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One of the biggest parenting challenges I’ve encountered has to do with an innocent mistake my wife and I made when our middle daughter Briani was born. Our mistake was letting her get in bed with us – and then staying there.
I’ll be honest with you. At first I was not happy about this because I didn’t think it was healthy for our daughter or our marriage. A couple of years ago I wrote a blog about this very situation and the fact that my brother, who still sleeps with his wife and my 9-year-old niece, convinced me that it was something I would grow to love. Five years into this experiment, the results were (más…)
Being the notorious PapiBlogger, Daddy of Four, that I am, I get asked a lot of questions about parenting. People see my happy road trip photos with my family and automatically assume that I have it all together as this great big family guy.
Well, the truth is that I’m not that put together. Not by a mile. The real PapiBlogger is (más…)
As my co-dad blogger in chief, Octavio, mentioned in his previous posts, having perseverance is a MUST in successful potty training. This holds true even if there’s regression and you experience set-backs. Regression is normal. Four million toddlers will embark on potty training each year. Hispanic moms & dads often feel pressure from friends and family to potty train their child as early as possible but don’t understand the process so they stop once setbacks occur. We shouldn’t get mad at our child. It can happen that your child reverts at a moment of stress. If at that time he cannot control his urine, he will most likely revert so he/she can advance later on.
Don’t give up! You’re not the only one. I felt relieved when I received a package from Pull-ups that included a softee potty seat, pull-ups training pants, flushable wipes, activity sheets, stickers, and party hats. I mean, talk about encouragement in a box. This also helped my daughter and I celebrate milestones, because every try deserves a little celebration. It is normal to feel discouraged, so having the support of a brand and the Latino blogging community during this process has been extremely beneficial. Speaking of beneficial things, I must say technology can help in all areas of life–even potty training! I know, it sounds nuts but you have to check out the Pull Ups Big Kid App (http://www.pull-ups.com/na/app.aspx). The Pull-Ups app actually makes taking potty breaks even easier by providing your child with games, tips, tools, and more. Plus, this app will bring your child’s favorite Disney characters to life ( Briani’s favorite movie is Monsters Inc., so this was perfect for her).
The main conclusion of my own potty chronicles and that of Octavio’s is to persevere and you will succeed. After all, when have you seen a 12 year old that doesn’t know how to use the potty by himself? Exactly, it’s rare..so keep on doing what you’re doing. You WILL get there. Download the app for extra help..and entertainment. And remember: celebrate their first, second and every time they go to the bathroom… because when you least expect it, they’ll succeed.
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If ever there were a cliche that rings true for me as a father of four it’s the one that says “what doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger.”
I don’t know what kind of person I would be without children but I know that being a father has made me twice as strong, efficient and wiser than I would have been without kids.
One of the most interesting ways that having this many kids has had on my life is that it’s forced me to be creative about how I manage EVERY part of my life and work. For example, on a personal level, I have learned to accept that no two days are ever going to be alike. Sometimes all the kids seemed to be magically in sync and cooperative, and on other days they are fussy with each other and/or with me and no amount of discipline seems to make a difference.
The biggest challenge my wife and I face has to do with how we manage our businesses and our family. I wish we had a magic wand for this but there isn’t one. The way we manage both is simply by being very flexible with each other and by using our time and resources very creatively. Managing a household full of children means I may schedule meetings a little later in the morning than most people do, or that we make a dinner meeting conditional on bringing one or two of the younger children whenever a babysitter is not available. If one of the kids has to go to the doctor, well, that won’t be easy on our schedule but my wife an I deal with it as best we could by moving our schedules around.
All in all, being a father of four and a business owner has made me twice as strong and better at both tasks. I have learned to be more efficient with my time and to live a more organized life (believe it or not). I may have to plan ahead anticipating what morning pitfalls may occur but knowing this is normal makes the adjustments that constantly have to be made less stressful. Despite the many personal sacrifices and hard work of it all I wouldn’t trade having my four children for anything else in the world because they have made me 2x stronger than if I never had them.
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In my last post about potty training Jacob, I didn’t emphasize enough how important it is to make potty training a family affair. Imagine, if abuela takes Jacob for the weekend, she must implement the same rules and training tips we’ve been using with Jacob. Same with a nanny or daycare professional, or even babysitter or aunts. Everyone must be on the same page so the child doesn’t become confused and gets used to his routine.
During the #EveryFlush Pull-Ups Teleconference that I participated in last week, I learned quiet a few tips about engaging and educating friends and family about training pants, the process and the fun rituals that make sticking with the process easier.
