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communication skills

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
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
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
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
The Crying Games
Kids↹Sports

The Crying Games

My 4-year-old son and my soon-to-be-2-year-old daughter have wrangled up a new kind of competition. It seems to entail, as its most fundamental groundwork, which one of them can cry first, longest, and loudest. I started to notice the bidding a few weeks ago during one otherwise peaceful…

April 4, 2018
What Parents Know For Sure
Mommy↹Society

What Parents Know For Sure

There is no manual for parenthood, as much as we want it to be true. Parenting strategy usually arrives in ebb-and-flow, trial-and-error form, as much as we want it not to be true. Over time through the cultural doctrine of verbal pass-down, parents have developed a semblance of a…

March 28, 2018
Here Come the No's
Food / Theater Kids↹Festival

Here Come the No’s

When a tornado may develop, there are several atmospheric signs to look for. The sky may turn green. The wind may stop abruptly. Hail may pelt the ground. A cloud of debris approaches. Conditions become way too dangerous to human fragility. Everyone must take cover for safety.  A similar…

March 24, 2018
I Was Tricked Into This Reading Marathon Once...
Kids↹Leisure Reading / TV

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