KIDS

Busy Start to the Year

12509816_10156499284445341_1335422937708619311_nUgh…where has the time gone?  It has been so busy the first 3 and a half weeks of 2016 I’ve barely had a minute to do anything, never mind writing in this blog.

Few things have been going on.  My Oldest daughter (grade 1), who is diagnosed ASD (higher functioning) has started medication.  Turns out she may also be ADHD as well and met all the criteria for it so we’ve been trying her on meds to help her focus.  Well I have to say so far that it’s been an unqualified success, at least so far.  She’s more focused, fewer outbursts in class, and her Occupational Therapist has made comment on how impressed she was at her improved focus and willingness to learn as well as her printing has improved greatly.  Another thing we’ve started is a math program called Dreambox to help improve her math.  Again it’s amazing how technology can help with stuff like this now.  If you have a child who struggles with math I highly recommend that you speak to your child’s school about this program.  It’s amazing

On the more Geeky side, I’ve seen Star Wars The Force Awakens 3 times and loved it.  Obviously.  ***spoilers follow if you haven’t been to see it stop now** The first couple of viewings the only real problem I had was how Rey, a non trained force sensitive could defeat (completely Bitch slap really) Kylo Ren.  Then I read THIS ARTICLE.  After that I saw the movie a third time and it completely changed the final battle for me.  I enjoyed the movie even more after this.

I do have to admit I was a bit disappointed that Ep VIII won’t be coming now until December 2017 but at least we’ll have Rogue One: A Star Wars Story to tide us over.

That’s about it for now…

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I’m a kid again

Yesterday we had “parent observations” in my youngest daughter’s JK class. While there I had kind of one of those “ah ha” moments.

Having kids means becoming a kid again yourself

We started the day with roll call and a couple of little poems and alphabet games. Then it was outside for some play to, as the kids and teacher recited melodically, “exercise our bodies and wake up our brains”.  While outside my wife was busy talking to the teacher about this and that.  Me? I was there to play.  I played catch, did some bean bag tossing and ran around like a 5 year old.  So much fun.  Then when they were lining up to go back inside they did this little popsicle song that involved dancing to which my wife and I happily joined in with.

Inside we went for some circle time, more letter learning, another song and dance.  After that there was some tabletop activities where I was quite content building cup pyramids with the kids and stringing beads on strands of gimp. (do you remember gimp?…late 80’s kids whats up!!).  After that wifey and I slipped out to avoid the inevitable tears if my daughter knew we were leaving.

Afterwards It dawned on me how much fun I had and how often I have felt like a kid again since having kids.  From being able to show my girls my favourite cartoons from when I was a kid like Scooby Do, Bugs Bunny and comic book cartoons to playing games that I enjoyed like Operation and Hungry Hungry Hippos.  Heck we even Played Candyland the other day and it was actually fun.

Running around outside, lying in the grass and looking at clouds talking about what they look like, bikes, scooters, tobogganing in winter, skating…all these thing that I once enjoyed as a kid I’m enjoying again.

I even had a little conversation about this with a friend on Facebook while talking about my SplashN Boots post

I didn’t realize this at the time..but I think maybe a big reason people have kids just may be to feel like a kid again themselves.  Maybe kids, and later in life, grandkids, are the fountain of youth?

Geek Vs. Chic

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I have a love of pop culture.  I like to be up on (best as an almost 40 year old geezer can be) the latest coming and goings of celebrities I like, actors, musicians, all of that.  I have to add that I only give a hoot about the ones with real talent, not these pseudo-celebrities who have no talent other than being on reality tv, followed by millions of twitter followers or in tabloids every damn day…(I’m looking at you Kardashian/Jenner families)

So, with the constant media coverage of these idiots and their duckface selfies, I am growing ever concerned with the kind of role models my two daughters are going to be growing up with in the years to come.  I mean look at what it’s like now, I can only imagine how things are going to progress in the next 10-15 years. I just don’t get what the appeal is for the people who follow and emulate these idiots and copy their selfies, their fashion,  These girls who put all the value into physical appearance and having the latest and greatest cell phone, best clothes, coolest online personae.

As a parent this scares the poop out of me.  I don’t want kids who place more value on material or shallow things than they do on honour, honesty, bravery, willingness to fight for what’s right.

This is why I love the geek world and I have been showing my girls the geek world.  Many of the female characters tend to be strong, independant, tough, fighters, leaders.  They aren’t usually the type to wait for the man to save them.  No damsels in distress for my girls.  Granted…they’re only 5 and 3 so they still love Disney Princesses, Barbie, My little Pony and others.  But I always encourage exposure to strong female characters.  Anna and Elsa (Frozen), Astrid (How to Train a Dragon series), Merida (Brave) to name a few, as well as many of the characters in the Marvel and DC universes…well most of them…sorry kids..no Jessica Jones until you’re older.  Yes she’s a strong female character but a little dark for my kids’ age range…hehe.  When my youngest daughter’s Halloween choices were Maleficent and girly Darth Vader (she has a thing for villains) well I know I’m doing something a little bit right.

I can’t force them to like everything I like, Lord knows I’ve tried….but when I give them the choice between watching something fluffy and simple or something more in the “geek” vein and they choose to go geek…I always smile

Winning at This Dad thing

Geeky Dad is WINNING!!
 
Ya..I know I know that is a very bold statement but some things are developing that are showing me that the proverbial apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.  Before I go on I want it noted that I have not pushed or exposed my kids to anything other than what is incidental to every day life.  I’m not like that…they’re free to make their own decisions (even though they’re 3 and 5) about what they want to watch.
 
The first thing I’m going to talk about is Looney Tunes.  Its no mystery that I love me some Bugs, Daffy, Sylvester, Tweety, Foghorn Leghorn and all their friends.  I’m not talking about the watered down new stuff you’re seening on teletoon these days.  I’m talking the pre-1970’s stuff that still has all the same violence and mayhem that I enjoyed as a kid.  Well here there’s a channel called “Teletoon Retro” that shows all the older cartoons from my youth and then some…well every once in a while I would turn it on and have me a little bugs and show my kids what cartoons were like when I was their age…well, it wasn’t long before they started to ask for “Bugs Bunny”.  So then I thought…Why not try other cartoons.
 
On Netflix they had a few seasons of “Scooby-Doo – Where are you?” so I thought “hey..why not give this a try”  So I threw one on and they loved it.  Again they kept asking for more more more.  To the point where at Christmas time one of their grandparents found a box set of “the New Scooby-Doo Movies” featuring such talents as Don Knotts, Jonathan Winters, Laurel and Hardy, The Three Stooges and others.  Once again, rarely does a day go by that they don’t ask to watch one of these disks. My eldest is particularly enamoured with the ones with Batman and Robin.  Who can blame her right?
 
So I continued on.  My youngest (Named Parker both because I love Spider-man and my wife wouldn’t go for Leia or Padme) Seemed to be interested in some of the Pictures of superheros I have…she’s learned names like The Hulk, Wolverine, Storm, and, of course, Spider-Man.  So once I saw that Netflix had “Spider-man and his Amazing Friends” (1981) Again I thought I’d give it a try and my little Parker didn’t disappoint.  We watched and entire season in an afternoon and she was still asking for more.  Now my kids run around pretending to be Firestar and want daddy to be Iceman…which I kindly oblige.  Parker is kind of partial to spidey…as you can see.
 
When I decided to be a dad I had hoped I’d be able to instill many of the values and outlooks I have in my life…and maybe, just maybe a few of the interests.  But so far..this has gone beyond what I had hoped for.  I can’t wait to see what the future brings.
 
 
MAY THE FARCE BE WITH YOU