Parenting

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?

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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