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moms with boys

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

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

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
My Son Can Smell Me
Food / Theater Kids↹Festival

My Son Can Smell Me

My preschooler boy is my biggest fan on Earth. I don’t think I will ever-again come across a kid who’d sacrifice his own conveniences for me, who would much rather remain uncomfortably in mannequin-still place if it meant sitting next to mommy. Jrue will squeeze into the tiniest spaces, the…

October 1, 2017

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

My Boyfriend vs. My Husband

The hubs and I have been married since May 16, 2010. It was a warm spring Sunday, but, to avoid the sticky heat and allergy-inducing pollen of the outdoors gardens, we married at 11 a.m. in a large alcove, our guests facing massive windows…

August 29, 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
To My Son At 3

To My Son At 3

Dearest Jrue, You are becoming such a big boy. As mommy thinks about your growth, I feel sad that you will be four years old and in preschool in the summer. But it’s not a sadness that will stay. I cry just a little…

March 31, 2017