Month: July 2014

Toilet Training: A Crash Course

Toilet Training: A Crash Course

We didn’t plan to start toilet training our preschooler this Sunday. We’ve made attempts before, sort of lame attempts, just put him in underwear and make a potty available and waited for it to work out. Seven changes of clothes later, we gave up.   

Latest MiM Post: I Spanked My Kid

Latest MiM Post: I Spanked My Kid

Some helpful feedback generated from my latest post at the Mothers In Medicine group blog this week. It’s a reflection on a bad day, and a mini-review of a highly recommended book on parenting autistic children: Ten Things Every Child With Autism Wishes You Knew 

Multiple Meltdowns

Multiple Meltdowns

Just last night, Hubby and I were commenting on how great the kids’ behavior has been the past few days. We had spent pretty much the entire day yesterday on a massive housecleaning and organization spree, including rearranging furniture, and the kids were great. It 

One Beach House, Four Generations, Two 911 Calls…

One Beach House, Four Generations, Two 911 Calls…

As a young child, when we visited my father’s family in Guatemala, we would sometimes rent a couple of tiny bungalows at a Pacific seaside resort. There, we would cram our extended family and a few friends into bunks, on sofas, and, I believe I 

Ten Lashes With A Wet Noodle

Ten Lashes With A Wet Noodle

My last post (“Other People’s Patients”) inadvertantly caused a bit of anxiety amongst some of my colleagues, and for that, I apologize. I had dreamed up the idea for the post while walking to work, and in my head, it was so funny! A lighthearted 

Other People’s Patients

Other People’s Patients

How many of us remember Naughty By Nature’s 1991 hit song “O.P.P.”? Come on, guys. You KNOW you sang along: “O.P.P., how can I explain it I’ll take you frame by frame it To have y’all jumpin’ shall we singin’ it O is for Other, P