The Mom in Charge of Kids and Cakes

When Renée Edwards opens the bright blue IKEA shopping bag, a big smile breaks across her serene face. Inside, coiled like a coiffure’s curls, are scores of rainbow-colored jump ropes. Kids don’t play Double Dutch any more, and it sure is a shame. “When I see some little sisters sitting on a bench, I bring out the ropes,” she says. If they don’t jump at the chance, she shows them how to blow bubbles. If that doesn’t work, Renée, a cheerful commander, thinks of other ways to keep the “babies” occupied. The other day, …

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