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parenting styles

Sitcom Kids
Kids↹Leisure Reading / TV

Sitcom Kids

I live by the creed that life can be either a comedy or a tragedy. Of course, realistically, it’s more a tragicomedy action adventure docudrama, but varies from one end to the next in any given scene. I’ll just stick to laughing for now…

June 27, 2017
Mommy's Travel Confessional
Food / Theater Kids↹Festival

Mommy’s Travel Confessional

From our home in Georgia to my parent’s home in Virginia lies 572 miles of pretty lakes and weird construction and leagues of expressway, not to mention the largest fireworks emporium in history looming just off I-85. Between here and my husband’s family in Illinois…

June 20, 2017
Invariant Hurdles
Kids↹Sports

Invariant Hurdles

In this life, individual lessons sit beneath strategic obstacles spiked like minefields on our racecourses. We have to hurdle over our own obstacles as we speed forward through space, careful to completely clear them, seeking them out in our peripherals, then rearviews. We collect the…

May 2, 2017
The Grandma in the Hat
Kids↹Leisure Reading / TV

The Grandma in the Hat

My mom and dad were in town last week for baby girl’s first birthday, which we celebrated with an elegant birthday brunch at home. Being older, Jrue has solid ideas regarding the personalities and nuances of Grandma and PopPop, and Jai’s memory is just…

April 21, 2017
A Backpack Note from Dad
Daddy↹Society

A Backpack Note from Dad

Hey Jrue Bear and Mook, As we are coming up on your first year of life, Jai, and your fourth year, Jrue, I wanted to check in with you both to see if I’m on track. Well. Am I? I know neither of you can read well or even talk completely clearly at…

April 11, 2017
About that Thing Called "Balance"
Daddy↹Society

About that Thing Called “Balance”

In any normal situation, a man—husband, father, or otherwise—should weigh the importance of “work-life balance” as much as a woman should. It is absolutely true that we live in a fast-paced world that justifies the hazards of ignoring our professional sides over their “real-world”…

March 10, 2017
The Fable of Balance: A Mom's Perspective
Mommy↹Society

The Fable of Balance: A Mom’s Perspective

When one thinks of “balance,” an image, perhaps, of a scale comes to mind, a scale that is either being filled or is already carrying a load. One scale pan may be heavier; both may be equal. If one adds burden to either side,…

March 7, 2017
This Cell Phone of Mine
Kids↹Leisure Technology / Imagination

This Cell Phone of Mine

I cannot sugarcoat this: Cell phone attendance in my home is fervid. The hubs’ phone is usually busy keeping him connected to the company at all times. In my possession, my phone is in action retrieving visual memories and story ideas and quick links…

March 3, 2017
Moms "Mom," Dads "Dad"--That's the Breaks
Mommy↹Society

Moms “Mom,” Dads “Dad”–That’s the Breaks

Modern society tells us so many mothers are relentlessly hardworking. Many manage full-time careers, then go home to “cook, clean, and kids.” A time for self-care or miscellaneous indulgence is often completely disregarded, and she usually crawls to bed late after being “everything” to…

February 24, 2017