I watch every show on PBS Kids (except Caillou) so you don’t have to: Part 5

Hello from North Haven! Somehow it’s been a REALLY long time since I last wrote. Let’s see…Penrose turned 4, my entire house got norovirus just in time for opening night of my spring show, and both of our apple trees are in bloom for the first time ever! I want to wrap up the review […]

I watch every show on PBS Kids (except Caillou) Part 4

Hello from North Haven! It actually FEELS like spring, finally! So we’ve been outside a lot more, and watching a lot less PBS Kids lately, which is great! It also means that tick checks have started up again, during which my darling, precious, dainty daughter “tooted” directly in my face and then laughed so hard […]

I watch every show on PBS Kids (except Caillou) part 3: good stuff

In addition to the friendly, familiar animal characters, the show goes out of its way to address tough issues, such as natural disasters. It also won me over completely with an episode featuring the Bang On a Can All Stars, a contemporary music ensemble whom I never expected to see on an animated kids’ show.

I watch every show on the PBS Kids app (except Caillou) so you don’t have to: Part 1

And so, since I am being subjected to the deep cuts from the PBS Kids archives, I thought I would share my findings with you, dear readers, so you might be spared some pain, or be introduced to a new show that is reasonably tolerable.

Happy Passover from the Frozen Chosen!

As always, reading from the Union Haggadahs passed down to me from my parents, via my maternal grandfather, I felt the connection not just to my family, but to my Ashkenazi ancestors and the whole Jewish faith and culture. I felt that connection radiate out through my friends and neighbors on North Haven, my adopted home.

Asking “What can I let go of?” in spring

Hello from North Haven! Despite early March’s best efforts, spring seems to be in progress! The mud is deepening, the robins are flocking, and pussywillows glisten by the side of the road. With spring comes spring cleaning. When the weather truly warms up, I’ll be packing away Penrose’s snow things in hopes they’ll still fit […]

The push and pull of three years old

I think it’s great that Penrose feels comfortable taking the initiative to give herself a break. And I don’t want to ignore her when she’s yelling for me. But I also don’t want to reward the part where she’s yelling (and, if I tell her I’m waiting for her to feel more calm before I go upstairs she comes down and starts pulling on my hand, which I also don’t want to reward.)