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Experimental March.

In March, I have spent the first five days thinking. I thought about a new plan – a more realistic one, a SMART goals based one. I understand that my biggest enemy is my lack of patience – I constantly tend to do more, cramming all the possible and impossible tasks in my two free hours a day but, strangely enough, I come up with less. When, in fact, it should be the other way round, shouldn’t it? – less is more. So instead of writing an article each day I’ll right one each week. Instead of listening to a whole book repeatedly I’ll listen to whole chapters repeatedly. Instead of reading five books a month I’ll read three books a month. Instead of rushing things over I’ll slow down and take great pleasure and actually learn more.

So thank you, March, for letting my plan experiment with you:

1. Writing an article each week (ideally using new vocabulary and proper English grammar structures).

2. Reading two memoirs and one book on writing. (I still have to finish Sol Stein’s book on writing but I have already started Eat, Love, Pray – a memoir by Elizabeth Gilbert – didn’t I tell you I was impatient?).

3. Choosing a chapter from the audio book Big Magic and shadowing it every day until I completely master the English in it (there must be something about this book – I realise I mention it so often). 20 minutes a day should do.

I am not sure yet what will happen out of it but I am sure (almost desperately sure) I want to change my life – the way I live it, the way I appreciate it.


Am iesit la plimbare pe strada. Vede vecinii vorbind in engleza care se intorc la ea si-i zic zimbind Hello, Hello raspunde ea apoi adauga: acestia sunt oameni care vorbesc in Engleza.

La un vecin aude un zgomot -Laura stie ce e: pompa de apa care pompeaza apa.

Mai mergem un pic si vede un microbus parcat din care se auzea muzica-Laura zice: a pornit motorul sa cante muzica.


De ieri tot ceri cu entuziasm sa faci pipi la olita, gata, ai inteles ideea. “E mai bine fara scutecel, imi zici”. Azi te-ai culcat frumusel in patuc pt somnul de amiaza, eu iti zic somn dulce si inchid usa! La un moment dat aud strigand din dormitor:

– Mamicaaaaa, vreau pipi! Ajutoooooor!

De ceva timp iti tot place sa schimonosesti cuvintele.

Eu: Somn Dulce.

Tu: Nu somn dulce, pom dulce.

Eu: maşina.

Tu: Nu masina, dadina.


– Mami, vreau pipi.

Iti aduc eu olita, faci ce ai se facut in ea ca peste 5 minute iar:

– Mami, vreau pipi.

– Laurica, tu glumeşti?

– Daaaa, ca Daia!

Tot azi am creat noi colectia ta de cuvinte noi. Am ramas incantata sa vad cu cata ardoare scriai (ieroglife) diferite cuvinte pe bucatele de hartie autocolanta si le lipeai cu zor in carnetelul tau de colectie!

Cu cateva zile in urma ne plimbam pe strada ca la un moment dat sa vad ca esti fara pantofior. Ma alarmez un pic, ma uit in urma instinctual si-l vad ramas in urma la vreo 3m.

– Laurica, de ce ai lasat pantofiorul acolo?

– Eu l-am lasat acolo ca Cenusareasa.

Why does your toddler wake you up?

Sometimes there are aspects that should be carefully reviewed before making any attempt to train your child to sleep by himself or before allowing yourself to get frustrated or irritated having to put your child back to sleep. Consider these, for instance:

Sleep talk

Night terrors

Disturbing thoughts (from books, TV, overheard adult conversations)

Bad dreams


Separation anxiety

Excitement of new skills mastered


Needless to say, every child is very different and needs a bespoke approach with almost every aspect of his life but, I believe, this shouldn’t stop you from including your  child in the process of finding a solution/a plan to better sleep or falling asleep easily/by himself. Here are a few general suggestions for you to consider when it comes to it. I’ve mainly taken them from Elizabeth Pantley’s book, The no-cry sleep solutions for toddlers and preschoolers – ideas that have worked wonders with my daughter, too!

