ILX Parenting 6: "Put Some Goddamn Pants On Before You Go Outside!" is a thing I say now

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Οὖτις, Friday, 10 July 2015 19:51 (three years ago) Permalink

"because I'M the parent!" is a thing *I* say now.

UYD: Oxys, Percs, Vics, Addys, Rit-Dogs and Xannys (sunny successor), Friday, 10 July 2015 20:47 (three years ago) Permalink

I find myself saying giving the weirdest instructions sometimes

Οὖτις, Friday, 10 July 2015 21:00 (three years ago) Permalink

completely frivolous post but: ex-coworker pregnant w second baby. she's naming it "Macyn" and I am pretty IA about it tbh

ugh. just call the fuckin kid mason jeeeeeeezus christ almighty

difficult-difficult lemon-difficult (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 14 July 2015 19:48 (three years ago) Permalink

boy or girl? I'm guessing girl.

mom tossed in kimchee (quincie), Tuesday, 14 July 2015 22:50 (three years ago) Permalink

just intentionally mispronounce it from now on

Οὖτις, Tuesday, 14 July 2015 23:00 (three years ago) Permalink

"makin? like yr makin a baby?"

Οὖτις, Tuesday, 14 July 2015 23:00 (three years ago) Permalink

we've moved beyond the "why" stage to the "no" or simply ignoring stage which is slowly sapping my will to live and/or self-image as a nice guy

transparent play for gifs (Tracer Hand), Wednesday, 15 July 2015 12:53 (three years ago) Permalink

Hey all. Haven't been around for a while but K now has a baby sister, E. 👨‍👩‍👧‍👧

five six and (man alive), Thursday, 16 July 2015 00:58 (three years ago) Permalink

Good job.

Jeff, Thursday, 16 July 2015 01:02 (three years ago) Permalink

Oh yay! I was just thinking about you, man alive, and hoping you'd come back and say hello. Congratulations!

from batman to balloon dog (carl agatha), Thursday, 16 July 2015 01:45 (three years ago) Permalink

Aw! Nice to not be forgotten by ILXORs, at least a few nice ones.

five six and (man alive), Thursday, 16 July 2015 01:47 (three years ago) Permalink

yes you were missed dude

marcos, Thursday, 16 July 2015 02:12 (three years ago) Permalink

we even posted in the ilx milk carton thread a while back iirc

marcos, Thursday, 16 July 2015 02:13 (three years ago) Permalink

anyways good to have a new thread

J is starting to ask "what is ____" about everything, it is really cool, like he is really trying to get at the deeper meaning of it, e.g. he has been eating oatmeal for a good two years now but now he wants to really know "what is oatmeal???"

marcos, Thursday, 16 July 2015 02:15 (three years ago) Permalink

haha also xp man alive i misread your post to say "K now has a babysitter, E" so i did not comment b/c that seemed unremarkable, but yea congratulations!

marcos, Thursday, 16 July 2015 02:24 (three years ago) Permalink

So yeah, two kids is pretty crazy. OTOH in the final months before the birth I hustled hard and found a better job -- better pay AND more flexible with time, and that's been making things a lot easier.

five six and (man alive), Thursday, 16 July 2015 03:13 (three years ago) Permalink

Oh awesome! Congratulations on the new job AND the new baby!

from batman to balloon dog (carl agatha), Thursday, 16 July 2015 03:17 (three years ago) Permalink

yeah two kids is nuts. fwiw three is not as nuts as two is, in case you're inclined in that way

we just flew back to the usa for a couple of weeks and my kids did well, but then my youngest is 8 so why would it be bad. tons of movies on demand with the little screens, they keep bringing you food and drinks, you get to snuggle, what's not to like.

droit au butt (Euler), Thursday, 16 July 2015 12:01 (three years ago) Permalink

fwiw three is not as nuts as two

this needs explaination

UYD: Oxys, Percs, Vics, Addys, Rit-Dogs and Xannys (sunny successor), Thursday, 16 July 2015 17:36 (three years ago) Permalink

two is fucking crazy

marcos, Thursday, 16 July 2015 18:45 (three years ago) Permalink

I assume when you have three you let the oldest child be in charge of the other two. Parenting over!

