How I Drink My Coffee On A Busy Morning

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You know that joke about how moms have to warm up their coffee like 10 times before they are able to actually drink it? It is so true. And with a toddler and being pregnant with another while also trying to get us all ready for a day at work and school, hot coffee just isn’t in the books very often. So on especially hectic mornings, I reach for a Dunkin’ Donuts Iced Coffee.

#ad On a hectic morning, I've started drinking iced coffee instead. Read about how it makes my mornings so much better! #IcedDunkinOnTheGo quirkyandthenerd.com

What to Do When Your Kid Has a Potty Mouth

The other night, Andrew was putting Mac to bed. He came into our room laughing and said

“She won’t stop calling me poop. I told her I liked it when she said nice things to me, like ‘I love you.’ So then she looked me straight in the eye and said, ‘I love you poop.'”

We definitely had a good laugh about it since she wasn’t around, but it made me realize I had to deal with the potty mouth already.

I work with 3-6 year olds. If I had to use one word to describe their sense of humor, it would be “bathroom.” Any sort of bathroom word can spur an entire lunch table to giggles. It doesn’t even have to be a joke. Simply saying “poop” or “fart” is enough for them to lose control. So what do you do about it? Well, there is one trick I’ve learned from co-workers that might not totally stop it, but certainly slows it down.

Bathroom humor. It is a stage all children will go through.  But how do you get them to stop? Well, here is one tip I picked up that may not stop potty mouth completely, but will help it happen less! quirkyandthenerd.com

Save Your Sanity During Toilet Training

The other day, I was commiserating with another toddler mom about the yucky underwear situation. Not to get too graphic, but the underwear that gets sent home a big mess and you either have to toss them out and buy new underwear all the time ($$$) or dunk and flush and dunk and flush and dunk and flush, hoping to get it clean enough to put in your washing machine without having to bleach the washer afterwards.

But I have one thing (a holdover from our cloth diapering days) that saves me money and is easier than the old dunk and flush routine.

Also, make sure you check out the one thing I was missing while toilet training. Once I figured it out and found something to help, it was smooth sailing.

There is one product that I recommend to absolutely every single mother who is toilet training their toddler. It will help save your sanity (and a lot of underwear!) Read about it at quirkyandthenerd.com

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The One Thing I Was Missing While Toilet Training

Let me just start off by saying I’ve helped toilet train dozens of children. I worked in the toddler room for four years (that’s where I learned to get your child a potty as soon as they can stand on their own) and spent a lot of time monitoring bathroom needs, setting timers, cleaning up accidents, and generally helping toddlers become successful toileters. So how come I was having so much trouble with my toddler using the toilet? The answer I found was surprising to say the least. (Also, if you are in the thick of toilet training, check out the one product I recommend to every single parent while they toilet train their children! It will save money and underwear.)

I have helped dozens of kids learn to use the toilet. So why was it so hard with my own kid? Once I realized the problem, boy was I surprised! Read about what it was and the one thing that helped me solve the problem. quirkyandthenerd.com

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Halloween Books for All Ages

If there is one thing I love, it is the holidays. For me, September through December is the best time of year! I used to be a strictly Christmas loving girl, but I have grown fond of Halloween too (probably because my husband and daughter love it too.)

The other day, my 2 year old daughter’s teacher asked the children what their favorite things about fall were. Most children mentioned the pretty leaves or going to the apple orchard. Mac simply said “Halloween!” And as she is following in my footsteps as a voracious reader, I decided to put together a list of fall and Halloween books for all ages.

(Usually for toddlers, I recommend books that are realistic, but as a holiday loving lady, I have been willing to bend to rules for fun, seasonal books as a sort of treat.)

I love Halloween and I love to read. Naturally I had to put together a list of Halloween books to read during the month of October. From toddlers to adults, there is something for everyone! quirkyandthenerd.com

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Power Struggles With Kids

And what if you don’t know you’re in one?

I can’t be the only parent who didn’t realize I was in a power struggle until I was firmly in the middle of it, right? I generally practice what I preach and I always say “Don’t get into a power struggle with your toddler.” And that was all well and good, until one day I realized I was already firmly entrenched in one.

