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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
Mommy↹Society

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
The Wonderment of Summer Break
Kids↹Leisure Technology / Imagination

The Wonderment of Summer Break

There was a movie released about two years before I was born called “The Toy.” It starred actor Jackie Gleason as millionaire U.S. Bates and the late Richard Pryor as janitor/underemployed reporter Jack Brown; the premise was that a rich father gifted his bratty 9-year-old, Eric,…

July 4, 2017
My Kids Have No Class
Food / Theater Kids↹Festival

My Kids Have No Class

On Mother’s Day weekend, we packed up the tots and made a highway excursion towards southern Illinois to attend my niece’s commencement ceremony. The road trip with Jrue and Jai wasn’t particularly eventful the six hours going or the six returning, but this instance was one…

May 16, 2017
The Grandma in the Hat
Kids↹Leisure Reading / TV

The Grandma in the Hat

My mom and dad were in town last week for baby girl’s first birthday, which we celebrated with an elegant birthday brunch at home. Being older, Jrue has solid ideas regarding the personalities and nuances of Grandma and PopPop, and Jai’s memory is just…

April 21, 2017