Posts Tagged ‘Kids

22
Apr
13

fatherhood, video games, and the outdoors

If you are the father of young boys or teenage boys you seriously need to read this article reflecting on the boys who have acted out so violently in our recent history. The application to fatherhood seems pretty straightforward: If you let your boys play violent video games more than you spend time with them outside, you are messing up. Kids need to be with their dads and they need to be outside.

My 3 boys love to go outside and dig for earthworms around our raised garden beds. Give my kids some shovels and they are good for hours…literally hours. They also love going to the beach, fishing, flying kites, riding bikes and scooters, playing soccer, squirting the garden hose at anything, jumping in mud puddles, playing tag, and swinging.

We have limited our kids involvement in video games mainly because they hinder cognitive development. We have also seen from the exposure they’ve had to video games that they become addicted to them quickly and playing the games changes their moods. I don’t need studies to prove this to me, I see it in my own kids.

My kids need to be outside and they need me to do stuff with them outside. I don’t remember much of my childhood. It’s almost weird how little I remember. But I do remember fishing with my dad. 

08
May
09

Who knew dentists were funny?

While I was putting Nate to bed tonight, I was reading him The Cat in the Hat. Apparently, I was resting my elbow on his leg and after a few minutes, it bothered him. So he told me to move it and that it had given him a boo-boo.  Then he proceeded to tell me that tomorrow he would go to the dentist and she would fix it.

I told him his appointment was next Friday, and tomorrow was Saturday.  I didn’t bother to mention that dentists work on your teeth, not legs.  However, the fact that he got his days confused was hysterical to him. I don’t remember him ever laughing so hard. I didn’t even finish the book, we were too busy laughing.

Nights like these make up for the posterior pain caused by my two year old.




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