Toddlers

Slave Dolphins and Free Sharks

What’s it worth to give up your freedom?

Slave Dolphins and Free Sharks

We watch the dolphin show at the aquarium.  It’s fun, but a little sad to see such intelligent creatures stuck in a tank they can fully explore in under 30 seconds. “Hey Kubla, are those

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Is driving hard?

A lot of things are hard, until you learn how

Is driving hard

I drive Kubla’s friends home from their play date.  Their mom doesn’t have a driver’s license.  Just a learners permit. “Is driving hard?” they ask. “It’s easy when you know how.” “My mom is so

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Wiggleworms

Sometimes it takes some outside structure to help love grow

Wiggleworms

My dad visits once or twice a month.  He can’t talk about business or sports with a toddler, so he and Kubla don’t have much to talk about.  Kubla cries when my dad tries to

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20 candy bars a day

Stamp out little lies

20 candy bars a day

“Can we have candy?”  “I think you guys have had enough,” I say. The play date is going well.  Jumping on the trampoline.  Endless roleplaying.  A sweet treat. “I’m allowed to have more,” says our

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Oh, you gave me a love punch

What does a kid really need when he’s acting out?

Oh you gave me a love punch

I see that kid in the park.  He starts towards me.  I know what comes next.  I protect myself as he tries to hit me.  It helps that I’m four times his size. He doesn’t

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My Play Date

The play date isn’t going well.  They fight over toys.  One doesn’t want to play the other’s game.  It’s time for a change of venue. When they were toddlers it was easy.  We chose parents

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Leader of no one

Sometimes we get more of what we want by letting others be the star

Leader of no one

Kubla wants to play soldier.  The girl he’s playing with wants to play hide and seek.  Neither can convince the other.  It looks like the play date might need to end early. I call Kubla

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Did you try not to?

Take responsibility for your actions

Try not to

Crumbs are all over the floor.  A sticky fingered boy starts to walk away. “Kubla, where do you think you are going? Did you look at the floor?!”  He looks down, not entirely convinced there’s

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