Shame on Shaming – Parental Missteps

Posted by on Oct 3, 2012 in Discipline, Parenting, Psychology | 2 comments

Another parenting misstep is making the rounds online and in the media.  A father posted a picture on Reddit of his three year old daughter with a sign around her neck stating the fact she pooped in the shower, her dad had to clean it up, and she has given permission for the picture to be used in her high school year book.  In the picture she has a big smile on her face.

So, as can be expected, there is lots of harsh judgement, analysis, opinion (lots and lots of opinion) and a bit of laughter about the photo.  So what’s my take on the hoopla surrounding the photo?

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The Impact of Full Time Kindergarten

Posted by on Sep 28, 2012 in Eating Habits, Kindergarten, Parenting, Sibling Rivalry, Sleeping Habits | 2 comments

My family is now a full two weeks into the full day kindergarten routine.  I know we’ve crossed the threshold from novelty into routine because the honeymoon period my four year old was experiencing is officially over.  She has officially stated that she doesn’t want to go to school anymore.  So I thought I would share some of my observations about the transition into kindergarten before it all becomes a historical blur (which could be as early as next weekend).

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Playing Favorites with Your Kids

Posted by on Sep 26, 2012 in Buzz Bishop, Parenting, Stay at Home Dad | 3 comments

The biggest piece of news in the parenting blogosphere is a proclamation by Calgary radio host, Buzz Bishop that he has a favorite son.  The quote comes from a blog post he wrote for Babble about how he got his girlfriend pregnant after only two months of dating.  You can read the original post, entittled, Not Every Guy Leaves:  The Time I Got My Girlfriend Pregnant and then follow along as I provide my take on the whole maelstrom.

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Ferry Rides and Questions

Posted by on Jul 17, 2012 in Daughters, Psychology, Travel | 0 comments

I spent the past weekend in Victoria, BC visiting my sister, her husband, my niece aged ten and my nephew who is eight.  I went with just my four year old with the intent of changing things up for both my girls; give me some quality time where I could dedicate all of my parenting attention on her; and for her to visit her cousins who she has been asking to see for ages.

She knew nothing about the trip until Saturday morning.  My wife woke her up as I loaded up the car and when she was barely awake, she was told we had a surprise for the weekend.  The first word out of her were “Am I going to see E?” (E is her ten year old cousin that holds the number one spot on the list of people to spend time with).  A million options to guess and she nails it.  This was definitely an omen that things were going to go well for the next couple of days.

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The Beginnings of Sibling Rivalry

Posted by on Jul 5, 2012 in Daughters, Parenting, Psychology, Sibling Rivalry, Stay at Home Dad | 2 comments

I have spent the past two weeks in a transition zone between the last day of pre-school and the first day of “summer camp” for my four year old.  The overall theme of the two weeks has been my own personal front row seat to a pilot reality series called Survivor – Sibling Rivalry.  The premise is to Outwit, Outplay, and Outlast your sister.  The best part for me has been the way the producers have hidden any idea of rules from me so I have to figure them all out on my own.

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Epic Fail – School Regulations, Common Sense and Sun Safety

Posted by on Jun 28, 2012 in Parenting, Safety, Summer | 1 comment

A simple Google search about sunburns and parenting will bring up a number of national articles about a situation just south of me in Tacoma, Washington.  On June 19, 2012 the Port Defiance Elementary School in Tacoma, WA held its Field Day.  During the five hours the event took place, two sisters aged nine and eleven, one with albinism, suffered severe sunburns.  Their story was first shared by their mother, Jesse Michener, on her photography related blog, the following day (and with many updates since).  Her posts are detailed and intelligent and well worth reading if you’re interested in some of the details of the story.

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Simple Suggestions for Daughters’ Squabbles

Posted by on Jun 27, 2012 in Daughters, Parenting, Stay at Home Dad | 2 comments

We’re in a two week transitional period between pre-school and the start of summer programs.  The girls are now together all day and the dynamics between the two of them is interesting to watch.  Overall, they play well together.  My four year old likes to lead (even when no-one else is following) and my two year old loves playing with her older sister and doing exactly what she is doing.  The trouble usually comes when the “lessons of leadership” that the two year old has been “taught” are tried out on her older sibling.  More often than not, it results in frustration.  The four year old has lost control and the two year old is not getting what she wants.  The signal that we have reached this point is the “screech siren” as both try to gain aural superiority.

So besides investing in earplugs, what am I doing to reduce the skirmishes and lengthen the periods of cooperation?

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