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Baby freaking out because he's been cloned, or...
or baby that just devoured a smurf.
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Happy Friday peoples!
It’s a digital age, there’s no denying that. I love my son to the moon and back so it’s only natural that I enjoy sharing photos of him on social media to show friends and family how quickly he’s growing. This is what my life is all about--the love and joys of parenthood, but gone are the days that Facebook is your own personal page to catch up with friends and let them know what you’re up to. Facebook is an endless vortex collecting data about you and everything you post. Not to mention everything you Google. How many times have I Googled a random thought..“how many calories are in a chocolate chip cookie?” and then I immediately get a Facebook advertisement for Nestle Cookies. What?! Facebook, are you reading my mind?! I didn’t even eat a cookie, I just thought of it..
Facebook’s new proposed privacy terms would “make it far easier for the company to use the names, images and personal information of its nearly 1.2 billion users -- including teens -- to endorse products in ads without their consent,” according to the L.A. Times
As of today, the proposal has been delayed due to a resistance from a coalition of privacy groups that asked the Federal Trade Commission to block the changes in the proposal.
More and more of our own privacy along with our kids privacy is at stake, that’s why it’s essential to post with caution. Most kids will have a digital footprint long before they are even born. It’s common for parents to post photos and information about themselves the minute they find out they are pregnant. Your child’s very first introduction to the world starts with that sonogram photo you posted on your Facebook page. Next, comes the first actual photo with the newborns full name, birthday, weight, height & hospital name. From there..first tooth, first haircut, first vacation all go online. It’s an exciting time for parents, especially the first timers, but you should know that from that point on your fetus is fully connected to the world wide web.
Here are some tips for my fellow proud parents on the safety and privacy of your Facebook page:
Go to Account Settings
Privacy Settings and Tools
Who can see your future posts? Switch to Friends
Review all your posts and things you’re tagged in-Use Activity Log. This allows you to review every photo or post a friend tags you in. Maybe a friend was over at your house and posted and tagged the location of your home. You have the ability to allow or deny it.
Do you want other search engines to link to your timeline? Off
Timeline and Tagging Settings
Who can add things to my timeline? Friends
I allow friends to post on my wall but only with my approval. If you want more privacy than that you can obviously switch to YOU for greater lengths of privacy.
Third Party Sites-Facebook does not give third party applications or ad networks the right to use your name or picture in ads. If we allow this in the future, the setting you choose will determine how your information is used. If we allow this in the future, show my information to NO ONE
*Do not tag your location I tend to post photos of places I’ve been to after I’ve left. Posting while you are there is basically a tracking device.
Privacy Tips for Bloggers It’s your blog, your personal experience but use a pseudonym for yourself and your child. Use a region or general area instead of the actual town that you live in. Register your domain name anonymously. This option occurs when you register your domain with a host like Go Daddy. Here are some tips on How to Register Domain Anonymously from the Houston Chronicle.
These are just a few tips, if you have a young child or teen that has their own Facebook account I suggest taking higher precautions. Here are some great Facebook Parents tips from CommonSense Media.
I'm always on the look out for events and places to take Baby D to. There are the fun and super expensive Disneylands and LegoLands but you don't need to dish out all that money to have fun. Do your research. Whether you're a newbie in the city or have lived there your whole life, chances are you'll find free and low cost things to do with your kids.
Travel Town is Baby D's favorite museum thus far. It's a free railroad museum located in Los Angeles' Griffith Park that has restored trains from the 1920-40s. Your kids will have a blast playing conductor for a day. Here's a little peak from our visit to Travel Town.
If you are local or planning a vacation to the L.A. area check these place out.
California Science Center is a hands-on science and technology museum, with an IMAX 3D theater, Science Fun Lab and most noteably, home of the Endeavor Space Shuttle. Admission to the Science Center is free but there is a small fee to see the Endeavor.
Children's Museum at La Habra in Orange County has a outdoor dinosaur topiary, nature walk and Theater Gallery where kids can get dressed up and take the stage. The museum holds free admission every first Tuesday of the month.
Quick tip: A lot of museums have a free day once a month. Go directly to the museum website or call to find out when it is.
Royal Palms State Beach Tide Pools is located in San Pedro. It's a fun place where your kids can get up close and personal with sea anemones in their natural habitat.
Tanaka Farms is located in Orange County. March through June you can go strawberry picking. July through August you can go watermelon picking. They also have a produce stand to be buy fresh fruits and vegetables to make a healthy dinner at home.
Here are some great resources for children's events and things to do:
The playground is kind of the first social circle for your kids. Unless your child is in daycare at a very young age, the playground is where your child is introduced to other kids and given the opportunity to explore, play, and socialize. But please remember it comes with a set of unspoken parent rules, which really, are common sense, but you'd be surprised to find that some parents neglect standard playground etiquette.
