com/img/forum/go_quote.gif (http://www.mothering.com/community/t/1401670/assertiveness-and-the-gentle-toddler#post_17625715)

I must say that...
Forum: Life With a Baby   05-11-2014, 04:30 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 235
Posted By kanani
Thanks for the commiseration and support! I...

Thanks for the commiseration and support! I think you're right about the routine going out the window at this stage, Cynthiamoon... That is definitely part of my frustration. It wasnt an issue with...
Forum: The Childhood Years   05-08-2014, 05:48 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 307
Posted By kanani
Hugs. I would stop trying to make her happy. It...

Hugs. I would stop trying to make her happy. It sounds like she's going through a long rough patch with this adjustment. I wonder if she is worried that if she "acts happy/satisfied" you'll stop...
Forum: Life with a Toddler   05-08-2014, 04:48 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 249
Posted By kanani
My daughter is similarly gentle, and when she...

My daughter is similarly gentle, and when she was around 12-24mo, I noticed that other kids would take stuff from her or push by her. Over time (shes nearly 3) she seems to have gotten more...
Forum: Life With a Baby   05-07-2014, 03:30 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 237
Posted By kanani
http://www.mothering.com/content/type/61/id/33134...

http://www.mothering.com/content/type/61/id/331346/width/200/height/400/flags/LL (http://www.mothering.com/content/type/61/id/331346/)

One other thing:
We opted to build a toy bin like this. It...
Forum: Life With a Baby   05-06-2014, 10:17 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 237
Posted By kanani
We made quite a few changes when we had kids...

We made quite a few changes when we had kids too. It was a lifestyle shift, and some items have really made things easier.

Got a couch from Ikea that has a removable slip cover that can be...
Forum: Life With a Baby   05-06-2014, 09:47 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 235
Posted By kanani
DD2 just hit the 5mo mark, and I forgot how...

DD2 just hit the 5mo mark, and I forgot how difficult this time can be. Working on new skills like crawling, and she just can't calm her body down to sleep when she's tired. No longer content in her...
Forum: Gentle Discipline   05-06-2014, 04:51 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 381
Posted By kanani
Hugs. I remember being pretty pregnant and...

Hugs. I remember being pretty pregnant and worried about my daughter bolting during a meltdown and/or me not being able to physically restrain her when she had a tantrum on the street. It was just...
Forum: Life with a Toddler   05-05-2014, 05:10 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 100
Posted By kanani
For hiking, I like the deuter 3. Works great for...

For hiking, I like the deuter 3. Works great for my 35lb daughter when she starts to get tired, and it holds snacks and stuff.
Forum: Life with a Toddler   05-04-2014, 08:40 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 269
Posted By kanani
I try not to book too many things for my...

I try not to book too many things for my soon-to-be-3yo... She doesnt do daycare or any weekly classes/activities. But maybe twice a week we'll have a play date or outing in the morning with...
Forum: Gentle Discipline   04-26-2014, 06:15 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 544
Posted By kanani
I have an almost three year old and a five month...

I have an almost three year old and a five month old. The transition to having a new baby in the family was difficult for dd1, and we had a lot of meltdowns like the ones described here. We also had...
Forum: Life with a Toddler   04-25-2014, 06:38 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 250
Posted By kanani
I remember this phase... missing it a little now...

I remember this phase... missing it a little now that we've progressed to the must-leave-things-out-cause-I'm-still-using-them (-for-a-week) phase.
Forum: Life with a Toddler   04-25-2014, 06:31 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 152
Posted By kanani
Yes! My three year old rarely has a bath now,...

Yes! My three year old rarely has a bath now, and she used to love them. At some point around 18 months she started to fear the tub, specifically the drain (because the water disappears down it)....
Forum: Life with a Toddler   04-25-2014, 06:20 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 682
Posted By kanani
Big hugs. I agree that what you're going through...

Big hugs. I agree that what you're going through is probably normal... My oldest was always sensitive/gentle but my younger one is only four months and has a grip and a punch you wouldn't believe!...
Forum: Life with a Toddler   04-25-2014, 05:49 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 139
Posted By kanani
My older daughter is akmost three and sounds...

My older daughter is akmost three and sounds very similar to yours. I know that feeling of "should I be doing something else? Or, is this because I'm with her too much?" But I've come to the...
Forum: Stay at Home Parents   04-15-2014, 07:06 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 364
Posted By kanani
We deal with this with my older daughter as well...

We deal with this with my older daughter as well (2.5), especially since my husband started taking Wednesdays off and working four ten-hour days. I think our expectations are clear when it is just...
Forum: Life With a Baby   04-11-2014, 02:58 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 451
Posted By kanani
My oldest daughter needed to be latched and held...

My oldest daughter needed to be latched and held in order to nap through the first year of her life. We worked on it slowly, as I felt more and more frustrated about it as she got older. But not...
Forum: Organize & Declutter   03-17-2014, 04:31 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 434
Posted By kanani
I have an "art cart" for my daughter. It is a...

I have an "art cart" for my daughter. It is a small blue cart from Ikea that has three levels. The top is play dough and tools, the middle has jars with writing and drawing tools, glue and scissors,...
Forum: Organize & Declutter   12-08-2013, 02:53 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 370
Posted By kanani
so this was my approach when we downsized our...

so this was my approach when we downsized our stuff: first, i cleared some "mental space" by attacking the low-hanging fruit. i just walked around the room and tossed all the stuff that was...
Forum: Life With a Baby   12-08-2013, 01:51 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 239
Posted By kanani
I'm in the same boat and subbing for ideas... my...

I'm in the same boat and subbing for ideas... my DD is 2.5 and her little sister was born a week ago. The first time around, we went super-minimal with the baby gear (no crib, play pen, bouncers,...
Forum: Life with a Toddler   11-25-2013, 01:31 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 138
Posted By kanani
My DD is 2.5 and will sometimes hit and kick....

My DD is 2.5 and will sometimes hit and kick. For her it is often a sign of frustration more than aggression. I try to empathize and wrap her in a hug (while holding her hands)... I tell her that I...
Forum: Organize & Declutter   11-23-2013, 11:28 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 971
Posted By kanani
I also live in a home without much storage --...

I also live in a home without much storage -- just one small linen closet and two bedroom closets. No coat closet or pantry or cleaning closet. I second (or third) the recommendation to throw it all...
Forum: Stay at Home Parents   11-21-2013, 11:50 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 239
Posted By kanani
I agree with your list. It took me a while to...

I agree with your list. It took me a while to realize that staying home during the day didn't mean taking on responsibility for everything at home. I'm lucky to have a super supportive partner who...
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