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Title: Parents pride thread
Post by: Siz on January 27, 2012, 06:42:23 PM
What have your kids achieved this week?

Learned to walk, had a first potty hit, or just beat up the school bully?
Or didn't come last in the egg-and-spoon race, or won gold at the youth games.

Or maybe they've just graduated, or got married or had children of their own.

This is the place to tell us all how brilliant they are... and we promise to oooh and ahhh!


Here's mine (and the inspiration for this post):

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-snc7/422628_10150523090193492_609968491_9114016_663526951_n.jpg)

My boy just finished this model as part of a tornado for a school project on weather.
(Okay, okay, I painted the house nearest, but it's mostly his)
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: Tank on January 27, 2012, 06:52:01 PM
Well done to your son!
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: Ali on January 27, 2012, 07:11:41 PM
That's awesome!  Well done to your son!

This was a couple of weeks ago (hubby's birthday, Jan 12) but my son did something I thought was pretty cool.  He's 3, and last year on my husband's birthday I just stuck a crayon in his hand and let him "draw" on a card for my husband.  This year, I asked him what he wanted to day on the card, and he told me to write something along the lines of "Happy Birthday and we love you and we got you a present and guess what?  There are cupcakes!"  Then, I gave him the pen and expected him to scribble a little bit, but instead he wrote a "T" (his name is Tristan).  It was sideways, but it was recognizably a T.  I was super proud.
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: Siz on January 27, 2012, 07:45:21 PM
That's awesome!  Well done to your son!

This was a couple of weeks ago (hubby's birthday, Jan 12) but my son did something I thought was pretty cool.  He's 3, and last year on my husband's birthday I just stuck a crayon in his hand and let him "draw" on a card for my husband.  This year, I asked him what he wanted to day on the card, and he told me to write something along the lines of "Happy Birthday and we love you and we got you a present and guess what?  There are cupcakes!"  Then, I gave him the pen and expected him to scribble a little bit, but instead he wrote a "T" (his name is Tristan).  It was sideways, but it was recognizably a T.  I was super proud.

So you should be. It's not every day you find out your son's a genius! Way to go Mr.T!
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: Ali on January 27, 2012, 07:58:10 PM
 ;D ;D ;D

Thanks.  I think he knew to do it because he has big wooden letters hanging in his room that say "TRISTAN" and we always go over them and he knows they spell his name.

Here's a picture.   ;D ;D ;D

(http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f131/aasaliman/ATT39106.jpg)
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: Tank on January 27, 2012, 08:21:03 PM
^^^ Awwwww!
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: Stevil on January 28, 2012, 08:20:35 AM
That tornado is pretty awesome, I never created anything like that at school, actually, I've never created any 3D models of anything, unless you count cutting a face into an apple.

Anyway, well done.
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: Stevil on January 28, 2012, 08:26:55 AM
Ali, isn't it great when they surprise you.
Especially when it is something that you haven't even taught them.

They are little osmosis driven sponges.
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: Tank on January 28, 2012, 08:45:01 AM
Ali, isn't it great when they surprise you.
Especially when it is something that you haven't even taught them.

They are little osmosis driven sponges.
That's a very good description of kids. They only want to stop learning when adults make the process boring!
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: Asmodean on January 28, 2012, 10:40:52 AM
Ali, isn't it great when they surprise you.
Especially when it is something that you haven't even taught them.

They are little Asmosis driven sponges.
That's a very good description of kids. They only want to stop learning when adults make the process boring!
Looks better like this though.
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: Stevil on January 28, 2012, 07:17:34 PM
My three year old broke her arm two weeks ago, she was very lucky that it wasn't worse.

She had decided to climb up the set of drawers in her room. Had pulled out the bottom draw, stood on it, had her arms inside the top draw and the whole thing fell on top of her. It is at least twice if not three times heavier than her.

Lucky I was home at the time, my wife would not have been able to lift her and the drawers up.
Lucky it was her arms in the top draw and not just her fingers, and lucky her head didn't get it.

If it was her sister under that I doubt she would have survived.

Warning to parents, pull out the bottom draw and push down on it, check how stable your drawers are.
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: Tank on January 28, 2012, 07:34:25 PM
Bloody hell! Poor little sprout. Kids soon mend though.
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: Stevil on January 28, 2012, 08:23:18 PM
She's doing OK.

(http://img703.imageshack.us/img703/3605/img1951ko.jpg)
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: Ali on January 28, 2012, 08:56:30 PM
Glad she's okay!  How scary!
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: Sandra Craft on January 28, 2012, 10:58:30 PM
She's doing OK.

