In which my daughter puts her dinosaur vocabulary to good use

The Four-Year-Old, watching her mother carve up a roast chicken: “Please can I not eat the chicken, Mommyo?”

Mommyo, who is proud of how the chicken came out and who kind of wants to hear her daughter exclaim over its juicy goodness: “Why?”

The Four-Year-Old: “Because I’m not feeling very carnivore-ish tonight.”

Mommyo, keeping her sighs to herself, dutifully dishes up a plate full of flora for her budding vegetarian.

About Shala Howell

I spent two decades helping companies like Bell Labs, Juniper Networks, and a genetic testing company that was later acquired by CVS translate some of the world’s most complicated concepts into actionable, understandable English. Now I'm working on a much harder problem -- fostering children’s curiosity and engagement in the scientific, artistic, and linguistic world that surrounds them. The first book in my Caterpickles Parenting Series, What’s That, Mom?, focuses on how to use public art to nurture children’s curiosity in the world around them. My next book will focus on science, and how parents without a science degree can answer their curious child's questions without enrolling in a college level refresher course. In the meantime, you can find me blogging about life with a very curious Eleven-Year-Old at, chatting about books and the writing life at, and tweeting about books, writing, science, & things that make me smile at @shalahowell.
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