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January 20, 2010

YouTube and Facebook and Twitter, Oh My!

I must be approaching middle age.  It now is a daily occurrence where I think to myself, “he can’t be old enough for that, can he?”  The latest installment of “Dad is getting old” came during the morning scramble to get ready for school and out the door. 

The Little Man stopped cold as if a thought had switched some hidden button I still haven’t found and announced that his best friend had received a computer for Christmas and was getting “computer lessons” after school.  Further digging revealed that the child’s parents (not Bill Gates) were teaching him how to use his new computer, but still.  The Little Man was clearly angling for something along the same lines.  Can they be old enough for that?

As countless parents have thought to themselves in one version or another, “I remember when I was just reading him stories about lions and tiger and bears and now he wants me to teach him about web, internet and email!”  While I can’t be sure if he’s ready for the digital world, I am quite sure that I’m not ready for him to be in the digital world.  That same day, I just happened to run across a Dad-o-matic blog written by Jeff Sass on “Having ‘That’ Conversation With Your Kids…” so it must be destiny.  Just like everything else, I guess it’s never too early. 

Our iPhones have apps for toddlers, so why wouldn’t a seven year old want to jump into the digital sea and take a swim?  So I guess I better figure out how to work those parental control setting on the computer and think about my approach for “that” conversation and how to tell a story of YouTube and Facebook and Twitter, oh my!

January 13, 2010

Move Your Butt

Yesterday’s Wall Street Journal featured an article by Ron Winslow entitled Time Watching TV Linked to Higher Risk of Death that discusses an Australian study that links watching TV to higher death rate.  I encourage you to read the article  One of the most surprising aspects was that participants in the study were generally active people (getting 30-45 minutes of exercise per day).

The study revealed that, even for people who exercise, sitting on the couch watching TV or playing video games (guilty as charged) is the metabolic equivalent of sleeping and therefore has a fundamental impact on how your body processes fats, sugars and other nutrients.  “Researchers reported that the risk of death from any cause increased by 11% for each hour a day of reported TV watching; for death from cardiovascular disease, the risk increased 18%…”  Is it me, or are those scary numbers?


 Before reading this would have told you that watching a few hours of TV is fine so long as you eat healthy and get your exercise.  Apparently not true.  Even if we are going to indulge in the guilty pleasure of a few hours of mindless amusement, we need to get up and move around a bit during that time.  Probably not helped by the super convenient DVR that allows us to fast forward through commercials and therefore eliminate the need for time-killing wandering around the house during those annoying insurance and car ads.  Maybe the networks should promote the health benefits of commercials!  But, I digress.

 So to my nine readers, please keep this in mind.  Even if you are going to watch for a few hours, get up and move around.  Just as important, if your kids are going to get their fix of Looney Tunes (I know, I’m showing my age), encourage them to move around a bit while they are watching – probably not a stretch for most kids.  Take our the trash, fold some laundry, change the channel on the TV and not the remote (wait, can you do that?) but just find a way to move your butt!

January 5, 2010

Old Bones

After now having coached the Little Man for two full seasons of outdoor soccer and well into a season of indoor soccer, I’ve been itching to get out and play myself.  I shudder to think that it has been close to two decades since I’ve played in a regular organized soccer league. 

So, with a bit of trepidation I went ahead and signed up for an adult indoor soccer league (at Chelsea Piers for any of you New Yorkers).  Now I should note that I use the term “adult” a bit loosely because at our first game last night, as I was signing the roster for my newly assigned team, I came across the dreaded “age” column.  As I scanned down my team seeing nothing but ages in the early 20s a bit of a shiver (or could that have been the arthritis) went down my spine.  Now I was wondering if my decision to bring the Little Man along to witness his dad’s soccer prowess was such a good decision. 

As the game got going and I began running (or something like it) around the field, I realized that it might be time for some regular exercise beyond walking to the subway and chasing the Little Man around the playground.  For the first time I can remember, I experienced the sensation of knowing what I wanted my body to do, but not having it happen, a few times tripping over my own feet.

After getting the old bones warmed up, I managed to avoid any major embarrassment and actually score two of my team’s three goals.  The highlight was a midgame pep talk from the Little Man that consisted of him telling me to “run faster, fall less and score more.” 

Moral of the story is to get your old bones out there.  Despite a few falls, it was great to be off the bench and actually playing.  Maybe I’ll even get in good enough shape that I don’t trip over my own feet.  We all need dreams.

Update: So we just found out the schedule for next week’s game and it is at 11:00 p.m.  At first I thought it was a typo, but then I realized I’ll need a cappuccino at 9:00 p.m to stay up for that one.  Now I really feel old.