C Is for Create

After A Is for Attitude and B Is for Balance ... I’ve come to a choice of what resonates most for me when confronted with the letter C.Create: 1. To cause to exist; bring into being. 2. To give rise to; produce. 3. To invest with an office or title; appoint. 4. To produce through artistic or imaginative effort: create a poem; create a role....more
 @AllisonCarmen Thanks, Allison.  That means a lot to me. :-)more

What They Say at Three and a Half

Our language here is ever-expanding, and I try to list out some of the funnier or more precious sayings and mispronounciations. Of course, I can never remember them all....more

Toddler Tricks - 84: Make them Acknowledge You

Problem:You're talking and talking and talking, but your kid can't hear you. Or more accurately, your kid is blatantly ignoring you, your presence not registering on his preschooler radar. I've written about this here, because it's a big deal around here lately. But I've been fighting it, and I've found a few things that seem to be working, at least in the short term....more

My Preschooler Can Outswear Your Preschooler

The Power of a Word "Mom, when is it OK to say 'fucking'?" Max asked me as we pulled up in front of his preschool....more

Like Humans Do

At three and a half, my kids are experimenting with the frivolities of human life. They are moving beyond a grasp of vocabulary and simple sentence structure. They've got subject, verb, object. Now that they can order me around, ask multiple questions and argue like enraged banshees, they've decided to expand their repertoire in an attempt, I can only assume, to be more charming. I welcome this.Small Talk:"It's a nice day out there, Daddy.""Hey, mommy, how is your day?"Compliments:...more

Ciao, Ciao Bambina

I always cringe whenever I see the latest advertisement sporting English words.  I walk into my bank and find them advertising a M'Honey account, replete with a jar of honey - as if any of their 2+ million pensioners would even know that honey = miele and what either of the terms have to do with money (maybe it rhymes? at least in English).  The Telecoms cos. are no worse off:  you can now go to VodafoneYOU or open a TIM Young package....more

Kids Say the Darndest Things

I used to do posts outlining what the girls were saying as they grew up and started grasping the language. Now that they're three and a half, it's not what they say butwhat they say, if you know what I mean.Anyway, here are some gems from the past two days alone."Mama, do you know any princesses?""No, do you?""Um, yes, my cousin is a princess.""Who, Annabelle?""No...make me a cousin that's a princess.""Daddy, you have a pretty watch.""Oh, thank you.""And pretty glasses.""You think my glasses are pretty? Thanks!"...more

It's All In How You Say It

The Joy of Language

The Joy of Language What words and word combos feel awesome in your mouth? No rules!  What words do you just love to say?   For me....  PlethoraPassionate Saucy Sassy Princess Parking Fanatic...more

Early morning conversation with a two-year old

"Grandpa punched bathroom" my 26-month old boy shared with me on our morning walk.  Let me stop a second and point out those words, "Morning Walk".  I thought the kids were kinda falling into a desert rhythm - up with the sun and down with the stars.  I was wrong.   The kids were up far before the night sky began the process of morning.  Five am.   At five am while I was sleeping soundly I heard a sweet little voice in my ear say, "mommy?"....more