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child development

The Beauty in B-Words
Food / Theater Kids↹Festival

The Beauty in B-Words

My son, Jrue, is a static, stereotypical five-year-old right now. He holds long conversations, directly correlated to “why” something is so, and responds with the cutest laughter when something is funny to him. He likes the idea of his many toy cars crashing and, much like at his gender brick wall, physically demonstrates his…

July 1, 2018
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
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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