I always say not to get in a power struggle with your toddler. Except then I found myself in one. So what did I do? Find out two things I did and a few ways to put an end to the power struggle. quirkyandthenerd.com

Of course, the onset was one of those bigger things that you aren’t supposed to make a big deal out of *facepalm.* Mac was working on toileting and while it generally was going well, there were times that weren’t. Without being too graphic, she simply wouldn’t do her business on the toilet despite the fact that she knew how and had done it before. It wasn’t really an “accident,” it was more of a “don’t care to do what I’m supposed to do.” And honestly, it felt like she was doing it to make me mad.

Now, of course that isn’t true. Part of the problem is that I was pregnant and didn’t like having to get down on the floor to clean up messes that felt so “unnecessary.” So between that and hormones, it became almost a battle of wills. Some days I would look back and think of what a terrible parent I had been to get so angry over an accident. I just couldn’t understand why she would seemingly choose to keep going in her underwear.

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My Easy Peasy, 15 Minute a Day Cleaning System

The last time we moved, we went from a small 2 bedroom, 1 1/2 bathroom townhouse to a 4 bedroom, 3 1/2 bathroom house. Talk about a lifestyle change! One thing that worried me was how I was going to keep my new, larger house clean. Let’s face it, I had trouble keeping the townhouse clean. What in the world was I gonna do with the extra square footage?

But then, I sat down a few days after moving in to brainstorm a cleaning schedule that would work and I came up with my East Peasy, 15 Minute a Day Cleaning System. I’m gonna be honest, I’ve been talking to a lot of people about it because I just can’t believe how simple it has been to keep my house clean! Read on to learn how to make your own Easy Peasy, 15 Minute a Day Cleaning System, why it has been working for me, and what I use that helps my cleaning happen so fast.

My easy peasy 15 minute a day cleaning system was so easy to put together. See how I did it and how I keep my house clean in only 15 minutes a day, even as a working mom. quirkyandthenerd.com

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Moving While Pregnant: The #1 Thing That Saved My Sanity

If there is something I never want to do again in my life, it would be moving houses. More specifically, it would be moving houses while pregnant. Granted I was “only” four months pregnant, but it was one of the most exhausting things I’ve ever done. Thankfully, my husband and I made a decision that saved my sanity and was worth every penny. Make sure you scroll down to read two tips we used to make this sanity saver even cheaper.

(If you’d like to read more about how I survived moving while pregnant, make sure you check out the ebook I wrote with 8 tips to survive moving while pregnant.)

Moving while pregnant is hard, but I found one thing that saved my sanity. Read all about it in this post plus get some money saving tips. quirkyandthenerd.com

How to Prepare Your Toddler for a Move

When we found out I was expecting our second child, we knew immediately we would need to move. We lived in a small townhouse and wanted to find a forever house before the new baby came. So we immediately set about selling our townhouse and looking for our next house.

One large concern, however, was how it would affect our toddler. After working with toddlers for so long, I knew how much large changes like a new house or new baby can throw them for a loop. Imagine my surprise that after having settled into our new house two months ago, my toddler has still not shown any large signs of being affected by our move. How did I do it? Read on for the 7 things I did to help my toddler settle in.

(And if you are moving while pregnant like I was, check out the ebook I wrote with the 8 tips that helped save my sanity!)

Moving to a new home with a toddler? It can be tough, but here are 7 tips to help prepare them for the move and settle them in once they are in the new house. quirkyandthenerd.com

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Secrets to Getting Your Kid to Listen to You

As a teacher, I have a front row seat to children misbehaving. Most of the time, I am in no way judging other parents. Kids get tired, they get sick, they have a bad day and they throw a fit or decide not to listen. It happens. But one thing that does bother me is when a kid doesn’t listen and you can tell this isn’t a one-off or a bad day. It is something that consistently happens.

I’ll give you a hint: as someone who works with kids, we can tell the difference. We can tell when a parent is embarrassed and just trying to get their kid out without losing their cool. We can also tell when a parent lets their kid have total control over everything.

(Make sure you check out my post of tips for dealing with stubborn toddlers. These can come in super helpful when dealing with a non-listening toddler! You should also check out my ebook about how to give a toddler choices. Giving a toddler choices can help significantly cut down on tantrums. )

Let me tell you something: That doesn’t have to be the case. You can take back control by getting your child to listen, specifically when you are out and about. I’m not talking about blind obedience. I’m not saying your child will listen 100% of the time. I’m just saying your child needs to understand that you are the adult and what you say goes. Here are five ways to get your child to listen.

A non-listening child is one of the most frustrating things. But as a parent, there are things you can do to get your child to listen. Here are five tips you can use starting today. quirkyandthenerd.com