Reading Is Fundamental, And At Times Very Tiring

Najwa falls asleep while reading

At DC Prep the students are expected to read for 15 minutes every night.  Najwa has been doing this for the past several years, and of course, being a reader, I’m all for it.  I can’t say Najwa loves reading, but she does give it her best.  Sometimes, though, it takes everything she has to stay awake.  Sometimes, though, she More...

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By David Gaines On Saturday, December 3rd, 2016

A U.S. Passport Makes It Official

I don’t know that much about becoming a U.S. citizen.  So when Nduku said she was going to apply for her citizenship, I didn’t put that much thought into it.  She’s been here long enough, More...

By David Gaines On Saturday, November 26th, 2016

Najwa and a Huge Panda Promoting ZooLights

To promote ZooLights, the National Zoo put these massive pandas in some of the Metro stations.  Maybe we’ll go, if we have time before we leave for Kenya. Join the More...

By David Gaines On Sunday, November 13th, 2016

Najwa Builds Her Very Own Camera

Maybe we’ll be going to Spark!Lab more often, where kids are encouraged to invent and build stuff. My desire is to see Najwa stay in STEM, become an engineer, a scientist, a builder of some sorts. And as More...

By David Gaines On Monday, October 31st, 2016

Najwa Find Solution To Prevent Me Catching Colds

As we were preparing to head out for Halloween, for whatever reason, Najwa asked why I needed my hat. It was a bit breezy, breezy enough that I knew Nduku was going to reconsider her idea of outdoor trick-or-treating, More...

By David Gaines On Saturday, October 29th, 2016

Creating 3D Structures with Gel, Mold and Oven with LED Lights

Nduku got Najwa this cool gift today.  A 3D Creation Maker.  It’s this, ummm, thing, where you pour this, ummm, stuff, into a mold, toss it in this, ummm, oven, and out comes a 3D, ummm, thingy. Whatever More...

By David Gaines On Sunday, October 9th, 2016

Najwa and Her Wall-Mounted Entertainment System

I have no idea where she got this idea from, but she was insistent in wall-mounting mommy’s mobile phone to watch YouTube for Kids. Then she used her chairs and whatever else she could find to claim the space More...

Najwa making faces at Yum's
By David Gaines On Friday, October 7th, 2016

Najwa and Her Facial Expressions

All newborns and infants make these weird and crazy facial expressions. Sometimes they’re just excited to see you, other times it’s just gas; almost every time it’s involuntarily or done reflexively. With More...

By David Gaines On Sunday, September 4th, 2016

Has Anyone Seen Najwa?

When I went up to Najwa’s room, she was working on an arts and crafts project, but wouldn’t tell me what she was making. When I went back later, she went undercover.  More...

Najwa sleeping under the computer desk
By David Gaines On Saturday, August 27th, 2016

Where In The World Is Najwa Gaines?

One of the scarier aspects of being a parent is having your head on a swivel. Kids go missing. A lot. A lot more than you’d expect. It’s not that they’re fast, it’s that they’re More...