Author: Jonathan Domsky

The Telephone Game

Kubla and I are walking in the park. He’s starting to dawdle. He looks bored. I pretend my phone is ringing and answer it. I make like I’m listening. “Kubla, it’s that pirate calling again.

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Every other word

Share the burden, lighten the load

every other word

Kubla won’t read his primer. He can’t play video games again until he finishes two pages. “It’s too hard,” he whines. “It’s so boring!” I offer him a deal. “How about this—we’ll take turns reading

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The Secret Game

A fun distraction

The secret game

I take Kubla with me to the grocery store.  We get to the checkout line.  I see three people in line in front of me.  Kubla greedily eyes the candy deviously displayed at 4-year old

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Kidorable Parenting Interview

with Jennifer Bunkers, mother of six and founder of Trukid.

kidorable parenting interview with jennifer bunker

    Jonathan: Welcome to Kidorable Parenting’s interview with Jennifer Bunkers, mother of six and founder of TruKid. I’m Jonathan Domsky, blogger, parenting coach, and co-founder of Kidorable. I’ve been learning how to be a

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Reinventing Chinese New Year

Remaking a treasured childhood ritual for a new time and place

Reinventing Chinese New Year

Liping grew up in rural China. Like everyone else she knew, Chinese New Year was the best time of year. The one time a year she got new clothes. The one time a year she

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Doctor jokes

In a scary situation, give them a little control

Doctor jokes

It’s time for Kubla’s annual check-up. He won’t go. No way are they going to stick him this time. We’ve missed our appointment by the time the tantrum subsides. I reschedule for next week. The

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Like looking in a mirror

Do you like what you see?

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The last few days, Kubla makes a new friend on the playground. We like the parents, too. They invite our family over for dinner. They live on a 3rd floor walk-up. The kids are a

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How many times did you fall today?

If you aren’t falling, you aren’t trying hard enough

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Kubla is learning to ice-skate. He hobbles back from the first class with bruised knees. I give him a little hug. “What happened? Did you have fun?” “Yeah, but I fell.” “How many times?” “Three.”

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It makes me sad

When you push away the people who love you most

It makes me sad

We seem to be having a good time. Until we aren’t anymore. We’re halfway through the 3rd story book. The cuddling is over. He covers the words with his hands so I can’t read them.

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What kind of kid never gets hurt?

Forget the pain and rejoin the fun

What kind of kid never gets hurt

Kubla chases the ball. He falls. He scrapes his knee. Tears. Kisses. A band-aid. He’s not quite ready to rejoin the action. “Kubla, do you know what kind of kids never get hurt?” He knows

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