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power struggle

A Two-Tablet Habit
Kids↹Leisure Technology / Imagination

A Two-Tablet Habit

This past Christmas, grandma wanted to purchase some kid-friendly tablets for each of my two children and my niece, who is five months older than my daughter. We researched which tablets had the features we most sought for the children: durability in terms of being able…

February 18, 2018
Farewell, Baby Superstore
Mommy↹Society

Farewell, Baby Superstore

As my children age, there are some baby-centric artifacts that I will surely miss encountering. Both Jrue and Jai loved their respective bouncers, and I found some semblance of temporary peace in their happiness as they rocked those legs up and down to power themselves into rhythmic motions. Jrue always smelled delicious as…

January 24, 2018
Leg Days
Kids↹Sports

Leg Days

Squats and curls, lunges and presses. A solid leg-building workout regimen can make the difference between squeaky-cute toothpick legs and hearty, healthy tree trunks. Along with the aesthetic appeal, exercising the legs can also lead to a more optimal overall caloric burn, a better balance control, more endurance, higher metabolism, and, my favorite, “superhero efficiency for everyday tasks,” according to…

January 22, 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
Bros or Foes
Kids↹Sports

Bros or Foes?

I have a 4-year-old preschooler boy and a 20-month-old toddler girl. They are 2 years and 10 months apart…close enough to be companionate, but spaced enough to be potential rivals. When Jai was born, Jrue was deeply swimming in his own “two-year-old-ness.” The days were spent roaming the house for lost toys and spinning around in the…

December 14, 2017
Johnny and Papa Meet Mama
Dance / Music Kids↹Festival

Johnny and Papa Meet Mama

There is a toddler song called “Johny Johny Yes Papa” that is often an appendage of a nursery rhyme video cluster that my children watch on YouTube through children’s music provider ChuChu TV. The song lyrics detail a short verbal exchange between a child named Johnny and his father. The conversation begins with the father approaching…

December 6, 2017
The 4-Year Hour of a Picky Eating Preschooler
Food / Theater Kids↹Festival

The 4-Year Hour of a Picky Eating Preschooler

My son never stopped being a picky eater. It was something he was supposed to have outgrown, I thought, once he started school. His pickiness was a temporary phase, one that would end just as soon as he understood the anguish of hunger pangs.  Since I last wrote nine months ago about the saga in…

September 27, 2017