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developmental milestones

Ah, Ballerina! and Other Sweet Dreams
Dance / Music Kids↹Festival

Ah, Ballerina! and Other Sweet Dreams

Is it weird to look at every impromptu, aimless leg extension that my daughter executes a potential future in ballet? That the incessant pointing of her little forefinger is an indicator of keeping time while soon tap dancing? That her rhythm, steadily flaring every day, will point to a love…

August 8, 2017
My Baby is in Pre-K
Kids↹Leisure Technology / Imagination

My Baby is in Pre-K

The disenchantment one can experience when creating a complicated password, particularly when it must be changed frequently, is equivalent to the injury a parent’s feelings can occupy when dropping off their first-born child in a Pre-K classroom. Emotion is a colossal pain in the butt.…

August 5, 2017
Times of Tantrum
Food / Theater Kids↹Festival

Times of Tantrum

As my toddler boy approaches his fourth birthday and subsequent induction into the age group known as “preschoolers,” I reflect on what his third year of life has taught me as a mommy. I am a woman of personal growth, one who welcomes the…

June 6, 2017
And After the Kid is Potty-Trained...?
Kids↹Leisure Technology / Imagination

And After the Kid is Potty-Trained…?

It has been 342 days today since our family canonized “Jrue’s Potty Party,” the celebratory Memorial Day Weekend Saturday that marked the official beginning of “potty-trained big boys” in our home. We flounced about, declaring the day special with dramatic flourish. The night before, I…

May 5, 2017
4 Ways Having a Threenager is Like a First Date
Food / Theater Kids↹Festival

4 Ways Having a Threenager is Like a First Date

A “threenager” is a noun I endorse for a 3-year-old who displays the classic performance symptoms seen in teenagers: Screaming. Talking back. Smacking the lips in tantrum. Stubbornness. Resorting to immaturity. Complete befuddlement when in trouble. It’s one of those definitively stressful parenting periods. Mommy writer…

April 28, 2017
Cooking and Eating With Jai
Food / Theater Kids↹Festival

Cooking and Eating with Jai

Cooking shows have become enormously popular in our modern era, thanks, in part, to our addiction to “live” reality shows and, in full, to our citizens’ overall giant intake of expensive and often wasteful foodstuffs. It is now not odd to find several channels’ worth…

April 25, 2017
4 People My Daughter Hates
Food / Theater Kids↹Festival

4 People My Daughter Hates

My girl tot sports the personality of a 3-year-old: pushy in her immediate wants, nonchalant of important needs, flighty in her quest for independence, adventuresome and supercurious. It’s been a few months of our noticing her official nature egress, but I have always sensed…

April 7, 2017
5 Things One-Year-Olds Do Differently
Food / Theater Kids↹Festival

5 Things One-Year-Olds Do Differently

As we approach the celebration of our baby girl’s first year, we are constantly entertained by her curious habits, such nuances indicative of the growth designators most babies her age manifest. The hubs and I find that Jai’s tendencies, while sometimes clearly involuntary, are…

March 14, 2017
A Baby's Contribution to the Wide World of Sports
Kids↹Sports

A Baby’s Contribution to the Wide World of Sports

I read in a “Parents” magazine article recently that, right around age 1, children often uncover some kooky pastimes like head banging, carpet brushing, and unexplained spinning, amongst other sporadic behaviors. Jai fits a little too well into this category. My baby has some…

February 28, 2017
Chicka Chicka Boom Jai
Kids↹Leisure Reading / TV

Chicka Chicka Boom Jai

We exist in an unambiguous “act now, think later” society. Unspecified verdicts are made at the expense of a person’s better judgment or advisement to move ahead through an effort or speech, even if it most certainly may cause some discomfort. The usual rite of apology of a…

February 21, 2017