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power struggle

Buzzer Life
Kids↹Leisure Reading / TV

Buzzer Life

I just figured it out. I ascertained my place between the pursuits of my attention by the 4-year-old and the 16-month-old. I have discovered why their perceived jealousy for my complete care and focus is so essential to their centers. Daily, I face the wrath of one or the other if…

August 12, 2017
Chips in Bodies
Kids↹Leisure Technology / Imagination

Chips in Bodies

I woke up thinking about whether I would implant microchips into my children after reading an article the night before regarding a group of employees in Wisconsin who have agreed to do so. Not because the kids have been naughty or missing or restless, but solely because they will be teenagers in…

July 29, 2017
Diaper Change Gymnastics
Kids↹Sports

Diaper Change Gymnastics

The thighs on my 15-month-old are made of thick ham: juicy, but defined. They sit atop bowlegged lengths and meet the certified narrow feet known on her maternal grandmother and aunt. Jai carries the acceleration of a roadster on those things, the torque powerful, even at…

July 11, 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
4 Ways Having a Threenager is Like a First Date
Food / Theater Kids↹Festival

4 Ways Having a Threenager is Like a First Date

A “threenager” is a noun I endorse for a 3-year-old who displays the classic performance symptoms seen in teenagers: Screaming. Talking back. Smacking the lips in tantrum. Stubbornness. Resorting to immaturity. Complete befuddlement when in trouble. It’s one of those definitively stressful parenting periods. Mommy writer…

April 28, 2017
Hot Dogs and Tater Tots
Food / Theater Kids↹Festival

Hot Dogs and Tater Tots

A major task in parenting is in ensuring that the children eat every day. This is an undertaking much easier said than done, not because of the shortage of food options for children, but because those options can be met with some level of resistance. I often…

April 16, 2017
4 People My Daughter Hates
Food / Theater Kids↹Festival

4 People My Daughter Hates

My girl tot sports the personality of a 3-year-old: pushy in her immediate wants, nonchalant of important needs, flighty in her quest for independence, adventuresome and supercurious. It’s been a few months of our noticing her official nature egress, but I have always sensed…

April 7, 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
Why Am I the Godzilla?
Mommy↹Society

Why Am I the Godzilla?

Just now, I had to slam into the Time-Out Button–the ginormous red one on the wall made famous in cartoons. I (metaphorically) threw my body up against it and left the room. The kids killed my cup of sugar. I’m pissed about it. As…

December 31, 2016