The Saga of Transitioning from a Crib to a Toddler Bed

The Saga of Transitioning from a Crib to a Toddler Bed
Most three-year-old’s are not still in cribs, having transitioned to toddler beds long ago. But in this case, Sprout is not “most kids.” He’s never tried to climb out of his crib, uneasy with scrambling down where there isn’t obvious hand and foot-holds. Because there was no great need, we put off the transition as long as possible. But with his third birthday passed, a potty-training blitz coming up, and preschool approaching, we figured it was time. It was only slightly more chaotic than we expected.

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Science Adventures: PokemonGo and Field Biologists Catching Wildlife

Science Adventures PokemonGo and Field Biology

This is a series I’m doing using everyday situations to help kids explore science – particularly ecology and biology – more in depth.

The opportunity
PokemonGo, which is massively popular, is based on the idea of capturing wild animals and fighting each other for “research.” As a trained ecologist, I call shenanigans on the scientific validity of this method. But this fun game can help spark conversations about how real wildlife biologists study animals, including trapping them.

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What I’ve Been Reading

 

Hiding behind pillows

Where’s Sprout?

I started a new job this week! I don’t talk about my professional life here much, but it’s a great opportunity to do science communication with some fantastic co-workers. Other than immersing myself in articles relating to my new position, I’ve been reading about family biking, pre-natal health, relationships, and dinosaurs.

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Things I Appreciate About My Second Baby After My First

Things I Appreciate About My Second Kid Compared to My First.jpg

Some parents have “trick babies” – babies that are just so darn easy that you want to have another one right away. I literally cannot imagine a baby that simple – neither of my kids have been that easy. On the other hand, Little Bird does have some characteristics different from Sprout that I now know to be grateful for.

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How I’ve Confronted My Own Racism

How I've Confronted My Subconscious Racism

“I’m here mommy, don’t worry.”

One of a parent’s greatest fears is that their child could experience something so horribly traumatizing it would permanently scar them for life. Diamond “Lavish” Reynolds, the fiancé of Philando Castile, experienced that last week, watching her fiancé bleed out in front of her while her four-year-old daughter sat next to her in the car. She watched him die because he was shot by a police officer at close range during a traffic stop where he was following directions. She watched him die because of our country’s screwed up policing system and our screwed up systemic racism.

In the two years of the #BlackLivesMatter movement, many white people have been crying out, “This is horrible. What can I do?” One answer I’ve seen over and over from black people is for white people to get their own houses in order. The white supremacy systemic in our society can only exist and continue if white people let it. While I’ve talked about what I’ve done to try to raise my sons as anti-racist peacemakers, I haven’t discussed what I’ve done myself.

So for the sake of that little girl and all of the little black boys and girls like her, along with their mothers and fathers, their sisters and brothers, here is how I have worked to confront my own racism:

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What I’ve Been Reading This Week

FireworksMy heart and eyelids are heavy tonight after so many events of the last few days. In addition, it was my last day at my current job, so there was a bit of melancholy as I cleared out my office. But I have to believe that we can find some beauty despite the storms of our society, just as the rain cleared on July 4 just in time for the fireworks. I think I need to read my own post again from a few weeks ago on maintaining hope. This week, I thought a lot about #BlackLivesMatter, feminism, and solutions to parenting challenges.

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Science Adventures: Wild Baby Animals

Science Adventures_ Wild Baby Animals

This is a new series I’ll be doing using everyday situations to help kids explore science – particularly ecology and biology – more in depth.

The opportunity
Baby bunnies are nesting under the slide at my son’s preschool.

The scientific context
Finding baby animals in the wild provides a great opportunity to teach kids about animal behavior and life cycles. Babies are adorable and wild animals are inheritantly engaging.

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