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FortKnox's Journal: Follow up 14

Journal by FortKnox
I just wanted to follow up from last JE about the whole "V-Smile" thing. I appreciate all the comments, but don't want to come off as a bad father or what-have-you. So I'm gonna clear some stuff up.

Books: We have too many for Joey, and still buy them. He loves them and often when you don't hear him playing, he's in the living room reading one of them (either its one he doesn't know and he's flipping through it, or its one he has memorized and is reciting the words as he flips through them). He is a lover of Dr. Seuss (If you don't believe me, I'd be happy to recite "There's a Wocket In My Pocket" from memory in under 15 seconds) ;-). And always wants us to read them to him (which we do).

Outdoor Toys: Anyone here think Joey doesn't already have a whole variety of footballs already? ;-) He even knows how to hold the ball when running in the open field and how to protect the ball when running through the line. He isn't outside much now, but has a climber and slide in the back.

Science Toys: My next big purchase (probably next spring) will be a nice reflector telescope. Why? Cause I've always wanted one, and Joey is getting old enough to see what Daddy enjoys doing, so when he gets a little older and gets to use the telescope, he'll be excited about it. Then other science toys will follow (microscope, electronic wiring toys, ham radio, etc...).

Movies: We actually don't have that many. Sure a few Disney movies (Finding Nemo is Joey's current favorite... you should hear him say "That's not funny! I know Funny! I'm a ClownFish!"), and a couple of Veggie Tales, but, honestly, he sees a movie once every week or two at most. He only really watches TV 3 times a week when both mommy & daddy are getting ready for work (and its usually under 30 minutes). A movie is for a night when we get carryout and just want to sit and relax in front of the TV.

Like I said, I appreciated a lot of the other ideas that came up, and I don't mean to offend anyone. I just wanted to reiterate that, although the toy in question was something that'd put the kid in front of the TV more isn't because I want to put him in front of the TV instead of other things. It just seemed appropriate cause he sometimes comes into my room and tells me to "play football... get controller please" (which is "Joey speak" for: Turn on Madden and play it, and give me the other controller so it looks like I'm playing with you). This way, when he asks that, he can be the one playing the game, and he gets a little learning out of it, too.

So, as you may have guessed, we did order one online and should get it before Christmas. I can give out my review at the end of the month/beginning of next year if anyone is interested.
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  • But does he have STRING??!?

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  • by Otter (3800)
    Anyone here think Joey doesn't already have a whole variety of footballs already? ;-) He even knows how to hold the ball when running in the open field and how to protect the ball when running through the line.

    It's funny -- as soon as my oldest nephew learned to stand, he loved to grab a broom and make sweeping motions. Then he discovered the existence of hockey, begged for a stick and has had it in his hand more or less continuously since. (This past summer he saw some beach volleyball during the Olympics

    • if your kid says "please", I'm inclined to give you the Father Of The Year Award and leave it at that.

      "Please," "Thank You," and "Sorry" are words he is instilled to use. The terrible thing about it is I have to stop myself from correcting other people (from strangers to coworkers). I almost said "what do you say..." to a coworker of mine. That woulda been embarassing.
      • You should do it on occassion to your coworkers, it'll give them pause and you have plausible deniability. Nothing like the double jab of hiding behind teaching your child to be polite while stating your coworker isn't.
        • Honestly its sad how much more polite my child is than most adults I meet throughout the day. I guess its a lesson that I need to make sure he doesn't 'lose' his politeness as he gets older.
          • I think if you can get him to maintain an air of politeness through the teenage years you'll have succeeded admirably. That's the real time where it's cool to be contrarian. At least most of the adults I know are generally polite in their manners, even if they omit the pleases most of the time. Thanks or thank you are almost always said here. Sorry is used to the point where it isn't funny. People apologize for things they couldn't have had control over. Of course, the going phrase for this state is "Minnes
  • You buy books? Toys? Rubbish! All rubbish!

    Give the kid a good ax, point him at a tree, and say "Figure it out! You're on your own!"
  • by grub (11606)

    ... you limp-wristed, tree-hugging, touchy-feely parents make me wretch.

    On my 4th birthday (which was Dec. 24, 1969, yeah I'm an xmas eve baby), my father took me to a hooker. "You're not a true Grieder man until you've had your first woman." We went to a fleabag hotel, long since torn down, in a grimy area of Winnipeg. My dad led my by the hand into the place. A dog which seemed to be as large as my dad's car was tied to a post, snarling away as we walked in. The grizzled old man behind the desk just grun
  • Seriously, buy your kid whatever toy you want. Contrary to what people will have you believe, a plaything will not make or break your child; that's up to this crazy thing called parenting.

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