(http://img703.imageshack.us/img703/3605/img1951ko.jpg)

Looks like she's keeping her cast pristine -- is she planning to let people doodle on it later?
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: DeterminedJuliet on January 28, 2012, 11:10:39 PM
Aww, what a trooper.

My son doesn't have any drawers in his room because I was afraid that exact thing would happen. He's in a super monkey phase where he climbs over/up everything. Scary  :-[
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: Guardian85 on January 28, 2012, 11:33:03 PM
My three year old broke her arm two weeks ago, she was very lucky that it wasn't worse.

She had decided to climb up the set of drawers in her room. Had pulled out the bottom draw, stood on it, had her arms inside the top draw and the whole thing fell on top of her. It is at least twice if not three times heavier than her.

Lucky I was home at the time, my wife would not have been able to lift her and the drawers up.
Lucky it was her arms in the top draw and not just her fingers, and lucky her head didn't get it.

If it was her sister under that I doubt she would have survived.

Warning to parents, pull out the bottom draw and push down on it, check how stable your drawers are.

Warning to parents or older siblings:
Kids like to climb on shit!
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: Asmodean on January 28, 2012, 11:40:54 PM
Warning to Asmos: Rubbies save lives - including those of the unborn children  ;D
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: Stevil on January 28, 2012, 11:51:43 PM
Looks like she's keeping her cast pristine -- is she planning to let people doodle on it later?

That was the first cast, they had wrapped it in cloth. That photo was probably a day or two after the accident.

She has a pink fibreglass cast now, and we have been writing on it, its such a cliche thing to do though.
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: Sandra Craft on January 29, 2012, 12:56:42 AM
She has a pink fibreglass cast now, and we have been writing on it, its such a cliche thing to do though.


I don't know, I remember as a kid that was the big thrill of having a cast -- having everybody sign their name, make a funny comment or draw a picture on it.  Depending on how artistic your friends and family were, by the time it came off you could have a piece of real, if smelly, art.
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: Amicale on January 29, 2012, 01:16:06 AM
She's doing OK.

(http://img703.imageshack.us/img703/3605/img1951ko.jpg)

She's adorable!  ;D Poor kiddo, though, I'm sorry she got all banged up! Yikes!

I guess I'm thankful my own little 3 and a half year old monkey isn't a climber. She's exactly like me - uncoordinated and klutzy. She drops half the stuff she picks up, and she's very adept at tripping over what are apparently dust molecules.  :D

Yesterday she was helping me in the kitchen, and "we" were making dinner. I handed her the forks and spoons and asked her to put them on the table. I assumed she'd just dump them on the table, and I'd put them in place later. Nope! When I turned around, we each had a fork and a spoon very carefully laid out on each placemat, and she was very gently putting a napkin out of the basket next to each! I was so proud! And it was adorable because she was on her tippy-toes to reach the top of the table!
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: Sandra Craft on January 29, 2012, 02:39:29 AM
I was so proud! And it was adorable because she was on her tippy-toes to reach the top of the table!

Now there's a picture worth having.
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: The Magic Pudding on January 29, 2012, 04:55:19 AM
(http://i.imgur.com/bve0V.jpg) (http://i.imgur.com/nN1T5.jpg)

She is full size now.
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: Tank on January 29, 2012, 07:19:57 AM
My little tribe. The one on the left is now a mum. The one in the middle has almost completed his PhD. The one on the right is an exceptional medical photographer.

(http://img136.imageshack.us/img136/8594/kidsbp9.jpg)
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: Siz on January 29, 2012, 07:47:50 AM
@Stevil

Is she at the seaside? Rotten place to be and not allowed to swim!
Good luck Stevilette!
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: Stevil on January 29, 2012, 07:53:29 AM
She loves to get into the waves, but she just loves the beach anyway.
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: Stevil on January 29, 2012, 07:55:12 AM
My little tribe. The one on the left is now a mum. The one in the middle has almost completed his PhD. The one on the right is an exceptional medical photographer.
Looks like that photo was a bit of a mission to take.

So fascinating looking at kids and wondering what they will grow up to be, remarkable from such humble beginnings.
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: Stevil on January 29, 2012, 07:56:07 AM

She is full size now.
She has gorgeous Goldilocks.
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: Tank on January 29, 2012, 08:01:24 AM
My little tribe. The one on the left is now a mum. The one in the middle has almost completed his PhD. The one on the right is an exceptional medical photographer.
Looks like that photo was a bit of a mission to take.

So fascinating looking at kids and wondering what they will grow up to be, remarkable from such humble beginnings.

