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preschooler behavior

The Beauty in B-Words
Food / Theater Kids↹Festival

The Beauty in B-Words

My son, Jrue, is a static, stereotypical five-year-old right now. He holds long conversations, directly correlated to “why” something is so, and responds with the cutest laughter when something is funny to him. He likes the idea of his many toy cars crashing and, much like at his gender brick wall, physically demonstrates his…

July 1, 2018
Interview With a 5-Year-Old
Kids↹Leisure Technology / Imagination

Interview With a 5-Year-Old

In honor of my Jrue’s fifth birthday on June 7, I thought it great to crack open his brain and take a peek inside, something I had not performed since he began specialized education and consistent speech therapy for Autism Spectrum Disorder. I discussed the discovery of his unique…

June 6, 2018
Back Talk and Tears
Food / Theater Kids↹Festival

Back Talk and Tears

We stood face-to-tummy, a stand-off of sorts, him scowling at what had to be a comparable discontent reflecting back. I had instructed Jrue, “No, not right now,” and how did he respond? By screeching his initial question again, much too loudly, and throwing his arms back in an apparent rage.  …

May 24, 2018
My Baby Graduated From Pre-K
Food / Theater Kids↹Festival

My Baby Graduated From Pre-K

In August 2017, I reflected on the philosophical meaning behind my first child’s admittance into pre-kindergarten in a blog post. I talked about adjusting to a new wake-up time and an odd pick-up time. Jrue used to verbally disgorge everything he’d heard in a day in to-the-minute vocal tones…

May 21, 2018
The Crying Games
Kids↹Sports

The Crying Games

My 4-year-old son and my soon-to-be-2-year-old daughter have wrangled up a new kind of competition. It seems to entail, as its most fundamental groundwork, which one of them can cry first, longest, and loudest. I started to notice the bidding a few weeks ago during one otherwise peaceful…

April 4, 2018
What Parents Know For Sure
Mommy↹Society

What Parents Know For Sure

There is no manual for parenthood, as much as we want it to be true. Parenting strategy usually arrives in ebb-and-flow, trial-and-error form, as much as we want it not to be true. Over time through the cultural doctrine of verbal pass-down, parents have developed a semblance of a…

March 28, 2018
Dramedy 1101 and 1102
Food / Theater Kids↹Festival

Dramedy 1101 and 1102

I come from an artsy family. My maternal side includes a grandmother who retired as a K-12 art teacher; a make-up artist/model/dancer currently developing her own YouTube channel; a schooled music producer who plays several instruments; and an event planner who has won awards for painting and sculpture. There’s…

March 12, 2018
He Eats the Broccoli at School
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He Eats the Broccoli at School

“Jrue, what did you do at the big school today?” I asked my 4-year-old son as we rode in the car towards our house after school.   “Ummm,” he responded, his overactive brain sorting through the day’s events. “I pointed to the picture.”   “What else?”…

February 21, 2018
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
There's Love in This Dance
Dance / Music Kids↹Festival

There’s Love in This Dance

On a given weekday, I deploy from bed once my gentle alarm app ignites the flashlight feature on my cell phone, activating something like a bat signal on my ceiling in an otherwise pitch-dark room. The chirping birds that are integrated into the alarm cue their wicked levels of perpetual happiness louder and louder. Because the closest outlet is beside my bookshelf two feet…

February 14, 2018