Commando Kids Blog Posts

  • For the harried housemaker in us all...
    on Oct 28, 2010
    Go here, to Commandomom.net, for the newest blog posts and more to come...
  • Questions for the (school) ages*This is a final post to the blog here...the next report will be filed through Commando Mom’s almost-ready website, with links to the archives here.Spokane, a jumping off point for this Commando KidChange gripped Camp Gustafson recently, with a new...
  • Commando R&RSerious Commando Kids know the value of letting their hair down year round. They can be found running around home base in geometrical configurations, playing imaginary superhero games, and removing all objects from the shelves, following with vigor t...
  • Commandos on the GrowCommando Mom has spent the last two weeks not shirking responsibilities, but rather, shoveling food day and night into a seemingly bottomless pit that used to be her Commando Kid, but now has apparently graduated to Commando food processor status.At...
  • A Commando Mom Marching Cadence
    on Apr 8, 2010
    In honor of National Poetry Month, we present a special marching cadence to carry Commando Moms through those long marches through the house, picking up toys, following behind Commando Kids, or just trying to keep their eyes open after getting up wit...
  • The Commando ColdDespite a Commando Kid’s valiant efforts to outrun everything, sometimes a cold will catch up with him, and his nose will give him a run for his money. Such an occasion will cause grumpiness, barking commands, and extra latrine duty, but the Comman...
  • Improv for Commandos
    on Mar 26, 2010
    For the Commando Kid, there is nothing more crucial than quick thinking for doing more, and doing it more often. If a Commando Mom notices, for example, that the cat's whiskers are only one inch long on the left, who's she going to ask abou...
  • Fun for Commandos EverywherePlease take a moment to visit  Poetry4Kids, the Web site of children's poet Kenn Nesbitt, where the delightfully wacky book My Hippo has the Hiccups is currently available as a free e-book through April in honor of national poetry mont...
  • Commandos on the RoadRecipe for a successful Commando road trip. Add to smallish, 2002 vintage, four-door sedan full of necessary rations, camouflage, and battle plans for storming Seattle's playgrounds:1 busy Commando kid, bottled into a booster seat2 toy Army trucks th...
  • Field ManeuversA Commando Guide to Visiting Foreign BasesCommandos frequently accompany their commander on field maneuvers and are ever-ready for new adventures. Whether this is because their company is so pleasurable or whether the babysitters have gotten to know...
  • Report from Camp Gustafson—weekend passAs a command post, Camp Gustafson is as about as tight as it’s going to get. It’s hard to find the beds, let alone bounce a quarter off of them. There’s no dusting at Camp Gustafson—we already have plenty of dust, we don’t want more. Luckil...
  • You Know You’re a Commando if…Certain children who clearly are Commando Kids. Many others, however, have at least some Commando tendencies or aspire to do as much as they can, as often as they can. Since Commando Kids have advanced ways to get what they want, and take control of...
  • Distract and conquer
    on Feb 2, 2010
    Just as professional athletes, teachers, and dogs begin their days with a game plan, so too must the Commando Kid prepare for each day with a goal in mind. In general, in the absence of more important considerations, such as going to the park for fie...
  • on Jan 27, 2010
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  • Commando RationsOnce a Commando kid reaches a certain age and rank, it becomes clear the importance of selecting the proper fuel sources to power the Commando through a day filled with physical training, artillery inspections, and naptime avoidance drills.Sugar, can...
  • When Commando is King
    on Jan 16, 2010 in children parenting humor
    Never let them see you brush your teeth.Though the Commando creed is “Do as much as you can, as often as you can,” there are some vital exceptions, whereby keeping Mom doing certain things for you means keeping her in a subservient role, and shor...
  • Vacation maneuvers
    on Jan 2, 2010
    Okay, Commandos, having Mom home for a little extra “cuddle time” this week doesn’t mean you should rest on your sixes and get all squishy from eating candy canes.A Commando must always take advantage of sugar-fueled energy bursts and rare oppo...
  • Christmas presents, commando-style.
    on Dec 26, 2009 in christmas children parenting humor
    Commando kids are not only highly physical, they express their emotions with great gusto. They also possess a certain savoir faire—they know just how they want each scene in their military theatre to be played (yes, scene is the right word, I think...
  • A five-year-old surge forceThere’s no match for a troop full of testosterone.Though girls can be just as commando as boys in many respects, the intense physicality of my boy is on overdrive when he’s growing through a growth spurt. All week I’ve been seeing double, becau...
  • To the Trenches!
    on Dec 7, 2009 in kids parenting humor
    First babies are talkers and gigglers,  second babies are commando operatives, and growing up is an 18-year-long war. I have observed the commando phenomenon in pairs of young relatives over time, and am reminded of it every day that I try...
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