« Septembering | Main | Randomly Yours »

September 23, 2022

Comments

Feed You can follow this conversation by subscribing to the comment feed for this post.

DrumMajor Linda in Kansas

Maybe instead of talking with John, find one of those charts or chapters from a child development book that explains the usual patterns. Then he can see with your educator knowledge, that it's not just a dynamic between family members.
Jeepers, do daycare kids not see kids being picked up very often? Maybe they were sizing you up to join your household!
Older Daughter should open that bakery!
Ok, having raised a boy by myself: you need a cardboard chart on the back of the bathroom door. Each time he goes, he gets a gold star. I couldn't find stars at the time and found foil dots. He was delighted to get a "potty dot" and choose the color of foil dot and placed it on the cardboard wherever he wanted. (My parents came to visit one time, and my son watched his Grandpa shave, and use the toilet. My son came running out exclaiming, "Mommy, Mommy, Grandpa needs a potty dot!")
I found some little pieces of paper called Tinkle Targets, made by "The Little White House" company. Not sure if they're still in business. For $5, it had several little pieces of paper, printed with animals, cows, sailboats, with the red concentric circles like a bull's eye pattern. When they are TALL enough, (so little boys don't slam the ring down on their penis...) place a target floating on the water. The boy aims as he tinkles to sink the target. They are flushable, one time use pieces. My friends said they needed some Tinkle Targets for their husbands! Good luck! Linda in Kansas

Musings

I did what Linda in Kansas did with the chart and stars for my granddaughter who was resistant to potty training with her mother. I also rewarded her with teeny little cookies when she got a certain amount of stars. And I had her wear "big girl panties" instead of diapers so she'd feel it if she made a mistake. Oh.... and I gave her lots of her favorite beverage to drink. :-) She was trained in a week as far as peeing went. Pooing took a little longer.

October already? Wow!

Maureen

Oh your weather forecast looks nice. We had a high of 55 today and it seemed too brisk, too soon! Get those bike rides in while you can. You daughter is quite the baker. I'd be lost without Pillsbury pie crusts.

Doug M

Those quiche looked so tasty, Margaret how do you keep your figure? Secondly, I thought that was a sweet picture of you and OD until I read the text and realized what I was really looking at. Too funny! But sweet too. 😄👍

AC

John’s gd certainly seems either borderline autistic or developmentally challenged or even both. I hope she is loved and will have a good life.

Your daughter seems to be an amazing cook. I can’t fathom not using pre-made pie crust. Lol

We’ve gotten close to frost here, but I think ink temperatures will begin to return to something closer to normal later today. Unfortunately, our biking has lapsed. Sue is back to exercise class twice a week, so she doesn’t need it as much and. . . . Well … I haven’t thought to do it on my own since it is something that we do together.

Arkansas Patti

Wonder if the 4 year old has a hearing problem? That would affect her speech.
Smiling at your new potty training job. Linda had some good suggestions. As for the tinkle targets, I know some grown men who could benefit from those and would have fun with them:)

Debbie

I can't remember the last time I made my own pie crust! I agree with Patti on the hearing, although I assume she probably had a newborn hearing screen after birth? Things can change though and that would be a good place to start investigating. It may help John immensely if you give him a little nudge...
I had to laugh at the potty picture and the offer of toilet paper for meme!

Pixie

Just talk to John about your concerns, and his, about his granddaughter. She needs early intervention.

Those quiche look wonderful. I find making pie crust to be a pain in the butt, but I have discovered olive oil crust which requires no rolling out, just press into the pan, very easy.

Susan

Your daughter's quiche looks amazing. Working full time, raising a child and cooking from scratch...all combined says, "Super Woman." N wanting you to be part of his potty training is no surprise as you are a VIP in his life. I suspect he will train up in no time. For my son, the lure of no diapers and big boy pants accelerated the training. That said, once he was watching Sesame Street while I was dressing for work. When I walked in to the TV room, I found him peeing into my potted palm tree. What? He said he did not want to miss Big Bird and Ernie. I guess that still amounts to fully trained!

Anne@HeadFullofBooks

Potty training is something else. Rita helped Ian by using the easy to get the pants down method which often involved no pants. It was hilarious.

Jenni Elyse

I understand why you're anxious about talking to John. I have several friends with advanced intellect children and others with not so advanced kids. It's very hard not to compare parenting styles and other environmental factors.

