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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
Mommy↹Society

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
Sleeping with Jai
Kids↹Sports

Sleeping with Jai

I produced the idea to sleep in bed overnight with the 1-year-old while in Virginia over the weekend. I have confirmed that she drinks coffee and does taxes in her sleep. It wasn’t a pre-planned concept, as the hubs and I had arranged for Jrue to sleep…

August 21, 2017
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
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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