Have you seen the movie "Goodfellas?" It's that classic 1990 crime movie about real-life mafia member Henry Hill. It's a film right up there with "The Godfather" (okay, a step below it), and there are some really memorable characters. One of them is this guy whom the narrator calls "Jimmy Two Times." Check out the short … Continue reading Who Knew My Kid Was in Goodfellas?
I mean, we all think Elton John was singing, "Hold me closer, Tony Danza," right? Was Johnny Rivers singing, "Secret agent man" or "Secret Asian man?" Does it matter at a party/wedding if we get the lyrics right as long as our lips are moving and some kind of word is coming out? (Apparently if … Continue reading Mis-sung Lyrics, Toddler-Style
It's well know that songs can help kids learn things better. Put a bunch of information to the tune of a known song, and they'll memorize it much easier than repetition, flash cards, or the (tedious) like. I haven't used that yet for Toddler, but I think I will soon. First I need to learn … Continue reading Top 3 Songs We’ve Co-opted To Get Our Kids To Do Something
As I've mentioned before, dinner at our house is rarely an orderly affair. We have a healthy meal, yes, but there is always at least one of: food thrown on the floor (Baby) loud singing (Toddler) voice escalation (Toddler, then Baby) impromptu dancing (me) someone refusing to eat one item (Husband, Toddler, or Baby) crying … Continue reading Toddler Talk Tuesdays: Ad Libbing at its Finest
First came writing and now comes spelling. Toddler is learning how to spell a few words, such as "hi" and the names of her family members and such. I'm not pushing it, but since she's showing interest and asking how to spell words, I oblige her the lesson. Often Toddler asks me how to spell … Continue reading Learning to Spell: Juuuust a Few Errors …
Well, it's been a busy weekend for us - nonstop traveling - and we are traveling again today to celebrate Passover today with family. Thank goodness we'll be home for Easter! In lieu of a longer post today, I'll say Happy Passover (I'm sure there's a Hebrew phrase for it, but I, the shiksa, don't … Continue reading Happy Passover and Bonus Toddler Talk!
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
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
Thank goodness Baby has Toddler to learn from. I didn't realize how much faster she'd learn things than Toddler did when she was little! Baby imitates - and therefore learns how to do something from - Toddler on everything from unscrewing/screwing caps to throwing toys. Joy and joy, right? Just yesterday Baby walked into the … Continue reading Learning Words From the Older Sister – and Movie Quotes?
Why are kids movies (for young kids), for the most part, animated? Why has my kid seen Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, and Yellow Submarine (not a kid's movie, I know...) and not Miracle on 34th Street? Do we think kids can't handle watching real people yet? Does it make the scenes appear too real? Is it … Continue reading Kids Movies: All Animated?