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toddler activities

She Only Used to Want Daddy...
Food / Theater Kids↹Festival

She Used to Only Want Daddy…

“Hi, mommy!” Jai shrieked in a completely clear and high-pitched musical note. “Mommy! Hi! Hiiiii! Mommy! Mommmmmyyyy…!”   The hubs and I had not long dragged our suitcases into the house after five days away in what has been gloried as our most relaxing trip as a couple ever, even beating out our honeymoon. Jrue was laying in…

June 10, 2018
Surviving the Mall Playground
Kids↹Sports

Surviving the Mall Playground

As my little babies have evolved into bouncing toddlers, I have discovered that there is gold within the designated children’s play areas in local malls, even as the spaces around the entertainment mounds wither under the slow demise of the shopping mall sector. If compared…

May 27, 2018
Marathon of the 2
Kids↹Sports

Marathon of the 2

My baby girl will be two years old tomorrow. I can’t say that I didn’t see this coming; along with the natural progression of childhood, time has its way of speeding and slowing in unconventional intervals. This first year with a little girl has truly…

April 12, 2018
Like Half-Dressed Cartoon Animals
Kids↹Leisure Reading / TV

Like Half-Dressed Cartoon Animals

About five or so 3 a.m.’s ago, I woke up out of sleep because of this question: “Why are all cartoon animals shirtless or pant-less?” I am careful about using generalizations and considered the implications of “all.”   Is it true that “all” of them are half-dressed?  …

April 8, 2018
Here Come the No's
Food / Theater Kids↹Festival

Here Come the No’s

When a tornado may develop, there are several atmospheric signs to look for. The sky may turn green. The wind may stop abruptly. Hail may pelt the ground. A cloud of debris approaches. Conditions become way too dangerous to human fragility. Everyone must take cover for safety.  A similar…

March 24, 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
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
Betty or Veronica
Kids↹Leisure Reading / TV

Betty or Veronica

I’m starting to see, despite having grown up the eldest of three members of the species, that little girls really are a bit of sweet and a bit of spice. Or whatever “in-between” the moment requires.  My daughter spent the past weekend showing us some of…

February 26, 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
I Think My Son is a Mutant
Kids↹Leisure Technology / Imagination

I Think My Son is a Mutant

My preschooler is an incomparable individual already. Jrue has an amazing memory and can diagram lyrics and jingles and whole children’s stories in his brain, then can ricochet them into the air sporadically without much rehearsal. He is a sweet boy with the gentlest spirit, which I believe…

January 26, 2018