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developmental milestones

Pete the Cat and Jrue
Kids↹Leisure Reading / TV

Pete the Cat and Jrue

During a recent school book drive, my 4-year-old acquired a copy of Eric Litwin’s “Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes,” the first book in an ongoing series of children’s narratives revolving the life of fictional Pete the Cat illustrated by James Dean. The book features a catchy sequence of…

November 15, 2017
Tattle Tales and Lies
Food / Theater Kids↹Festival

Tattle Tales and Lies

I hear a knock against Jrue’s bedroom wall followed by a roar of anger. Short silence follows. Then, Jrue appears in my bedroom door as I am calmly folding laundry. “Mommy?” he questions. I am amused at the conversation to follow, but hides the smile threatening to break out under a mellow…

November 8, 2017
Karate Chronicles: 3 Ways My Son is "Very" 4
Kids↹Sports

Karate Chronicles: 3 Ways My Son is “Very” 4

This week, we took Jrue to his first Taekwondo class. His particular group, the Tiny Tigers, are for children aged 4-6, a cohort identifiable by a distinct level of what I call “filter-less-ness.”   Our decision to familiarize Jrue with martial arts was two-fold: first, upon recognizing that he was…

October 25, 2017
The Code Word is "Apple"
Kids↹Sports

The Code Word is “Apple”

I have a feeling that my baby girl, Jai, is going to talk a lot when she gets older. She hasn’t given specific indication that her language development is any more advanced than other toddlers her age. Jai doesn’t even show any distinctive higher level of…

October 18, 2017
7 Baby Items I Will Miss
Kids↹Leisure Technology / Imagination

7 Baby Items I Will Miss

Just some weeks ago, I went around the house collecting items to donate that Jai could no longer fit or could use. The tidbits included receiving blankets and bibs from a drawer I had forgotten existed; size 12-month summer clothing; and toys and electronics fit to entertain…

October 5, 2017
The 4-Year Hour of a Picky Eating Preschooler
Food / Theater Kids↹Festival

The 4-Year Hour of a Picky Eating Preschooler

My son never stopped being a picky eater. It was something he was supposed to have outgrown, I thought, once he started school. His pickiness was a temporary phase, one that would end just as soon as he understood the anguish of hunger pangs.  Since I last wrote nine months ago about the saga in…

September 27, 2017
Kids↹Sports

Issa Darts Game/Anti-Floor-Pee

It has been 477 sunrises since day 1 of potty training with Jrue last Memorial Day weekend. We have scaled all kinds of exciting rituals and challenges in the potty-going itinerary, but always keep our eyes on the shallow finished end. Whatever that may…

September 17, 2017
Food / Theater Kids↹Festival

My Daughter is Grosser Than Yours

My toddler girl is the grossest kid I have ever met. She is a slimy, sticky, slippery hunk of chewing, crunching craziness that I used to mind rather greatly, but am now temporarily, if not atypically, accepting. More than likely, I may be encouraging…

September 5, 2017