Posted on: November 26, 2008 2:45 pm

My Daughter is Taking After Me....

and it is not one of the qualities that I hoped to pass on unfortunately. 

I am thrilled that she resembles me in some ways to keep the Italian genes alive, and I hope that she does adopt some of the better qualities that I possess such as a desire to help people, a desire to care for the planet, and a sense of humor.  I don't have too much more to offer, but I can hope for these things.

However, it appears that my sweet little angel has inherited one of my worst qualities as well and that is as a "thing-thrower."  I was definitely a "thing-thrower" as a kid growing up.  Really only in individual sports, but I definitely did my share of tennis racket and golf club tossing in my younger days.  I have even thrown a tool or two in adulthood when a particular home improvement project was not going my way.  It's an extremely silly and childish way to express anger and frustration without a doubt, but I cannot deny that it is part of who I am/was. 

So anyhow, Squirt (what I call her) has inherited the "thing-throwing" trait and it is getting her in a lot of trouble around the house these days.  She is approaching 4 years old and anger management is not one of her strong suits (is it any 4 year old's strong suits?).  She has taken to throwing markers, paper, toys etc. when she doesn't get her way.  It's not something that is out of control and she is always punished for this behavior, but it's just so funny to see yourself in your kids in both good and bad ways.

Hopefully we can curb this behavior and focus on the positive attributes that my wonderful wife and I have passed on to our little Squirt.  Happy Thanksgiving to everyone.

Category: General
Posted on: July 24, 2008 3:59 pm

What is this world coming to?

 So I was working with someone today who had her 3 (almost 4) year old with her.  The girl was generally well behaved and did not cause any problems, and she seemed pretty advanced socially for her age.  A cute kid really.

Through the course of conversation I came to learn that this 3 year old had seen 2-PG13 movies in the past week.  One with her parents and 6 year old brother and the other with only her father.  The 2 movies were The Dark Knight and Hellboy II.

Call me crazy, but to me this was extremely offensive and inappropriate.  What would make a parent think that these movies were appropriate "entertainment" for a 3 year old?  I have a 3 year old and there is no way in hellboy that she would be exposed to these movies at her age. 

Why can't people let kids be kids and cease with exposing them to the adult world at such an early age?  It really made me sad for this child to think that she had such selfish parents, but it also made we extremely worried about my own child and what she will learn in the future from o ther kids whose parents have been to irresponsible to prevent their kids from exposure to the adult world.

Category: General
Tags: censorship, kids
Posted on: July 3, 2008 1:33 pm

PARENTS:What to call your kids special parts?

Ok, so I am a fairly new parent.  My kids are both under the age of 4 and I have a boy and a girl so this in an equal opportunity collection for me.  I was curious what other parents call their kids' parts?  Inevitably the topic comes up and you have to give these parts some sort of a name right?

So far my wife and I have come up with some names for the rear end (toot-toot), female part (cha-cha) and the male part (who-who-dilly).

So please feel free to contribute to this list.  I am curious to see what creative names parents have come up with.

Category: General
Tags: Anatomy, Kids
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