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Toddler behavior

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
Family Reunion Behavior
Food / Theater Kids↹Festival

Family Reunion Behavior

After this past weekend’s third annual family reunion in Illinois, I am of the precise truth that my children are even more nuts than I initially thought…and my certainty that I’m okay with this, even encourage it, is reassuring. On the paternal side is a…

July 19, 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
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
She Made Stag Look Cool
Dance / Music Food / Theater Kids↹Festival

She Made Stag Look Cool

The hubs and I survived our toddler boy’s fourth birthday party. We made all the sensible moves in our favor: hosted the party in his daycare classroom on a weekday after naptime, as to have peak excitement and not to have to sanitize our…

June 9, 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
Gidget's Gadgets Glow
Kids↹Leisure Technology / Imagination

Gidget’s Gadgets Glow

The light atop the cell phone illuminates, indicating recording has begun. Jai blinks at the sudden brightness, perplexity routing her gaze for seconds, then a big, 9-toothed grin spreads and lifts her cheeks. She makes sounds stressing consonants and hops up and down on her…

June 2, 2017
The Sport of Curly Hair
Kids↹Sports

The Sport of Curly Hair

My 3-year-old boy and my 13-month-old girl both have naturally curly hair. It’s funny how genes work. Jrue’s birth fuzz gave way around age five months to one soft puff pastry atop his head. His aerodynamic coif was shaped like a tomato pin cushion…

May 26, 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