This is the one on the rights wedding Sep '11

(http://img38.imageshack.us/img38/4839/dsc0985j.jpg)

They grow up so fast :(
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: Asmodean on January 29, 2012, 08:06:08 AM
Mini-Tanks are all big, in other words..?

Always wondered, and it may sound rather politically incorrect, but don't the "before" and "after" pictures make you feel... Old?
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: Tank on January 29, 2012, 08:23:42 AM
Mini-Tanks are all big, in other words..?

Always wondered, and it may sound rather politically incorrect, but don't the "before" and "after" pictures make you feel... Old?
Sort of. But I have found that I sort of stopped getting older in my head at about 25. Since then my body has got older but I don't feel 'I' have got as old. If that makes any sense.
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: Asmodean on January 29, 2012, 08:40:52 AM
Mini-Tanks are all big, in other words..?

Always wondered, and it may sound rather politically incorrect, but don't the "before" and "after" pictures make you feel... Old?
Sort of. But I have found that I sort of stopped getting older in my head at about 25. Since then my body has got older but I don't feel 'I' have got as old. If that makes any sense.

Hmm.. I suppose it does make sense. With me though, the process hasn't stopped or even slow down. The Asmo is getting all wrinkled and leathery on the inside at an even faster rate than on the outside  :P
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: Ali on January 29, 2012, 03:14:38 PM
Mini-Tanks are all big, in other words..?

Always wondered, and it may sound rather politically incorrect, but don't the "before" and "after" pictures make you feel... Old?
Sort of. But I have found that I sort of stopped getting older in my head at about 25. Since then my body has got older but I don't feel 'I' have got as old. If that makes any sense.

Tank, I am the exact same way!  In my head I'm sort of perpetually 23, but the rest of me insists on getting older.  Stupid rest of me!  Get with the program!

Tank and Pudding, your children were beautiful.  And Tank, your daughter as an adult is lovely!
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: Tank on January 29, 2012, 07:08:12 PM
  And Tank, your daughter as an adult is lovely!
Thank you. Did you see the wedding thread?
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: Amicale on January 29, 2012, 07:58:21 PM
  And Tank, your daughter as an adult is lovely!
Thank you. Did you see the wedding thread?

She is lovely! And the picture of the three of them... adorable!  ;D

I haven't seen the wedding thread myself... link, please?  :) (I'm a sucker for wedding pics!)
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: Tank on January 29, 2012, 08:10:10 PM
  And Tank, your daughter as an adult is lovely!
Thank you. Did you see the wedding thread?

She is lovely! And the picture of the three of them... adorable!  ;D

I haven't seen the wedding thread myself... link, please?  :) (I'm a sucker for wedding pics!)

http://www.happyatheistforum.com/forum/index.php?topic=8279.0
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: Amicale on January 30, 2012, 12:04:57 AM
 And Tank, your daughter as an adult is lovely!
Thank you. Did you see the wedding thread?

She is lovely! And the picture of the three of them... adorable!  ;D

I haven't seen the wedding thread myself... link, please?  :) (I'm a sucker for wedding pics!)

http://www.happyatheistforum.com/forum/index.php?topic=8279.0


What gorgeous photos! I love the 60s theme! They look like they make a really sharp couple... and the dress is great, too. You must have been so proud.  ;D
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: Tank on January 30, 2012, 08:43:06 AM

What gorgeous photos! I love the 60s theme! They look like they make a really sharp couple... and the dress is great, too. You must have been so proud.  ;D
I am very proud of her indeed. She has a difficult job. As a medical photographer she has to take photos of still-born babies among other pretty traumatic subject matter. There are 6 medical photographers, 4 male, 2 female and my daughter is the more empathic of the two females and the doctors know this so she does tend to get the short straw quite regularly.
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: DeterminedJuliet on January 30, 2012, 01:09:43 PM

What gorgeous photos! I love the 60s theme! They look like they make a really sharp couple... and the dress is great, too. You must have been so proud.  ;D
I am very proud of her indeed. She has a difficult job. As a medical photographer she has to take photos of still-born babies among other pretty traumatic subject matter. There are 6 medical photographers, 4 male, 2 female and my daughter is the more empathic of the two females and the doctors know this so she does tend to get the short straw quite regularly.

I've never heard of a medical photographer as a profession, but it makes sense that it would exist. Interesting (and good for her!)
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: Ali on January 30, 2012, 02:29:38 PM
What a lovely wedding!  I love your daughter's dress!
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: Tank on January 30, 2012, 02:31:54 PM
What a lovely wedding!  I love your daughter's dress!
She designed it herself. It cost £800! And that's not extravagant for a hand-made dress!!
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: Siz on February 11, 2012, 08:57:08 PM
What a week!

