Once there was a little girl who chose to show her new friends Dial M for Murder as the movie to watch at a super-cool 17th birthday party. Yes, that movie - a Hitchcock, and not even a really good Hitchcock (obviously, I like his movies, especially Rear Window, The Birds, The Man Who Knew Too … Continue reading Sweet Memories Friday: The Making of a Nerd
(NO, I am really not that cruel!) But boy oh boy, the thought really occurred to me a few days ago when Toddler stopped dancing (she literally lives the day in her ballet slippers and tights if she's not in school that day). She leaned gently on a chair and went up en pointe, telling me … Continue reading Do I Crush Her Dreams Or Just Let It Happen?
I think my 3.5yo is basically an old woman trapped in 39.5 inches of height. She enjoys watching YouTube videos of Fred Astaire (who wouldn't, you ask) and snuggling with me on the couch to watch Holiday Inn. Folks, Holiday Inn was filmed in 1942. Yes, 75 years ago. In black and white. And my daughter loves it. … Continue reading Toddler Talk Tuesdays: Marriage and Holiday Inn
No, I'm not talking about that (besides, who could compare with this Seinfeld episode?!). I'm talking about when we fake emotions with our kids. Let's face it, sometimes we're tired - of the whining, the same questions over and over, pretending it's fun to act out a Sofia movie or book scene for the eleventh time … Continue reading Do They Know We’re Faking It?
How do you wake up in the morning? I'm guessing that your eyes open and you shift a bit in your bed, maybe stretch a little, and then - silently - let your consciousness become alert. Then you probably sit up, maybe drink a glass of water, and head to the bathroom or to the … Continue reading How A Toddler Wakes Up Parents
Dear Little Sister, Hi little Seeker! You're so puffy! I love your little puffy cheekies! Puff, puff. I just puffed your cheeks. Okay, I just wanted to talk to you a little bit about sharing. You know, taking turns and playing with the same toys? Mom is always saying things like, "You need to share … Continue reading Sweet Memories Friday: A Letter Between Sisters on Sharing
Did you know it became spring on Monday? Yeah! Apparently spring comes with a foot of snow. I was looking for my bulbs to pop out and the robins to tweet in the morning. Who knew I should've been looking for semi-melted snowmen and icicles? No wonder I'm a little late with the whole spring … Continue reading Spring Bucket List!
As our 3.5yo gets older, I see her imitating us more and more. Naturally, she wants to do what her parents do since we are the coolest people on the planet. (Well, we'll hold that status in her mind for another few years at least.) Between acting out scenes from Sofia the First and tap … Continue reading Toddler Talk Tuesday: Imitating Parents
We read a LOT around here - many books that we read many, many times each. In fact, I think I have the first 25 pages of The Cat In The Hat memorized (granted, I also once memorized the first 100 digits of pi, so maybe I'm just weird). I certainly can recite What Was … Continue reading Read That Book Too Much For Kiddo? Act It Out!
I had an epiphany a few weeks ago, and it was bolstered a few minutes ago as I put away some clean kiddie cups (more in a moment). Baby's pediatrician recommended I try feeding her Cream of Wheat (I've been having trouble getting her enough milk and carbs) ... so I bought a box. What … Continue reading What We Overspend on For Kids