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About this blog: I'm a wife, stay-at-home mom, home cook, marathon runner, and PhD. I recently moved to the Silicon Valley after completing my PhD in Social Psychology and becoming a mother one month apart. Before that, I ran seven marathons incl...  (More)

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Look at the week

Uploaded: Nov 30, 2013
When I first moved to Palo Alto, I was warmly welcomed into a park play group that met once a week. The women in this group had children around my son's age and constantly offered up their parenting wisdom.

One of the first pieces of advice that stuck with me was to "look at the week." A pediatrician eased one mom's worries by explaining how it's normal for a toddler's diet to fluctuate day by day. Some days it will feel like they are constantly hungry and others like food is the last thing on their minds. But, generally, everything evens itself out if you look at the entire week.
When I heard this advice, I realized that it is how I parent in general, not just with food. And that this weekly park date was helping me focus on the week rather than on each individual day.

It's common for toddlers to have off days...when you run out of their favorite cereal, when they are finally tall enough to bump their head on the bottom of every table in your house, or when it is a Tuesday. However, if you look at the entire week, everything generally evens out. The lows are mixed with amazing highs that you wouldn't trade for anything.

What simple parenting advice resonated with you?
Democracy.
What is it worth to you?

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Posted by randy albin, a resident of Mountain View,
on Dec 2, 2013 at 10:38 am

just be grateful that you can live somewhere such as palo alto. there used to be a middle-class on the peninsula. best wishes for your endeavors. it's not easy these days to make ends meet. keep on hanging in there and give it your best effort


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Posted by Cheryl Bac, a Palo Alto Online blogger,
on Dec 2, 2013 at 1:31 pm

Cheryl Bac is a registered user.

Randy Albin - Thanks for reading and commenting! We've only been in the area for a short period of time, but it's been a great place to raise a toddler.


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