I want it warm AND cold!

"Eeeeew, what is thaaat?!?"
"It looks like a yucky puddle and smells like a dragon's toot, I can't possibly put that in my mouth!"
Bud, that's not an appropriate dinner conversation. Spinach is healthy and it grows your muscles big.
"Mine are already big, see?" (flexing).

And so it goes. Dinner shenanigans with dramatic display of food avoidance, which includes, but it is not limited to...fake vomiting, fainting or sudden illness. If lucky, most of the food containing spirulina, remains on the plate and or/around the protesters mouth, ears and his hair (fingers crossed some makes it to the tummy as well). Other, less favorable possibilities to show the menu disapproval, are food across the table, on the freshly cleaned rug and yes, even on the walls. How exciting!

So Bud, what would you like to eat?
"Warm and cold soup made with gummy bears and chocolate milk."
Is that so?
"Yes. And four pounds of strawberry cake cooked at 1000F and topped off with ice cubes."

Holding back laughter, partially because the recipes are grossly interesting and partially out of despair, in that moment most of us pull out tricks we learned from parenting books. "Only kids who finish their dinner have magical dreams" or "My energy for reading story time expires in five minutes...the plate better be clear if you would like to hear what happens to the moon." Sometimes the clever little mischiefs can be persuaded to cooperate if they believe that eating an "appalling" meal is their idea. Other times it is good to have a glass of wine ready for the aftermath. Often, however, it is the imaginary friend that can come to the rescue and help turning the battle ground into a smooth sailing.

Kalham and similar friends are invaluable companions fueling the imagination of our children. The greatest gift given to the little ones is to teach them how to read. As Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis said..."There are many little ways to enlarge your child's world. Love of books is the best of all."


 HOW to turn the bedtime routine from "THE EXORCIST" to "alice in wonderland"

“Mom, I can’t possibly go to bed because it’s still bright”.
I will turn off the lights.
“But the sun does not have a switch"!

We have all thought of Velcro pajamas and sewing a pad to the sheets...If interested in an investment opportunity I am working on a patent... Perhaps none of us would admit that out loud but after the tenth cup of water, fifth trip to the potty and third inspection for monsters in the closet...even the most kept together of all parents are thinking about burning the parenting books and crossing over to the dark side.




Bath time is supposed to be mellow. You know, to bring the evening down a notch. Candles, wine, soft music...ahhh....Oh wait, maybe that will come later...The kids version of BATH time is a whole lot different: Soap in the hair and bubbles for special effects, dinosaurs riding on submarine rocket ships to outer space. Now, add a flood of biblical proportions to bring the scene to life! (Ever have a 4yr old laugh as you skate and crash on a bathroom floor?) If only this creative scene ended with the protagonist exhausted and out cold once their head hit the pillow. Instead, he's running down the hall naked, wearing his towel like a superhero cape out to save the innocent children of the world from the confines of bedtime.

Just moments after false hope that “tonight is the night when my kid goes to bed” the little mischief starts with negotiations that puts half of our politicians to shame:

  • "Will you sing me a song? No, when I'm in my bed. Not that song. Not that one either. You didn't sing the whole song"  
  • "Tonight I AM going to read the bedtime story. Hmm...which one will I choose? Not this one...not this one...(Tic-Toc...) Ok! I found it! No, wait, not that one..." 
  • "I can't go to sleep yet. The dog wants me to play."
  • "But, what if Santa comes and I miss him" It's March "You never know. He's very busy"
  • "My sock hurts and there is a wrinkle in my pillow"

BUT THEN...Like a superhero from the shadows, a bedtime story swoops in to save the night! We curl up in bed and read. Adventures, poems, stories of little engines that could, hungry caterpillars and little boys who ride dragons. Bedtime stories are scientifically proven to make our children smarter and more creative. We share laughs, snuggles, and cuddles. By the end of the story my little guy is calm and ready for a song and off to sleep.