1) First things first, learn to let go. Let your child explore the playground on their own. The first time I took Baby D to the playground I was a nervous wreck. His eyes were beaming with excitement as he was climbing up the steps, but I was so terrified that he was going hurt himself that I held his hand wherever he went. After the first trip to the park I knew that I had to let go and let him do his thing. Happy to say he's mr. independent at the park now, with my supervision of course. Giving kids their own space allows them a chance to learn on their own. Letting them run free gives them the confidence and independence they will carry with them as adults.
2) Don't take your eyes off your child. Put away the iphone, and watch your kids. I can't tell you how many parents I've seen take their kids to the park, plop themselves on the bench and just glue their eyes to their phone. Checking your phone occasionally is fine but focusing more on your phone, rather than your child is pure negeliance and frankly..annoying. If your child puts themselves in a dangerous situation you should be there to prevent it. If your child is behaving aggressively to other kids you should be there to intervene. Don't be so self-absorbed. Your child is your responsibility even from a distance.
3) If another kid needs help, help him. One time Baby D was first in line for the slide. Behind him were a set of brothers. Baby D didn't want to go down the slide for some reason so he was holding up the line. The kids behind him seemed to be getting impatient but didn't do anything. The father of the brothers behind him then said to his sons "help the baby go down the slide. He might want to ride with you." The brothers then grabbed on to Baby D and all three of them happily went down the slide together. Now that is something that one parent to another can appreciate.
4) Don't be overly defensive. Kids can be aggressive by nature. If your child gets pushed by another kid, first make sure he is okay and try to move their attention to a different area of the playground. And as much as you'd like to reprimand the child who pushed your child, it's not your place. If your child is at fault, admit it to yourself. Check to see if the other child is okay, have your child apologize to the other child, and calmly apologize to the parent. If it was the other way around wouldn't you appreciate an apology? Kids make mistakes, move on.
5) Remind your child to wait their turn. There's nothing worse than being bullied and pushed around after you've patiently been waiting your turn. If your child gets too antsy to wait, move their attention to another area of the park and go back when the line has cleared up.
6) Introduce your kids to other kids. When your child is in the same vicinity of another it's always good to help them break the ice. I always tell Baby D to say hi to other kids. This breaks the ice for the kids so that they can play together. When Baby D first started going to the park he didn't understand how to climb up the mini rock wall or crawl through the tunnel. He knew it was there for him to play in but he never experienced it and therefore didn't know what to do. Kids learn by mimicking (it's a good thing and a bad thing, I know). By introducing him to other kids he saw how they played and learned how to do it himself.
7) If your going to bring a toy like a ball, expect to share, especially if the toy is unattended. Kids have short attention spans. When they see a shiny red ball, they go straight for it. If you're the one bringing the toy, remind your child to share. If it's someone else's toy, remind your child to ask permission from the other child and parent.
8) Don't share snacks. The little monster needs fuel to play so make sure to bring a few snacks and some water. As much as sharing is a good lesson, it wouldn't be the lesson here. There have been times, I've taken out Baby D's cheerios and there's a herd of kids hoovering over his snacks asking for some. Sorry, but I don't know you and what you may be allergic too. You wouldn't want your kid to take candy from a stranger, would you?
Keeping a growth chart of your kids is one of those things I've always wanted to do but never got around to. Growing up my parents measured my growth by penciling in our height against the kitchen doorway. Since we are renters, we don't have the luxury to keep that sentimental history in our home, so I wanted a sturdy growth chart we can take with us wherever we move. Last week, I finally decided to order this growth chart ruler from Amazon. I just love the simple, rustic look of the ruler.
It can be a struggle to add healthy food to your child's diet. Kids are picky eaters. One day they love blueberries, the next day it's "icky!". Superfoods are nutrient-rich and help boosts your growing child's immune system. Healthy habits start young so here are some fun, creative ways to get your kids eating right.
Oatmeal is rich in fiber and digests slowly, so it helps keeps kids energy up throughout the day.
Eggs are high in protein, vitamin D and make a great snack in addition to breakfast.
6) Low-Fat Greek Yogurt
Broccoli is full of vitamin A, C & K and high in fiber.
10) Brown Rice
High in fiber and magnesium for heart health.
Welcome Party Hoppers!
It's my first year joining the 5 Minutes for Mom Ultimate Blog Party and I must say,
I'm so excited to meet you fellow bloggers!
Here's a little bit about my family:
I'm Portia and I'm the mommy. I love ketchup on everything, and
I hate the sound of crushing plastic water bottles.
I'm a wife to this crazy fella who loves anything and
everything about cars and hates when I say YOLO!
