Time Out for the Dentist…

An exam glove and some dental floss...

Shien took Malachy to his first dentist visit this past Saturday. When we first told him he was going, he was not happy. Most of the blame fell on us, because we kinda’ put the dentist in a bad light for awhile. “Brush your teeth, or you’ll have to go to the dentist…” “If you eat too much candy, you’re going to have to go to the dentist…” Our tune had to change from cavities and drilling to “just a cleaning” and “it’ll be fun!” He needed some major buy-in. The key was to not too big a deal about it and to not constantly remind him of it, but it was also important not to totally ignore the fact that he was going. The reassurance about there being no pain involved helped to alleviate some of his fears.

I couldn’t wait to hear all about it when I met them for dinner later on. Shien was so proud. She said he did great. He LOVED it! πŸ™‚ She said he had a great dental hygienist who made him feel so comfortable, letting him press all the buttons on the chair and stuff. He let her clean his teeth without a fight. I wish I had taped him live when he first told me all about it, because he was SO excited. By the time we got home, he was pretty spent with a great day with Mom. So, the YouTube video doesn’t quite do it justice. That evening, he asked me if he could go back to the dentist again really soon. I replied, “Well, not too soon.” πŸ˜‰ Unbelievable…

On the Red Carpet right after the dentist!

Time Out for, “How Two Rights Can Make a Wrong!”

Graphic by Chris @ Daddy Doctrines


Two Rights = Wrong!

I picked up Malachy from school today. When we got home, he told me he wanted to go straight to the playground. I told him we could definitely go for a little bit. As I pushed the stroller to the gates, I looked down and noticed his shoes. I was confused for a second. I said, “Malachy! Take a look at your shoes!” He looked at them and was like, “Oh.” I asked him if anyone had noticed the entire day, and he didn’t seem very sure. Maybe the kids? Definitely not Mommy and definitely not the teachers. Otherwise, someone would have let me know.
We wound up not going to the playground until later. After all, how could I let him go to the playground with two right feet?” Ai ya! πŸ˜‰ Shien laughed when I showed her the pictures. She said she had told him to put on his shoes on his own this morning. I’m thinking it must have been somewhat dark? One is SO MUCH SHINIER that the other!

Shien said she would have brought him to the playground, anyways, with those shoes on. I was like, “NO WAY!” First, what would other parents think of me as a Dad, letting him run around with two right feet? I mean, it would have been different if he wore two different shoes that actually were correctly fitted, but definitely not like that… πŸ˜‰ Then again, he we hadn’t gone to the playground, no one would have ever known about the two right shoes that were oh so wrong! πŸ™‚


Time Out for Nurture Shock!

Nurture Shock

This past weekend, I had the chance to read Nurture Shock. I came upon it because Chris from Book Dads sent out an e-mail to the Book Dads contributors to see if anyone had read or was interested in writing a review about it. I went right to Amazon, read the summary and some comments, and decided to buy it right away. So glad I did! For me, this book showed how much Nurture Matters and what an awesome responsibility we have as parents and/or teachers, because what we do or say or don’t do or don’t say can have such an impact on the lives of our children.Β  I was able to finish it over the weekend and then wrote my second book review for Book Dads! πŸ™‚

This morning, I noticed that someone had commented on my review. I felt like I needed to respond and hoped that person would get the chance to read my response. Then tonight, I received another comment… from one of the co-authors!!! How COOL was that? πŸ˜‰ SO COOL! This is the kind of experience I wish for our students to have in school. To make contributions to online communities and to have their voices heard. It’s such an awesome feeling! πŸ˜‰

Time Out for Laughter! ;)

artwork by Chris of The Daddy Doctrines

They say that laughter is the best medicine.Β  Why then don’t we laugh more often?Β  With children, laughter comes so easily.Β  We are able to laugh at ourselves and we quickly learn not to take ourselves too seriously. We just let go.Β  Perhaps, if our kids ran the show more often instead of us, we’d live in a happier world.Β  Perhaps instead of watching the news every night, we should just watch videos of laughter! πŸ˜‰
Our children are a constant reminder that it’s okay to laugh.Β  Seriously!Β Β  LOL!Β 

Time Out for the First Day of School!

