Gone skiing

November 22, 2007

Whistler-Blackcomb opened today. Unlike last year, there’s not a ton of snow, but El Nina is supposed to make it a great year. My fingers are crossed, as we’re taking Baby G up to the mountain in January. We’ve booked a daycare for a weekend, so Momma J and I can finally get together to do some boarding again.

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Kids and scraps, all a part of the daycare experience

November 21, 2007

After putting away Baby G’s food this morning, I walked out of the daycare kitchen to find the little guy in a full-blown scrap with his buddy. They were wrestling over who was going to be able to sit in one of two vibrating chairs that were sitting side-by-side.

As a father, I must admit I was a little proud the little guy was holding his own against a kid who can walk and is about two inches taller. However, I was wondering if I should step in a stop them. After looking over at the daycare worker who didn’t seem all that concerned, I walked away chuckling to myself, thinking the kids must do this all the time. As I was walking out the door, Baby G’s buddy came running across the daycare crying. I guess the little guy got the best of him.

I felt a little bad for not stopping them, and told Momma J about the incident. We’ve both heard Baby G takes stuff from one of the girls in his group, and we are getting a little concerned he is a bully.

When we returned later on, the daycare workers said not to worry, as the kids tend to work it all out themselves. Apparently they all come up on the short end of the stick from time to time, which results in some crying and a few minutes of being upset. In the end, it all evens out.


Parents and Internet photo concerns

September 23, 2007

When I first started posting photos of Baby G on Flickr, I had privacy concerns. I kept them private in order to keep them out of the hands of creeps and weirdos. So far, I think this has worked – or I hope it has worked.

This story about a mother who found her son’s photos were scalped freaks me out. I hope the photos weren’t locked off. I’ll be e-mailing Flickr to ensure this is not the case. If it is, I’ll be taking my photos down, which it too bad because it’s great to have a place where friends and family can come to view new photos of Baby G.

I don’t want to be in the same shoes as the mother in the news story. It would be awful to have to explain to Baby G that somebody has taken photos of him from a website and used them in this way.

The other thing about the story that weirds me out is the fact companies took and used photos. What were they thinking? Don’t they have lawyers? If you want to use a person in an ad, you need their permission. If it’s a kid, you need their parent’s permission. It doesn’t matter if its on a public website or not.


Sad days ahead

August 17, 2007

The last few days on the homestead have been a little rough. Momma J is coming to the end of her maternity leave (in Canada it’s a year), and I can tell she’s a little sad that she won’t be spending everyday with the little guy.

On the other hand, I think Baby G is going to love daycare. He’s always hated sitting around the house. On weekends we have to get out of the house by noon or he becomes an angry little fella. He also loves other kids. He’s got this thing about stealing their toys and food, which doesn’t reflect well on us as parents, even though we can’t stop him.

In the end, I’m sure it will all work out. I feel daycare is going to do wonders for him. I’ve read kids develop faster around their peers. We’ve actually seen this in action – he started pulling himself up a day after hanging around two of his buddies that have been doing it for a month or so. Soon he’ll be walking and talking, which I’m sure, will make Momma J and I yearn for days gone by.


Cursing kids

May 17, 2007

Baby G is a few months away from his first curse. After watching the entire first season of Deadwood, I’m sure it’s going to be cocksucker. Of course, I’m hoping he doesn’t have a potty mouth, and I find myself trying not to swear around him, but it’s tough to break old habits.

We’re certainly not going to encourage it like some parents do. I’m hoping it’s surprise like with these folks.

This one is kind of funny. Thanks Jen!

This is just bad parenting, and I’m afraid of my son going to school with kids that have been raised by people like this.


Online “chores” child’s play

May 16, 2007

Apparently parents are leaning on their kids to do a lot of the household “work” when it comes to the Internet, according to a new study by Stars for Kidz.

I found it surprising that 14 per cent of the kids in the survey helped their with income tax. I’m not so sure I would be giving personal income tax information to my child, especially when I’m tense about handing it off to my accountant. I know you want to trust your kids, but giving them that kind of information is a bit dangerous.

I do, however, think it’s a great idea to get the kids working on stuff like directions to the supermarket and sending e-mails to family you don’t want to speak to consistent basis.


Tired, really tired

April 29, 2007

Baby G has gone from sleeping most of the night to waking up every few hours. Add to this the fact, he’s got an opinion and an impressive pair of lungs, and it’s leading to a lack of sleep for Momma J and I.

We’re guessing (and hoping) it’s just a tooth coming through that’s causing him to wake up so much. As mentioned before, we’re still a bit worried about his big head, which is a little unsettling.

All the signs point to teething though. He’s coming along developmentally – pushing himself around and getting pissed when we take toys away from him. Also, he’s alert and has no problem holding his head up. Nevertheless, once a doctor plants the seed that there could be something wrong, it’s difficult to get it out.

If it is a tooth, we haven’t seen it yet. He is more reluctant to let us look in his mouth, so we think one is on the way. For a few weeks, I’ve thought I’ve felt a little lump on his lower left gum, but nothing has broken through yet.

I’m sure we’ll see something a few days though.