Οὖτις, Thursday, 16 July 2015 18:46 (three years ago) Permalink

im dying here w/ 2, it is intense

my mom had 5 and i just can't even comprehend that

marcos, Thursday, 16 July 2015 18:48 (three years ago) Permalink

i think maybe people who say the jump to 3 is not a big deal is maybe because at that point the older ones are a little more manageable since they are older?

marcos, Thursday, 16 July 2015 18:49 (three years ago) Permalink

also some of you may recall i mentioned J's autism diagnosis on the previous thread, things were super stressful for a long while especially after F's birth but things do seem to be falling into place a little w/ his services and planning for preschool next year. we found some really incredible home-based therapists and b/c of his diagnosis J also got offered a spot at one of our city's best public schools allowing us to bypass some of the anxiety-inducing byzantine lottery process. one benefit i guess to having a kid with special needs. also J is just doing amazingly well right now and we've seen so much growth and progress, it is really hopeful.

marcos, Thursday, 16 July 2015 18:54 (three years ago) Permalink

Oh good! That's good to hear.

from batman to balloon dog (carl agatha), Thursday, 16 July 2015 19:21 (three years ago) Permalink

Thanks for the update Marcos, that's good to hear.
My friend with 3 kids says the jump to 3 is the craziest ever. You only have 2 hands for a start!

kinder, Thursday, 16 July 2015 19:44 (three years ago) Permalink

Yeah I've heard that 3 is the hardest - harder than two, harder than four.

LOL survey says -

I think we'll stick with one to be on the safe side.

from batman to balloon dog (carl agatha), Thursday, 16 July 2015 19:58 (three years ago) Permalink

I would add "Put on your shoes" to this list.

Immediate Follower (NA), Thursday, 16 July 2015 20:11 (three years ago) Permalink

Ivy's only 19 months so some of those don't apply but we're already well on our way with "Careful," "You're fine," and "Don't eat that."

from batman to balloon dog (carl agatha), Thursday, 16 July 2015 20:16 (three years ago) Permalink

yeah I dunno with #3, #1 was already 6 years old, so didn't need the kind of management that newborns do, and got along well with #2 so our lives were fine. plus we knew what we were doing by that point, at least as well as we ever were going to. but when #2 was born...I don't know how we survived tbh

droit au butt (Euler), Thursday, 16 July 2015 20:44 (three years ago) Permalink

Oh god, "careful!" is getting a lot of use now, as well as the related "gentle hands!" F's top three words are "no", "nono" and "nonononononono".

Madchen, Thursday, 16 July 2015 20:55 (three years ago) Permalink

"Did you take another bite of your dinner yet?"

how's life, Thursday, 16 July 2015 21:03 (three years ago) Permalink

Ivy's daycare teachers use the Spanish "linda" to mean "nicely," which Ivy picked up on early so we say that instead of "gentle hands." And we say that a lot... Also my mom's old favorite: People are not for hitting. People are for loving. Usually said through gritted teeth after Ivy smacks my glasses off my face.

from batman to balloon dog (carl agatha), Thursday, 16 July 2015 21:15 (three years ago) Permalink

our perfect granddaughter, who always slept through the night even from birth and has never been the slightest bit difficult during year one, has FINALLY has her first tantrum, tried to scratch her mom with her little fingernails. we breathed a sigh of relief tbh, thank god she's not some pod person experiment and is actually human.