DS (7.5) got his 'Pen license' at school.
Got to show off his tornado model in front of the whole school at assembly.
Recently moved up to his rebuilt 24" cyclocross bike at cycling club and is kicking ass on it. Is now representing club at British Schools MTB National Championship (U9 category) in April.
Skipping two belts in Karate for his first grading next week (not sure how big a deal this is, but I'm still proud).



Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: BullyforBronto on February 12, 2012, 12:58:24 AM
I'm a proud dad. My three-year-old uttered the following today:
"I'm not a leprechaun. I'm Batman. But, I do live at the end of the rainbow."
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: Sandra Craft on February 12, 2012, 02:49:32 AM
I'm a proud dad. My three-year-old uttered the following today:
"I'm not a leprechaun. I'm Batman. But, I do live at the end of the rainbow."

That bat cave can get so dank.
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: Amicale on February 12, 2012, 04:09:16 AM
I'm a proud dad. My three-year-old uttered the following today:
"I'm not a leprechaun. I'm Batman. But, I do live at the end of the rainbow."

Aw. If he thinks your house is the end of the rainbow, you're doing something right!  ;D
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: Willow on February 12, 2012, 07:50:56 AM
My five year old wants to be a scientist.  He talks about gravity and quantum physics and things at bedtime.  He says he's going to build a perpetual motion machine.  We home educate, so he doesn't have a bunch of other kids telling him being booksmart is uncool.
x
Willow.
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: Siz on February 12, 2012, 09:05:06 AM
My five year old wants to be a scientist.  He talks about gravity and quantum physics and things at bedtime.  He says he's going to build a perpetual motion machine.  We home educate, so he doesn't have a bunch of other kids telling him being booksmart is uncool.
x
Willow.

Great stuff. Obviously a decent thinking brain being developed. Hope he fulfills his dreams!

I'm interested to know why you chose home schooling and how it works. Do you follow a curriculum? How often does he 'work'? What happens when he doesn't want to work? Is it a very structured routine?

I can't say I'd have the patience for it personally - I certainly admire the skill and professionalism of my kid's school teachers - and anyone who can make a success of home schooling.

It must be very liberating and satisfying.
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: Ali on February 12, 2012, 04:47:11 PM
What a week!

DS (7.5) got his 'Pen license' at school.
Got to show off his tornado model in front of the whole school at assembly.
Recently moved up to his rebuilt 24" cyclocross bike at cycling club and is kicking ass on it. Is now representing club at British Schools MTB National Championship (U9 category) in April.
Skipping two belts in Karate for his first grading next week (not sure how big a deal this is, but I'm still proud).


He sounds like he's got a ton of interests and hobbies.  That's awesome!

My son has been asking me for a watch lately, so I got him one yesterday and I'm teaching him how to tell time (well, working on it anyway.)  He is sooo proud of his new watch.  He asks me what time it is about every 20 minutes. 
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: DeterminedJuliet on February 12, 2012, 08:09:28 PM
My five year old wants to be a scientist.  He talks about gravity and quantum physics and things at bedtime.  He says he's going to build a perpetual motion machine.  We home educate, so he doesn't have a bunch of other kids telling him being booksmart is uncool.
x
Willow.

That is so cute!
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: Ali on February 13, 2012, 01:05:54 AM
I took T to the Denver Museum of Nature and Science this afternoon.

This is an actual conversation from today, in the Dinosaur exhibit.

Me: Look!  There's a T Rex skeleton!  He's biting a Stegosaurus!
T:  Mooooooom.  That's not a T Rex!  That's an Allosaurus.
Me: How can you tell?
T:  He's got 3 claws (*makes a 3 clawed hand*.)  T Rex has 2 claws (*makes a 2 clawed hand*.)
A museum docent standing next to us: He's right, you know.

It's both a shameful and proud day when your 3 year old schools you in science.
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: Amicale on February 13, 2012, 01:24:48 AM
I took T to the Denver Museum of Nature and Science this afternoon.

This is an actual conversation from today, in the Dinosaur exhibit.

Me: Look!  There's a T Rex skeleton!  He's biting a Stegosaurus!
T:  Mooooooom.  That's not a T Rex!  That's an Allosaurus.
Me: How can you tell?
T:  He's got 3 claws (*makes a 3 clawed hand*.)  T Rex has 2 claws (*makes a 2 clawed hand*.)
A museum docent standing next to us: He's right, you know.

It's both a shameful and proud day when your 3 year old schools you in science.

Awesome!  ;D
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: Asmodean on February 13, 2012, 07:13:42 AM
My five year old wants to be a scientist.
At five, so did The Asmo.

