How to Manipulate Your Children || On Thursdays I post from the vault. This post is from October 2008.

On Thursdays I post from the vault. This post is from October 2008.

We have one working tv in our house, and it’s in the middle of the living room. So when the kids get to watch tv, I have to listen to it. They usually get a half hour after naps, and they usually choose Little Bill or Backyardigans. I was just so not in the mood today. So I reached into my bag of psychological trips and offered Jafta the “forced choice”. It’s when you give your child the illusion they are choosing something, when in fact the options lead to one outcome. I wanted the outcome to be High School Musical. 🙂

So when Jafta woke up from his nap, I asked if he wanted to watch Oprah or High School Musical.

Guess what he chose? I got a break from preschool cartoons, and he was just happy he didn’t have to watch Oprah!

 

 

 

Wednesday’s Child: Shane and Asher

Every Wednesday I feature a child recently highlighted by a local Wednesday’s Child newscast to share the stories of children from around the country who are waiting for a family. My hope is that this can broaden exposure for the children highlighted, but also serve as a reminder that these children represent thousands of children currently in the foster-care system. Perhaps their stories will inspire you to consider opening your home to a child needing a family. For more information and to learn about other waiting children, visit AdoptUsKids.

 

                             

HAIR UPKEEP STRUGGLES, MORNING & EVENING RITUALS, AND FACIAL TONING DEVICES | SELFIE, EPISODE 57

Kristen gets her hair done and ponders why she struggles with upkeep, Sarah tries a facial toning deice, and we talk daily rituals – the things we do (or try to do) to start our day well, and the processes that help us unwind.

In this episode we talked about:

 

Taggerific || On Thursdays I post from the vault. This post is from October 2008.

On Thursdays I post from the vault. This post is from October 2008.

1. I brush my teeth and floss a lot. Some might call it obssessive.

2. I hate fish. I hate seeing them, I hate smelling them, I hate eating them. People are always offering me a bite of their entree and saying “try this, it’s not fishy”. And I always think it’s disgusting.

3. I start to go a little crazy when I haven’t been out of the US a few times a year. I don’t know why. Oh wait, yes I do. My dad is the same way.

4. I am the least athletic person ever. Ever. My head is a flying ball magnet.

5. I like to read Us Magazine more than I’d like to admit.

6. I was on Mickey Mouse Club when I was 12.

7. I know all the lyrics to Young MC’s Bust a Move, Sir Mix-A-Lot’s Baby Got Back, and Rob Base’s It Take Two. Yo.

I am tagging Ali, AndreaAnneBonnieDiane, and Andrew & Chad.

From skate gear to formal wear: how my teen boys clean up with style

This post is sponsored by Mirum in partnership with AXE and Walmart.

I love the social skills my boys learn in cotillion. But formal interactions and dancing with girls, as well as getting dressed up in formal-wear, can be intimidating for a tween. And shifting gears from dropping in on the half-pipe to learning the fox-trot can make any kid anxious. How do I help my boys go from skate-mode to gentleman-mode with style? Axe makes it easy with products and scents that make them feel confident.

Wednesday’s Child: Zoey

Every Wednesday I feature a child recently highlighted by a local Wednesday’s Child newscast to share the stories of children from around the country who are waiting for a family. My hope is that this can broaden exposure for the children highlighted, but also serve as a reminder that these children represent thousands of children currently in the foster-care system. Perhaps their stories will inspire you to consider opening your home to a child needing a family. For more information and to learn about other waiting children, visit AdoptUsKids.

Life Lately

Visiting a friend at @chocchildrens today and these hams somehow found a way to get on the air.

When you really want to make sure your kid is clear on your “do not use the hotspot” policy on their phone. #assholeparent

When your happy place is the same … Lea Michele and Darren Chris at @segerstromarts

Sunset skate @jaftahowerton

Ron Swanson in the house. #parksandrec

Wednesday is not here for your shenanigans.

 

                                                                                   Make sure to vote Leslie Knope!

#getoutthevote @officialamypoehler @amypoehlersmartgirls  #parksandrec

MAKING SPACE FOR YOUR OWN THOUGHTS: AN INTERVIEW WITH LISA LEONARD | SELFIE, EPISODE 56

Lisa Leonard talks with us about how she tries to make space every day to listen to her own thoughts, the psychological pull of “scrolling” and how she sets intentions around it, and how she is learning to identify her own needs and speak them out loud. Lisa has done some deep work into her own emotional triggers and shares that as well. We learned a lot from her!

In this episode we also talked about: