Daddy's Pride / Teaching

  • Evening Class

    Last night I told my soon to be 22 month old son that every night we will do 30 minutes of something educational. Perhaps we will read, count numbers, or do flash cards. He just looked at me, and his eyes told me I was crazy. I told him it will be fun, and he just stared...probably thinking how he can get out of this. Regardless, I still attempted to teach him something. Even if he listens for 1 minute, it will be a success. Plus, it was his first evening class so I have to give him a break. :) Well, as expected every time I took out a flash card and tested him, he would take the card, and put it back in the box. :) No one said teaching a child is easy, but I do know that it should be less difficult when the teacher puts in the hard work, and creates a schedule and routine. Also, it would help if the student is cooperative. Let's see how this goes.

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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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  • Long Distance Relationships

    Big question: How do you keep your kid in touch with people that are spread throughout the country and the world? It is easy for children to be attached to people that they see everyday. However, how do you foster a relationship between the child and people that you consider important who do not live close by. We hope our child will be close to friends and family that we consider important, but do not see often. So, how do I plan on accomplishing this? Well, I hope technology will be a big asset in achieving this goal. Hopefully, with skype, facetime, google video, fringe, etc….our son will learn to recognize important faces and keep connections to our friends and family who are further away. I will encourage my son to speak to friends and family from a young age on the phone and over the computer. Maybe, I simply need to share stories with our son about people that are important to my wife, and myself so he understands why these people are a valuable part of our lives. For me, distance has never meant “out of sight, out of mind”. I always believed in maintaining relationships wherever I am. However, I also know that distance can show you the true nature of a relationship. Was the relationship based on convenience or on something substantial? Being spread out gives you perspective and appreciation for the time you get to spend with loved ones. The quality of time can mean just as much as the quantity of time. I hope I can impart these values to our son.

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  • Breakfast

    My wife and I have always enjoyed going out for breakfast. We tend to be morning people. Or should I say, my wife becomes a morning person once she has her first cup of coffee. When we first met in college, we used to go play basketball on the weekends and then head to Meeting Street Café, a popular breakfast place in Providence RI. As we made our journey through life we found our favorite local spots for breakfast and brunch in Boston, New York, and now in New Hampshire. Since moving to NH, we often indulge on weekend breakfasts at Country View in Greenland and Linda’s Breakfast Place in Seabrook. This morning was just one of those perfect mornings to head to Linda’s for a sumptuous breakfast. As I looked around the popular local hot spot, I noticed all the babies in the restaurant. I am excited at the prospect of sharing a family breakfast out with my son, but I noticed some babies are better behaved than others. It was interesting to observe how some babies appeared to be self sufficient and independent sitting in their high chair feeding themselves scrambled eggs and pancakes. Others seemed to be a handful, running around the restaurant with maple syrup dripping down their face. I wondered if these behaviors were a product of “nurture vs. nature”. Will we be able to teach our child restaurant manners or will he be a wild child? I guess only time will tell.

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