Quote
He talks about gravity and quantum physics and things at bedtime.
Yes, did that.

Quote
He says he's going to build a perpetual motion machine.
The Asmo's first and rather uninformed theoretical machine consisted of a hydrogen fuel tank, an oxygen oxidiser tank, a sealed burner unit, an electrolyser and a sealed boiler with turbine and a condensation unit. The system was supposed to be sealed to prevent gas/water leaks. The used fuel would be electrolysed back into O2 and H2 (Powered by the on board turbine) and sent back to burner. A perfect eternity drive.

...What? I was eight...  ::)

In any case, give him the idea, see what he comes up with. A weapon, perhaps... ;D

Quote
We home educate, so he doesn't have a bunch of other kids telling him being booksmart is uncool.
Maybe he should have some of those... Will need a thick skin if there is to be hope for Asmolegacy in future generations  ;D
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: Tank on February 13, 2012, 08:51:50 AM
I took T to the Denver Museum of Nature and Science this afternoon.

This is an actual conversation from today, in the Dinosaur exhibit.

Me: Look!  There's a T Rex skeleton!  He's biting a Stegosaurus!
T:  Mooooooom.  That's not a T Rex!  That's an Allosaurus.
Me: How can you tell?
T:  He's got 3 claws (*makes a 3 clawed hand*.)  T Rex has 2 claws (*makes a 2 clawed hand*.)
A museum docent standing next to us: He's right, you know.

It's both a shameful and proud day when your 3 year old schools you in science.
(http://img338.imageshack.us/img338/3057/yipeesh7.gif)
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: The Magic Pudding on February 13, 2012, 09:17:49 AM
I used to quiz my youngest daughter when she was little with how many legs questions.
2 spiders, a grasshopper, 3 pelicans.
It got quite complicated at times.
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: Asmodean on February 13, 2012, 09:47:25 AM
I used to quiz my youngest daughter when she was little with how many legs questions.
2 spiders, a grasshopper, 3 pelicans.
It got quite complicated at times.
<2 legs.

First, the spiders eat the grasshopper. Then, the birds eat spiders. Then, the hungry birds turn on each other. One remains victorious.

<2 beause in the fight, it may well have lost one or both.
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: Amicale on February 14, 2012, 07:11:56 PM
At Tank's suggestion, I'm copying this over to here.  :D

My almost-4 year old daughter drew this for me, on the computer today. The 'A' is the first letter of her name, the 'M' is for Mama.  ;D

(http://i39.tinypic.com/33ka9w2.jpg)
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: Siz on February 14, 2012, 08:09:01 PM
At Tank's suggestion, I'm copying this over to here.  :D

My almost-4 year old daughter drew this for me, on the computer today. The 'A' is the first letter of her name, the 'M' is for Mama.  ;D

(http://i39.tinypic.com/33ka9w2.jpg)

Awww. Brilliant writing. Makes being a parent worthwhile!

We often get 'love notes' from my DD (4). It's always the nicest present when I get home from work.
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: DeterminedJuliet on February 15, 2012, 12:31:24 AM
heart...melting...
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: Ali on February 15, 2012, 01:22:17 AM
At Tank's suggestion, I'm copying this over to here.  :D

My almost-4 year old daughter drew this for me, on the computer today. The 'A' is the first letter of her name, the 'M' is for Mama.  ;D

(http://i39.tinypic.com/33ka9w2.jpg)

Oh my!  Best..Valentine...Evar.  *Love shooting out of my eyes at the computer*  Your daughter is so smart and so sweet.  Looks like somebody (*cough, cough, AMICALE, cough, cough*) is doing something right!
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: Amicale on February 15, 2012, 02:43:56 AM
  ;D Thanks peoples. She's my adorable little munchkin. We went to a 'Valentines Day tea' at the library today, they had cookies and juice for the kids, and she kept trying to give everyone another cookie.  :D
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: Willow on February 15, 2012, 04:55:01 PM
My five year old wants to be a scientist.  He talks about gravity and quantum physics and things at bedtime.  He says he's going to build a perpetual motion machine.  We home educate, so he doesn't have a bunch of other kids telling him being booksmart is uncool.
x
Willow.

Great stuff. Obviously a decent thinking brain being developed. Hope he fulfills his dreams!

I'm interested to know why you chose home schooling and how it works. Do you follow a curriculum? How often does he 'work'? What happens when he doesn't want to work? Is it a very structured routine?

I can't say I'd have the patience for it personally - I certainly admire the skill and professionalism of my kid's school teachers - and anyone who can make a success of home schooling.

