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Like Half-Dressed Cartoon Animals
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Like Half-Dressed Cartoon Animals

About five or so 3 a.m.’s ago, I woke up out of sleep because of this question: “Why are all cartoon animals shirtless or pant-less?” I am careful about using generalizations and considered the implications of “all.”   Is it true that “all” of them are half-dressed?  …

April 8, 2018
I Was Tricked Into This Reading Marathon Once...
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I Was Tricked Into This Reading Marathon Once…

Jrue was much younger, perhaps 21 or so months old at the time. I had instituted reading at bedtime around the month he had turned one-and-a-half years old because I am a big believer that a joy (or minimal tolerance) in learning starts when a book opens.   Once an English major, always…

March 15, 2018
Betty or Veronica
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Betty or Veronica

I’m starting to see, despite having grown up the eldest of three members of the species, that little girls really are a bit of sweet and a bit of spice. Or whatever “in-between” the moment requires.  My daughter spent the past weekend showing us some of…

February 26, 2018
The Prince Promised
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The Prince Promised

My hubs became a fan of “Game of Thrones” long before I eventually jumped onboard. He has viewed every episode since Season One and has analyzed each main plot point via YouTube theory channels, so he is, thus, my go-to advisor on all things “What’s happening here?” and “Who’s family line is this daughter from…

February 4, 2018
The Emperor's New Underwear
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The Emperor’s New Underwear

We potty-trained Jrue over Memorial Day Weekend 2016 using the 3-Day Potty Method, a systematic approach that mostly involves no bottom-wearing on day 1 and no diaper- or underwear-toting on days 2 and 3. The idea was to rid Jrue of the feeling of the barrier—if there was no diaper under his butt…

December 20, 2017
Pete the Cat and Jrue
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Pete the Cat and Jrue

During a recent school book drive, my 4-year-old acquired a copy of Eric Litwin’s “Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes,” the first book in an ongoing series of children’s narratives revolving the life of fictional Pete the Cat illustrated by James Dean. The book features a catchy sequence of…

November 15, 2017
4 Lessons For My Kids That "Sing" Teaches Best
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4 Lessons for My Kids That “Sing” Teaches Best

Two weeks ago, I flipped through Netflix to find something new and illuminating for the kids to watch. Television monitoring is not for the faint of heart in my home; Jrue and Jai literally sit and stare without blinking when entranced by a show, almost as if they are downloading to their brain computers. It can be…

August 27, 2017
Buzzer Life
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Buzzer Life

I just figured it out. I ascertained my place between the pursuits of my attention by the 4-year-old and the 16-month-old. I have discovered why their perceived jealousy for my complete care and focus is so essential to their centers. Daily, I face the wrath of one or the other if…

August 12, 2017
Sitcom Kids
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Sitcom Kids

I live by the creed that life can be either a comedy or a tragedy. Of course, realistically, it’s more a tragicomedy action adventure docudrama, but varies from one end to the next in any given scene. I’ll just stick to laughing for now…

June 27, 2017
The Grandma in the Hat
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The Grandma in the Hat

My mom and dad were in town last week for baby girl’s first birthday, which we celebrated with an elegant birthday brunch at home. Being older, Jrue has solid ideas regarding the personalities and nuances of Grandma and PopPop, and Jai’s memory is just…

April 21, 2017