Daddy's Pride / Future

  • Oscars

    We watched the Academy Awards last night, and I have to admit, the event makes me want my son to be a future film director. He would get to be creative, tell stories, shoot footage all over the world, and last but not least, have fun everyday. So, note to myself....buy him a video camera. :)

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  • Piano

    My future musician!

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  • One Word Wish

    My wife asked me if I had a one word wish for my son...what would it be? My wife's one word is "happy". All she wants is my son to be happy. I thought this was a great answer. Since I don't want to copy her, I have been thinking what I want for my son. Here's a list of words that have crossed my mind. Honest Wise Compassionate Knowledgable Generous Trusting Loyal Fearless Brave Confident Diligent Successful Open-minded Athletic Smart Ambitious Artist Creative Outgoing Lucky Loving I want my son to posses all of these great qualities, and that's why it is so hard for me to wish for only one. For now, let's just see which quality holds true.

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  • Goodness And Knowledge

    John Phillips, the founder of Phillips Exeter Academy, created a school where students are taught that “goodness without knowledge is weak and feeble, yet knowledge without goodness is dangerous, and that both united form the noblest character, and lay the surest foundation of usefulness to mankind.” I hope my wife and I are able to impart the value of both goodness and knowledge to our son.

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  • Father I Am

    The balloon has finally dropped, and I am proud to say that I am a dad. I will keep you posted on my adventures as a new father.

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  • Entering Circles

    I am realizing more and more that there is so much to learn and look forward to when having a child. One thing in particular is that I am kind of leaving the couple scene and entering the family scene. I feel as though I am developing a new circle of friends… those that have children, especially infants. I guess it is because I will better understand parents, and we now have a more common ground. The reason why I started to think about the various stages in life is because one of my friends told me that he and his wife are expecting. I am really happy for them. The amusing part is that I am thrilled that my friend will be on the same page as me. We now have a stronger bond. Last, but not least, my child will now have another friend.

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  • Advice

    In about a month I will be a father. I will begin my journey teaching my son all about life. So, I ask all of you one simple question. Can you please provide one piece of advice you would impart on your child about life? Please post on tumblr or facebook.

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  • Assertive

    I have been reading a popular book called Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell. It’s very interesting, and I want to share with all of you what I have read. In one of the chapters, the author makes a point about how kids need to learn to ask questions to be assertive, and learn that they have a right to speak. He gave an example of a mother and child going to the doctor’s office. While they were driving to the doctor’s office, the mother asked her son to think about what questions to ask his doctor. She wanted to make sure that when her son visits his physician all his concerns will be addressed. At the end of the boy’s examination, the doctor asked him if he had any questions. Well, the boy did have questions. Because of the parent’s influence, the child was able to learn that he has a right to speak, and there is no reason to be afraid. If it were not for the parent, the child would simply have an examination, and not address any of his issues and concerns. The mother was teaching the child that it is okay to have a voice, and interact with authoritative/professional figures. I hope to encourage my son to ask questions.

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  • Reality Hits

    Earlier today an acquaintance of mine said “congratulations on being a future dad”. I said, “thank you, however I do not feel any different.” (Right now, I just go about my business, and add a few baby errands per week to my schedule.) He said, “yeah, I understand..it did not hit me until after my first child was born.” So, how will I feel once he is finally here? I know I will be a happy person, but I wonder what other emotions will come out because of the little guy. Will I be scared and nervous? Will I lose my patience? Will I be overly protective? I do not know, but only time will tell. To all my readers, please share how you felt once you added a member to your family.

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  • Father Interrupted

    I have to admit, when I watch television shows (not reality tv, mtv, etc…), I do not like to be disturbed. I am in the zone, and completely focused on my program. So, the big question is…what will my behavior be like when the baby is in the living room making noise while I try to watch TV? I know I can DVR my shows, and watch them later, but my focus is on my initial reaction when getting side tracked. I guess I have three potential reactions. First, to simply get annoyed, and hope he will be quiet. Second, learn how to ignore him, and pretend that I am in the room alone. Last, is to be positive, and of course give him some attention. Now, I know the last option is the best route to take, but there is a difference between knowing and taking action. So, how do I stay positive when being interrupted while enjoying my favorite show?

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  • Batcave

    We recently received our new breakfast table, and its shape made me start thinking about kids and their hiding places. Our new table has a unique design with legs that create a circular cave. I know for a fact that my future son will want to sit in that little space. If I was that small, I would want to sit there too! So, once he is able to start crawling or walking, I know where his favorite hiding spot will be.    

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  • Coffee House

    Is this the future? Coffee……..√ Baby bottle…..√

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  • Going Out Prediction

    We have about two months left until the little guy comes. So, does this means that we need to go out as much as we can now? The other night my wife and I went out to dinner with some friends. We had a great time, and I strongly feel that our night out will not change much once our baby joins us. However, only time will tell. And all the parents I know say things change. But our lives have transitioned from the wild 20s to the stable 30s. We tend to value our sleep and turn in early. I do not foresee our adult dinner discussions changing from sports, gossip, travel, and movies. Although, the baby may become one of the topics of discussion, it seems like he already has entered into most of our conversations. Now, we will just include him in the conversation. My personal messiness will be slightly magnified with the new addition’s spillage. A few extra napkins is all we need to cover the damages. Our outings will end a little earlier from 10 pm to 8 or 9pm. We can always use some extra sleep. I am sure that our dinner outings will become more entertaining with the new addition, as it will be a whole new experience. However, I realize this is a viewpoint of an optimistic and slightly naive “father-to-be”.

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  • Class of 2034

    In October, I am planning to attend my 10 year college reunion. I am looking forward to seeing old friends, the Rhode Island School of Design campus, and eating in Providence. Visiting my school makes me wonder what the environment will be like when my child graduates from college. Most likely he will graduate around 2034! So…what will the world be like for him? I know tuition will be outrageous! Time to start saving.

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  • New Outlook

    I hope you all enjoyed the pictures this past week (swimming tube, grasshopper, scratches, etc.) I seem to be viewing things in a more meaningful way. In the past, I may have just walked past these things or looked at them and not given them a second thought. It is funny how a person who does not even exist in the world yet has changed the way I look at and experience things.

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  • Mountains

    “Look out the window! See the beautiful scenery. The mountain and blue skies.” -Future daddy talking to his future son.

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  • Words to Live By

    Hope this is true.

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  • Sweet Tooth

    I wonder if the little one will have a sweet tooth like my wife?

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  • Movie Night

    Will our Friday nights be spent watching cartoons and kids movies? I am all in as long as it makes him happy. Perhaps I will learn something.

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  • Dubrovnik

    This time last year we were in Dubrovnik, Croatia. We enjoyed the sparkling blue waters of the Adriatic Sea. We hope to take our son back to this paradise. If you look very closely you can actually spot my head in the water. My wife took the picture.

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