It must be very liberating and satisfying.


We follow an autonomous path aka unschooling in the US.  So we have no curriculum and no "work".  We offer various leads, sometimes obviously sometimes subtley to encourage the children to think about some ideas.
Arrggh!  They're home!!!!!!!!!!! [flattened]
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: Siz on February 15, 2012, 05:35:19 PM
My five year old wants to be a scientist.  He talks about gravity and quantum physics and things at bedtime.  He says he's going to build a perpetual motion machine.  We home educate, so he doesn't have a bunch of other kids telling him being booksmart is uncool.
x
Willow.

Great stuff. Obviously a decent thinking brain being developed. Hope he fulfills his dreams!

I'm interested to know why you chose home schooling and how it works. Do you follow a curriculum? How often does he 'work'? What happens when he doesn't want to work? Is it a very structured routine?

I can't say I'd have the patience for it personally - I certainly admire the skill and professionalism of my kid's school teachers - and anyone who can make a success of home schooling.

It must be very liberating and satisfying.


We follow an autonomous path aka unschooling in the US.  So we have no curriculum and no "work".  We offer various leads, sometimes obviously sometimes subtley to encourage the children to think about some ideas.
Arrggh!  They're home!!!!!!!!!!! [flattened]

Never heard of 'unschooling' before so had to Google it. Sounds a bit like 'Motessouri at home'. Is that the gist of it? (Both my kids went to montessouri nursery until 4 yrs which we very much rated - particularly beneficial for boys).

How will you transition to more formal methods when (if) exams are required later in (teenage) life?

Feel free to tell more about your experiences, methods, outcomes, disbenefits and comparissons of your 'unschooling'.
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: Willow on February 15, 2012, 09:18:33 PM
My five year old wants to be a scientist.  He talks about gravity and quantum physics and things at bedtime.  He says he's going to build a perpetual motion machine.  We home educate, so he doesn't have a bunch of other kids telling him being booksmart is uncool.
x
Willow.

Great stuff. Obviously a decent thinking brain being developed. Hope he fulfills his dreams!

I'm interested to know why you chose home schooling and how it works. Do you follow a curriculum? How often does he 'work'? What happens when he doesn't want to work? Is it a very structured routine?

I can't say I'd have the patience for it personally - I certainly admire the skill and professionalism of my kid's school teachers - and anyone who can make a success of home schooling.

It must be very liberating and satisfying.


We follow an autonomous path aka unschooling in the US.  So we have no curriculum and no "work".  We offer various leads, sometimes obviously sometimes subtley to encourage the children to think about some ideas.
Arrggh!  They're home!!!!!!!!!!! [flattened]

Never heard of 'unschooling' before so had to Google it. Sounds a bit like 'Motessouri at home'. Is that the gist of it? (Both my kids went to montessouri nursery until 4 yrs which we very much rated - particularly beneficial for boys).

How will you transition to more formal methods when (if) exams are required later in (teenage) life?

Feel free to tell more about your experiences, methods, outcomes, disbenefits and comparissons of your 'unschooling'.

Montesorri style education and autonomous home ed are definitely compatible ideas.  My boys do a Montesorri morning once a week, even A who is five and a half.  His coordination is not great, and it seems to help him.  Montesorri herself was writing in late C19th Italy and the theory is complete fruitloopery, but the modern practice is very child friendly.

Once our children get to be teenagers, I'm sure they can weigh up the merits of qualifications for themselves, but currently, if they want to do exams and the like, then I would have to pay several hundred pounds per GCSE.  I'm quite willing to pay this, and there is a reasonable chance the legislation will have changed by then.

It is extremely time consuming and very full on.  Home ed itself is not very expensive, but the cost of having a parent available seven days a week is.  We share this, with my Mum taking the boys two days a week (thanks Mum x).

The main idea we use is if we teach them some basic research techniques such as how to borrow books from the library and type things into Google, then everything else will follow, which for Arthur, it most definitely is.  Our younger son is nearly four and is just learning to read.

A good example of how Arthur thinks is that, at the moment, he avoids washing his hands when he can get away with it.  So I have ordered some microbiology books that are just a little bit too old for him.  This will be much more effective than telling him you he really has to wash his hands or he risks getting sick.

But that's why I'm a proud parent, because he is so very academically minded.  However he's still five and it could all change.

