Dear Diary,

This year, my daughter will embark on an epic adventure! She’ll head to kindergarten. I know, it’s only January, but already, she’s preparing for the transition to a “big kid school.” At preschool, she’s in the reading group. And at home, she’s taking on a lot of responsibilities, like picking up her toys, brushing her teeth and turning off the TV when we stream Netflix. She assigned that last chore to herself! Previously, mommy was in control of the remote control.

Cultured Kid

She’s zooming into the next stage of her life, but I’m making sure she slows down and enjoys being four. Funny, how little kids always want to be a year old, and us adults wish we could go back in time!

Cultured Kid 3

So, I’m making sure we enjoy this time while we can. She gets out of school at 2:30 p.m., which gives us lots of time to go on adventures, like this voyage to Vietnam at the Children’s Museum. We also stop at the duck pond and the park, weather permitting.

Cultured Kid 4

But when Mother Nature rains on our parade, we take an indoor adventure and watch our favorite shows on Netflix.  We recently streamed Dawn of the Croods.

Dawn of the Croods

Although my little girl thinks she’s a big kid, she still isn’t interested in watching a feature length film. Dawn of the Croods is based on an animated movie, but each episode is about 25 minutes long. Long enough to spin a tale, but short enough to keep us engaged. (And if you’re a mom in you’re thirties like me, you’ll recognize a familiar voice–Cree Summers, formerly of A Different World voices Ugga and Pat.) The show also reminds me of my childhood and the many mornings I tuned into The Flintstones.

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What’s great about this show is the fact that you can binge watch the entire season–all 13 episodes, including a hilarious story about the first time the Croods take a nap. Nap time is always an ordeal in our house, so we can relate!

Hey DFTM Fam–What adventures will your family embark on this year?

About The Author

Vlog Mom/DFTM Creator

Not long ago, Heather Hopson hosted a television show in the Cayman Islands. Today, she's back home writing a different kind of story as a new mom. In her 15 years working as a professional journalist, this by far is her best assignment! Growing up, she dreamed of becoming Oprah Winfrey. She was the features editor for her school’s newspaper and a teen talk show host for her city’s most popular radio station. She went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Michigan State University. After graduation, she worked as a television producer and reporter at CBS, NBC and Fox affiliates throughout the U.S. Instead of heading to Chicago to join Ms. Winfrey on her set, she bought a plane ticket to the Cayman Islands instead. She arrived five days before a category five hurricane! She lived in paradise for seven years, hosted an award-winning television show and traveled the globe with a government delegation. She also served on the board of directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters and spearheaded a Send a Kid to Camp campaign. Then, she relocated to Washington, D.C. to obtain a teaching certification and instruct 8th grade reading at a high needs middle school. She later returned to her hometown of Pittsburgh, PA to raise her daughter Caitlynn, now 4-years-old. During her 10-month-stint as a stay-at-home mom, Caitlynn inspired her to create this blog, and Diary of a First Time Mom was born on Mother’s Day 2012. Two years later, she expanded the family to include 20+ writers. Currently, Heather serves as the communications director at Allies for Children. In addition, she is the owner of Motor Mouth Multimedia, which ranked #49 in Startup Nation’s Home-Based 100 Competition sponsored by Discover Card and Sam’s Club. Recently, The Pittsburgh Foundation and The Heinz Endowments selected Heather to receive an Emerging Black Artist award to develop Diary of a First Time Mom.

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