In Action: “Yes, Mama”

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The other day, I was in the kitchen and heard Brayden (3) talking to Kaitlyn (14 months). He has this tendency to parent her–something we are working on. I heard him telling her not to do something, then he said, “Say, ‘Yes, Brayden‘, ” pause “Say, ‘Yes, Brayden!’ ” The frustration was building. “Say, ‘Yes, Brayden‘! “

Yes, I started laughing. I composed myself and went in to the two of them and explained that Kaitlyn couldn’t say ‘Yes, Brayden‘ at this point in her vocabulary. That appeased him. I had to smile at the situation. It was one of those moments where I knew without a doubt that he understood what was supposed to happen after an instruction was given. He knew the importance of a response. He knew the reason behind me requiring that.

Our children of all ages understand more than we realize.

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Valerie, also known as The Babywise Mom, is the mother to four children. She has been blogging on Babywise and general parenting since 2007. She has a degree in technical writing and loves using those skills to help parents be the best parents they can be! Read her book, The Babywise Mom Nap Guide, to get help on sleep from birth through the preschool years. You can also find her writing at, Today Parenting, and Her View From Home. Read more about Valerie and her family on the About page. Follow her on FacebookPinterest, and Instagram for more tips and helps.

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  1. Emily
    June 19, 2008 / 7:04 PM

    I hope my daughter is like Brayden when she gets older 🙂 I know it’ll take a lot of dedication on our part though.I had a question about nursing/solids. I remember you saying you would pump on one side while nursing. Whenever I’ve tried to pump right after a feeding I wasn’t able to get anything. Is it different with a baby? I’m wondering b/c I would like to try pumping on one side while she’s eating then still letting her eat on the side I pumped.Thanks(We just tried rice cereal – she’s 5 months – and she ate all of it the first time and this was right after nursing on both sides. I guess she was ready!)

  2. Plowmanators
    June 19, 2008 / 7:48 PM

    It does sound like she is ready! I found it much easier to pump while nursing. The reason is that the baby is excellent at getting the let down reflex going, and it comes on both sides. So you just take advantage of that let down and get the milk while it is flowing easily. It is so fun to do solids when your baby is eager for them 🙂

  3. heather
    June 20, 2008 / 3:22 AM

    Why did I never think to pump while nursing??? My daughter is no longer nursing, but while she was, I had the hardest time getting the pump to cause my let-down. With her nursing it would come within seconds. On the pump sometimes I would try for 20 minutes with no luck. I’ll know for next time! 🙂

  4. heather
    June 20, 2008 / 3:23 AM

    Sorry to comment again, but I’ve been thinking about another subject. Finger foods. I’m sure my daughter is the age of being ready for them, but I’m just not sure what to start with? Any finger food suggestions?

  5. susie
    June 20, 2008 / 11:28 AM

    My daughter is 9 1/2 months old and no teeth. The only thing she can gum are the Gerber puffs without choking. I was wondering if you had any other suggestions regarding eating without any teeth. She eats her normal babyfood. I just feel bad sometimes when we are eating and she is eating her same old puffs…

  6. Plowmanators
    June 23, 2008 / 9:07 PM

    Susie,You will be surprised at what she is able to eat. Kaitlyn is 14 months old. She got her first two teeth at 11 months old. She got her next two teeth last week. They aren’t even grown in enough you can see them when she smiles yet. She eats tons of food. So, you can give her a lot more than you think. At 9 months, we started to give cheese. See the finger foods post linked just above for more ideas on finger foods. Just do small bites and soft foods. This is a great time of year with all of the fresh fruit in season!

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