Willow.
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: DeterminedJuliet on February 15, 2012, 10:35:45 PM
I find home-schooling really interesting. I think, if we were independently wealthy, my husband and I would really consider doing it.
It's pretty uncommon in Canada, though, so I don't know how much trouble it would be to attempt.
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: Amicale on February 17, 2012, 05:06:19 PM
I am posting in this thread for an entirely different reason than bragging on my kid. I'm posting in it because it's a parents pride thread, and well, the person I'm proud of is my mom.  ;D

Last night I was helping her organize some stuff, including a ton of books in her room, and I came across a very dusty bible. I cleaned the dust off, and said 'I found your bible'. She answered with 'Oh, put it in the give-away pile.' I was surprised, and said 'Oh? You're not planning on reading it?' and she said 'nope, not anymore!' I asked, half jokingly, 'what, not a Christian anymore?' and she literally made a face, said 'Ugh!' and shook her head no. I was even more surprised. And then she added....

'The Church is so full of bullshit, and the last time I flipped through that thing, it was full of bullshit too. Crap about hell and God wanting people murdered. I didn't know that junk was in there. Some holy book! Ugh. Get rid of it!'

And very happily, I did. I'm so, so proud of her for thinking stuff through. This is the woman who used to talk all the time about Jesus without ever reading the bible. I asked her to for several years. Finally, it looks like she did. Yay! ;D
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: Ali on February 17, 2012, 05:07:18 PM
Go Amicale's mom!   :D :D :D
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: Sandra Craft on February 17, 2012, 05:21:27 PM
I'm so, so proud of her for thinking stuff through. This is the woman who used to talk all the time about Jesus without ever reading the bible. I asked her to for several years. Finally, it looks like she did. Yay! ;D

And that's what so often happens when you do.  I say way to go to your mom too.
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: Tank on February 17, 2012, 05:27:48 PM
I am posting in this thread for an entirely different reason than bragging on my kid. I'm posting in it because it's a parents pride thread, and well, the person I'm proud of is my mom.  ;D

Last night I was helping her organize some stuff, including a ton of books in her room, and I came across a very dusty bible. I cleaned the dust off, and said 'I found your bible'. She answered with 'Oh, put it in the give-away pile.' I was surprised, and said 'Oh? You're not planning on reading it?' and she said 'nope, not anymore!' I asked, half jokingly, 'what, not a Christian anymore?' and she literally made a face, said 'Ugh!' and shook her head no. I was even more surprised. And then she added....

'The Church is so full of bullshit, and the last time I flipped through that thing, it was full of bullshit too. Crap about hell and God wanting people murdered. I didn't know that junk was in there. Some holy book! Ugh. Get rid of it!'

And very happily, I did. I'm so, so proud of her for thinking stuff through. This is the woman who used to talk all the time about Jesus without ever reading the bible. I asked her to for several years. Finally, it looks like she did. Yay! ;D

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Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: Guardian85 on February 17, 2012, 06:39:21 PM
Hat's of to your mother!
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: Magdalena on February 21, 2012, 09:10:54 PM
I'm proud of my boy always asking, "Why?" Specially to religious things you're not supposed to have an answer to, only "faith."  ???
The other day:
My 8 year old son was looking at the calendar and asked me what Ash Wednesday was.
I said, “It a day when firemen get together once a year and burn wood by the beach.”
He said, “Why?”
I said, “To celebrate fire.”
He said, “That’s a strange custom.”
Five minutes later he said, “So, can we go to the beach on Wednesday and watch the firemen burn wood?”
I said, “I was joking, it’s a religious custom where people go to church and a priest makes the sign of a cross on their foreheads with ash.”
He said (as always) “Why?”
I said, “I don’t know.” (I really don't)
He said, “That’s just as strange as firemen burning wood by the beach once a year to celebrate fire.”  :)
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: Tank on March 04, 2012, 02:01:03 PM
My son just phoned to say he'd just given a presentation on his PhD material. After he had finished the CEO of a company based in the US came over to him and asked if he wanted to work for them. He asked what the job was. The chap replied 'Anything you like.' And apparently he meant it.
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: Ali on March 04, 2012, 06:02:06 PM
My son just phoned to say he'd just given a presentation on his PhD material. After he had finished the CEO of a company based in the US came over to him and asked if he wanted to work for them. He asked what the job was. The chap replied 'Anything you like.' And apparently he meant it.

Wheeeeeeeee!  Send Baby Tank on over.  We need more smarties.  :D
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: DeterminedJuliet on March 04, 2012, 07:34:18 PM
My son just phoned to say he'd just given a presentation on his PhD material. After he had finished the CEO of a company based in the US came over to him and asked if he wanted to work for them. He asked what the job was. The chap replied 'Anything you like.' And apparently he meant it.

