Monthly Archives: August 2011

Strong mind… words that can be food for the soul


Sometimes other people put into words exactly what you are thinking, and wish you could say properly and with feeling. I have a large repertoire of quotations that I love on all subjects, not only to inspire me but get me thinking and in some ways identify with myself; from needlework to narcissism, housework to healthy thinking.

Here are some of my favourites… hope you like them 🙂

Sometimes one creates a dynamic impression by saying something, and sometimes one creates as significant an impression by remaining silent. ~ Dalai Lama

Only your real friends will tell you when your face is dirty.  ~Sicilian Proverb

Sewing mends the soul.  ~Author Unknown

It is sometimes as dangerous to be run into by a microbe as by a trolley car.  ~J.J. Walsh

You don’t choose your family.  They are God’s gift to you, as you are to them.  ~Desmond Tutu

You may be deceived if you trust too much, but you will live in torment unless you trust enough.  ~Frank Crane

Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.  ~William Shakespeare

It’s not who you are that holds you back, it’s who you think you’re not.  ~Author Unknown

You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself in any direction you choose.
You’re on your own.
And you know what you know.
You are the guy who’ll decide where to go.
~Dr. Seuss

My second favorite household chore is ironing.  My first being hitting my head on the top bunk bed until I faint.  ~Erma Bombeck

A clean house is the sign of a boring person.  ~Author Unknown

Most passport pictures are good likenesses, and it is time we faced it.  ~Katharine Brush

Anyway, no drug, not even alcohol, causes the fundamental ills of society.  If we’re looking for the source of our troubles, we shouldn’t test people for drugs, we should test them for stupidity, ignorance, greed and love of power.  ~P.J. O’Rourke

The bitterest tears shed over graves are for words left unsaid and for deeds left undone.  ~Harriet Beecher Stowe, Little Foxes, 1865

Any book that helps a child to form a habit of reading, to make reading one of his deep and continuing needs, is good for him. ~ Maya Angelou

Nobody can be kinder than the narcissist while you react to life in his own terms. ~ Elizabeth Bowen


To potty or not to potty???


For the first time in this parenting lark I truely do not know what to do with this one. My son is 33 months old, and hates his potty, hates the thought of not doing anything in his nappy and won’t even entertain the toilet. I’m stumped. Well and truely stumped. If I spent my time listening to other parents, you get a mixed bag of results. Do it when he’s ready (could be about 7!!), just do it now and stop delaying, I didn’t need to do anything they just did it. Like most mothers in this age I looked at babycentre for some advice. I’ve loved that site since the pregnancy emails and still love my monthly ‘look what your child is like now’ ones that pop in my inbox.

So…. I’ve done most things on there.

1) Let him watch and learn. Like we get to go without a little someone bursting in all the time…. No joy.

2) Buy the right equipment. I have a potty. He hates it. I have a snazzy Cars toilet seat. He hates it. I have a toilet. He hates it. I have nappies. He loves them.

3) Help him get comfortable with it. Handy Manny’s done a wee wee on it, Fireman Sam uses it, and Mickey Mouse always sits on it. My son? He puts it on his head, or throws it where he thinks I can’t reach it. We’ve done it while holding Handy Manny, while watching TV, while having a story. He always wants to get off.

4) Buy some cool pants. He wee’d in them. Saw it on the floor. Got upset. Back to the drawing board.

5) Washable training pants. I’ve got these out of the cupboard where I had stashed them. I’ve got some bright bots ones. Tomorrow I’m putting them on him and seeing what happens. No doubt I’ll be editing this to say he hated them LOL.

6) Rewards. We have smiley face stickers and a home printed chart. I end up with several stickers on my jumper at the end of each day and so does his Dad, so far my son’s chart is empty.

I think part the reason I’m struggling is he out-grew his washable nappies and instead of buying some more I put him in disposables. He lost that feeling of wetness and moved well backwards, so we went from being interested in doing it, to I don’t need to. At the end of the day he’s not 3 yet and I’m sure he will do it in his own time. For now it’s nice to know when we’re out and about I don’t need to do a mad rush to find a toilet because he needs to go. Lets face it toddlers have enough tantrums anyway without encouraging anymore!

For anyone else wondering what the hell to do here’s the link and the best of British to you.