Posts about Harmonious Home Life


Adjusting to Baby

Dear Miss Faith,  My 27mo has had lots of changes in the weeks since our new baby was born, with Daddy home for three weeks, then Grandma staying with us.  Now it's back to the "new normal" of me, him, and baby, and we're having a really hard time.  He's testing non-stop, doing things I've asked him not to or that he knows he's not supposed to do; he's also generally sort of … [Read more...]

Dinnertime for Working Parents

Dear Miss Faith, My husband and I both work full time.  My husband picks our 2.5yo daughter up from daycare, and I'm cooking when they get home.  I've noticed that she really needs some time to snuggle on the couch right when she gets home, so I switch off with my husband.  This is all fine.  The problem comes when it's time to go to the table, she doesn't want to--she just … [Read more...]

Dinner Prep with Preschoolers

Success!  One mom shares: "When I get home from work I’m usually rushing around trying to get dinner together and end up feeling guilty because I’m not giving my boys attention after I’ve barely seen them all day. My 3.5yo used to be a bit more interested in helping me in the kitchen, but I think I turned him off by being too results-oriented. Lately he’s been saying no every … [Read more...]

Peaceful Car Trips

Dear Miss Faith, My 3.5 year old son gets upset when we're driving and I turn or even change lanes, but he has decided that he doesn't want me to.  I've tried being light-hearted and turning it into a game, and I've tried "I'm the driver and I'm in charge," but nothing seems to be breaking the pattern.  What can I do? Dear Mama, This definitely sounds like a who's-in-charge … [Read more...]

Collecting & Dumping Toys

Dear Miss Faith, My 2.9 y.o. girl loves to make "nests" in every room of our house. This is something I would normally be fine with, and in fact I recall doing something similar as a child, but my darling girl likes to pile all her puzzles, wooden food, toy trains, stuffed animals, pillows, books, and even the comforters off our beds! I love that she's engaged and playing by … [Read more...]

3yo Pretending to be Sick

Dear Miss Faith, My 3 yo was really sick last week for about 5 days. During that period some of the rules were broken (like: she watched lots of cartoons… Drunk her chocolate milk with no breakfast… Etc).  Now it’s very hard to bring her back to the “old regime”… She keeps saying that she is sick just because of the benefits she got.  Any advice here?!…. Thanks!!!! Dear … [Read more...]

Help Your 3yo Sleep Alone

Dear Miss Faith, My daughter is 3.5 and very independent during the day, but very clingy/needy at night.  She falls asleep fine, but comes into our room in the middle of the night and nobody gets much sleep after that.  My husband and I have "solved" this by having one of us sleeping in her room each night, but we're ready to be done with this and feel that she could be ready, … [Read more...]

Afternoon Schedule for Preschoolers

Dear Miss Faith, My 4yo twins have recently started preschool and they come home very tired each day.  Do you have some suggestions for a peaceful afternoon routine that would help us reconnect and give them some down time?  I have a 7-month-old as well so I can’t be with them every moment.  I’m trying to avoid TV and electronics. Dear Mama, School is generally so exciting … [Read more...]

Sibling Interactions Between Kids & Crawlers

Dear Miss Faith, I have a 9 month old who has just started really crawling and getting all up in her older sister's business. My 2.5 year old has started being really possessive of toys. I try to keep the baby from grabbing things from her when I can, but short of putting baby in a playpen all day I’m not really sure what to do! Dear Mama, Sibling interactions can be a … [Read more...]

Night Wakings & Falling Back to Sleep

Dear Miss Faith, My 2.5yo daughter has never been a great sleeper, but lately she’s started waking up multiple times per night.  We’ve been day-weaned for awhile, but she still wants her “mommy pacifier” at night and I usually give in, cause I’m so tired.  But I’m feeling resentful and something needs to change.  We’re both exhausted! Dear Mama,           Big hugs to you!  … [Read more...]

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