Posts Tagged ‘Parenthood’

“Wait, What? Oh!”

October 10, 2019

“I want to spend more time with you,” L’s Mother told me this morning, “but between L. staying up later and me having to go to bed earlier there just isn’t enough time right now, and I am really tired of being clock blocked!”


Today’s Advice For My Son

October 7, 2019

Any way you slice it, kiddo, by the time someone tells you that they’re feeling a certain way (be it frustrated, angry, sad, afraid, or what have you), they’ve been feeling that way for some time before that.  Learning to recognize the signs of those feelings before someone feels the need to say something about them will save you a lot of time and hassle.

That’s What I Thought

September 30, 2019

My son:  Can I have some chips and salsa?

Me:  Sure!

My son:  Can you get me some water while you’re at it?

Me:  Yeah, I can do that.

My son:  Oh, and can you turn on the light for me?

Me:  Because I know you can’t reach it yourself, yes . . . yes, I can.

My son:  Ah!  Isa left something on the pad that needs to be cleaned up!  Can you clean it up?

Me:  Yeeeesss, but you’re already pretty deep in your requests to me, so it’s going to be a few moments before I get to that.  Plus, do you really want me to clean up after the dog before I handle the food you’re about to eat?

My son:  Just let me know when it’s safe to come to the table, okay?

Sometimes You DO Get To Have Your Cake And Eat It Too!

September 25, 2019

“So what games can we play with a deck of cards?” my son asked me this morning.

It was fairly easy for me to not give in to my first impulse, so I just chuckled and said, “Lots, but that reminds me.  If anybody ever asks you if you want to play 52-Card Pickup, just say no, okay?”

“Why?” he asked.  “What’s that?  Can you show me?”

“Do you really want me to do that?” I asked him in a tone that he’s old enough by now to recognize means that either a trick or a bad joke (or both) is about to follow.

“Yes!” he answered with a big grin.

What followed was the finest stream of cards I have ever shot in someone’s direction in my entire life.

So That’s Pretty Good

September 23, 2019

I don’t have a “perfect” life (if that phrase even means anything), but what I do have is a life where my son can ask me, “Dad, do you want to play with me?” and I can say “Yes.”

Another Tip You Won’t Find In A Book About Parenting

September 16, 2019

Sometimes the best thing you can do is delay bedtime by an hour provided the reason is good enough, say, if you’re still working on getting the bed fort just right.

Today’s Piece Of Advice For My Son

September 12, 2019

Learn early the difference between the things you need to do, and the things that other people are only telling you that you need to do, so that you can better recognize the times that you still need to do something despite the fact that someone told you that you need to do it.

You Learn Other Things As Well, Of Course

September 4, 2019

Babies are on my mind today (and, let me be clear, not because one is coming to this house), and children really are amazing creatures.  If you want to learn things about yourself that you never wanted to learn, raising a child is an intensive course in that subject.

Besides, We Don’t Have Any Cows That Need Milking Today Anyway

August 23, 2019

This week has been a particularly stressful one for some reason (*cough-cough* School!); admittedly not as bad as it could have been, but still bad none the less.  So much so that when I woke up this morning the first thing I did was to begin weighing the options for telling my son we should take the day off.

Eventually I decided that while days off don’t get the cows milked (As my grandfather might have possibly said at one point in his life; I don’t know for sure he didn’t, at least.), today I’d rather order pizza than milk cows.

My Thought Process As A Parent This Morning

August 20, 2019

When my son was too sick to complain about being sick:  I hope he’s okay.

When my son started complaining (loudly) about how sick he is:  He’s fine.