Everyone Poops


Posted by peskypippi | Posted in Books, Childhood, Childrearing, Family, Happiness, Life | Posted on 19-03-2017

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One of our favorite family books is Everyone Poops.

In case you don’t know this book, it should be part of every young child’s library. The book tells about how all living creatures, big and small, poop. Even insects. Even snakes.

My children and I have the lines memorized:

“A one hump camel makes a one hump poop. And a two hump camel makes a two hump poop. Just kidding.”

Publishers Weekly gave the book a horrible review, “Okay, so everyone does it–does everyone have to talk about it?”


It’s fun to poop! It’s fun to talk about poop! Poop is part of life!

And don’t we, as parents, want to raise our children to be happy and confident pooper?

The review goes on to say, “Call it what you will, by euphemism or by expletive, poop by any name seems an unsuitable picture book subject.”

Unsuitable to whom?

Unsuitable to people who have no sense of humor, obviously.

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Goodnight Moon Fail


Posted by peskypippi | Posted in Childhood, Childrearing, Children, Children's Books, Growing UP, Life Lessons, Nostalgia, Parenting | Posted on 20-11-2015

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You know what they say when you have three children.

The first child eats organic. The second child eats canned food. The third child eats food off the floor.

My need for perfectionism has greatly slipped with each child. However, my adaptability has increased with each.

The first child watches Baby Einstein movies. The second child watches Dora the Explorer. The third child watches The Hangover.

Wait. What?!

My youngest son is ten years old. His brother is sixteen years old. Little boys with big brothers grow up a little faster. To slow things down, I searched my youngest son’s bookcase to read him Goodnight Moon. All I found was the parody Goodnight Goon. (Which is very clever, by the way.)

My son said I had never read him Goodnight Moon.

Wait. What?! Total parenting fail!

Stop everything! I immediately purchased the book on Amazon. When it arrived, I wrote a sweet message to my son on the inside cover. And we read the book together…about eight years too late.

Goodnight moon
Good night cow jumping over the moon
Goodnight light
And the red balloon
Goodnight bears
Goodnight chairs
Goodnight kittens
And goodnight mittens
Goodnight clocks
And goodnight socks
Goodnight little house
And goodnight mouse
Goodnight comb
And goodnight brush
Goodnight nobody
Goodnight mush
And goodnight to the old lady whispering “hush”
Goodnight stars
Goodnight air
Goodnight noises everywhere

What a magical book.

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Green Kale and Tofu


Posted by peskypippi | Posted in Children, Children's Books, Humor | Posted on 02-03-2014

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Yeah, that would be the vegan version of Green Eggs and Ham.

Speaking of vegan…my eight-year-old son announced that his big sister is vegan because she doesn’t eat meat anymore. Only hamburgers.

“Hamburgers are meat,” I say.

“But she stopped eating bacon,” he says. “Only sometimes.”

“I think you mean vegetarian,” she says. “Plus, vegans eat mostly just nuts.”

“Only nuts?! But what about pork chops?” he asks.

Alrighty then, we have assessed that no vegans live here. Pass the ham and eggs, Dr. Seuss! And thank you for your wondrous poetry and imagination.

If I'm grumpy to the kids in the morning, it kinda ruins my whole day.

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Top 10 Children’s Books


Posted by peskypippi | Posted in Childrearing, Children, Children's Books, List, Memories, Mother, Mothering, Mothers and Daughters, Mothers and Sons, Parenting | Posted on 09-05-2012

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Here are some of our favorite children’s books:

  1. In The Night Kitchen (Classic. Creative.)
  2. Trouble at the Dinosaur Cafe (Empowering non-aggressive dinosaurs to take action.)
  3. Jamberry (Rhyming is fun. Pictures are peaceful and creative.)
  4. Owl Babies (Sweet and reassuring.)
  5. The Giving Tree (Classic. Beautiful, lovely tree. Each time we read this, we get pissed at the man who takes advantage of the tree.)
  6. The King, The Mice and The Cheese (Funny and clever. About getting along.)
  7. Everyone Poops (Funny. Great pictures. Simple message.)
  8. Sally on the Farm (Clever, wood-carved illustrations. You’ll love Sally the Black Labrador.)
  9. Goodnight Moon (Classic. Calming. Perfect book.)
  10. The Amazing Travels of Ingrid Our Turtle, by Land, Sea, Sky, Space! (You root for Ingrid, who travels the world at her own pace.)

I’d love to know your favorites…please share in the comments!

Reading is cool,


in the night kitchen

The Books on My Nightstand Are Staring At Me


Posted by peskypippi | Posted in Childrearing, Children's Books, Family, Mom Time, Mothering, Reading, Uncategorized | Posted on 03-11-2011

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I have a lovely stack of books. And they are staring at me from my nightstand, just waiting to be read:

  • Wesley the Owl by Stacey O’Brien
  • How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents by Julia Alvarez
  • Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford
  • The Dressmaker of Khair Khana by Gayle Tzemach Lemmon
  • The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

But I ignore their stare. It seems the second I pick up a book, these days, it’s pushing midnight, and I nod off like an old man and then re-read the same page over and over.

I have always loved to read. Growing up, I had lots of quiet time to enjoy my books. My mother was great at fueling my reading habit and has always surprised me with new book selections, just perfect for a child, then a tween, then a teen.

And she still buys me books whenever we meander through book stores together. Uh, you still remember book stores, don’t you? I admit, I’m not a Kindle gal (yet). I find pleasure in holding a physical book, turning the paper pages, and marking the paused page with a fancy bookmark, hand-drawn by my daughter.

For now, I think I’ll move the books under a heap of laundry. As they sit there unread, they are making me feel guilty and overwhelmed. And books shouldn’t feel like a “to do” list.

Until then, off to read Charlotte’s Web to the two little ones.