I have a couple of new Isolde pics as well, will post later

sleeve, Thursday, 16 July 2015 21:31 (three years ago) Permalink

Damn straight.

from batman to balloon dog (carl agatha), Thursday, 16 July 2015 22:00 (three years ago) Permalink

"gentle hands" wtf does that mean, like what is the situation

transparent play for gifs (Tracer Hand), Thursday, 16 July 2015 23:47 (three years ago) Permalink


difficult-difficult lemon-difficult (VegemiteGrrl), Thursday, 16 July 2015 23:48 (three years ago) Permalink

ime it is another way of saying "don't scratch my fucking face, boy"

marcos, Friday, 17 July 2015 00:06 (three years ago) Permalink

Yeah like "don't hit scratch slap pinch me/your dad/this other child/the cat."

from batman to balloon dog (carl agatha), Friday, 17 July 2015 00:39 (three years ago) Permalink

"What did I just say?" is another thing I say a lot.

Οὖτις, Friday, 17 July 2015 02:39 (three years ago) Permalink

I've been trying to get a little more real about "rules" lately, especially with eating, e.g. I keep repeating "we don't get something else until we finish what we have," because she has a really annoying habit of asking for something, taking a few bites and then asking for another thing. Also trying to stop snacks in the stroller and carseat so she'll actually eat her goddamn meals instead of snacking all the time, but that one is challenging (because on the morning where she DOESN'T eat her goddamn breakfast, you feel guilty sending her to school hungry).

five six and (man alive), Friday, 17 July 2015 04:51 (three years ago) Permalink

Also we have a grandparent who sees her every week and undermines all this

five six and (man alive), Friday, 17 July 2015 04:51 (three years ago) Permalink

gah, that thing when your newborn is finally asleep and completely quiet and then you keep checking every twenty minutes to make sure they're alive.

five six and (man alive), Friday, 17 July 2015 05:02 (three years ago) Permalink


difficult-difficult lemon-difficult (VegemiteGrrl), Friday, 17 July 2015 05:19 (three years ago) Permalink

double congratulations, man alive!

estela, Friday, 17 July 2015 05:28 (three years ago) Permalink

small man still alive

wisdom be leakin out my louche douche truths (k3vin k.), Friday, 17 July 2015 05:29 (three years ago) Permalink

So I may have missed something, but I think Nora only woke at midnight and 3am last night. It's 7am now and she's still asleep. And it's Em's birthday.

Hey Bob (Scik Mouthy), Friday, 17 July 2015 06:18 (three years ago) Permalink

Ha, I slept straight through a 5am waking..,

Hey Bob (Scik Mouthy), Friday, 17 July 2015 06:24 (three years ago) Permalink

Happy birthday Em. I was just thinking I hadn't seen her over at the other place for a while. If it's any consolation, our sleep has gone back into a bad pattern after having a really good thing going for a couple of months. Hoping we find that groove again.

kinder, Friday, 17 July 2015 08:33 (three years ago) Permalink

yea I think mine is behind a little. it's not until we had the 2nd one that we realized that our 1st was probably more difficult than most. though my parenting isn't really the greatest. for example he loves to have the inside lights on in the car, which I dislike (at night at least), but what I dislike more is him kicking and screaming and tossing his shoes or whatever. he still asks for his pacifier at home and sometimes I'm so exhausted I just give it to him. he also has a long and convoluted bedtime routine that I'm not sure how to change. it's hard to deal with these fully fledged meltdowns every day. he's not autistic - he's very in tune with people's feelings, he knows exactly what he should and shouldn't do, but maybe he's got a little touch of it, like I do. I hate yelling at him and he's like 50 lbs now so I can't exactly corral him the way I used to. funny thing is he's apparently very well behaved at school/day care.

frogbs, Tuesday, 20 November 2018 22:53 (three months ago) Permalink

ha, mine's similar, his new pre-school was amazed that he would have meltdowns as he's very well behaved there. And in some ways fairly mature for his age. He also likes the lights on in the car. He had a dummy (pacifier) for ages until he was about 2.5? Can't remember. He only had it for naps/sleep but we thought it was going to be a nightmare to get him off it. One day he was in the bath and I noticed a crack in the rubber of the dummy so I showed him 'oh look, it's broken, we have to throw it away and we don't have a new one'. He was surprisingly fine with that (he's quite practically-minded) although it did mess up his going to sleep at night for a couple of weeks.

