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preschooler

Living with Superman

by Traci Schumacher on Fri, 04/04/2014 - 11:10am

You probably didn't know this, but I live with Superman. Most of the time he is undercover as a preschooler who goes by the name Evan. But then duty calls, and he transforms into his superhuman self, cape and all.

Sometimes Superman likes to go to Target. We went the other day, and our fellow shoppers were clearly impressed by the sight of the Man of Steel. It's not every day that he walks so openly among the public.

Discussing screen time with my preschooler

by Traci Schumacher on Mon, 04/29/2013 - 1:50pm

Like many moms, I set limits for the amount of screen time my kids can have each day. My current standard is 30 minutes of computer or video game time per school day, with a bit more allowed on weekends.

Mom's choice for preschooler's shoes... anything but shoelaces, please

by Traci Schumacher on Fri, 03/22/2013 - 8:43am

Here's a free tip: don't buy shoes that tie until your child is ready to learn to tie them. Sure, they look cute on the 3-year-old, but by the time you have tied his shoelaces for the tenth time that day – and it's not even dinner time – you will know what I'm talking about.

My 3-year-old has a cute pair of sneakers that tie. They were his brother's shoes when he was that age, but his brother preferred the Velcro shoes he could quickly put on by himself. My youngest child, however, loves these shoes with their big kid laces.

When the rush must yield to snuggle time

by Traci Schumacher on Fri, 01/18/2013 - 11:21pm

This morning I was trying to get my preschooler out the door and on his way to school. It was time to go. Let's go. Out the door.

Stalling and making excuses, he seemed to walk in strategic circles ever-evading my movement toward the door. It was like trying to grab a small speck suspended in a bowl of water. As soon as your fingers close to grab it, it swishes in a different direction. And so I tried to swish my 3-year-old out of the house.

Happy about homework

by Traci Schumacher on Thu, 09/27/2012 - 9:56pm

This week when I looked in my preschooler's folder from school, there was a simple worksheet in it. I pulled it out and saw that it said “homework” at the top. It was my son's very first homework assignment.

I said, “Look, you have homework today.”

My son's eyes lit up. He took the paper, held it up, and exclaimed, “I finally have homework!”

A slow poke among us: my little morning routine buster

by Traci Schumacher on Fri, 08/17/2012 - 10:13am

It's time to go and everyone is ready to walk out the door except for my little guy. Voted Most Likely To Make Us Late, my 3-year-old is oblivious to schedules and urgency. And it drives me crazy!

I have two older kids, so I know in general that children are not slaves to the clock like we adults are. Sometimes you have to inspire or even trick them to get them going. And sometimes that works with my little guy. If I make a race of the situation, he will often rally and hurry up to beat me, giggling all the way.

"I love my mama cuz she gives me candy"

by MamaPowers on Mon, 05/11/2009 - 10:31am

When they handed the mic to my son at church on Sunday he said "I love my mama cuz she gives me candy". I was proud. What else  would he say, "I love my mama because she's a pro at laundry and toilet bowl cleaning"?

The real work of parenting is mostly invisible. With the fundamentals taken care of, my little guy can focus on the fun stuff - CANDY!

The next four year old said it was getting to watch TV that made him love his mom.

Smoky Mountain road trip

by MamaPowers on Mon, 05/04/2009 - 12:36am

The weddings in our family are coming back-to-back this season. On Saturday my husband's cousin Elizabeth got married in Bryson City, North Carolina.

With a surprise package of two Playmobile pirate figurines, three DVDs from the Bull St. Library, chicken salad sandwiches and some cheesy crackers, the seven hour drive was pleasant with the four-year-old.

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