Ed

I rarely purchase pie crusts. Usually they are reserved for when we have to make several pies which will be given away for various reasons, but none to friends or family. Pie crust is so easy to make and tastes so much better, plus can be made days ahead of time so it is always in our home consumed pies.

The comments to this entry are closed.

My Photo

December 2022

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
        1 2 3
4 5 6 7 8 9 10
11 12 13 14 15 16 17
18 19 20 21 22 23 24
25 26 27 28 29 30 31

My corner of the Universe



Book Club Reads

  • Garmus, Bonnie: Lessons in Chemistry: A Novel

    Garmus, Bonnie: Lessons in Chemistry: A Novel
    4 1/2 stars for this quirky, emotional, sad, joyful, fascinating read about chemistry, relationships and life. I don't know how it will work in a Book Club discussion, but I didn't want it to end. It was cheesy and unrealistic at times yet somehow emotionally fulfilling as well. (****)

  • Perkins-Valdez, Dolen: Take My Hand

    Perkins-Valdez, Dolen: Take My Hand
    This beautifully written and intricate book is my first 5 (or 4 1/2) star read for quite a while. It was powerful and filled with fascinating and well-developed characters. I even liked the ending! Jumping between two time periods isn't my favorite style, but the author handled it masterfully. (*****)

  • Haigh, Jennifer: Mercy Street: A Novel

    Haigh, Jennifer: Mercy Street: A Novel
    4 for the writing which was excellent, and 4 for the characters who were interesting and well-developed. 2 for the non-existent plot. The ending of the book left me extremely dissatisfied. Sadly, there are no discussion questions for it which might force me to reflect on the book's messages. (***)

  • Slocumb, Brendan: The Violin Conspiracy

    Slocumb, Brendan: The Violin Conspiracy
    A solid 3 1/2 stars for me, but a disappointment in general. As a former violinist myself, I was excited about the topic. I love mysteries which was what this novel was billed as. (not much of one and very predictable) I found the writing sophomoric and rather repetitive; the topics of slavery and underrepresentation of POC in classical music were compelling though. As always, I'm hoping for an excellent discussion at BC. (***)

  • Tyler, Anne: French Braid: A novel

    Tyler, Anne: French Braid: A novel
    I can see why some might not enjoy this book (not much plot), but I liked Tyler's writing, the complexity of the characters and the storytelling. Families are like a French Braid; you can never really be free of them since "the ripples are crimped in forever." I'm hoping our BC discussion will be enlightening and personal. (***)

  • See, Lisa: The Island of Sea Women: A Novel

    See, Lisa: The Island of Sea Women: A Novel
    Although it wasn't perfect (sometimes hard to follow the timelines), this book was fascinating on a personal, historical and cultural level. I learned so much while suffering through the tragedies and celebrating the joys of the characters. I'm hoping for an insightful discussion at Book Club, as this novel deserves. (*****)

  • Whitehead, Colson: Harlem Shuffle: A Novel

    Whitehead, Colson: Harlem Shuffle: A Novel
    Extremely well-written, atmospheric and full of fascinating characters and history. Being a mystery reader, I would have preferred more plot though. If you haven't read Whitehead before, I recommend "The Nickel Boys" instead. Fortunately, the book seems like it will elicit a decent discussion. (****)

  • Klune, TJ: The House in the Cerulean Sea

    Klune, TJ: The House in the Cerulean Sea
    This book was hard to rate (***1/2): heartwarming, yet cheesy and predictable. Imaginative, but also preachy. It reads like a YA novel. There were some wonderful characters if you enjoy fantasy. I think it will be nearly impossible to discuss as a Book Club read. (***)

  • Towles, Amor: The Lincoln Highway: A Novel

    Towles, Amor: The Lincoln Highway: A Novel
    This is a exquisitely crafted book and extremely well-written. I didn't always like the way it jumped from one person to another, especially when I was very engaged in the last story. It didn't turn out the way I wanted it to, but the ending was also beautiful in its own painful way. 4 1/2 stars. (*****)

  • Wang, Qian Julie: Beautiful Country: A Memoir

    Wang, Qian Julie: Beautiful Country: A Memoir
    Although it had some fascinating and illuminating moments, this memoir of a young Chinese immigrant facing poverty and prejudice was ultimately a let down. Part of it was the writing and lack of proofreading(too many grammar mistakes) while the rest related to my confusion about whether I admired or disliked the author. She was often mean and dishonest. Much of the time I didn't find her sympathetic. (***)