I was cruising through the mini meetings at Mom 2.0. They were in a big banquet hall and every 15 minutes one was to run from one table to the next depending upon the topic. The most popular subjects were something like this, “how to make some money, or how to get eyeballs doing something every body with an ovary is doing these days.” It was standing room only at those tables. Not on the table, but next to them.
“What did she just say?”
“um, something about optimization.”
When I spied Dr. Harvey Karp sitting at a table with only two woman. The rest of the room suddenly went into soft focus. The guy who wrote the book that got me through the first terrifying months of mom daughter’s life was there.
Mr Swaddle and “shoo- shoo” shimmy himself! To heck with it, I can’t hyper link my way to fortune right now, I need to talk to this guy.
The way I remembered it I knocked these ladies aside and then it was just US. Me fawing, “It all worked! My kids loved being swaddled. My husband was so good at swaddling.”
He smiled kindly and said, “Do you have Happiest Toddler on the block?” ( sub title How to Eliminate Tantrums and Raise a Patient, Respectful, and Cooperative One- to Four-Year-Old) I said I did, but hadn’t cracked it open in a while. Would it be helpful with my now 4 year old son? He said it can help with tantrums up to 5, sometimes even a little older. So we discussed it. He said this book was more important than the baby book “Because this will help you make them into the people you want them to be.” Yes, I nodded, especially boys who can express their feelings. He explained you use 1/3 intensity of their voice. Too much in your voice means it’s now about crazy mom, not tantrum kid. Describe what you see, “you are pounding your fists on the floor, you are banging your head. You really want me to that was important to you.” Toddlers are not mini big kids, they think differently, he explained.
He said, “get the DVD if you and your husband don’t want to read the book.” Yeah, guys are more visual, right? I sensed my 15 minutes was almost up as 3 other woman had plunked down on my turf. I turned my back on them and leaned into the doctor for one last nugget o’ wisdom. “My 4 year old sleeps with me most nights. I like the cuddling”
“Sure, it’s nice.” he agreed.
” I haven’t made a big deal about it, because I have older step children. I know soon enough he won’t want anything to do with me, however, sometimes I’d like a little space.”
Dr. Karp reached underneath his table and pulled out. He gave it to me! Now he was smiling to those other
bitches moms. It was time for me to move on to upping my social media presence, taking a picture in natural light or twittering for jam and wipes.
I gazed at him one more time. “I would love to talk to you about how I’m an Intactivist“
I called out as I was forced to give up my seat and he was passing out books and smiles.
He should put all his books together and call it the Happiest Mom on the Block collection.