I know kids change loads every year but from 3 to 4 he's gone from toddler to proper kid; it's quite weird. It's also felt like one of the longest years because we've had loads of life changes. We didn't really have 'terrible twos' but when he hit three (and his sibling came along) he's really been testing everything with us.

kinder, Tuesday, 20 November 2018 23:11 (three months ago) Permalink

It really is an amazing phase in some ways, because you know they're right around that age you were when you first started developing memories. One thing that made me really emotional was a few nights ago when I put him to bed and a half hour later I could hear him in there playing with his trucks, trying to be quiet so I wouldn't hear. And then just falling asleep a bit later. I remember doing that when I was around that age!!

frogbs, Tuesday, 20 November 2018 23:23 (three months ago) Permalink

I’m a bit astounded by 4 so far - the imaginative independent play, logical (if never-ending) questions, figuring out emotions in more nuanced ways, genuinely SHARING stuff. And if I visit with friends who have kids the same age or older, they go off and play together and we get to have actual conversations! I’m crossing my fingers and pinching myself. I’m still exhausted and stretched a bit thin but feel generally less frazzled-by-child.

obliquity of the ecliptic (rrrobyn), Wednesday, 21 November 2018 02:52 (three months ago) Permalink

We can have some terrible behaviour after school with emotions all over the place. Reading an article about Restraint Collapse really made sense - basically they have a limited amount to give when it comes to good behaviour and by the time school ends, it’s all used up. And home is their comfort zone where they can let it all out.

But yeah, I agree about four - so many amazing developments (including having uninterrupted grown-up conversations on playdates!)

Madchen, Wednesday, 21 November 2018 07:36 (three months ago) Permalink

re: brushing teeth, using the Disney Magic Timer app on the phone helped a lot with my kids. And both stopped needing the app after a dentist visited their preschool for a presentation (though the 4yo has since gone back to the app).

early rejecter, Wednesday, 21 November 2018 15:30 (three months ago) Permalink

Oh man, restraint collapse. I'd never heard this term, but we have 2.5 year old twins and have been going through this after daycare now pretty much daily with one or the other, sometimes both. Thank you.

sofatruck, Wednesday, 21 November 2018 15:35 (three months ago) Permalink

Imaginative independent play is kind of amazing - I love hearing him in the other room making up scenarios and having conversations between toys.

He got obsessed with Ghostbusters last week, watched some of the early 90s cartoon (and the insanely bad EXTREME GHOSTBUSTERS from 1997 that I never knew existed) and suddenly four of his star wars figures with guns molded into their hands were the ghostbusters and every green toy or figure was a ghost or monster, and he built elaborate houses out of blocks and magna tiles for all of them and I totally remember doing shit like this when I was younger.

joygoat, Wednesday, 21 November 2018 19:12 (three months ago) Permalink

same here, but involves lots of elaborate tying things together with string (his stuffed animals, to a Noah's ark, to a basket of fruit) to act out stories involving sea chases, rescuing from wells, etc.

I've tripped over so many trip wires...

he asks the most impressive questions too.

kinder, Wednesday, 21 November 2018 21:07 (three months ago) Permalink

I have a 3 year age gap, so I rely on a bit of independent play to be able to go off and do endless baby stuff. I don't know how people with smaller age gaps cope.

that said he asks me/ his dad to 'play with meeee' like a million times a day. Just to make us feel guilty!

kinder, Wednesday, 21 November 2018 21:09 (three months ago) Permalink

omg the string traps and the hundreds of “knots” my kid has made whenever string or a shoe string meets his hands! Lol.

