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What Parents Know For Sure

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
"We Don't Know What We're Doing"

We Don’t Know What We’re Doing

I see a few “perfect” families pretty often. Dad has a great career and has struck out to develop his own firm. New clients await just off stage to join him. Mom runs several successful businesses. Her heels and hair are usually aligned faultlessly,…

March 21, 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
My Favorite Olympic Sport

My Favorite Olympic Sport

I think bobsleighing is cool to watch. I couldn’t drive the bobsleigh out of the sheer terror of flipping us over and down the banked twists of wickedness, but I could lean with the best of them. I have loved figure skating since my younger days watching Kristi…

March 1, 2018
He Eats the Broccoli at School
Food / Theater Kids↹Festival

He Eats the Broccoli at School

“Jrue, what did you do at the big school today?” I asked my 4-year-old son as we rode in the car towards our house after school.   “Ummm,” he responded, his overactive brain sorting through the day’s events. “I pointed to the picture.”   “What else?”…

February 21, 2018
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
Momma's Gotta Dream

Momma’s Gotta Dream

About six years ago, I began regularly dreaming about “school.” These dreams were not ordinary. Primarily, the consistency of vividness and the frequency of occurrence were obvious, meaningful, audacious.   Sporting a terribly imaginative brain, I engaged all of my senses in the illusions that played sometimes twice a…

February 7, 2018
Snack Bags and Fruit Snacks: My First Blogging Year

Snack Bags and Fruit Snacks: My First Blogging Year

Starting a parenting blog was one of the most fulfilling stress-relief-creative-outlet combos that I could have signed up for. Beyond the perk of being able to keep my writing pens from collecting dust and shielding my “left brain” from non-usage cobwebs, I get to…

January 30, 2018
Kids Are Like Snow Days
Kids↹Leisure Technology / Imagination

Kids Are Like Snow Days

In case I hadn’t mentioned it before, keeping children alive can be a pretty strenuous position. My 4-year-old, Jrue, eats so infrequently that I actively wonder if a cloned robot was swapped with our real son without our knowledge. My almost-2-year-old, Jai, is hell-bent on obtaining the world record for…

January 20, 2018