Daddy's Pride / Learning

  • Masterpiece Painting

    The other day my son brought home his first painting, and since my future Monet did this, it will be kept in a scrapbook for many years. :) So, while making some room to keep all of my son's future "stuff", I wondered why I plan on filing this away. Is it because I love my child?...yes. Is it because I want to show him it when he's 18 years old?..yes. But honestly, there's really nothing great about it. I mean...if this was another child's work, I would probably say "what is it?". :) However, my "logical" reasoning for keeping this painting is that he actually did something useful with his time. And many times I value process/journey over the finished product. So, when I think about other parents that keep all these memorable things from a recording of a child's first live performance to a child's first essay, we are all just proud that our children are simply trying and learning. Perhaps, I will go ahead and frame my son's abstract tree. :)

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  • No! Stop!

    The little man now says the words "no" and "stop" whenever we try to feed him something he doesn't want or when we leave the room without him. I was wondering when he learned these words, but I can only assume it was probably a long time ago. Without realizing how many times we would tell him to stop in front of the stairs or tell him not to go through all of the drawers, he has picked up on the vocabulary, and learned to speak. Now that he's beginning to say more words, I realize even more that he knows everything, and we have to be extra careful in what we say, and how we behave.

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  • Use Your Time Wisely

    Whenever my son and I are together my goal is to make the most out of our quality time. And for me that means I want to teach him something even if it is only for a few minutes. For example, the other day I showed him what groceries we recently purchased, I explained to him why we bought them, and where the items need to be stored in the kitchen. I could've easily just unpacked the groceries and not explain anything, however I would be missing a great opportunity to teach my son. So, I guess my point is....to all future and current dads, be productive and use your time wisely. You can teach your child a bunch of stuff while doing everyday boring chores.

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  • Cereal Boxes

    As you can see, the little man had taken out all of our cereal boxes, and made a mess. However, what you don't see is that he had taken them out so he can reorganize our cabinet. :) He immediately placed all the boxes back into the cabinet in a way that he felt was most functional. He must be secretly watching HGTV shows.

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  • Turtle

    The other day I was trying to get my son to say the word "turtle", and remarkably, he did! I was really happy. So, I told my wife the new word our son said, and her response was...."oh yeah, he's been saying that for a while now." I couldn't believe it. Why was I not aware of this? And, how many words does my son already know? I heard that children come across at least 1,000 words per day. I guess one day our son will just start speaking sentences, and I will be again pondering when he actually learned all these new words.

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  • Abacus

    This classic counting toy is currently entertaining my son by its colorful beads that he spins back and forth. Little does he know that I am trying to teach him math, and have plans for him to be a math wiz or at least perform arithmetic without a calculator.

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  • Balance

    Hanging out with my son is pretty awesome. I guess it's because he's not that complicated. I believe that all he really wants to do is have fun and perhaps learn something. So, everyday I try to make sure this happens. When I hang out with him, I make sure he gets to be a kid, and use his brain. Down in the basement I chase after him on all fours, and he does vice versa. Little does my son know it, he has been playing tag. It's a lot of fun. I love watching him laugh, crawl away, and search for me. When we are all tired out, I try to get him to just sit next to me, and relax. This is when I try to get him to look through children books. Hopefully, his brain is stimulated by seeing all the colors and illustrations, and hearing the stories. This is what I try to do, and perhaps he will learn to be a well balanced individual who knows when to play and learn.

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  • ABCs and 123s

    Our son is beginning to really understand us. He repeats the sounds and words we ask him to say. For example, when we ask him to look up, he says "up", and actually looks up. So, we bought these toy letters and numbers that he can play with in the bathtub, and he can perhaps learn something.

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  • Smell

    I am half way there in teaching my son to smell, and I'm actually quite proud of my accomplishment. The other day, while my son was looking at me intensely, I took a flower and smelled it. I asked him to smell it and to not eat it. I brought it up to his nose, and I was happily surprised that he imitated me and then smiled at me. At that moment I'm sure he was wondering what we were doing, and why were not eating the flower. So, my next task is to teach him what it means to take in the aroma of things like coffee, herbal tea, soup, perfume, flowers etc. I will keep you posted.

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  • Almost There

    Our son is ready to speak, it's just a matter of when. For the past few months he has been learning to use his voice. Now, he's trying to say something, and it sounds like amamma, mamma, ta, tata, etc. The big question is whether he knows what he's saying. I will keep you posted on his first words, but I have a strong feeling the words "da, dada, or daddy" will not be in his vocab yet.

