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child development

Kid-less For Summer
Mommy↹Society

Kid-less For Summer

It was a casual question that instantly spurned a lot of unrest inside me. The query wasn’t as complicated as I was making it out to be; yet, my response to that occasion was going to reveal unspoken truths about my trust, my authority, and my mothering. Was I willing to…

June 18, 2018
"Mommy Finger, Mommy Finger," and Other Sports
Kids↹Sports

“Mommy Finger, Mommy Finger,” and Other Sports

The song and its repetitive tune gets stuck on replay in my mental space as soon as I hear it again. Similar to others in its new-age nursery rhyme classification, there are many variations of this melody, and I know each one, thanks to my children’s YouTube Kids viewership. The modulations are…

June 13, 2018
She Only Used to Want Daddy...
Food / Theater Kids↹Festival

She Used to Only Want Daddy…

“Hi, mommy!” Jai shrieked in a completely clear and high-pitched musical note. “Mommy! Hi! Hiiiii! Mommy! Mommmmmyyyy…!”   The hubs and I had not long dragged our suitcases into the house after five days away in what has been gloried as our most relaxing trip as a couple ever, even beating out our honeymoon. Jrue was laying in…

June 10, 2018
Interview With a 5-Year-Old
Kids↹Leisure Technology / Imagination

Interview With a 5-Year-Old

In honor of my Jrue’s fifth birthday on June 7, I thought it great to crack open his brain and take a peek inside, something I had not performed since he began specialized education and consistent speech therapy for Autism Spectrum Disorder. I discussed the discovery of his unique…

June 6, 2018
One Million Hair Follicles
Food / Theater Kids↹Festival

One Million Hair Follicles

I am practicing the school of thought where I speak as positively as possible about my baby girl’s hair so that the good vibes will have a trickle-down effect. This works sort of in the way of the “ask and you shall receive” maxim. In the recent past,…

June 3, 2018
Back Talk and Tears
Food / Theater Kids↹Festival

Back Talk and Tears

We stood face-to-tummy, a stand-off of sorts, him scowling at what had to be a comparable discontent reflecting back. I had instructed Jrue, “No, not right now,” and how did he respond? By screeching his initial question again, much too loudly, and throwing his arms back in an apparent rage.  …

May 24, 2018
My Baby Graduated From Pre-K
Food / Theater Kids↹Festival

My Baby Graduated From Pre-K

In August 2017, I reflected on the philosophical meaning behind my first child’s admittance into pre-kindergarten in a blog post. I talked about adjusting to a new wake-up time and an odd pick-up time. Jrue used to verbally disgorge everything he’d heard in a day in to-the-minute vocal tones…

May 21, 2018
To Baby Girl At Age 2
Daddy↹Society

To Baby Girl At Age 2

To our daughter, who just turned two years old: We are truly so proud of you already. We are ecstatic to see you getting taller every time you wake up and we love listening to your newly-formed words. Mommy hears you taking her advisement: She…

April 15, 2018
Marathon of the 2
Kids↹Sports

Marathon of the 2

My baby girl will be two years old tomorrow. I can’t say that I didn’t see this coming; along with the natural progression of childhood, time has its way of speeding and slowing in unconventional intervals. This first year with a little girl has truly…

April 12, 2018
Like Half-Dressed Cartoon Animals
Kids↹Leisure Reading / TV

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