Names For Stuffed Animals And School Questions

Names For Stuffed Animals And School Questions

Names For Stuffed Animals And School Questions   By Susan Petrone All through elementary school, I was one of three “Susans” in my grade (and one “Suzanne”). We also had five “Johns” and a few “Michaels.” Names are different now. There are Brookes and Jordans (or “Jordyn,” and they’re all girls) and Brandons and Dylans. No Susans. No Johns (or Jons). Name trends are funny things. You can track my daughter’s maturity level by the names she’s given various stuffed animals and dolls throughout her life. The pink blanket she was given as a baby (and still sleeps with) is, appropriately enough, named “Blankie.” One of her pillow pets is named “Purplish Unicorn.” I leave it to your fine powers of deduction to imagine what this pillow pet looks like. As she’s grown older, the names have become a bit more original. The American Girl doll Bitty Baby my sister gave her when she was three is named “Baby Reindeer.” That is, perhaps, my favorite doll name of all time. The uber-adorable pink flowered Webkinz pig is named “Mercy” (after Mercy Watson, from the wonderful book series by Kate DeCamillo). And the big-girl American Girl doll that my other sister gave her is named “Ken-Yan.” I’m not sure where this name came from, but I like it. My kid has what might be termed an old-fashioned name (one that’s now seeing a huge resurgence, which I didn’t see coming when we named her). What can I say? I like to kick it old school. And I’m kind of a nerd. She’s a nerd in training. Case in point: I...
Becoming A Parent In 37 Easy Steps

Becoming A Parent In 37 Easy Steps

Becoming A Parent in 37 Easy Steps By Susan Petrone We always celebrate the anniversary of my daughter’s “Gotcha Day.” That was the day we met–the day we became a family.  The day I became a parent. Most people become parents the old-fashioned way. There are really only two steps . Step 1: Get pregnant. Step  2: Deliver a baby. Yes, there are all sorts of doctors appointments and stuff along the way, but that’s the gist of the process as designed by Mr. Spock. Simple, logical, and straightforward. The process by which I became a parent was designed Rube Goldberg (or maybeM.C. Escher) . It went kind of like this. Step 1: Yay, we want to have a family! Attempt traditional step 1. Step 2: Step 1 does not work. Consider other options. Step 3: Take a bunch of tests to see why Step 1 does not work. Steps 4-7: Attempt various medically induced methods of achieving Step 1. Step 8: Cry a lot. Step 9: Realize that the love in our hearts does not need to be confined to bio-kids. Step 10: Decide to adopt. Step 11: Go to parenting certification classes through county. Step 12: Complete home study with county social worker, who inspects your house and has to ask some very personal questions. Step 13: Wait around for county to match you with a child. Step 14: Get disappointed a few times and wait some more. Step 15: Switch to a private adoption agency. Step 16: Make the decision to go with an international adoption. Step 17: Repeat Step 12. Step  18: Fill out a...
SockKids Being Developed For TV

SockKids Being Developed For TV

SockKids Being Developed For TV The SockKids are proud to announce that Michael Maurer, a Los Angeles-based writer, will be developing the SockKids for television. Maurer, who has extensive experience in writing children’s TV episodes, has been involved with several highly acclaimed series, including Curious George and Barney. Maurer agreed to help develop the SockKids for a TV network pitch. “This is a fun project to work on,” he said. “Socks that talk. What a unique idea. I feel adding to it will make the SockKids an attractive option for a television network.” Maurer has been working with SockKids creator Michael John Sullivan and SockKids’ co-writer, Shelley Larkin. It’s safe to say that Maurer’s imagination is deep and fertile with ideas that take the SockKids to a world where it’s full of surprises, incredible journeys and mysteries only the Socker family can help their humans solve in the quaint town of Millbottom. We are excited about this partnership with Michael Maurer and look forward to sharing with you the exciting possibilities....
Whoosh! Whoosh! The SockKids Are Here! DVD Offer!

Whoosh! Whoosh! The SockKids Are Here! DVD Offer!

Whoosh! Whoosh! The SockKids Are Here! DVD Offer! The SockKids are proud to announce that their first DVD is available to buy on Amazon.com. There is 26 minutes of SockKids fun and adventures. The first video features our highly acclaimed anti-bullying video. There are also stories that teach children about the dangers of electricity and showcases electrical safety rules for children and parents. We hope you take a look!   Director: Phil Russell Writers: Michael John Sullivan, Susan Petrone, Shelley Larkin, and Misty Taggart. Here’s a link to The SockKids...