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communication skills

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
Dramedy 1101 and 1102
Food / Theater Kids↹Festival

Dramedy 1101 and 1102

I come from an artsy family. My maternal side includes a grandmother who retired as a K-12 art teacher; a make-up artist/model/dancer currently developing her own YouTube channel; a schooled music producer who plays several instruments; and an event planner who has won awards for painting and sculpture. There’s…

March 12, 2018