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moms with boys

Like Half-Dressed Cartoon Animals
Kids↹Leisure Reading / TV

Like Half-Dressed Cartoon Animals

About five or so 3 a.m.’s ago, I woke up out of sleep because of this question: “Why are all cartoon animals shirtless or pant-less?” I am careful about using generalizations and considered the implications of “all.”   Is it true that “all” of them are half-dressed?  …

April 8, 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
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
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
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
I Think My Son is a Mutant
Kids↹Leisure Technology / Imagination

I Think My Son is a Mutant

My preschooler is an incomparable individual already. Jrue has an amazing memory and can diagram lyrics and jingles and whole children’s stories in his brain, then can ricochet them into the air sporadically without much rehearsal. He is a sweet boy with the gentlest spirit, which I believe…

January 26, 2018
The Life & Times of the Kid Who Can't Sleep
Kids↹Sports

The Life & Times of the Kid Who Can’t Sleep

My preschooler, Jrue, is 4 ½ years old and still wakes me up at least once per seven nights. Comparably, Jai is almost three years younger than he and has slept all night for months. I have reached the point where, if Jrue does not wake me in the…

January 10, 2018
The Emperor's New Underwear
Kids↹Leisure Reading / TV

The Emperor’s New Underwear

We potty-trained Jrue over Memorial Day Weekend 2016 using the 3-Day Potty Method, a systematic approach that mostly involves no bottom-wearing on day 1 and no diaper- or underwear-toting on days 2 and 3. The idea was to rid Jrue of the feeling of the barrier—if there was no diaper under his butt…

December 20, 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