Ever felt on the verge of giving up? You’re not the only one! I felt relieved when a blogger asked “Did you ever feel like giving up on your potty training endeavors? What made you kept going? How did you keep your sanity?” I can personally say I have felt like giving up..but this teleconference and talking to other Latino Dads and Moms about my personal proccess made me realize it was normal to experience set-backs, important to get family involved, and that there is no certain age where you should feel the child is “too old” and should have learned by now. Every child is different and as long as he isn’t 11 and still using diapers, I think we are good and need to keep on trying! For more tips about Potty Training your children, stay connected to Pull-Ups by visiting them on Facebook: www.facebook.com/pullups to learn more about Pull-Ups and check out the video on YouTube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FCS-fQU0Tcc This is part of a compensated campaign with Latina Mom Bloggers and Pull Ups. However, all opinions expressed are my own.
Written by West Coast Papiblogger Octavio Navarro
If you’ve been reading Papiblogger for a while you know that Manny takes a lot of road trips with this family. Although I haven’t taken as many or as “extravagant” road trips as he has, I have taken a few memorable road trips with my family. The most important thing I consider before embarking on the road is the safety of my family. And that begins with the type of car I drive. I know Manny has endorsed other cars in the past, but I was personally invited to attend the NISSAN car expo this last week and I was pleasantly surprised and amazed by their new cars. I think I’ve even found the next road trip car for my family. The Nissan NEXT event, located at the Los Angeles International Auto Show , gave me an opportunity to explore the wide variety of innovations that Nissan brings to the automotive industry. I was able to check out the the all-new 2013 Nissan Pathfinder with its multi-touch interactive displays, and also had a chance to drive a wide variety of Nissan vehicles including the Nissan LEAF, the first mass produced 100% all-electric vehicle.. So what is my new road trip car? Hands-down, the new 2o13 Nissan Pathfinder. ( I know Manny, you swear by others, but you have to try this car!) Just look at the beauty of this vehicle via my instagram pics:
In addition to all the cool features I just described, the Pathfinder gives you back something that is easy to lose once you become a father and that is: your hipness. This car is not for “nerds”. It’s hip and cool and when you’re alone and without the kids, your “me time” will make you feel like a young bachelor again. This isn’t like a van, it has SUV capability to deal with unexpected weather conditions. Again, safety safety safety–awesome.
Like Nissan’s page FB and if you’ve test-driven a Nissan Pathfinder or plan on making it your 2013 family car, let me know! Tweet Manny and I ( Octavio) @papiblogger using the hashtag #Nissanespanol and #Nissanpathfindr.
With Thanksgiving now behind us what better way to welcome the holidays than with Papiblogger’s and Mama Contemporanea’s annual Holiday Gift Guide Twitter Party! Come celebrate all that the holidays’ can be with the help of a little planning. This guide will help you get some ideas and will come in handy when you do your holiday shopping. As parents, Rory and I have tested most of these products and know they will make great gifts for your tweens, kids, toddlers, babies and we’ve even added some cool stocking stuffers.
And of course we’ll be giving away some awesome prizes during our Holiday Gift Guide Twitter Party!
Our sponsor @CoverGirl will be giving away (1)Clump Crusher, (4)shades of CG eye shadow, (4)COVERGIRL Outlast All-day Lip Color (1) Cheekers Blush! All make perfect stocking stuffers for that special someone, or even for yourself.
We’ll also be giving away a $100 gift card toward ticket purchases on SuperBoletería..perfect gift for yourself or a special someone!
To join in the Holiday Gift Guide Twitter Party you must follow the Hosts & our sponsor @COVERGIRL
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Date: Thursday, December 6th, 2012 from 9:00 to 10:30 p.m. ET
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(English) Hispanic blogger 2012 Holiday Gift Guide will be available November 20, National call for submission of gift ideasPosted by PapiBlogger on 18 de October de 2012 at 17:52 hrs.
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Viviendo en el sur de la Florida, constantemente recordamos los peligros que piscinas, canales, y lagos representan para nuestros niños. No sólo cuando se acerca el verano, sino a lo largo de todo el año. El estado de la Florida es el estado que siempre está a la cabeza en la cifra anual de bebés e infantes muertos por ahogamiento, pero la amenaza para los niños de nuestra nación no se limita sólo a este estado. Según las estadísticas, Florida y Arizona siempre se turnan el primero y segundo lugar en donde se ahogan más niños. (más…)