Wednesday, April 25, 2012

A Wee Bit of a Rant

I have a thing about parenting advice.
Unsolicited, that is.
I can usually handle it pretty well.
However, I do love to rant about it later.

Today at the dentist's office,
the young dentist that is checking
Princess #3's teeth, tells me that
she is ready to have some
permanent teeth sealed as well as
a filling that is needed to fill a
"dimple" in one of her permanent teeth.

I ask him if she will need to be
numbed up for the procedure.
He says no, she shouldn't need to be.
It is purely preventative.
I say, okay, great, I like to prepare
her ahead of time for what is to come.

He replies with this little gem:
It is better to *not* tell your kids anything
and just let us handle it.
[Queen's side note:  Boy would I pay big money to see him handle 
a baby fit.  Big money, dear friends.]

Excuse me, but  that is *not* how I parent.

If any of my kids ask if something (like a shot) is gonna hurt.
I tell them yes, but you can handle it.
Not in a mean way, like, suck it up sister, 
but in an honest way, so they know what to expect.
I don't shrug and feign like I don't know.
This honesty is especially important for my spirited child.
She needs to know every single detail in order
to have success during her day.
I try to comply. {grin}

I am willing to admit that maybe my parenting style
could perhaps, maybe be, an oddity, but
I do feel strongly that giving my kids a "head's up"
about what to expect at a doctor or dentist appointment
gives them a chance to process and prepare
for what may be.

So, super sorry, Dr.
I'm telling.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Moving Random--Facebook Style

The Queen

--is desperately trying to decide what should be packed.  In other words what does our family of 6 *not* need for the next 6 months!

--had no idea that picture books could weigh so much.  Sorry honey, should have packed them in a smaller box.

--found a purveyor of used moving boxes.  She is my new bff.

--so glad to be moving to a bigger house. Not so sure, however, about upsizing the amount of property.

--whew!  For every hefty bag of goodwill/garage sale/plain old crap, I seem to pack two more boxes to keep.  Something is wrong with this picture!

--trying to explain moving to a three year old is beyond my level of expertise.

--attic is emptied!

--packed up the stash.  See you soon my lovelies.

--have only opened the yarn box twice to get more yarn out since packing it.  You never know when your knitting time and speed will increase exponentially and unexpectedly. {grin} I am now prepared for every contingency!

--is wishing that we could justify hiring a moving company.  Sigh. At least this way, I will be sure that nothing is packed (like garbage cans with garbage in them) that shouldn't be.

So, dear readers, the Castle is relocating, hopefully in about a month.  Not far mind you, just a few miles away, but it sure feels like a continent away at this point.  Lots of sorting, hauling, packing, repacking, goodwill runs, home repairs, painting, and other nonsense going on.  This move has been a long time coming.  We have been debating the merits of moving vs. remodeling for years quite some time now.  More details will come as I have them.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Reading Styles--Royal Style

My girls each have their own way of reading. 
 I find it fascinating.  
Hence this post. {grin}

Princess #1 is a gulper.
Like her mama.
Quick big juicy bites of book.
Must find out what happens next!
She loves to read an author dry.
Like her mama.

Princess #2 is an absorb-er.
Soaking up every last drop of emotion.
Then she personalizes it!
Which usually means lots of righteous anger.
You know, on the hero/heroine's behalf.
And tears. Lots of tears.
Both sad and happy.

Princess #3 is an editor.
Skimming ahead in order to change up any flaw.
Then she spices it up and re-reads.
She checks for clarity.
Why use boring old "talking before bedtime"?
It is much more concise to use the word "stalling".{grin}

And while my sweet Prince doesn't read yet,
don't let that fool you into thinking
he doesn't notice when you skip a few pages
of the "goldbug" book.
He knows.
And he will set you straight.

Monday, April 09, 2012

A (lot of) Knit(s) A Week

He is RISEN!

Knitting up little critters for the royal Easter
baskets has become a bit of a tradition.
I just can't help myself.
They are so quick and great stash user-uppers!
All of the patterns are from Susan B. Anderson's fab
book:  Itty Bitty Toys.
I highly recommend her books/patterns.
They are well-written,
and oh! so! cute!

Without further ado here are the 2012 editions:

Mama and baby koala for Princess #1.
Although, secretly, I was tempted to send them to
her auntie, who loved anything koala when she
was younger. :)

It's a stripey kitty!!
It matches Princess #3's pinwheel sweater. :)
Wait . . .

. . . no, it's cute blue mousey!
I love these reversible stuffed animals
so, so much!!

Timmy, it's Timmy!
He's a handful of trouble at every turn,
the sheep that is . . .
 er, um, ahem. {grin}

A little puppy wrapped in blankie for Princess #2.