Posts Tagged ‘kids

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. 

 

07
Aug
12

Today’s news

It may not look like much, but it’s a glimpse into the activities of my kids. Our son created this “newspaper” and demanded I make copies of it for each member of the family. He distributed them this morning.

He’s finding that the newspaper industry can be a tough one. 🙂

Who knew Polly Pocket was so demanding?

What’s your big news of the day?

 

01
Jul
12

A few hours of normal at Chick-Fil-A

Friday was our daughter’s 6th birthday. We had planned to have her birthday party at our house, but due to a major storm in our area, we lost

This is our neighbor’s tree. Many more trees in our area look like this.

electricity that evening, along with the majority of our entire county. As best we could tell, most of our surrounding area was without power, as well.

We woke on Saturday morning, still with no power. As usual, I was checking Twitter to get any updates that I could on my phone and saw that someone posted that parts of a nearby town had power.

As my wife and I were trying to figure out what to do about our daughter’s party, and how to make the best of the situation, I remembered the tweet I had seen earlier in the day, and I had an idea…

Special evening for us!

Just one week earlier, my daughter and I attended the Daddy Daughter Date night event held by Chick-Fil-A. We attended the event at the Chick-Fil-A at Market at East Broad in Columbus, OH. The team did a great job that night serving up great food and a great experience, just for the two of us. They had a young man providing some great background music with a guitar and took a picture of us that they later emailed to me that same night. We got to meet Karen Bolumen, Operator of this location and some of her team. One of the team members, Darcie, was one of the servers that night and did a great job making sure we had everything we needed.

As we were trying to decide what to do about our daughter’s party, I realized that this Chick-Fil-A was pretty close to the town that I read had power. Did they? I went back to the email that contained the picture of my daughter and me from the Daddy Daughter Date night, replied to it and asked if the restaurant had power. Karen replied back just a short while later, that they did! A few quick emails and one phone call and we moved her party to Chick-Fil-A.

When we arrived, they had an area set aside for us. As always, the team was very welcoming and hospitable. They even let us put our cupcake cake (the original ice cream cake didn’t survive the power outage) in their cooler until we were ready for it. With every request and refilled drink, we were always met with a “my pleasure” and a smile, in response. They even let my wife and I charge our cell phones, which was much needed. All of our friends and family that attended the party were very impressed with the team’s service.

In addition, guess who just happened to be there that day: Darcie. Remember her? She was one of the servers from our Daddy Daughter Date night. She remembered me and my daughter from the event. While we were there, she brought Reagan a cookies and cream milkshake and a set of red, white, and blue balloons and wished her a happy birthday numerous times.

What could have been a very disappointing day for our daughter, the Chick-Fil-A at Market at East Broad team made very special. Thank you to Karen, Darcie and the entire team at the location for making our daughter’s birthday very memorable.

Thanks for the balloons, Darcie! They fit well with the American Girl themed party.

Happy birthday girl blowing out the candles!

23
Apr
12

Monday motivation: Do it to it. Or is it Duit Tuit?

I remember as a young child someone gave me a small round, plastic object. On one side, it had the letters TUIT printed on it. On the reverse side was a message much like the one in the picture. I was the fortunate recipient of a round tuit! (cheesy, I know) Since someone was so thoughtful as to bestow this round tuit to me, I could now complete the tasks that I always said I would do “when I got a round tuit (to it)”. How lucky am I?

Obviously, this was a play on words. The circular object was no more magical than anything else, but it was more of a made up license to start the things you always said you would, but for some reason, didn’t. You now had no excuses because you had received the round tuit.

Here’s my Monday challenge to you: what is that thing you’ve been putting off? You know what it is. Just in case you’re having a case of the Mondays, let me throw a few reminders out there:

  • you’ll start to work out
  • you’ll make that phone call
  • write that letter
  • reach out to that person
  • start to save money
  • plan for retirement
  • spend more time with your kids
  • become more positive
  • work on that presentation
  • reconnect with a family member you haven’t seen in years
  • call your high school buddy
The list goes on and on, but only you know what you’ve been waiting to do until you get a round tuit.

So, on this Monday morning, I’m passing along this round tuit to you virtually. Now you have no more excuses. You don’t have to figure it all out today, but you need to set the wheels of action into place to make that thing happen. In other words: do it to it!

Enjoy your week!

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!

21
Nov
08

Success by Seuss

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As a child, I thoroughly enjoyed Dr. Seuss books. His unique mixtures of poetry, alliteration and imagination have sparked the creativity and imaginations of youngsters for generations. In fact, many adults still enjoy reading Seuss books, and, like me, often find new meaning behind the rhyming, chiming words on the page.

One evening, I was reading “If I Ran the Zoo” to our son. The book focuses on a young boy’s dreams of what kind of animals he would have at his zoo. Upon my  more mature reading, I noticed that tucked away in the middle of the book was a bit of career advice. While Seuss probably didn’t intend for this to be used in such a way, its simple yet poignant message merits review:

And that’s what I’ll do,

Said young Gerald McGrew.

If you want to catch beasts you don’t see everyday,

You have to go places quite out-of-the way.

You have to go places no others can get to.

You have to get cold and you have to get wet, too.

 

So, what significance do Seuss and Gerald McGrew hold for you?

You are chasing something better.

Gerald McGrew was chasing exotic and imaginative beasts for his extraordinary zoo. You are chasing dreams and goals for you and your family-a better job, a pay raise, greater quality of life.

You are traveling to places on your journey that others will not.

Young Gerald noted that to catch the beasts he sought, he would have to go unexpected places. Everyone’s journey to obtaining their goals can vary greatly. One person may have to work their way up the corporate ladder to achieve their goal.  Another person may have built a vast network for professional and personal connections that can help them along in their journey.  Whatever your situation, you have chosen to embark on a journey that not everyone is able or willing to take.

 

You will do whatever it takes to reach your goals.

Gerald McGrew endured extremes to find what he was searching for. While you won’t have to get cold and wet, you will face the challenge of balancing the everyday demands of life: work, family, school, extracurricular activities, and more. These can quickly become unbalanced, but you are willing to make the adjustments necessary to keep priorities in check and complete tasks responsibly.

You are committed.

Gerald wanted an out-of-the-ordinary zoo that would contain beasts like no others ever seen before. He showed his dedication to this goal by exclaiming, “That’s what I’ll do!” Above all, he was committed. Like Gerald, you are showing your commitment to your development and your goals by creating time in your busy schedule to complete your degree.

Take a lesson from young Gerald McGrew-don’t be afraid to dream wildly and pursue the opportunity to live out those dreams. You’ll be amazed at what you can accomplish!