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Three days, and maybe longer.

As soon as I walk in the door from work on Friday, my son asks if he can go down to a local girl’s house to play. “Dad, can I got down to Hayden’s house to play?” Me: “Isn’t this the girl who kept calling you annoying?” “Yes, but she doesn’t do that anymore.” Me: “How long has it been since she called you annoying?” “Three days” Hayden, as well as some other girls on the bus, were calling my son annoying and teasing him in front of everyone on the bus. Apparently this was going on for months. One day Chris just came home and broke down at dinner about the teasing he was getting from these girls. My wife and I talked to him about bullying and ignoring the girls. About walking away and not interacting with them. He was so upset about everything that he asked the bus driver if he could have his seat moved so he didn’t sit by them any longer. The boy was deeply upset about the whole thing. Now, three days without her teasing him and he’s willing to forget all of that because she asked him to come over to play. I told him I didn’t want him going to her house to play because of the past issues he had with her and all he kept saying was “She doesn’t do that anymore.” “Three days” I tried explaining to my son that he doesn’t need to be around people like that; that he needs to be around people who like him for who he is, and that he’s smart and funny and doesn’t deserve the way he was being treated. And that three days without teasing is not a long enough time to determine if a zebra has changed its stripes.  But, of course, he’s only seven. He doesn’t understand all of this yet, or just has a hard time processing it. He just collapsed to the floor crying, kept saying that she doesn’t...

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What do you do with all this stuff?

My two children, now 5 and 7, attend school in some fashion (my son is in first grade while my daughter goes to half-day Pre-K) and every single day they bring home a ream’s worth of paper! I honestly don’t know what to do with all of this stuff! The wife and I had a crazy idea, when my son first started Pre-K, that we were going to be able to hang on to his schoolwork to reminisce about it with him when he got older. I know my parents had some of my schoolwork put away and my wife has a box of stuff somewhere, but we just were not prepared for the avalanche of paper that would come home on a regular basis. Now, the fact that my wife and I have slight hoarding tendencies does not help either. We’ve been desperately trying to break these terrible hoarding habits, and having guilt over throwing away your kids’ schoolwork is a good way to induce more hoarding! It seems that almost all of their schoolwork is from workbooks with rip-out pages and they bring home multiple things each day. Some items immediately get posted to our kitchen wall as they are obviously projects that the kids took a lot of time and effort to create and we know they are proud of them, but there is just so much stuff that it’s not always easy to ditch it without guilt. So, now, on an almost daily basis, I’m forced to throw away 98% of what gets brought home. The other 2% makes its way into a bin, where it will be sifted through later to see what makes the cut. This is all fine and dandy until a week later my daughter asks about the drawing she scrawled out at Pre-K that she had some bizarre attachment to, and I thought was just a bunch of scribbles. Sorry toots, it’s in a landfill. I swear I did not have this much stuff to...

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My son, the Minecrafter

My seven-year-old son has been playing a lot of Minecraft recently and he summoned me to the playroom to show me the fruits of his labor. I also enjoy Minecraft but my son and I have differing play styles; he prefers Creative mode while I prefer Survival. I was very interested to see what he threw together. He showed me a ladder reaching up to a structure in the sky. He climbed the ladder and showed me around. He was very proud of his “Sky House” and everything he put in it (including the greenhouse he built alongside it!) This was actually a very proud moment for me as well as it showed some focus and discipline for my son to actually take the time, during multiple sessions, to create this house. Yes, I know it’s “only a video game” but it definitely took some creativity on his part to build his house. Are you a Minecrafter?  Do you prefer building in Creative mode or eeking out an existence in Survival mode?  What’s the grandest thing you or your children ever built in Minecraft? Share...

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Wordless Wednesday – Television

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Wordless Wednesday – Play-doh

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Disney on Ice – Rockin’ Ever After

Disney on Ice – Rockin’ Ever After recently arrived in Cleveland, OH and my wife was fortunate enough to get some free tickets. I can honestly say I was not thrilled when my wife told me we were going to see Disney on Ice.  Though I am a fan of Disney, I’m not a fan of sitting in arena with a bunch of children and watching people skate.  I’m also not a fan of $12 bags of cotton candy and my children begging me for some.  But, I knew the kids would love it so I put my big boy pants on and we went and watched some ice skating! Our seats were one row off of the ice, and at one of the back corners of the rink so sometimes it was hard to see what was going on down at the other end but in general, there was action all over the ice so you were constantly entertained. The show starts off with Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Goofy skating around with some performers and then there are four vignettes from four different Disney movies – Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Rapunzel and Brave.  The whole show is choreographed to music and dialogue that the performers lip sync. I was pleasantly surprised with actually enjoying this show.  I was really expecting to be bored out of my mind but it held my interest.  The kids liked it very much, especially my daughter who is a big fan of Rapunzel. In all, it was a nice night out instead of staying at home and watching TV or doing the same old things.  Given our work schedules, we don’t get out with the kids very often so this was  a welcome change. Disney on Ice – Rockin’ Ever After is produced by Feld Entertainment.  My wife received free tickets through a contact at her job and not in exchange for this blog post or any reviews. Share...

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