Two parenting hacks and one instance of just plain good luck

Hack: Amelia is reluctant to read aloud to me/us. Today she brought me her 18″ doll Bella and asked me to brush Bella’s hair. (Amelia isn’t persistent and careful enough to do a good job and brushing hair is one of the few things I ever liked about playing with dolls.) I told her I’d brush it as long as Amelia read to me while I worked. She read me a whole picture book and the time passed very happily for the both of us.  

Snuggle buttons and covers buttons are ON
Hack: A family we’re friends with taught us about “the tickle button,” an undefined spot on your body, which if “On,” means you are interested in being tickled, and if “Off,” means you do not want to be tickled. This has helped with Baxter’s mania for tickling people without asking first, yay! 

It’s also spawned other questions, like “Is your snuggle button on?” and “Is your hugging button on?” In case you were wondering, Baxter’s snuggle button is always on. 

Luck: I told Amelia we might ask her to take a nap today because she’s been getting to bed so late he last couple of nights. She decided to “play” rest time in the morning — I think in order to get out of taking a nap — and played it so convincingly that she fell asleep and napped for almost 90m, a good 30m longer than I would have asked her to stay in bed. Naps without fights? I’ll take two! 

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