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I am going to slip off topic briefly to plug a blogger I truly enjoy. I try to keep the focus of this blog to parenting as a generation-X dad, but in my day job I am a senior manager at a small company. I am working on my degree in Human Resource Management from an awesome local university, the University of Richmond, and I truly love and enjoy this profession. It is a challenge everyday, and each challenge is just a little different. This keeps my mind sharp, eyes open, and head on a swivel.
A great read in my inbox everyday is a post from the HR Capitalist. The emails are usually short, and are quick reads, but I find myself thinking about them during the day. It inspires me to think outside of the box; making me a better manager and and keeping me out of the rut of daily thinking. The tools I hone on a daily basis at work also apply to my life as a father. My kids are not the same person every morning, and need to be managed in different ways. Sometimes we have happy, sometimes we have the Pout Pout Fish, or we have just plain old grumpy. My children help me be a better professional and vice versa.
Hi highly suggest subscribing to his feed … I think you will find it very useful too; even if you are not in HR.
Unfortunately not enough jail terms were passed out for what occurred in this video in my opinion. Counting the number of issues is almost impossible, but I will stick to agreeing with Jeff Gardere, the psychologist being interviewed. The school should have suspended everyone that could be identified in the video. The mother that obviously stood by, and let this continue while she spoke with someone should also serve a jail term along with the mother who obviously wanted this fight to happen. That no one in this video felt strong enough to say this needs to stop, and make an attempt to stop it is disheartening. Could this be a result of reality TV? I tend not to blame that medium for this as I fell everyone is still responsible for their own choices, but does it help the situation? I believe everyone has a responsibility to have common sense, and there was an overwhelming lack of common sense in this group. As a parent, I am disgusted by the actions of all in attendance.
Take tonight for example. On my way home from a long day at work, my wife called to inform me I needed to change my destination from home to a location for a kids birthday party. It was not quite what I had in mind, but, hey, no big deal either. I normally love a birthday party. At this stage in the game, (my children at their present ages) it’s usually an opportunity to catch up with those friends that I have not seen in a month or so. That was not the case though, because I did not know a sole. Which leads to the sacrifice part.
Here I am hanging out with 18-month old son at this birthday party with most kids around the ages of 5-7. There really wasn’t much he could participate in. He just can’t hit the pinata yet, and jumpy house they had running was just too rough. My boy finds a ping pong ball that is not being used, and we proceed to play catch with it. We’re having a blast, but he really enjoys himself when I have to jump in a different direction to get the ball. So, I began making a little more of a game out of it and started jumping a little more wildly than needed; adding funny faces to get that extra little zeal of laughter. He loved every minute of it, and his laughter just touched my soul in a great way.
That’s when I noticed a few people starring. I sacrificed my dignity for that laughter. For a brief moment I was just a little embarrasseded. Then it all passed, and it was worth every second of it. I highly recommend this “high” in parenthood as often as possible. It will make both your lif and your children’s life better. Don’t sweat it … people will only talk about the weird guy for a week or two.
I got to know another dad, before this class started at our birthing seminars, and it helped to have an acquaintance there. The day was pretty much a round table facilitated by an experienced father where we could share our fears, and get them out in the open. We would then discuss them in as much detail as we all could, and try to find solutions together.
The program is one I highly recommend. It really helped me get past my initial fears and concerns. So much to the point that I did a great deal of the daily necessity things with our first child like infant bathing, which as a new dad knows, is a scary event. It made the first six months or so much easier. I was able to communicate with the other fathers in the group and the facilitator via email several times, and this was all before Facebook and other social media outlets became very poplar.
If you are an expecting father, check your area for this program. It’s the best day you will spend in preparation.
If you are looking for a great place to take your kids for a full day, the Smithsonian National Zoological Park is a great destination. It provides a wide range of things for the kids to see and do coupled with an amazing experience. I recently visited this location with my children for the third time in the last three years. They are making some changes that should be done around 2013 that will also really enhance your experience.
This is one of the few places in North America that you can see the Giant Panda! You can also catch them on the Panda cams also available through the website.