For moms in Savannah and the Coastal Empire


The prayers of children: insightful and humorous

by Traci Schumacher on Tue, 01/08/2013 - 2:40pm

Part of our children's bedtime routine is for us to pray together, and it is fascinating to me to hear their prayers. There are the usual requests that show up every night such as blessings for family and friends. And then there are the personalized requests, which make it interesting.

3-year-old on the run (from the long arm of the brother)

by Traci Schumacher on Wed, 09/12/2012 - 10:54am

My three children had been playing near each other in another room of the house when the two older kids went outside, leaving the 3-year-old to play alone. A couple minutes later, I heard a crashing sound of Legos, followed by my little guy calling out, “Sorry, Will! Sorry, Will!”

I asked him what he was saying sorry for and he told me he had accidentally knocked down part of his brother's Lego building. When I told him his brother was outside, he quickly responded, “Oh. I'm going to hide.”

Middle-of-the-night conversation

by Traci Schumacher on Thu, 07/05/2012 - 9:42am

In the middle of the night recently my 3-year-old son called for me. I stumbled, half-asleep, down the hall to the room he shares with his big brother to see what was the matter.

When I arrived, my 6-year-old had also awoken. He sat up in bed and asked me, “Do I have to go on the field trip to the pool?” Clearly he had just been dreaming about a pool field trip of some sort.

“No,” I answered, wanting to resolve the issue quickly and get everyone back to sleep.

Superlative Boy in the Age of the Internet

by Traci Schumacher on Thu, 06/28/2012 - 2:41pm

My 6-year-old son is all about superlatives. He wants to know the biggest and smallest and fastest everything. He has also, at his young age, realized that the internet is a great source of information. Therefore, in his view, my husband and I have no excuse for not finding the answers we do not know.

Crazy bad habit picked up at the doctor's office

by Traci Schumacher on Mon, 06/18/2012 - 11:28am

Last week I took my 8-year-old and 6-year-old to the doctor for their annual check-ups. They didn't mind going since the doctor had told them previously that they had all the shots they will need until they are 14, so we were expecting a pretty uneventful visit. And then the nurse handed us two small cups labeled with my kids' names.

How hard can it be to have pictures made of my three-year-old?

by Traci Schumacher on Fri, 06/01/2012 - 3:09pm

I made an appointment with a studio to have my 3-year-old's pictures made. I like to commemorate each passing year that way. So today was the day. I had his outfit already picked out. I just had to get my boy to comply. Even though the shirt I chose was one of his favorites and in his favorite color (orange), I worried that my son would exercise his three-ness and refuse to wear it.

Funny hair

by Traci Schumacher on Mon, 05/21/2012 - 9:47pm

I stood in the bathroom, fixing my hair, while my 3-year-old son watched me carefully. As I held up a section of hair for a barrette, my little guy asked oh-so-sincerely, “Mommy, what are you doing? Trying to make funny hair?”

I couldn't help but laugh as I answered him, “Well, no, not really.”

Funny hair? Perhaps I need to reevaluate my hair styling techniques...

A boy and his blowgun

A boy and his blowgun

by Traci Schumacher on Wed, 05/16/2012 - 11:40am

My 6-year-old son recently got a book about the rainforest. It's a neat book with all kinds of information and photos of the different animals and peoples who live in rainforests. My son saw his first picture of a blowgun, and he was fascinated.

A few days later I found him in the kitchen getting a straw. I thought nothing of it... until I noticed he kept coming back and getting more straws. “What are you doing with the straws?” I asked.

Naptime by way of India

by Traci Schumacher on Fri, 05/11/2012 - 2:09pm

My 3-year-old son's favorite story is The Jungle Book. He loves all the characters, even (or perhaps especially) the bad guys, Kaa the python and Shere-Khan the tiger.

The other day my little guy wanted to know where The Jungle Book characters live. I told him the story takes place in India. Then I showed him on a globe where we live and where India is. He wanted to leave the globe with India facing out so he could see it.

What happens when Daddy lets 2-year-old play Angry Birds

What happens when Daddy lets 2-year-old play Angry Birds

by Traci Schumacher on Mon, 01/30/2012 - 3:07pm

Kids just love video games, so I try to monitor and limit how much time they spend playing them. Up until recently my youngest son (2 ½) has been content to sit next to his big brother or big sister and watch them play. He enjoyed it. Life was good.

Then one night, my husband came along with a great idea. He let the little guy have his own turn playing Angry Birds. Sure, it was cute. Our son had fun. He wasn't very good at it, but he could launch the little birds and knock down some pigs.

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