I'm a mom to this monster who loves waffles and peanut butter, and hates nap time.
And mom to a cranky Boston Terrier who loves hogging our bed,
and hates when we try to kick him out of our bed.
As you can see I'm outnumbered by the men in the house!
Ever since the hubby and I had Baby D, we saw it as an opportunity to be kids all over again. We have a blast taking him to museums, parks and shows. Like most moms, I do my best to try to raise a creative, happy, smart, well-rounded and confident kiddo. I'm always creating educational activities, and DIY projects to keep Baby D learning and growing.
This blog documents our journey through the creativity and curiosity of a high-energy two-year old. Sugar Tot Blog is for all parents looking for a source of creative kid inspiration.
Creative moms & dads alike, browse the activities and leave me a comment.
I'd love to hear from you!
I originally picked up these "Pooh's First Words" flash cards to teach Baby D new words and they helped a lot. The deck of cards come in pairs of nouns and verbs. Now that he's a little older he uses them to play memory. Memory makes it easy for kids to improve their short-term memory and speed recognition skills. I modified the game by adding a physical element. I placed the physical objects next to the cards and had Baby D put the pair of cards with its corresponding object.
I found these flash cards at Target, but you can find them practically everywhere.
I started small and picked out 3 pairs of flash cards. If your child is older you can add more pairs of flash cards to make it more challenging. The cards I picked out where "pot", "ball" and "book". I found all three objects and placed them next to the flashcards.
Baby D turns the cards over to find the match, and he finds "ball".
He then places the "ball" flashcards next to the ball.
He finds the next pair.."pot" and places the flashcards in the pot.
The final pair he finds is "book" and places the flashcards next to the book.
When he's found all the pairs of objects. I set up another game of memory but used verb flash cards instead of objects. The cards I picked were "bounce", "run" and sit. "Bounce" is the first pair Baby D finds.
And bouncey bounce he goes!
The next pair he finds is "run". He's excited about this one because it's what he does best-run around my house causing trouble!
See how happy he is to be running?!
Kids are brutally honest. If you ask your best friend, "do I look fat in this dress?" nine times out of ten they will tell you "no, you look great" even if you look like a blimp in that dress. Adults have a tendency to be nice and tell you what you want to hear, but kids don't! Kids will tell you the cold, hard truth and it's refreshing and ridiculously hilarious to hear. Here is a compilation of the funniest things Baby D and other kids have said. I have to warn you though, there's no filter on this post, because well..kids have no filter.
My Victoria's Secret catalog came in and Baby D grabs it, points to the near naked girl's chest on the cover and says "mom, shapes!" "mom, circs! (circles)"
We were standing outside of church one Sunday. The place was packed with people inside and out, so we stood behind a big group of people. More specifically, we stood right behind a lady with a larger than life ass. Baby D points to the lady's butt and goes "Ewww butt ewwww!!!"
Baby D loves counting. His favorite number is two. I was changing Baby D after a bath one day and he starts looking at his chest and counting his nipples. "Mom...one...two nipp!!"
I was walking to the car and Baby D is holding on to three of his hot wheel cars. He drops one and all I hear is a tiny baby voice say "Aw Shit!!" I guess I need to be better about watching my language.
Baby D is playing with a new kid he meets at the playground and I ask the kids how old he is. He looks down a little unsure of himself and says "ummm..ummm..17" I say "Oh you look a lot younger than 17" and he continues to look down "oh...umm...im 14" "ohhhh, I know! I know! I'm 4!!"
"Is the car peeing?" my daughter asked me as I was unlocking our van on a rainy day. Stepping back I saw what she saw, it dripping from all the rain! -Isia Louise, 3. Submitted by Cassidy Seiver at Freshly Planted
"Mommy, tell me again why you DON'T have a penis?" It's me and my hubs and 4 boys at home, so I'm odd woman out. Before I could answer, my 5 year old jumps in, "Because, if she did we'd all still be stuck inside her belly!" Ari, 3. Submitted by Deborah Gilboa at Ask Doctor G
When my oldest daughter was about 2 1/2 and my 2nd daughter was an infant, I had a friend over (who also had a baby). We were both nursing the babies when my 2 year old, Kim, approached my friend, came up really close to her, and said, matter-of-factly "Those are bigger than my moms'." We had a good laugh. Kim, 2. Submitted by Laura Franklin at Better in Bulk
I was trying on clothes in the dressing room with my 5 year old and he yells “Oh Mommy! I can see your nipples!” Submitted by Tiffany Wong at The Bizy Mommy
“Yeah, mom you should really get new clothes, you’re getting pretty big!” Submitted by Tiffany Wong at The Bizy Mommy
If you have something funny to share, leave a comment!