Friday, May 29, 2009

Fathers, Push Your Kids

"The apple doesn't fall far from the tree." This little axiom has been in our language for over 150 years. We understand it's meaning. Your children will end up living, believing and doing things very similar to their parents, in particular their father.

Fathers have a special role in the lives of their kids. John Blase has a good point on giving our kids permission:
A mother keeps the child close, sheltering and protecting. A father keeps the child close as well, but he gives permission to step, run, fall or stumble headlong into the great big world. I believe you dads are the primary permission givers.
That makes sense. I try to push my kids just enough to promote growth and exploration. We sign them up for stuff without their knowledge. One year all the kids played baseball. My oldest was not interested but we pushed him. He had a good year but he decided not to play the following year, no problem. I felt he had a good exposure and it didn't resonate with him, that's cool.

I remember when the kids were younger I would sit back and watch them push their boundaries. Of course I was right there to help if needed. But I didn't want to spoil the chance to learn some good 'ole logical and natural consequences.

A couple years ago my daughter was just learning how to swim. She could swim under water but wasn't good at getting to the surface for air, and she was fine with that.

She is a brave little girl. She would swim away then I would drag her back, she would swim away again, same thing. I would reminder her to stay close to the side. So logically she swim away...this time I let her.

I stayed right next to her but just behind so she couldn't see me. She was swimming underwater then tried to come up for air. She made it a little then went under again. I let her get a taste of distress, for about 1/3 of a second she struggled then I lifted her up and brought her to the side. Tears were flowing but lesson learned.

Nothing like natural consequences to teach the kids, and adults good lessons.

Have a great weekend.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Blogging in the Old Days

I started Blogging 15 years ago. I didn't realize it at the time but it was a blog. (That's not me in the picture.)

I was in graduate school and decided to learn some of this new fangled html so I could type letters and save them to the internet.

I would then tell people about my web page and how they could use a computer connected to a modem to read what I wrote. Usually I was asked to print it for them because 90% of them weren't online.

For the fun of it, today I looked back at some the internet stats from way back then. At the end of 1994 there were 38 million internet users in the world (stats). Today there are over 1.5 Billion users (stats).

It's also interesting to note that of these internet users back in the day, they spent 35 minutes a week online. Today the average is 16.75 hours a week, a little under 3 hours a day.

Back in 1994 I had about 5 people a month read my little web site. Now I have about 6 people a month. Thanks for being one of them.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Suffering Through The Thrift Store

I love my wife's ability to sniff out a deal. She has saved us thousands of dollars over many years by being thrifty. I'm proud of her and wish her continued thrifty success. That doesn't change this powerful and undeniable fact.

I hate thrift stores!

You have never been to a thrift store? Well you are in for a treat, grab some coffee (or some other caffeine, or stimulant) and join me on my recent journey to a local thrift store, The Salvation Army's Family Store.




Today at the T.S. (thrift store) all pink tags were 50% off. TSs know how to mark down merchandise. There are usually different colored labels at different discount. Just a little insider info for you.




As we walked in we were greeted by this head. The severed head of a mannequin decapitated many years ago. The lifeless eyes staring at you saying, "buy this old Chicago Bears hat for 40 cents". Notice the safety precautions taken by management by putting a tennis ball on the end. Wouldn't want to poke an eye out.

Moving deeper into the store reveals a great looking wooden doll . A local artisan painted a face on this fine piece. It's as if she is ready to slam dunk a basketball. You might want to consider this item for Fathers day, or maybe an anniversary to say to your spouse, "marrying you was a slam dunk".



One of my favorite parts is the standing around. Here my bride is searching for a treasure, I would help her but somebody has to hold up the walls.



After visiting this aisle, I was given the task of holding the treasure. Today we purchase two heads of lettuce made out of some kind of ceramic or metallic something. Also a glass jar. I believe we also took home this basket.



Another thrift store success! So there you have it, a small glimpse into a typical thrift store. How do you survive thrift shopping?

DISCLAIMER: The views expressed in this blog post are not meant
to represent the views of the author. This is pure fiction.
The time spent with my beautiful wife far outweighed any discomfort,
angst, boredom that may or many not have occurred, if it actually
happened. Which it didn't, maybe.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Dads Without Wax

There a story about artists in Rome who were dishonest in their dealings with the public. If during the process of making their sculpture it became damaged they would fill the hole with wax. This would cover their mistake and they could sell it at full price.

The word, Sincere, comes from Latin, sine meaning "without" and cera meaning "wax". If a sculpture was authentic it would be wax free. The problem is that you could not tell until many years later.

Dads this is for us. Are you a dad without wax. Are you sincere with your wife, your business dealing, your interaction with your children. Are you really you or do you wax?

Just like the sculpture with wax, when your kids mature to adulthood they will look back and be able to tell where you waxed. So keep it real.

It's fatherhood Friday! Show your kids who you really are today.

If you like scripture, here's a little something for you..."We can be proud of our clear conscience. We have always lived honestly and sincerely, especially when we were with you. And we were guided by God's wonderful kindness instead of by the wisdom of this world." [2 Corinthians 1:12 CEV]

Friday, May 1, 2009

Fatherhood Friday Special - Dadwow!!!

Hey camera guy are you following me?

Ok guys I'm going to do this in real time. Let me tell you about the great product just came in from Germany it's called - DadWow!!

Let me tell you the DadWow is the real deal it can do just about everything from picking up spills, cut the grass, pay the bills, kill the bugs, break up fights, negotiate deals between children, provide great pleasure or great pain, you name it.

Watch this as the DadWow goes to work picking up a pile of poop from the dog...all I can say is DadWow!

You can cut it in half, use one as a bath mat, drain your dishes with the other one, use one as a towel. Olympic divers, they use it as a towel. Look at that! Completely dry!

It can even dry your sweaters in real time.

Order yours today for two easy payments of $19.95. But wait if you order in the next 10 minutes we will throw two more DadWows! Thats three DadWows for the price of one. Wow!

Please read the small print before placing your order.

The DadWow need care and maintenance. Feed 3-5 times a day. Allow 6-8 hours of sleep a day. Caution, don't nag the DadWow. DadWow may not be appropriate for changing diapers as vomiting may ensue. Please consult your physicianbefore using DadWow. The Dad Wow cannot be used during major sporting event. Do not eat. Do not cut the label off your DadWow.

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