Once upon a time, when June was about one, she loved her bath. She loved pouring water from one cup to another, running her hands in the warm water and playing with her seemingly endless supply of cheap plastic toys. She was oblivious to the water I’d pour on her head. All was right with MORE »
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Every time I go to the grocery store, I pause for a minute before the dairy case. What kind of milk do I buy? Low fat or full fat milk? Which is better for June, age 2? For the longest, I’ve selected the full fat milk, which — call me a wild child — goes MORE »
The Atlantic just came out with an article called The Touch-Screen Generation about the encroaching influence of digital technology on young children, including toddlers, and whether apps rot kids’ brains or make them smarter. This is an issue I think about every day. No sooner do I pick up June from Montessori — literally before MORE »
My brother and his wife recently had their first baby — congratulations, Dave and Erika! — and it’s safe to say that my brother’s quiet, comfy world is being dismantled and put back together Strawberry Shortcake-style as I write this. If you have kids, you know what I’m talking about. Remember before you had your MORE »
Before I had June, my dogs were my children. I cuddled with them, played with them, went for long hikes in the woods with them, took pride in their accomplishments and generally talked to them like a character on Sesame Street. (If you have a pet and no kids at home, you know what I’m MORE »
About a month ago, June and I visited the pediatrician who asked where we were with potty training. “Oh, we boarded that train a long time ago,” I said. “It just hasn’t left the station.” I told her I began putting June on the potty at around 1 1/2 more to introduce the concept, to MORE »
Now that June is in Montessori, I’ve been thinking a lot about her education, and about primary education in general. I realize she’s only 2, but apart from love, security and the occasional M&M (;-)), her education is the most important gift I can give her. I came across this fascinating book, Finnish Lessons: What Can the MORE »
June is in her high 2s, which means shes been on a serious “No” kick lately. It’s become her default answer to every conceivable question. To cope, we’ve started calling her The No-Bot. INT. KITCHEN TABLE – EARLY MORNING Mom: “June, do you want milk?” Toddler: “No.” Mom: “Juice?” Toddler: “No.” Mom: “How about water?” MORE »
My husband is an officer in the army reserves, so that means I have to deal with a lot of army stuff – long deployments, weekend drills, this haircut, an inscrutable language of acronyms. Recently, military nomenclature has infiltrated our family life in that Jake has taken to persuading our 2-year-old to address him as “sir.” MORE »
See this drawer? This drawer is trying to kill me. Welcome to my Sippy Cup Drawer: a black hole of plastic cups, super spout 2-handlers, insulated cups, thermoses equipped with pop up straws, cups emblazoned with Dora, Mickey, Cinderella (and probably a burrowed nest of baby gerbils, but I don’t want to think about that), and MORE »