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Sesame Family Robinson – From making Muppets to Raising Moppets

Exercising

 There are things we do in our family that are specifically exercise related. Ballet, karate, the gym... Then there are all the other daily activities that an enthusiastic child naturally does in the world. Why walk when you can run? A few extra times up and down the stairway is fun! We are going to keep pushing this. There is time for TV and computers, and then there is lots of time for running around, flapping your wings, and screaming.

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Gotta Dance

Curriculum of the Day: Healthy Habits for Life

In my younger days, I was a dancer – ballet, tap and jazz. Lyra and Ripley have already been introduced to dance class and they appear to love it. They began in the fall and now our ballerinas know terms like passé, plié and arabesque. When they aren’t doing these moves around the living room, their dolls are being danced about instead. Marty and I are often grabbed to do more formal “princess” dancing where they daintily hold their gowns as we waltz about to various classic tunes. Of course, I hope they remain interested since it was one of my passions. But meanwhile, it’s unbearably cute to watch:

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The Great, Cold Outdoors

Curriculum of the Day: Healthy Habits in Winter

Getting outside in the winter is always a challenge for me. I really do not like being cold. In the warmer months, we are constantly outside with the girls. We are blessed to have a nearby lake and trails, which we try to use as much as we can (this also gets Marty and I plenty of exercise because never fail the end of the adventure ends with “Carry me!”). We have play parks they visit, with us or their nanny, to use the slides and swings all the time. However, taking a walk in winter is not as easy an endeavor. Luckily, this year we didn’t have four months of ice and snow piled high on the driveway. Still, we try to get them outside, even for a short time every day, weather permitting. Our adventures these past months have been more about quick journeys around the yard until someone complains about being cold. And then, there’s the joy of a fresh snowfall. Lyra and Ripley discovered sledding this year and they love it, as you’ll see:

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Terrible Tantrums!

 Curriculum of the Day:  EMOTIONS

I would be lying if I said my recently turned three year olds did not throw tantrums. Dealing with Lyra and Ripley’s uncontrolled emotions is the hardest part of parenthood. Sometimes if I just put food on Lyra’s plate the wrong way, it will trigger her to shake her hands in frustration and shriek, “Not that way!”   If it’s bedtime, but she wants to keep playing with the water in the sink, she will start to stamp her feet and wail, “I want to keep playing with water!” Ripley will run away to another room and cry if she’s not getting her way or feels she has been slighted in some way by one of us. Sound familiar?     

Yes, these angels throw tantrums.
Yes, these angels throw tantrums. 
 

How do we deal with them? We deal in a variety of ways, depending on the severity and the time of day.  One rule is that any kind of tantrum large or small in a store or restaurant means immediate evacuation, period. That is what I threaten if something is bubbling and we have yet to have to leave anywhere because of an emotional upheaval. At home, we first try to find out what is wrong, asking how can we help, use your words, and is there a compromise available. If it’s a rule or a definitive “no” that has started the reaction, I find myself saying “I understand if you need to cry” or just plain ignore her for a while until she realizes I’m not backing down. This is the HARDEST because of the ear piercing noise involved. The only thing that’s harder is if they’re both crying or having uncontrollable emotions–which, thank goodness, are rare.   They tend to trade-off who is in peril.

The calm before the tantrum...
The calm before the tantrum...

Recently, we started something called the “calm down chair.” If one of them just can’t get control, or needs a time-out and has a tantrum about it, they go to the calm down chair with a parent. It really works. They grab a dolly and their blankie and we lie down in this very big “couch chair.” The problem then arises when they both want to be with Mommy in the calm down chair!

There is no denying the girls are in the prime years of learning how to handle their volcanic emotions. Every day is just navigating their tumultuous lives as best we can. Some days I just want to quit. Some days the joy is overwhelming.

How do you deal with tantrums?

 

 

Happy Birthday!

Number of the Day: Three! 

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Happy Birthday!!!


Lyra and Ripley turned three on February 12th. It was the first party that they were really aware was just for them. For weeks we did party prep, talking about turning “3,” pointing out the number 3 when we were out places. We decided on a theme – Princess – and bought napkins, plates, cups together at the party store. That morning, they were amazed to come downstairs to see streamers hanging from the chandeliers and balloons covered with Princesses. They were very generous to the few “friends” we had invited, letting them play with their toys and sharing their home. It’s new to them since they are just grasping the concept of friends. They call each other “best friends.” When they play with dolls, Ripley will often say “come on, my friend.” Still, they don’t really know everyone’s name and they treat them as separate from their “happy family” sphere of parents, sisters and baby sitter.  But now that they really are playing together and not just side-by-side, we are going to start to plan play dates with the children they’re getting to know at their various classes. This party marked the beginning of a new era of being three and all that it brings.

Lyra enjoying a birthday strawberry.
Lyra enjoying a birthday strawberry.

Marty brought Telly out to socialize with the kids.
Marty brought Telly out to socialize with the kids.
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Like your family we have twins, boy/girl, that turned three last month. I saw your blog entry for January and it looks like we have something in common, potty training twins. Like one of your girls, my son WILL NOT pee in the potty but his sister was doing well until she caught on to "Bubbie" not trying. I was just letting things run their course but our local pre-schools/mommy day out programs require the children to be potty trained and this mommy needs a day out. Bribery isn't working. Have you had any success?

Sommer

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How often is the telly puppet renewed or replaced?

Katherine Sydney, Australia

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I read in 40 Years of Life on the Street about an incident involving Snuffy's puppet where a sombrero caused the wood frame to collapse on you and Bryant Young. Did they rebuild the puppet after that or did they just make a new one?

Edward

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I just wanted to say thanks for the blog. My daughter Kylie (who just turned two yesterday) loves to ask if we are going to see "the babies." Thank you so much to you and Marty for bringing the joy of Sesame Street into our lives every day.

Kendal and Kylie Montreal, Canada

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I've noticed that there are fewer Muppets and people in an episode now than there were twenty years ago. Does everyone show up on the set for filming days or only certain ones? Who decides who gets to play the Anything Muppets? There are some voices I hear more than others.

Glenda

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