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No Kids Allowed, Part 1
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No Kids Allowed, Part 1

I maintain an active imagination. If I happen upon a lovely photo online of an isolated island paradise, I can literally visualize myself there, soaking in warm shade and sea air, a fortuitous daydream of this real or false destination. I mentally photo-shop a laughing me into a romantic…

April 19, 2018
I Was Tricked Into This Reading Marathon Once...
Kids↹Leisure Reading / TV

I Was Tricked Into This Reading Marathon Once…

Jrue was much younger, perhaps 21 or so months old at the time. I had instituted reading at bedtime around the month he had turned one-and-a-half years old because I am a big believer that a joy (or minimal tolerance) in learning starts when a book opens.   Once an English major, always…

March 15, 2018
Joffrey Baratheon
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Joffrey Baratheon

So. I am a busy mother. My husband is an active father. We are a duet with two developing backup singers.   Amongst the basic tasks of motherhood for me include meal planning, bathing maintenance, entertainment procurement, schedule policing, clothing upkeep, emotional tending, and academic assurance, as well as most delegation procedures to others. (Notice I…

February 11, 2018
Farewell, Baby Superstore
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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
Kids Are Like Snow Days
Kids↹Leisure Technology / Imagination

Kids Are Like Snow Days

In case I hadn’t mentioned it before, keeping children alive can be a pretty strenuous position. My 4-year-old, Jrue, eats so infrequently that I actively wonder if a cloned robot was swapped with our real son without our knowledge. My almost-2-year-old, Jai, is hell-bent on obtaining the world record for…

January 20, 2018
A Very Mea Christmas
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A Very Mea Christmas

As a child, Christmastime was always a huge deal in our home. For starters, my mother has a fabulously festive personality; she is easily excitable and wears a naturally giving aura, which makes for quite the holiday spirit when the time comes. I am…

December 24, 2017
Pete the Cat and Jrue
Kids↹Leisure Reading / TV

Pete the Cat and Jrue

During a recent school book drive, my 4-year-old acquired a copy of Eric Litwin’s “Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes,” the first book in an ongoing series of children’s narratives revolving the life of fictional Pete the Cat illustrated by James Dean. The book features a catchy sequence of…

November 15, 2017
Don't Lose Your Pants on Halloween
Kids↹Leisure Technology / Imagination

Don’t Lose Your Pants on Halloween

As did countless parents on October 31st, we approached Halloween with a similar enthusiasm that we reserve for discussions about Santa Claus during Christmastime and birthdays in April and June. Jrue was ready to attempt to join a fictional police force for Halloween, and we thought it clever to…

November 1, 2017
4 Lessons For My Kids That "Sing" Teaches Best
Kids↹Leisure Reading / TV

4 Lessons for My Kids That “Sing” Teaches Best

Two weeks ago, I flipped through Netflix to find something new and illuminating for the kids to watch. Television monitoring is not for the faint of heart in my home; Jrue and Jai literally sit and stare without blinking when entranced by a show, almost as if they are downloading to their brain computers. It can be…

August 27, 2017