Friday, October 03, 2008

I <3 Parent Hacks

burying the evidence
Originally uploaded by monkeyrotica
Monkeyrotica snapped this pic yesterday afternoon while I was still teleworking in our basement office. He let the kids blow off some steam while running and shrieking in the backyard after school. I'm sure they needed it! All the pressure we've been putting on Rosie for school as well as our switched-up schedules has to be released somehow. Otherwise, the stress shows up in unexpected ways: Rosie's been waking up weepy, asking where daddy is (he left for work 90 minutes ago, sorry), and Dash has been much, much more clingy at drop-off this week.

All last month, his drop-offs had been wonderful! I'd bring him in, wash his hands, set him up at a table, kiss, hug, bye! No fuss. But for the past few days, he wants me to stay and play or take him with me. Then he starts throwing a fit as I'm trying to slink away to work.

A tip I picked up at Parent Hacks gave me an idea. Yesterday, I got out a pen, and drew him a happy face on his hand. I told him that the happy face wanted him to be happy and that he could think of mommy whenever he looked at it.

When he started acting up today, his teacher came in close and asked, "Why don't you try that happy face again? He showed it to everyone yesterday and couldn't stop talking about it!" SCORE! Parent Hacks. They do come up with excellent tips. If you haven't been, go check out Asha Dornfest's site.

Maybe Mr. Monkey needs to draw her a little picture or write Rosie a note in the morning before he heads out the door? Just to let her know that he was thinking of her...


  1. That's a great idea. I'll have to get E to try that with Gab. She's been in a hardcore "DADDY! DADDY! DADDY!" mode lately, hurling herself at the door when he leaves in the morning and then again whenever I tell her 'no' for anything throughout the day. Suuuuuuucks.

  2. Yes, do!! Monkeyrotica's been taping notes to Rosie on the front door. She's been very happy with this little touch.

    The happy face has been awesome when Dash's having a rough morning. Let me know if E gives it a whirl!


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