Reading books to our son before bedtime is back in action! This shouldn’t be that big of deal, but it is to me. I am actually pumped up about this!!! :) You see, we kind of stopped reading to him at night for a little while….we fell out of our routine. So, this weekend the goal is to find some new children books at the local library and book store. Hopefully getting back to this evening routine will help the little man prepare for school and go to bed early. :)
When the little man is with his toddler friends…I no longer exist. Honestly…he won’t even look at me nor talk to me :(. I am left in the dust! Who would have thought that a child turning three in a couple of months will already be acting like this. I thought I had a least 2 more years before this happens. This just shows that I don’t know anything. :) As for the future…well…I guess it probably just gets worse. I won’t even be allowed in the same room as him. :) So, I better start researching “how to be cooler than a bunch of toddlers”, so that my son will acknowledge me. :)
I should be more careful in what I teach the little man because sooner or later I just may regret it. You see, a few months ago I taught him the word “Rock and Roll”, and what “Rock and Roll” means. So every time we are in the car he asks for “Rock and Roll”. At first I really didn’t mind it, and honestly it was actually awesome. He remembered what I taught him. He was learning a particular genre of music. Also, I enjoy these types of songs. However, nowadays whenever I try to put on Hip-Hop, Pop, Country, Classical, etc…my actions get shot down by a toddler saying “I want Rock and Roll”. So, what does a caring dad do? Simply fib, and bend the truth. :) I tell him “all songs are Rock and Roll” or at least…”this song may not sound like Rock and Roll, but it is…just a little different”. :) Lesson learned…think before speaking and teaching.
A few posts ago I mentioned my son was learning how to solve puzzles. Well, here he is at it again. Well, he basically does it everyday. :) I’m really excited that he enjoys doing these games. We will always have something to do together especially on rainy days.
Our little farmer picked his own tomatoes from the backyard. It’s great seeing him do these simple things. Hopefully he doesn’t expect a farm-to-table dinner every night. :)
"Go away bad guy!" This is what the little man has been telling either my wife or I whenever we "bother" him. Luckily, my wife and I are a little thicker skinned so it does not bother us. We actually laugh about it. :) However, I am sure someone else’s feelings will probably get hurt one day. Someone should really teach my son some manners. :) Or we can just beat up the culprit who taught the little man this phrase.
This past Sunday, my wife and I pushed our son to the limit, and eventually he had a meltdown. You see, the little man probably should’ve had a nap after hitting the beach, and eating pizza. However, we ignored his so-called nap time because my wife and I wanted ice cream. :) I mean…when coffee ice cream with heath bar is calling your name you just have to get it….right?…oh yeah! :) Also, it was National Ice Cream Day!
As we already know, the little man did have a meltdown which of course made it a little difficult to eat our dessert. We had to eat it fast while running around chasing an unhappy child. However, in retrospect, I would say it was still worth getting ice cream. We got our son to take part in an American pastime….eating ice cream outside on a beautiful summer day. And maybe the next time we try to do this again, the little man will be better even if he’s tired.
I bought the little man a puzzle. At first he was frustrated, and impatient. He would get upset because he couldn’t connect the pieces together. And honestly,..as a parent, I had the same feelings. :) All my teaching was not really helping, and I was losing my self control. :) However, sooner than I expected, the little man understood what he was trying to solve, and how to solve it. So another life lesson has been learned by being a parent. Just stay the course, focus, and be patient.
Its mid-week, and I am already thinking about what to do during the weekend. :) I usually wait until Friday to spontaneously figure things out, but having an active child has made me a planner. I want to make sure my son’s weekend is action packed, fun, and very summeresque. And of course the goal is to maximize our time together. So, shall we hit the beach again or do something different like going to a lake? I know he wants to see the movie Planes, so can we fit it in our day? And will he be open to going to Boston or Portland for the day…..perhaps go to a children’s museum? Let’s see what happens.
Now that the FIFA World Cup is over we can go back to our normal lives…right? Well, not for this family. Because the little man lives for playing soccer, or at least kicking a ball :), my wife and I will do our best to watch soccer year round. So, the first step is to order the soccer channel so we all can occasionally watch an MLS or European soccer match. Let’s see how this goes.
My motto for this summer is going to be “It’s better than watching TV”. :) And I really do think good things will come out of it. So, this past weekend my wife and I took our son to a small local cultural festival. We spent only an hour there, however, I think it was well worth it. The little man saw artisans displaying their paintings, prints, photos, and sculptures. He listened to musicians playing instruments that he rarely hears and sees like a banjo and an accordion. Last, he was also mesmerized by a flamenco dancer that was performing on a stage. :) Overall, I think the one hour was well spent. Our bambino got his outing, and he was exposed to new things. This is what summer will be about this year.
My 2.5 year old son influences me in many ways. Some are good, and some are not so good. :) Here’s a top 10 list of things I now do and know.
10. I know how to pick up something heavy without hurting myself.
9. I know where to find the best pizza in the area.
8. I surf the internet to learn more about animated movies such as Cars, Madagascar, and Toy Story.
7. I go to the backyard, and kick the soccer ball around.
6. I go to the park, and play on the jungle gym.
5. I go to the beach, and play with the sand.
4. I play tag.
3. I watch PBS cartoons, and learn something everyday.
2. I play with toy cars twice a day.
1. I watch Nascar, and actually enjoy it.
Good things happen when you just leave the house, and be active. We unexpectedly came across this huge floating Panda, and that made my son’s day. The little man had never seen anything like it before. Now I need to take him to the Macy’s Day Parade.