He hasn’t watched any Ghostbusters but he’s watched the original movie theme song video and sings “Who are you going to call?? Ghost monsters!!”
(I’ve tried to get him to say “who you gonna call” but he won’t!)

obliquity of the ecliptic (rrrobyn), Wednesday, 21 November 2018 23:56 (three months ago) Permalink

Remembering how shy and isolated I was at 3-4 it's been crazy to see my son go into unfamiliar playgrounds, libraries, etc. and within minutes have nearly every kid, even the older ones, playing along with a scenario he's created.

President Keyes, Saturday, 24 November 2018 19:35 (two months ago) Permalink

when your kid wants something, and you say no, and they demand to know why, do you owe them an explanation or is it ok to just say no? when my 8yo daughter gets turned down for something she really wants, she refuses to take no for an answer and wants to debate/argue about it, which turns into her nitpicking every word we use to explain why she can't have it, even though the answer is still going to be no. so sometimes i just say "the answer is no, and that's not going to change, and i'm not interested in discussing it." this doesn't really work either in terms of shutting down the argument, though, and i wonder if it's unfair to give no reasoning. on the other hand, i feel like it's better to be clear and firm than to leave loopholes.

na (NA), Wednesday, 28 November 2018 17:35 (two months ago) Permalink

I find long-winded semi-nonsensical explanations to be the best option

Οὖτις, Wednesday, 28 November 2018 17:38 (two months ago) Permalink

I just wrapped up my first pass-the-parcel and I need a stiff drink.
Lessons have been learned.

kinder, Wednesday, 28 November 2018 23:31 (two months ago) Permalink

when your kid wants something, and you say no, and they demand to know why, do you owe them an explanation or is it ok to just say no? when my 8yo daughter gets turned down for something she really wants, she refuses to take no for an answer and wants to debate/argue about it, which turns into her nitpicking every word we use to explain why she can't have it, even though the answer is still going to be no. so sometimes i just say "the answer is no, and that's not going to change, and i'm not interested in discussing it." this doesn't really work either in terms of shutting down the argument, though, and i wonder if it's unfair to give no reasoning.

it's not unfair to give no reason, and "I'm not going to discuss it further" is a fine answer. this is how some parents get to "because I said so," which I consider poor, but I bet I say it at some point soon to my four-year-old.

she carries a torch. two torches, actually (Joan Crawford Loves Chachi), Wednesday, 28 November 2018 23:42 (two months ago) Permalink

this is only with a nearly-4-year-old but we sometimes say 'ask the question you want to ask' to avoid loads of 'why' and might make them think about what they actually want to know (if anything)

kinder, Thursday, 29 November 2018 00:04 (two months ago) Permalink

We do the "asked, and answered" response if the kids try to start negotiating.

DJI, Thursday, 29 November 2018 00:14 (two months ago) Permalink

I just walked out of the kids room after once again arriving at the point where some sort of ambiguous request with myriad clarifications and qualifiers ends with me saying TELL ME YES, OR NO over and over in a monotone until he gives up and gives me a straight answer.

joygoat, Thursday, 29 November 2018 02:50 (two months ago) Permalink

mine just ignores us when he feels like not answering which is infuriating

kinder, Thursday, 29 November 2018 08:23 (two months ago) Permalink

Hey Bob (Scik Mouthy), Thursday, 29 November 2018 21:03 (two months ago) Permalink

Scik, lovely photo and piece!

Mince Pramthwart (James Morrison), Friday, 30 November 2018 00:57 (two months ago) Permalink

I hope this is a (gradual, to be sure) turn for the better.

DJI, Friday, 30 November 2018 01:16 (two months ago) Permalink


Madchen, Friday, 30 November 2018 07:11 (two months ago) Permalink

Question for parents of older kids: how (or do) you limit phone time? It's easy to knock them off wi-fi, but short of taking away the phone or other screen, how do you stop or slow them down when they're on the same unlimited data plan as you?

Should note this is not a terribly huge issue for us. But we have friends with boys that have had more trouble, particularly (sign of the times) when they just watch hours of Fortnite videos. Google I know offers a really good free family manager for Android phones, but my friends with iPhones are unclear where to turn. I guess most phone services have a sort of family manager service you can tack on for more $$?

