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7 Baby Items I Will Miss
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7 Baby Items I Will Miss

Just some weeks ago, I went around the house collecting items to donate that Jai could no longer fit or could use. The tidbits included receiving blankets and bibs from a drawer I had forgotten existed; size 12-month summer clothing; and toys and electronics fit to entertain…

October 5, 2017
YouTube is Welcomed in My Home
Kids↹Leisure Technology / Imagination

YouTube is Welcomed in My Home

Our children’s choices of modern entertainment can get a bad reputation, and rightfully so. Advancements in knowledge and technology have uncovered correlations between constant electronic stimulation and the increased likelihood of various attention disorders and aggressive behaviors in children. As our younger generations further…

September 10, 2017
My Baby is in Pre-K
Kids↹Leisure Technology / Imagination

My Baby is in Pre-K

The disenchantment one can experience when creating a complicated password, particularly when it must be changed frequently, is equivalent to the injury a parent’s feelings can occupy when dropping off their first-born child in a Pre-K classroom. Emotion is a colossal pain in the butt.…

August 5, 2017
Chips in Bodies
Kids↹Leisure Technology / Imagination

Chips in Bodies

I woke up thinking about whether I would implant microchips into my children after reading an article the night before regarding a group of employees in Wisconsin who have agreed to do so. Not because the kids have been naughty or missing or restless, but solely because they will be teenagers in…

July 29, 2017
The Wonderment of Summer Break
Kids↹Leisure Technology / Imagination

The Wonderment of Summer Break

There was a movie released about two years before I was born called “The Toy.” It starred actor Jackie Gleason as millionaire U.S. Bates and the late Richard Pryor as janitor/underemployed reporter Jack Brown; the premise was that a rich father gifted his bratty 9-year-old, Eric,…

July 4, 2017
Gidget's Gadgets Glow
Kids↹Leisure Technology / Imagination

Gidget’s Gadgets Glow

The light atop the cell phone illuminates, indicating recording has begun. Jai blinks at the sudden brightness, perplexity routing her gaze for seconds, then a big, 9-toothed grin spreads and lifts her cheeks. She makes sounds stressing consonants and hops up and down on her…

June 2, 2017
And After the Kid is Potty-Trained...?
Kids↹Leisure Technology / Imagination

And After the Kid is Potty-Trained…?

It has been 342 days today since our family canonized “Jrue’s Potty Party,” the celebratory Memorial Day Weekend Saturday that marked the official beginning of “potty-trained big boys” in our home. We flounced about, declaring the day special with dramatic flourish. The night before, I…

May 5, 2017
Childhood Couches and Plastic Covers
Kids↹Leisure Technology / Imagination

Childhood Couches and Plastic Covers

My formative years lasted throughout the ’90s…a time period of trolls and Lisa Frank, dial up and scrunchies, slap bracelets and Gameboys, Dunkaroos and “Where’s Waldo?” I recall these reminders fondly, just as much as I have mentally souvenir’d my great-grandmother’s plastic-covered couch. It…

April 4, 2017
This Cell Phone of Mine
Kids↹Leisure Technology / Imagination

This Cell Phone of Mine

I cannot sugarcoat this: Cell phone attendance in my home is fervid. The hubs’ phone is usually busy keeping him connected to the company at all times. In my possession, my phone is in action retrieving visual memories and story ideas and quick links…

March 3, 2017