May 08, 2006

My Kids - the introduction

ABOUT BEN (Two years, 8 months)
Ben likes music. He makes up the lyrics to his own songs. Knows the names of about 12 instruments, and pretends to play the guitar with a fork at the dinner table.
He is determined, strong, agile and loudspoken. He also gives the sweetest kisses and best hugs.
Ben sucks his thumb, especially when he's tired, or bored, or angry, or anxious.
He knows most of the letters of the Hebrew and English alphabets, and can switch back and forth beetween Spanish and Hebrew with ease.
In him I see things I would have liked to be and often I see the worst of myself repackaged in male format. Then I have to remind myself that he's only two.

ABOUT YAEL (10 months)
She's beautiful. Absolutely breathtaking. Blue, almond-shaped eyes and red cheeks.
Yael doesn't stop moving for one second. She can climb stairs. Cruises across furniture. Feeds herself Cheerios, bread, meat, avocado, yogurt (with her fingers, of course).
Absolutely refuses to take a bottle. Fortunately she can drink alone from a cup (water only - don't even try to sneak her formula) and make herself heard across the room.
Grins. Smiles. Shows you her toothless gums every opportunity she has.
Is in love with Ben. And Ben with her, as long as it doensn't mean sharing his guitar with her.

April 03, 2006

A Toddler Survival Kit

Every parent should receive a present for their kid's first birthday - not a cake or a diploma or a weekend retreat spa in a Polynesian resort and spa (leave kid with grandparents) -but something much more precious: a Toddler Survival Kit.
The kit is a real, tangible collection of tools to educate, calm or entertain your toodler at those times when you are dying of hunger, there is nothing in the kitchen, the house is dirty, your neighbor wants to drop by with HER kids, and (I'm not talking about a membership to a "discover your inner self" course or something esotheric) that must be kept handy at all times. A smaller, travel companion kit should be included free of charge.
My version of the kit has the following:
1. I small box of yellow-box Cheerios, ready-cooked pasta, dried apricot halves and a cute (disposable) tiny bottle of water
2. Stamps and stickers of different colors, sizes and shapes and small coloring book to fil it
3. Magnetic drawing board -hours of fun, no mess
4. A Baby Einstein video/DVD or two
5. Bubbles - lots of bubbles
6. An old magazine with pictures of airplanes, trucks, the sun and the moon - favorite themes with Ben from age 12 to 25 months
7. Colorfun bracelets, ketchans and a
broken cell phone for those calls to Mickey Mouse
8. Grandma on call (so what if she lives in Guatemala...)

Ben is now two-and-a-half so I need to move on to a Level 3 Toddler Survival Kit (advice sought) But now that Yael is cruising, babbling and approaching her first birthday (AAAAAAHHHHHH), ehem, I am effectively posting my new Toddler Survival Kit wishlist. Contributions and donations, and suggestions, to this email address, please.


February 16, 2006

My online idea book

This is my online idea book.
Marketing my new consulting business. Solving search challenges. Remaining sane after 4:00 when I pick up the kids from daycare. (And hope they don't go crazy with the juggling act I put on until my husband gets home.)
Think, share, post, smile.
Maybe there is hope for me after all.