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 30 November 2018 12:40 (two months ago) Permalink

The latest iOs has ScreenTime which let's you set all kinds of limits.

DJI, Friday, 30 November 2018 15:42 (two months ago) Permalink

A parent at my school shared an app last year that you put on your phone and pair with your child's phone and you can control their access to everything: the internet, certain programs, and set specific times, ie that mom had set her children's phones not to access the internet at all during school hours (lol). Let me see if I can figure out what it was called.

There's more Italy than necessary. (in orbit), Friday, 30 November 2018 17:48 (two months ago) Permalink


Josh in Chicago, Saturday, 1 December 2018 14:27 (two months ago) Permalink

I'm late to the toothbrushing question, but there's a really cute audio show (podcast form, or if you have an Alexa you can ask it to play it for you) called Chompers. It's two minutes long, the narrator tells the kid when you switch quadrants, and then they share interesting facts or tell dumb jokes in between. It's good to keep Ivy focused while brushing, as she tends to get distracted pretty easily (or suddenly have something extremely important that she needs to tell me (spoiler alert: not important at all) that can't wait two minutes).

carl agatha, Friday, 7 December 2018 15:02 (two months ago) Permalink

Also I think debating with an 8-year-old can lead only to madness, and actually it's pretty important for a kid that age to learn that no means no. Maybe think of it as setting boundaries.

carl agatha, Friday, 7 December 2018 15:03 (two months ago) Permalink

ALSO I'm so happy and hopeful about Casper.

carl agatha, Friday, 7 December 2018 15:04 (two months ago) Permalink

The Elmo brushing song has definitely helped...he holds the phone so it keeps his hands and face steady. Even better that the next one is Feist's "1, 2, 3, 4" which he absolutely loves. Crazy to think it wasn't originally written for Sesame Street

frogbs, Friday, 7 December 2018 15:17 (two months ago) Permalink

four weeks pass...

My very favorite of those real musicians doing songs on Sesame Street is Usher's ABC Song. I listen to that of my own free will when no children are in ear shot.

carl agatha, Friday, 4 January 2019 16:39 (one month ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

Here puberty is in full effect. Grades slipping. Compared to five yrs ago, I'm much much stricter. Turned into the bad cop. Heh.

nathom, Thursday, 24 January 2019 11:39 (four weeks ago) Permalink

my daughter (who is almost 2) had a seizure at day care and had to be given an ambulance ride to the hospital. getting a call in the middle of a workday from them saying "your daughter's not breathing, she's turning pale, we have an ambulance on the way" is not something I ever wanna live through again. thankfully it was just a reaction to a fever she had and apparently benign but holy hell is it scary - she had another one at home that night and it's freaky, they go stiff and pale and just sorta go only lasts a minute but it feels so much longer. Mr Southall I can't even imagine what you're going through.

frogbs, Thursday, 24 January 2019 15:11 (four weeks ago) Permalink

Yeah, those fever fits are horrible. My niece used to get them a lot when she was younger. Best wishes!

ArchCarrier, Thursday, 24 January 2019 15:26 (four weeks ago) Permalink

Bought my 4yo a helium balloon, he loved it
Was in the kitchen when I heard 'just going outside'
Approx 0.5 seconds later I heard this panicky shrieking 'It's gone up into the sky and it won't come back!!'


(His dad thought I'd OK'd him going outside with it and had tied the balloon to his wrist and talked about how he mustn't let it go)
Teachable moment I guess
The sight of it rapidly disappearing over the rooftops was actually quite distressing tbf

kinder, Wednesday, 30 January 2019 23:40 (three weeks ago) Permalink

at the dinner table

my 4yo: Daddy, raise your hand!!
*raises hand*
my 4yo: What you want?

frogbs, Wednesday, 30 January 2019 23:46 (three weeks ago) Permalink


𝔠𝔞𝔢𝔨 (caek), Wednesday, 30 January 2019 23:49 (three weeks ago) Permalink


Mince Pramthwart (James Morrison), Thursday, 31 January 2019 02:29 (three weeks ago) Permalink


Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Thursday, 31 January 2019 04:41 (three weeks ago) Permalink

We've been through the mill, yeah, but it's chronic rather than acute, essentially; we've never had anything as heart-stoppingly awful as a febrile seizure sounds, never had a call saying "your baby isn't breathing". That sounds awful too.

