My friend Jill and I brought our 2-year-old daughters to our local Starbucks for their weekly "playdate"; i.e., we get wired on caffeine and maniacally discuss all of our brilliant business ideas while our toddlers eat goldfish crackers and fend for themselves. This particular morning, we had taken over the Starbucks patio.
Apparently, as Jill and I were brainstorming ideas for the sitcom we are developing (probably along with every other jackass in that L.A. Starbucks), Kiana grabbed my venti iced green tea (no sweetener and no water) and began to chug it. "It's OK, it's just green tea," I replied, and continued to tell Jill about my pilot idea, which included using actual clips of Paris Hilton's sex tape video. "But how do we get the rights for the sex tape?"
When my son Shane was 2 years old, we spent our days at museums and beaches. We built sandcastles, danced in the waves, and explored every park in Los Angeles. He was in music class, Mommy and Me, Toddler Tae Kwon Do, and Yoga for Tots. We had regular playdates which focused on child-centered activities. Most of his waking moments were dedicated toward his enrichment.
This morning, my husband and I took Kiana on a special outing to Costco. And you would have thought the girl was at Disneyland. She had the biggest smile on her face as we shopped for toilet paper and giggled hysterically as her Daddy ran her down the aisles in the shopping cart. While we were in the checkout line, my husband opened an industrial-sized bag of barbecue potato chips and let her eat them out of the bag. She was in heaven.
So, while Shane got the Santa Monica surf and Natural History Museum, Kiana gets coffee-shop patios and warehouse shopping.
But I can guarantee you that at 2 years old, Shane never got to swig from my iced tea or eat chips out of the bag!
|Jennifer Ginsberg is a Los Angeles writer and mother to three, surprisingly angst-free children. As a former actress/waitress, turned clinical social worker specializing in addiction, turned full-time mother/part-time psychotherapist/writer, Jennifer is particularly well-versed on the topic of angst.|
Find out more about her life at angstmom.com