– 9:00 or 10:00 pm is too late for a toddler to go to bed. They actually sleep better and longer when they go to bed earlier – as early as 6:30 and 7:30 pm.

– Dim the lights in your home during the hour before bedtime. Darkness will cause the release of melatonin, the body’s natural sleep hormone.

-Do your bedtime routine (reading, story-telling, nursing) and then switch off the lights and be quiet (only Shhh, Shhh if a response needed). Be quiet and peaceful yourself and your child will fall asleep much more quickly. 

– Make the room cool (18°C to 21°C is cited as best for sleeping) and dark (even the glowing face of a digital clock can trigger wakefulness).

– Don’t skip your child’s daily naps (don’t delay them either). Contrary to popular belief, a nap-less toddler won’t have a better nighttime sleep. (Naps are also essential for their body to release anti-stress hormones and their brain to develop properly).

-Attachment to a lovey can help your child turn away any feelings of being alone. Encourage one.

– Opt for active playtime during the day (at least 30 to 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activities).

– Teach your child exactly how to relax and fall asleep once in bed (muscle relaxation, imagining being a butterfly floating in the wind, breathing in/breathing  out, etc.)

Be gentle but assertive with your child, talk to him, set a sleep plan together and follow it for a few days (or even weeks)  before deciding to quit. Be patient and remember: ”The road to sleep success isn’t a straight line – it’s more like a dance: two steps forward, one step back, and even a few sidesteps in between”.

Stay safe!


Azi ne-am plimbat toti 3 in parc-vazut ratustele si veveritele (desi veveritelr n-au aparut), cand sa iesim din parc ne spui: Aaa sa mergem in padure. Tot azi cand m-ati luat cu tata de la lucru ne spui pe drum in masina: maaam nu pe-aici – prin paduuuuuuure. La un moment dat vezi Ambulanta si spui : Ooo masina de peteleli (pompieri).
-Nu, aceasta e Ambulanta, iti spune tata.
– aaa, seamana cu masina de peteleli, raspunzi tu.

Ieri treceam pe langa magazinul Aldi si tu din scaunelul masinii zici: mama sa mergem la shopping! (de cuvantul shopping n-am pomenit vreodata nici eu nici tata). Tot ieri te adormea tata la amiaza, ti-a cantat el de toate si adormea el deja nu si tu; la un moment dat ii zici: taticule, Desteapta-te Romane – cantecul de leagan cantat deseori de tata!
Daca nu poti deschide un fermoar,capac sau ai alta ocupatie complicata pentru tine si care de multe ori te aduceau la tipete din frustrare acum imi zici cu blandete si control determinat de sine: mamica ajuta-ma te rog!
Azi ai vazut luna din masina cand m-ati luat de la serviciu si cand am ajuns acasa ai vazut-o din nou; concluzia ta a fost: luna merge dupa noi!
Mai nou, creezi jocuri de cuvinte schimbandu-le terminatia si razand cu pota cand le corectez. Luna devine lunu, iar oita – oitu si ierbulita-ierbulitu! Canti cantecele invatate luni in urma si iti place sa spui pe silabe cuvant dupa cuvant. Mai ai si diminutive create tot de tine: daia devine dăica şi azi fina a fost finica!


-Vrei cu mama afară?

-Nu, vreau cu tata!

-Deci vrei cu tata?

-Nu, vreau cu mama şi cu tata!

Într-o grădina englezească te pomeneşti de multe ori cu pisici, veverițe, arici şi alte vietăți cântătoare şi necântătoare gata să-ți încânte copilul!
-Nu-i pisica.
-Nu e, scumpuleț.
-Mmm, s-a ascuns printre rămurele! (Somnoroase pasarele/pe la cuiburi se aduna/se ascund în rămurele/noapte bună e cea mai recentă poezie învățată de tine pe de rost).