Another blog post, cos its world cancer day, and tomorrow Casper turns 1:

Hey Bob (Scik Mouthy), Monday, 4 February 2019 22:03 (two weeks ago) Permalink

at least we made the infamous Sheboygan Scanner:

4217 kadlec dr - child not breathing

— Sheboygan Scanner (@sheboyganscan) January 21, 2019

child breathing, has better color, coming around

— Sheboygan Scanner (@sheboyganscan) January 21, 2019

50xx green meadow pl - 2yo girl had seizure

— Sheboygan Scanner (@sheboyganscan) January 22, 2019

really hope things remain "well"..."We also don’t know, for sure, how many more birthdays he will have" is a gut-wrenching sentence to read

frogbs, Monday, 4 February 2019 22:16 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Our friends have twins. One scored pretty low on her iq test. (Low 90s) The boy also has issues but they are stalling. (I get it: as soon as he has a "file" and/or "label", you end up in the system.) it's pretty sad to witness.

nathom, Tuesday, 5 February 2019 13:06 (two weeks ago) Permalink


This seems minor in the scheme of things, but I wish there was a way of banning all the blind-bagged collectable tiny plastic crap things marketed at kids now. Ooshies! Lol Surprise! Shitnuggets!

Mince Pramthwart (James Morrison), Saturday, 9 February 2019 08:21 (one week ago) Permalink

Cosign, and add to this Happy Meal toys, stocking stuffers, birthday-party goody bags, and everything to do with Valentine's Day.

Group crafts - even "upcycled" crafts - skate by with a warning, and a limit of four per year.

Sometimes it feels like the world is a giant hose aiming a stream of clutter at the house.

Gunther Gleiben (Ye Mad Puffin), Saturday, 9 February 2019 11:32 (one week ago) Permalink

For reals. When I'm alone, I clean up. Otherwise there'd a shitpile.

nathom, Saturday, 9 February 2019 12:01 (one week ago) Permalink


This seems minor in the scheme of things, but I wish there was a way of banning all the blind-bagged collectable tiny plastic crap things marketed at kids now. Ooshies! Lol Surprise! Shitnuggets!

― Mince Pramthwart (James Morrison), Saturday, February 9, 2019 8:21 AM (three hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

We definitely went through a big phase of buying blind-bags when my daughter was younger. But the problem was that she would want specific ones, so I'd have to keep going back to the comic store and risk that we would get the one we wanted and not one we already have. After so much frustration from getting duplicates we didn't want, I realized I could have just gone on ebay and bought ones that people had pre-opened for you. In general I think the practice is totally stupid, and suspect that it wires the brain for gambling.

peace, man, Saturday, 9 February 2019 12:16 (one week ago) Permalink

By the way, now that I've got a 14-year-old, I have to deal with questions like:

"Can I go to a bonfire tonight?"
"Come on, my friend's 18-year-old brother (who we know) is going..."
"No. You were out until midnight last night, anyway. We want you in."
"Do we know whose house it's at?"
"No, it's in (a rural area about 15 miles away)."

Also, on the weekend of the snow storm last month, he asked to go snowboarding at a ski resort with his buddies. Just travel up there for the day and come back. His mother and I were seriously considering letting him go until we remembered about the impending storm. His response? "Well if it was snowing too hard, we could just stop and get a hotel!" Also, he called us up to ask this in the middle of one of our only big "date nights" of the year, which we had planned for months in advance.

Fun times!

peace, man, Sunday, 10 February 2019 12:39 (one week ago) Permalink

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