Small Children

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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Kubla and I finish watching the movie, The Little Prince. We had recently read the book together, too. If you haven’t seen the movie, it’s a new story that takes place when the narrator is

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Why-I-love-Greta-Thunberg

The night before the Global Climate Strike, I show Kubla Greta Thunberg’s TED talk.  I think it should be required viewing for all parents and school-age children. https://www.ted.com/talks/greta_thunberg_the_disarming_case_to_act_right_now_on_climate After the 11 minute video, silence. A

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Secret of the no bad dreams

No more nightmares—helping kids feel safe at night

Secret of the no bad dreams

Kubla used to have bad dreams a couple times a month. One night he dreamed he was all alone and couldn’t find me or Liping. The next night he was afraid to go to sleep.

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Family kiss

Touch makes your family feel extra close

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Our family invented our own special kiss. For bedtime. After a fight. Any time we want to feel extra close. Kubla and Liping both kiss my face at the same time. Then Kubla and I

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Connect 5

Have players of different abilities play by different rules

Connect 5

It’s time to introduce Kubla to some thinking games. Chess, checkers, Connect Four. I teach him the rules. We play a few games. I warn him what I’ll do next if he makes this move

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