Posts Tagged ‘dad

01
Nov
12

Writing assignment

Greetings!

It’s been a while since I last posted. I’ve been pretty busy and haven’t had much time to sit down and type out my thoughts online. 

By the title of the post, you’re probably assuming that this is one of those posts where I’ve been “tagged” from someone else’s blog, and now you’ll get to read about such interesting topics as ‘what’s my favorite color’, or ‘best moment in life’, or the ever popular ‘thing no one would ever guess about you’. All intriguing stuff, but no. That hasn’t happened. And, I won’t tag any of you at the end of this post, either. I promise. 

Our kids have been working on their handwriting for school. One of their exercises is to write a note or letter to their mom about anything they’d like to cover. It started with mommy and has somehow migrated to writing back and forth with me. 

Now, for those of you who know me well, you know there’s a reason I type 99% of my communication: simply because it only allows for 1% of it to be undecipherable. Clearly, I should have been a doctor. 

Needless to say, I’ve enjoyed this little exercise. We have little mailboxes for each member of the family. In the morning, the kids find their notebooks in their mailboxes. They read my note (as best as they can), and then write a note back to me. There’s just something really cool about seeing those two, spiral bound notebooks sitting in our mailbox. I’m always excited to see how they responded to my questions and what they asked me, in return. (Side benefit: my handwriting is improving as well…slightly)

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See? I told you it was getting better. Just a bit.

The benefits to me and our kids, for this exercise, have been many. Maybe I’ll have to share them in a follow up post. 

Question: How do you connect with you kids? How do you find out what’s going on in their world? How do you put yourself in a place where you can view the world from their perspective? 

You can add your thoughts below. 

 

19
Feb
12

Proud Parent Moment: Kids vs. Asparagus

I think I may have mentioned my affinity for the show Man v. Food previously on this blog. The show is about Adam Richman, a man who travels the country in search of the world’s greatest food challenges. We’ve watched Adam devour humongous burgers, eat amazingly hot food (the kind that brings tears to your eyes BEFORE you eat it), and take on some other serious food challenges. I’m impressed with his skills.

So, you’re probably wondering, “how is this going to turn out as a good parenting moment”. Oh, how you doubt my skills. 🙂

As part of our dinner this evening, my wife made asparagus. By a show of hands, how many of you LIKE asparagus (sans tons of ooey gooey cheese sauce). Ah, I see that hand in the back corner! Good for you. 🙂

My wife and I began to eat and the kids weren’t really buying the asparagus. Our son started to eat his stalk and wasn’t thrilled. Same with our daughter. I knew we had to do something. My wife had worked hard to saute the asparagus just right. The mixture of garlic, Parmesan cheese and olive oil was perfect. What to do???

If I know one thing about our kids, they’re always motivated by a challenge, especially our oldest. So, I grabbed the bowl of asparagus, grabbed a stalk and challenged our son. The first one to eat the entire stalk would win the challenge. Ironically, the asparagus that wasn’t so good a few minutes ago, was magically gone in a flash. Round one: Grant!

His younger sister, not to be outdone, had to challenge daddy next! Round two: Reagan!

Next up, Mommy! Round three goes to Mommy!

Grant wanted a second shot at dad (and he won): Round four: Grant

I even did a few of the rounds “double barrel” eating two stalks at a time.

Now, did the taste of the asparagus change? Nope. But, the fact that we made it into a game and it was A) competitive and B) they were winning, made all the difference.

After a few challenges, the entire pound of asparagus my wife cooked was gone. Honestly, if I was a 7 or 5 year old and my parents told me I had to eat asparagus, I’d have gone to bed hungry. The kids had fun eating their veggies for the night. They won the challenges, but we all won because of the healthy benefits of the asparagus.

What are some tricks or challenges that you’ve issued your kids? What were some games or challenges that you’re parents did with you that made something seem like fun. Leave a comment below.

11
Feb
12

Parenting idea: The Tattling Cup

General question: how many of you have kids?

How many of you have more than one child?

Does one or more of your children like to tell on their sibling(s)?

The answer, for us, to all three of these questions is: Yes!

Our kids are great! We love each of them dearly and enjoy watching their individual personalities come out and grow. For some reason, our son has a penchant for for tattling on his younger sister. “MOM! DAD!” You’ve heard it. You’ve been there, done that, got the t-shirt. Moving on.

Last night, my wife and I were  having a discussion on how to nip this in the bud. I made an offhanded suggestion that we could make a “tattling cup”, based loosely upon the principles of the ever so popular “cuss jar”. Some of you may have even used the cuss jar before. Anyway, here’s the premise:

  • We start each day with 10 coins (could be pennies, dimes, nickels, etc.). The denomination doesn’t really matter.
  • Our son gets all 10 coins to start the day. He can even put them in his pocket, if he chooses.
  • Each time he tattles on his sister (or either my wife or I), one coin goes in the Tattling Cup.
  • At the end of the day, whatever money is in the cup goes to our daughter.
  • Whatever money is left in our son’s pocket, he gets to keep.

Our son is actually excited about this little experiment, as is our daughter (obviously).

Have you ever tried something like this with your kids? If so, leave a comment below.

Enjoy your Saturday with family!

28
Jan
12

First Science Fair a SUCCESS!

I promised photos of today’s science fair experience on Facebook and Twitter, so here you go! I’ll admit, I did not anticipate the rush of parental pride and slight nervous rush I got from watching Grant today. It was either that or all of the chocolate from binge day. 🙂 I’m not sure.

If you want to see how we got to this point, click here.

Our young scientist with his display.

Covering his hypothesis with the judges.

'I held the box out like this, and dropped it from my bedroom window!"

Answering questions from the judges.

The judges huddle and make their marks!

Papaw stopped by to see the young scientist!

That's one happy camper! Final result-2nd place!

This will be hanging in his room soon without a doubt.

04
Jan
12

Dad Moment: Kids vs. Food

Upon finishing their breakfast this morning, both of our kids brought me their dishes completely empty! They were both smiling and exclaiming, “Kid wins! Kid wins!”

Obviously, there was a Man vs. Food type challenge going on at our breakfast table that I was unaware of. Both kids polished off the Super Daddy Challenge (nicknamed after the fact) of 2 dippy eggs, 2 pieces of toast, and a glass of orange juice!

I’m not all about our kids pigging out, but at least they finished off a healthy breakfast. Watch the show and try this trick if you’re kids don’t want to eat their meal. It just might work.