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First off, the stats: our son is 17 months, about 22 lbs, and we've just upgraded to this stroller after seeing how much our friends loved theirs. Note: we did not buy it on Amazon but at a local baby shop here in Minneapolis.
We were given a BabyJogger Summit XC (jogging type stroller) at our baby shower in 2011, so we'd always just used that to get around. While the BabyJogger is excellent for rough trails and the snowy streets of Minneapolis with its large air tires, it gets boiling hot in summer because it has very poor ventilation, and is black. It's also a heavy beast and quite large, meaning I wouldn't take it to the mall etc and I'd never consider air travel with it. Furthermore, the most upright position is not all that upright and our son just doesn't have a great view of his surroundings as we walk, so he's not always super happy to be in there (and seems to be kind of slouching and uncomfortable).
Enter the UppaBaby Vista. I LOVE THIS THING. The three primary reasons I chose this one above the others were: a) the excellent seating position options, meaning our son sits high up, has a great view of everything around him, and therefore is happy and content in the stroller. Nobody wants to wrangle a toddler into a stroller he doesn't want to be in. b) it is going to be waaaay cooler in the stinking hot MN summer, because it has far more ventilation, sun-repelling fabric, and a giant, extendable, UV-proof sunshade. c) we do plan on having another baby, and so we also purchased the rumble seat so that we can have our son and the new baby in the stroller at once. Of all the duo strollers I looked at, I liked this one the best.
We bought it home yesterday and my son has actually been asking to sit in it while still in our house!
Some other positives:
It was so easy to assemble.
It stands upright when collapsed.
It's fairly simple to collapse but I think I'll need to practice a little bit.
It comes with a bassinet, a rainshade and bugshade.
The cargo basket is massive.
Great range of seat position options means that if you're lucky enough to have a little one that actually sleeps in the stroller you can adjust the seat back so you don't watch their precious little head roll forward.
A few (small) negatives:
For the price you're paying for these things, the least UppaBaby could do is include a bloody cup holder. Seriously. Come on. Parents need their caffeine.
It's also (obviously) heavier than an umbrella stroller, but given that I'm using to lugging the BabyJogger around (which is definitely heavier than the Vista), it's not that bad.
All in all, no regrets. Very happy with this purchase.
Even though I'm not a parent, I read Rosalind Wiseman's Queen Bees and Wannabes and loved it. If adults are honest with ourselves, we will see that many times our adult relationships share many features with those of our younger selves. How often have you seen someone post on Facebook regarding their workplace, "I thought I was out of high school!" ? So while these books may have been written to address the issues of adolescents, they are just as applicable to those of us who are long past that age. As Dr. Phil said the other day, we as adult talk about kids as though we have had nothing to do with who they turn out to be.
Wiseman is aptly named (well, she would be a wise woman, but I digress.) She has really paid attention to the interactions between kids, between girls, between boys, between parents, and between parents and kids. Of course Queen Bees resonated with me because I'm a girl and I've been in both the bullied and the bully position as a kid and probably yes, as an adult, as much as I hate to admit it (about being the bully.) I wasn't diagnosed with ADD until the ripe old age of 41, and having untreated ADD means that my reactions and comments were sometimes said in the heat of the moment, without thought. Now that I'm being treated, I no longer have that issue.
With Masterminds and Wingmen, this was a fascinating look into Boy World. Now, I had already figured out some things on my own. I was raised to believe that boys didn't have the same kind of relationships or feelings that girls do. But I noticed that a lot of men did have those kind of friendships with both men and women. And so it led me to believe (correctly) that many of the stereotypes I'd been told about men and women were incorrect. As Wiseman points out, just because a boy says he's fine, it doesn't necessarily mean that he is. There is much more going on than meets the eye.
Wiseman offers up a lot of tools for dealing with just about every situation that could come up - and these are ones that adults could use as well. How often do we tell employees to "Do the right thing" or "Be a good employee" without defining what those are? As humans we approach everything from a point of our own experiences and history - which means that we end up holding people to standards they may not have encountered before. It's the same thing when we tell kids to "Do the right thing" or "Don't get into trouble" without laying out the parameters of what that means.
She also uses a strategy called SEAL,which assists with conflict resolution. This is another technique adult could use.
1. Stop and Set it Up: Assess the situation, i.e what happened? Should I confront the person now or later?
2. Explain: State the problem and what you would like to happen or do.
3. Affirm and Acknowledge: Affirm your right to be treated with dignity and acknowledge anything you've done to contribute to the issue.
4. Lock in (or out): Determine the status of the relationship going forward.
I also love that she points out that when you ask someone else what their perception is, "you must be ready to be changed by what you hear." To me, that's one of the most powerful statements. Because if you're not truly ready to hear something, you won't be able to accept what the other person is saying and you won't be able to see their point of view.
Some highlights (there's no way I can share all of the great moments in this book - I have 26 pages of highlights.)
*The closest we've come to recognizing boys' issues is in our discussions of teen suicides, which we generally attribute to homophobia and lack of gun control.
*What's way more useful for boys is to talk to them about integrity looks like to you under duress.
*He isn't running to play that video game for no reason. He's running to distract himself from the shame he feels that he was ridiculed for his body, from his deeply wired believe that he can't tell you what happened, and it feels good to shoot something that he can pretend is his tormentor.
*My colleagues in college admissions tell me that the ratio of male applicants to female applicants has continued to weaken so much that now they believe that for every eight qualified female applicants there are only two male applicants....So while people are worried about racial affirmative action, the biggest affirmative action problem is right in front of us.
*No matter how physically hurt he is, Batman shakes it off If he's angry, he either clenches his jaw or exacts revenge with utter physical domination.
*It's about understanding that power and privilege are at work when one person believes he has the right to speak for everyone and no one contradicts him.
*To equate speaking out about abuse of power and social injustice with being sexually attracted to other men makes no sense. If it did, heterosexual men would be defined as those who do nothing or who join in when someone's being abused. Then only gay men would have the courage to stand up.
*Our boys deserve meaningful relationships, the freedom to pursue what interests and challenges them, a feeling of belonging and social connection to others, and a sense that they're contributing to something larger than themselves. Those four criteria make up the definition of happiness.
*From the moment our children realize they are separate entities from us and realize that we will often stop them from doing what they want, they carefully study us to figure out how to get their way.
*We are forced to come face-to-face with our acceptance of violence as entertainment in other areas. Since many of us find that hard to acknowledge, we point to video games as the problem.
*There is no video game in history that can approach the level or intensity of violence present in the Old Testament.
*If he gets caught violating a technology or alcohol or drug policy, he (and even you) may think the rules are stupid or unfairly applied, but he agreed to those rules by becoming a participating member of the community.
*"What is the difference between what you do and who you are? If you repeat certain types of disrespectful or dishonest actions, at what point do you become a disrespectful or dishonest person?"
*Kids, including the most entitled and abusive athletes, don't go after other kids unless they know that adult "leaders" in their school don't or can't hold them accountable.
*You can't take away someone's experience, but you can say that his personal experience doesn't reflect the reality of all girls, and you should advise him not to make it generalized blanket statements.
If I had the funds, I would buy this for everyone I know. I really can't think of a single person, group, or company that wouldn't benefit from this.
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