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child development

Buzzer Life
Kids↹Leisure Reading / TV

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
Ah, Ballerina! and Other Sweet Dreams
Dance / Music Kids↹Festival

Ah, Ballerina! and Other Sweet Dreams

Is it weird to look at every impromptu, aimless leg extension that my daughter executes a potential future in ballet? That the incessant pointing of her little forefinger is an indicator of keeping time while soon tap dancing? That her rhythm, steadily flaring every day, will point to a love…

August 8, 2017
Family Reunion Behavior
Food / Theater Kids↹Festival

Family Reunion Behavior

After this past weekend’s third annual family reunion in Illinois, I am of the precise truth that my children are even more nuts than I initially thought…and my certainty that I’m okay with this, even encourage it, is reassuring. On the paternal side is a…

July 19, 2017
Something Like a Style
Mommy↹Society

Something Like a Style

“Parenting style” is one of those aggrandized balloon terms that kinda confuses me. Ideas about my disorientation regard the implied identification that there is one singular pattern of behavior a parent displays in the parenting of their children, regardless of the behavior of the child. Similar to the generality…

July 14, 2017
Diaper Change Gymnastics
Kids↹Sports

Diaper Change Gymnastics

The thighs on my 15-month-old are made of thick ham: juicy, but defined. They sit atop bowlegged lengths and meet the certified narrow feet known on her maternal grandmother and aunt. Jai carries the acceleration of a roadster on those things, the torque powerful, even at…

July 11, 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
Sitcom Kids
Kids↹Leisure Reading / TV

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
She Made Stag Look Cool
Dance / Music Food / Theater Kids↹Festival

She Made Stag Look Cool

The hubs and I survived our toddler boy’s fourth birthday party. We made all the sensible moves in our favor: hosted the party in his daycare classroom on a weekday after naptime, as to have peak excitement and not to have to sanitize our…

June 9, 2017
Times of Tantrum
Food / Theater Kids↹Festival

Times of Tantrum

As my toddler boy approaches his fourth birthday and subsequent induction into the age group known as “preschoolers,” I reflect on what his third year of life has taught me as a mommy. I am a woman of personal growth, one who welcomes the…

June 6, 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