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December 21, 2009

Careful of Parental Declarations

As many parents probably do, I sometimes have a tendency to get a bit carried away and make broad declarations, especially when it comes to disciplinary matters. There are many times when I proclaim how things will be if my rules aren’t followed. Often, as soon as the words are out of my mouth, I regret it because I’ve now painted myself into that parental corner. Don’t follow through with the threat and the Little Man will know I’m full of it. I came across this great clip from ABC’s Modern Family that demonstrates exactly what I do. I hope you enjoy:

I’ve never gone as far to cancel Christmas, but who knows what I’m capable of in the heat of the moment. Fortunately there are no videos of me (that I’m aware of) making such proclamations.

December 18, 2009

Share Your Holiday Memories!

The Little Man is working through a cool advent calendar he received from one of his adoring grandmothers.  This particular advent calendar is great because it just gives a little holiday activity rather than handing out chocolate or some other treat that will send your child into a sugar induced frenzy.

Today’s entry was to “ask your parents to share one of their favorite holiday memories with you.”  Now, the Little Man is very keen on hearing old stories from mom and dad about all kinds of stuff.  So this one was right up his alley and he quickly hit me up for a story.

On our short (and freezing) walk to school this morning, I regaled him with a story of Christmas morning silliness by yours truly and Grandpa involving a staircase, a programmable car from Santa and too much time.   

It seems obvious, but it was a great idea.  He loved the story, I loved sharing it and we have a nice holiday moment.  So this holiday season, take a minute and share a holiday memory or two with your little one.  They love to hear about what you did when you were their age and maybe even get different versions of the same story from grandparents.  And after that, maybe even post a comment to Who’s Your Daddy so you can share it with me too.  Happy Holidays!

December 10, 2009

Be Da Man!

In our house, golf is a big deal.  When we changed to Verizon Fios for TV, making sure we had the proper package so that we got The Golf Channel in HD was a major concern.  The Little Man has inherited his father’s love for the game and lots of good times have been had on the golf course, driving range and putting green.

Unless you’ve been living under a rock the last few weeks, you might have noticed that Tiger Woods had gotten himself into a bit of a bother.  Another sports star imploding in front of our eyes.  This one seems a bit harder to swallow, though, given them carefully crafted image that has been so delicately developed for our so-called hero.  Squeaky clean husband and father who meanwhile has his handlers shuttling women back and forth.

What has struck me like a Tiger tee shot hitting a fan standing in the right rough is how few discussions I’ve seen about Tiger screwing up as a dad.  Obviously, he will have tons of financial fallout from the mess he has created.  Sure, the revelation of his modern day harem has probably doomed his marriage.  But what about those two beautiful children that now are stuck in the middle of the most public train wreck of this millennium?

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Photo by Keith Allison

Let’s not forget, that Tiger Woods would still be Eldrick Woods doing something other than being sports’ first billionaire without the love, support and dedication of his late father, Earl Woods.  I think it is safe to say that Earl would not approve of the recent actions of his superstar son.  People having been screaming “You Da Man!” after every shot Tiger has hit over the last ten plus years.  So to Tiger (a regular reader of this blog I’m sure), please take a minute and think of your father and then think of your children.  Then step up and “BE Da Man!”

December 4, 2009

Mr. Willowby’s Christmas Tree

As we enter the month of December, I thought I’d share another book recommendation.  Mr. Willowby’s Christmas Tree by Robert Barry is a book that is read all year round in our house but gets even better as we roll into the holidays.

  Mr Willowbys Christmas Tree

It is a great story of joy and family around the time of the holidays.  In addition, and just as important, it communicates a great message about sharing, caring and thinking how others may use what we don’t.  The illustrations are beautiful and this is a book I don’t mind reading again and again.  I would encourage you to pick this one up for the holiday season and add it to your keepsake collection for your little ones.