Layla Kayleigh’s Blog: Hoping These Early Lessons Stick!

08/30/2012 at 08:00 PM ET
Beach day with my girl – Tom Vickers

Layla Kayleigh is letting PEOPLE readers follow along as she tackles motherhood.

The MTV host and her husband, Sirius/XM talk show host Steven Covino, are parents to daughter Melody Rain, 2½.

In addition to her regular gig on America’s Best Dance Crew, Kayleigh, 28, recently hosted Teen Wolf and Teen Mom specials for the network.

Starting Friday, catch her on Retro Mania for a Labor Day weekend Hills marathon.

You can also find Layla on Facebook and on Twitter @laylakayleigh.

Melody is going to be three in November and I can’t believe I’ve been sharing my journey with you for the last three years (almost)! I have appreciated all of your feedback, tips and suggestions for this first-time mom. Even though I feel that how you parent varies from family to family, and what’s right for one family isn’t always right for another, they don’t say it takes a village for nothing!

All smiles – Courtesy Layla Kayleigh

The biggest lesson Steven and I are learning right now is the best way for us to communicate with Melody when she gets mad or misbehaves. She’s at the age where she’s so fun and is such a happy imaginative toddler — she says the funniest things and has really evolved into her own little person — yet (as I’m sure some of you know) it seems this age also comes with plenty of tantrums, crying marathons and hissy fits when she doesn’t get her own way.

One thing we do try to do is speak to her about why she’s angry or crying. It’s nice because now she can verbally communicate to us why she is so upset about something. Having said that, sometimes she’s just mad for a silly reason and is crying for attention, so at that point we do give her time-outs. It’s definitely not easy to find that discipline balance, especially since she looks so darn cute sometimes and I want to laugh — but know I can’t.

My little grump – Courtesy Layla Kayleigh

I’ve noticed lately that Melody can get frustrated fairly quickly — for example, if she’s trying to build a sand castle and it doesn’t turn out right, she gets extremely upset, gives up and starts throwing everything everywhere.

I’ve been trying to teach her about not giving up straight away, to be patient and keep trying until she figures it out. I’ll sit with her and we’ll walk through the steps together until she gets it right, and realizes there is a solution to every problem.

I know it may sound a bit silly to teach an almost 3-year-old these things, but I really feel that what I teach her now may stay with her for years to come. And I certainly don’t want her to throw in the towel each time she attempts to do something and doesn’t get it right the first time around!

Do you remember anything your parents taught you at a very young age that still resonates with you today? Curious to hear!

Loving summer – Courtesy Layla Kayleigh

As I mentioned, Melody’s been saying the funniest things lately, and her questions leave me stumped sometimes — I wish I had a pause button to think about the answer.

A couple of days ago, she asked me, “Mommy, when are you going to buy me a baby brother?” I didn’t even know what to say! How would you answer that little nugget?!

Hope you and your family have been having a great summer!

Such a girly-girl – Courtesy Layla Kayleigh

Much love,

— Layla Kayleigh

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NWPA Nick on

“it seems this age also comes with plenty of tantrums, crying marathons and hissy fits when she doesn’t get her own way.” I am not sure that is her age Layla. Covino has been doing the same thing for the past 17 years on his radio show. Just kidding around obviously. She is adorable! Great blog! Thanks for sharing.

KelKel on

Melody is blessed by having you and Covino as parents. I wish you both the greatest experience as she molds into each of you in time. She will grow to be both beautiful and feisty as she lives in the two greatest cities in the world Good luck to melody and my fav Hollywood/New York couple!!! May all your dreams come true. (nuss fan)

Carella on

Congrats to both of you. I’ve been a fan of Covino for several years now and I’m a fan of Layla because of him. I’m heard many of the stories on his radio show. I wish you guys only the best in your future.

Chip on

I say a big key is keeping her away from inappropriate music.
Kids today with their Nicklesack and Tickleback bands, all bad influences.

She’s looking adorable, even in the grump picture.

Steve on

Wow it’s like reading my own thoughts. Our Joey is 29 months and we are going through the same stuff. It’s just as much about training ourselves as it is teaching them. I get frustrated quickly, so it’s a challenge to shield that from Joey so he don’t pick up on my bad habits. I love the little stuff he comes up with. Every morning on our way to daycare we pass a golf hitting range with a big sign with a guy hitting a golf ball. He has become known as golfman. This morning Joey says ‘Golfman has a new hat.” They are precious.

cynthia perez on

I have 4 children of my own, yet I’m still no expertise..I did learn that sometimes you have to ignore the tantrums because the more attention you give it the more they continue to do it. But hey a lot of bad comes with the good, hopefully she’ll grow out of it soon, “because princess’s don’t act that way 😉

Sean on

Sounds like she has a mind of her own and is running your lives, I guess that’s the age she is at. I’m sure she will grow out of it eventually.

Rhino on

Love the pics and updates!

Clovis Steib on

Layla and Covino,
Love the update. As a new father to our own little girl, I love to read your blog and share it with my wife. I find your insights informative and extremely heartfelt.

We are just about to the stage where we may soon attempt to travel (by air) with our little Sara. As the Mom in a “bi-coastal” household, can you give us any pointers as to best prepare for baby’s first plane ride?

Beckster on

Geez, she’s had a heck of a growing spurt!! Is it terrible 2s or 3s? I think it’s 2s, but my nieces extended theirs into the 3s. I’ll be embarking on my fun come January. A miniature version of myself is going to be a handful!

Rosemarie Perez on

She’s adorable!

Leslie on

awww! love all the photos… Melody is SO CUTE! Not surprising with such a pretty mama!

Big Daddy Hammer on

Great blog and pics, you two. Always great getting updates on Covino 2.0.

Rockitdog on

Layla & Covino,

You guys are doing such a great job raising such a beautiful little girl. My daughter is a month younger than Melody so its fun to see how much these little girls parallel each other. Love hearing all of Melody’s stories on the air daily but its great to see these pics and see how quickly she’s growing into her own little person! Keep up the good work.

Dave in Anaheim on

Great stuff!I’m glad I found the Covino and Rich show.Best show on radio!

Mike From Hollywood on

Melody is the cutest celebrity baby on this whole site! Plus she rocks cool Disney gear! Great job Steve and Layla. -Mike From Hollywood

DudebroNation on

Showing some love from your favorite Extreme Fan site!

The more she starts to look like Layla the better! 🙂

Pete Nice on

Such a great blog!!

Layla, tell her her baby brother is on layaway! lol

Kim In Boston on

Melody is such a beautiful little girl and i think everything your doing is great. My son is 3.5 and once he tantrums i tell him to sit and relax and come back to me when he’s ready to talk. I can’t understand him when he whines anyways so whats the use in trying to reason at that point. Oh and after your kid is 24 months can we just explain there age in years?? 29 months…now you want me and everyone else to do math…c’mon… Congrats on such a wonderful little girl Layla. Keep the blogs coming:)

K on

What a precious little girl!

Charli on

I love the pic of her in the pink tutu. Too cute!

T. on

Wow…..she looks JUST like her DAD! All the way! I see the good hair from her Mom but her face is just like Steve!

themommypsychologist on

My son asks the same questions! He is convinced that I can simply go to Toys R Us and pick up a sibling. Finally, I just had to tell him how babies are born (in developmentally appropriate language of course).