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developmental milestones

There's Love in This Dance
Dance / Music Kids↹Festival

There’s Love in This Dance

On a given weekday, I deploy from bed once my gentle alarm app ignites the flashlight feature on my cell phone, activating something like a bat signal on my ceiling in an otherwise pitch-dark room. The chirping birds that are integrated into the alarm cue their wicked levels of perpetual happiness louder and louder. Because the closest outlet is beside my bookshelf two feet…

February 14, 2018
The Prince Promised
Kids↹Leisure Reading / TV

The Prince Promised

My hubs became a fan of “Game of Thrones” long before I eventually jumped onboard. He has viewed every episode since Season One and has analyzed each main plot point via YouTube theory channels, so he is, thus, my go-to advisor on all things “What’s happening here?” and “Who’s family line is this daughter from…

February 4, 2018
Leg Days
Kids↹Sports

Leg Days

Squats and curls, lunges and presses. A solid leg-building workout regimen can make the difference between squeaky-cute toothpick legs and hearty, healthy tree trunks. Along with the aesthetic appeal, exercising the legs can also lead to a more optimal overall caloric burn, a better balance control, more endurance, higher metabolism, and, my favorite, “superhero efficiency for everyday tasks,” according to…

January 22, 2018
Bros or Foes
Kids↹Sports

Bros or Foes?

I have a 4-year-old preschooler boy and a 20-month-old toddler girl. They are 2 years and 10 months apart…close enough to be companionate, but spaced enough to be potential rivals. When Jai was born, Jrue was deeply swimming in his own “two-year-old-ness.” The days were spent roaming the house for lost toys and spinning around in the…

December 14, 2017
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