Back to School!

As the days approached the first day of school, I started worrying a little bit about how Malachy would react to going back to school. We had such a great summer, and I didn’t want him to feel that he was going back to something that he wouldn’t enjoy. I also started to get anxious about all the testing that he’s going to have to undergo this year for Kindergarten next year. Ai ya!
Anyways, we all psyched ourselves up with excitement for his first day back at school. He woke up feeling really excited today, and that was just awesome. He tossed and turned for over an hour last night, and it would take a bit to wake him up. He actually woke us up! πŸ˜‰

When I got home and asked him how his day was, he said that it was great. WHEW! Turns out he was more ready than I was! πŸ˜‰ Β The name of Malachy’s class last year was, “LOVE.” Oddly enough, the name of his class this year is, “TRUST!” That one word captures it all. It will be a constant reminder to me of what a great kid he is, and that we just have to trust that he will make it happen. Sure, there will be some rough days ahead, but with the right attitude and frame of mind (and his Gong Gong would add Self-Discipline πŸ˜‰ ), we can be sure to have another great year! Β No worries! πŸ˜‰

Graphic by Chris @ Daddy Doctrines

Time Out from Killing the Spirit of Education!

This compelling video featuring Yong Zhao, a University Distinguished Professor at the College of Education, Michigan State University, really makes you think about what is going on with education in America. Is American Education really going backwards? Are we heading in the wrong direction when it comes to educating our students? Are we missing the target?
Why is so much money going into testing and nationalizing what is taught to our children? How does testing bring out our kids’ creativity? How does this motivate our students to learn?
Is our education system heading towards conformity and elitism, while other countries are moving towards innovation and celebrating individuality?

The good thing is that there appears to be a BUZZ around education and it’s getting louder.

School starts for Malachy tomorrow, and we’re trying to psych him up for a great year ahead for all of us. Let’s just hope we’re not psyching him out in terms of the future of his education. We want most for him to love learning. That’s what living is about. πŸ˜‰

Time Out for Race to Nowhere…

I’m really excited about this documentary movie coming out. The film, Race to Nowhere is directed by Vicki Abeles, a concerned mother turned filmmaker! Now, that’s cool! πŸ˜‰ What better way of addressing an issue than to bring it to the big screen? Hoping lots of people get to see this and seriously start talking and thinking about education. After all, our kids are the present and the future. We have to question what we’re teaching, how we’re teaching, and why we’re teaching. Our children deserve the best that we can give, both at home and at school.

Time Out for Family!

Graphic by Chris @ Daddy Doctrines

A couple of weeks ago, I was sitting by the computer, when Malachy handed me a drawing he had just made. He told me that I should hang it up right away somewhere. I took my Time Out from the computer, told him what an awesome picture he had just drawn, and hung it right up on our board. I told him that when Mommy woke up, she would be so happy! πŸ™‚

If there was one word to sum up my Summer Vacation, it would have to be “Family.” What a blessing and what a gift! I feel like if I keep focusing on Family First, then things will be okay. It helps me to prioritize, and it makes me a better person. As the school year begins for all three of us, I hope that we can live up to Malachy’s picture. As Malachy would say, “A Toast to Family!” πŸ˜‰

The 3 Of Us

Time Out for a Story about Forgiveness…

artwork by Chris of The Daddy Doctrines

It’s Episode 2 of The Father 100!! The word this week is Forgiveness. I remember enjoying John Bunyan’s, The Pilgrim’s Progress. I’ve always loved allegories.Β  So, when I thought about Forgiveness, I came up with this… πŸ˜‰

A Story About Forgiveness

I searched and searched for Forgiveness.

Instead, I’m Sorry kept showing up… again and again.

β€œWhere’s Forgiveness?” I wondered.

I’m Sorry explained, β€œForgiveness will cost you.”

β€œWhat’s the price?” I asked. β€œHow much will it cost?”

I’m Sorry said, β€œIt’s quite a journey to find Forgiveness. You must find Strength, Courage, Love, and Sacrifice. You must leave behind Anger, Bitterness, and Resentment.”

β€œI see. I think I’m finally ready to seek Forgiveness,” I said.