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Don’t be Captain Obvious

by Erin Clotfelter on 03/12/2013

There are few things that irk me more than when a pregnant woman complains of morning sickness and someone tells her to eat a Saltine before she gets out of bed in the morning.

Is there anyone in the world that does not know this trick?  If you have read a book, seen a movie, or watched television with a sick pregnant woman in it, you would know that the number one piece of advice given to pregnant women to stave off morning sickness, is a cracker.

Seriously- everyone knows about the damn crackers (not to mention the ginger, the ginger ale, and possibly the Seabands).  Let’s stop with the obvious advice- this is 2013, this is advanced parenting here people- we have the internet!

Sorry, I had to get that off my chest.

Wanna know what sparked it?

Napping House

I was on Pinterest the other day and I saw a pin for “How to have a Napping House”.  Sounds good to me- I want to know!  What is the secret?  I have a 2-year old who is refusing to nap, and I am in hell.  I want a Napping House!

It must be something REALLY good.

Tranquilizers in sippy cups?

Surely not.

But seriously- what is the secret?  How do I make my two-year-old maniac take a nap?  He obviously *needs* a nap.  I know *I* need a nap (or at least I want one).  At least I want time by myself with no kids to tend to- at least for an hour, more if possible.

So, what is the secret to having a napping house?
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Quiet time.

You heard me.

Quiet time.

Like, put your kids in their rooms and tell them they don’t have to sleep, they just have to play quietly…because it’s “quiet time”.

Are you effing kidding me?

QUIET TIME?

That’s the secret?

I never thought of that.  Actually, yes, yes I DID think of that.  And so did every parent, ever, in the whole world.

How to have a Napping House my ass.

Anyone have a different way to approach this?  Because seriously, momming a two-year old who doesn’t take naps suuucks.

What is the piece of advice you roll your eyes at because it’s so obvious?

* Tell your kids no; tell your kids yes; kids will eat when they are hungry; put healthy snacks out for them to choose from; play outside; play inside, etc. etc. etc…

 

 

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1 Raven March 12, 2013 at 1:53 pm

The cracker advice irritates me even more now that I know I'm allergic to wheat, and eating a saltine is guaranteed to make my stomach and digestion /worse/. What no one is willing to say is that there aren't any known ways to halt morning sickness in pregnant women — you can make things easier on yourself the same way you would with a stomach ache, but ultimately, it's the hormones in control of your body that decide how much or how little sickness you'll experience, and you just have to do your best to weather it.

Here's uncommon advice for moms frustrated with slow digestion: take a betaine hcl supplement before eating a large (or even standard sized when in third trimester) meal to aid digestion of rich, fatty, or heavy foods.

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2 Lauren March 12, 2013 at 1:54 pm

"I never thought of that. Actually, yes, yes I DID think of that. And so did every parent, ever, in the whole world." LOL :)

I don't have an answer…my 2 year old is watching TV right now after vehemently protesting her nap, and I had to move my 4 year old's "quiet time" down to the basement because it was the exact opposite of quiet (and no, he almost never falls asleep during it).

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3 zweberfarms March 18, 2013 at 7:21 pm

My advice to having a napping house: lock the kids in their room, put in ear plugs and go take a nap.

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4 Rosemary March 25, 2013 at 7:18 pm

Almost any advice that starts with "Have you tried…." is going to be something I already know and have heard a zillion times before. But I know, people want to be helpful and I think that somehow they really do imagine they are the first ones to make that suggestion. So I just smile and thank them.
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