Even with a sun-soaked summer in full swing, I still long for the structure of the weekly schedule. There’s comfort for me in knowing I can look to the trusty calendar for daily direction. Yep, I’m one of those planner-types. Even annoys me. But I haven’t lost sight of the benefits to balance and breaking out of the status-quo. So, I’ve […]
While on our family summer vacation in Sea Isle City, my mother-in-law and I passed a newly built playground, complete with rubber bottom and age appropriated signage. “They just didn’t have those kinds of things for my kids,” my mother-in-law sighed with regret. Her regret is not really targeted at herself, but at the society […]
A blanket. Amidst the toys strewn about the floor, my two girls are playing with a blanket. They are flapping it up in the air, they are wrapping a baby doll in it, they are taking her for a ride across the floor, they are holding the corners and swinging her about. I know quite […]
Recently, my daughter and I eagerly visited the doll aisle in my local Target to see all the new Barbies, baby dolls and princess paraphernalia. As I picked up a rogue set of Barbie outfits, I heard a mom proclaim to her son how Barbie promotes poor self-images in girls. Under my breath, peppered with […]
I had heard about Travel teams, how they went all over the county playing various sports. Those families who were involved were always on the go, always busy, missing so much of life. The siblings were merely tagalongs, flotsam flowing in the wake of the Travel player. I always said I’d never let my kid play, never put the Boy’s sister through that.