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  • Early Learning

    Everyday I have been spending at least 30 minutes showing flash cards to my son. I am trying to teach him colors, shapes, and animals. Some people think I am crazy, but my son seems to enjoy this time more and more everyday. He intensely focuses on the cards I show him, and smiles at the animals and colors he likes. He especially likes sheep and the color red. I don’t know if he is learning anything, but i hope it stimulates his mind, and strengthens our bond.

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  • Flash Cards

    Forget the computer, lets stick with old fashion flash cards! We received this as a baby shower gift. It has a bunch of animal illustrations such as a giraffe, fish, snail, etc. I tried to use them, but my son fell asleep. Maybe it’s a little to early for flash cards, however the box says it’s appropriate for ages 0-12 months.

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  • Becoming Zen

    Now that our son is here, I have become more relaxed and more patient. I thought I would have more anxiety and stress, but that is simply not the case…..yet. This morning I waited about 3 hours for my son to wake up. I could have easily woken him up, but I just waited. I watched some television, ate my breakfast, and sat on my sofa while he was sleeping. Normally, I am running around with my head cut off, trying to accomplish the most in the least amount of time, but not today. I find myself enjoying the simple moments in the day. One of my followers told me to be “Zen” about things. I think I have moved towards this attitude.

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  • Soaking It In

    The other day I was driving my SUV which now has a baby car seat installed. The seat is rear facing, so if my child is tall enough he will get to look out of the back window rather than staring at the seat. While driving I began thinking about his curiosity. I am sure he will wonder about all the simple objects that are around him like the car window, windshield wipers, seat belt, cotton/leather fabric, and etc. This thought led me to start imagining our future interactions. I will get to teach him all the stuff that is around us. I will show and explain things the best I can. I am sure he will absorb the information because I have been told that kids are like sponges. Hopefully, he will like daddy’s lectures!

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  • World Map

    I was hanging out at my new favorite store, Toys “R” Us, and I came across this huge world map. I love maps! I would like to hang it up in our kid’s bedroom, and start teaching him geography. Ideally, my son will share the same enthusiasm that I have towards this subject. He will love maps so much that he will be asking me to quiz him on all the different places in the world. He will begin thinking about all the unique places there are to see in this world, and would want to start exploring. He will have the same desire his daddy and mummy have for travel and adventure. Oh, the wonderful possibilities!

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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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  • Perfect Attendance

    Last night my wife and I went to our fourth baby class. In the beginning of each class the teacher asks the group a few questions to see if we remember all the stuff that she has previously taught. Unfortunately, every time she does this I draw a complete blank or cannot answer the questions confidently. So I wonder, am I really learning anything? Honestly, every time a session ends I feel like I learned nothing. I even asked a friend his recollection of the time he went to these classes. He said “it’s a waste of time, and I don’t remember anything”. I really have no idea how to respond to these pregnancy classes. It is one of those things where you go and attend class so that you do not feel guilty. So, is it worth spending 10+ hours of my time to learn a few tidbits of information? I have no idea, but since I am doing it for my son it is worth it.

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  • Labor 101

    The wife and I went to our pregnancy class, and some things they teach appear obvious to me. However, since they mention it, I guess these tidbits of information are not obvious for everyone. The teacher asked us all what should we NOT do if a woman’s water breaks? Well, logically if a baby is trying to come out, let it come out. However, some people think you should plug it back in with a tampon, or think it is a good idea to get some last minute nookie before the little one enters the world. Who thought water breaking was a turn on? Obviously, some people do since we were instructed that this was not a good idea.

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  • Pregnant Body

    Last night my wife and I attended our first baby class called “The Pregnant Body”. The class lasted two hours. It was a very informative class, and I simply would like to share a few tidbits with future dads. 1. When your pregnant wife sleeps, she will know longer be able to sleep on her back. The enlarging baby can compress the major vein and cause lower extremity swelling. She will need a huge body pillow that wraps around her or about four pillows; one for the back of the head, under one hip, under one arm, and between the legs. This should enable her to sleep comfortably, and prevent her from inadvertently rolling on her back overnight. You might not fit on the same bed as her. 2. Do not say anything when your wife does not deflate after having a baby. The uterus will take a while to contract back to its normal size. So it is best, to zip your lips when you notice she still looks pregnant after the delivery. 3. As the baby grows, it crushes everything inside the mommy’s body from the intestines to the bladder. Causing her to go to the bathroom frequently. So have patience every time she is looking for a bathroom. I hope these tips help all you future dads. It will keep you out of the dog house. On another note, most classes will have a sympathetic belly to try on. Have fun strapping on a 35 pound belly, and see how it feels to be your wife for a few seconds. It may help you understand why your wife waddles.

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