Mom, did you see that commercial?

It’s crunch time and everyone is rushing around trying put all of the finishing touches in order.  Filling out the last minute holiday cards, baking goodies, and wrapping presents-it’s exhausting!  And then you get the call from the other room.  “Mom, you need to see this commercial.  Come quick.”  You think to yourself-what is it this time…
As adults we have learned to tune out commercials designed get us to spend money.  We don’t really need the next best thing they are advertising.  But I have to hand it to the people who know exactly how to reel in the kids.  They come up with wonderful jingles (you know the tune to 677-241-LUNA.)  They sell items that “Control the Mess” (thank you Snackeez.)  And of course, the items that make them want to watch MORE television!
But the best part is when they advertise days before Christmas, Hannukah, birthdays, etc. and you already completed your shopping.  That’s what happened in my house.  So there I was trying to fulfill a little girls dream and make sure Santa brings a cotton candy machine.  Yes, you read that correctly.
If you know me, you know how much I am dreading a)finding a cotton candy machine, b)the mess that will come with it, and c)the fact that it totally unhealthy.  But in the spirit of Christmas I unlisted my husband’s help to find this treasured item.  And you know what happens days before Christmas when the cotton candy machine commercials are on-people buy them.  (Translation-you cannot find them in stores and most online stores are out of stock.)  Yay!
So as I watch the snow fall, admire my Christmas tree, and eat cookies, I pray that the cotton candy machine arrives.  You see, it was supposed to arrive 2 days ago.  But they say that Santa is magical so I have to believe that everything will work out in the end.
Note to self- do not let children watch television for a month prior to any major event.  Or have kids sign a letter with their top 3 desired items and make sure they understand they cannot change it at any point in time!
Good luck fulfilling all of your last minute holiday to-dos!

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Joyeux Parenting

I am the proud mother of two beautiful children and have lived in Boston for most of my life. I have over twenty years of experience as a Child Development Specialist working with new families, pediatricians at Mass General Hospital, and Early Intervention. I have a wealth of knowledge and expertise regarding the challenges related to breastfeeding, behavior management, picky eaters, discipline, sleep, and development. I love being a wife and mother and sharing my experiences-the good, the bad, and the ugly. I am constantly learning about new evidence based information as it relates to parenting. Most importantly, I think it is crucial to recognize that we all make mistakes and learn from them. I am a firm believer that humor is essential as you navigate the world. Parenting should be full of joy and that is why I started my business Joyeux Parenting. Thank you for allowing me to share my experiences with you.

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