Nice!
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: Sandra Craft on March 04, 2012, 07:40:18 PM
My son just phoned to say he'd just given a presentation on his PhD material. After he had finished the CEO of a company based in the US came over to him and asked if he wanted to work for them. He asked what the job was. The chap replied 'Anything you like.' And apparently he meant it.

Wheeeeeeeee!  Send Baby Tank on over.  We need more smarties.  :D

I'll second that.
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: Tank on March 04, 2012, 07:42:55 PM
Well his girlfriend is American and lives in Los Angeles so there is every probability he'll end up in the US.
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: Sandra Craft on March 04, 2012, 10:59:35 PM
Well his girlfriend is American and lives in Los Angeles so there is every probability he'll end up in the US.

That's one heck of a long distance romance, but as incentives go for brain-draining England, it's a good one.
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: Tank on March 05, 2012, 08:33:42 AM
Well his girlfriend is American and lives in Los Angeles so there is every probability he'll end up in the US.

That's one heck of a long distance romance, but as incentives go for brain-draining England, it's a good one.
They met while he was doing his year at UC Berekley. She was born in the US to two Vietnamese parents who escaped the war during the 60s and met in the US. So she's 100% ethnic Vietnamese but as American as apple pie. She's doing a pharmacology degree which doesn't translate to a UK/European qualification/position so if they are to get the best from their education he has to go to the US as his knowledge is 100% transferable.
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: Asmodean on March 05, 2012, 11:21:43 AM
Leave the Old World for a woman..? I have heard worse reasons.
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: Sandra Craft on March 05, 2012, 03:25:00 PM
So she's 100% ethnic Vietnamese but as American as apple pie.

Yep, that's how we roll here.  Well, that's how a lot of Western nations roll these days but I like to think we helped start the trend, us and Australia.  In any case, don't really care how we get some more brains in this country as long as we get some.
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: Tank on March 05, 2012, 03:36:41 PM
So she's 100% ethnic Vietnamese but as American as apple pie.

Yep, that's how we roll here.  Well, that's how a lot of Western nations roll these days but I like to think we helped start the trend, us and Australia.  In any case, don't really care how we get some more brains in this country as long as we get some.

Did you know the UK has the highest proportion of mixed race marriages on Earth? I think that's a very good thing and I hope the rest of the world follows our lead.
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: DeterminedJuliet on March 05, 2012, 11:38:12 PM
Our little guy had to get some vaccines today and he was very brave. He didn't cry at all!
I was so proud. ;D
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: Crow on March 05, 2012, 11:52:31 PM
Did you know the UK has the highest proportion of mixed race marriages on Earth? I think that's a very good thing and I hope the rest of the world follows our lead.

Really!? If so that's super.
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: Tank on March 06, 2012, 11:07:15 AM
Did you know the UK has the highest proportion of mixed race marriages on Earth? I think that's a very good thing and I hope the rest of the world follows our lead.

Really!? If so that's super.
I believe so. I remember it be said by a pundit during an article on the British National Party (BNP, UK racist party)
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: Truthseeker on March 06, 2012, 12:52:45 PM
As I have mentioned before on this board, my children are the end-all-be-all of human existence to me.  Something happens to either of them just take me to the dump.  I'm done. 

My son commenced with his boy scout journey as a Tiger Cub (earliest one can join) at the age of six in 1996.  On April 25, 2011 at the age of 17 marked the coranation ceromony celebrating his Eagle rank.

My daughter at the age of sixteen is eligible for scholarships at several colleges. 

To say that I am proud of them falls extremely short of my true feelings.  Note: Sans those accomplishments I would be just as proud.   

Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: Buddy on March 06, 2012, 01:00:21 PM
As I have mentioned before on this board, my children are the end-all-be-all of human existence to me.  Something happens to either of them just take me to the dump.  I'm done.  

My son commenced with his boy scout journey as a Tiger Cub (earliest one can join) at the age of six in 1996.  Last April 25 at the age of 17 marked the coranation ceromony celebrating his Eagle rank.

My daughter at the age of sixteen is eligible for scholarships at several colleges. 

To say that I am proud of them falls extremely short of my true feelings.  Note: Sans those accomplishments I would be just as proud.   

Congrats! I don’t know anything about the scouts, but I’m assuming that is a great achievement.
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: Truthseeker on March 06, 2012, 01:01:26 PM
Tank,

What a delightful family you have my man.  So much for which to be thankful.  Jesus, it does go by in a flicker.  Does it not?
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: Truthseeker on March 06, 2012, 01:07:38 PM
Thanks Budhorse!!

I was going to go through and address each of the various posts in this thread, but alas I do have work to do.  So I will just say all of them are heartwarming.  The moments pictured here are the cheesecake of life.  And I sincerely appreciate each one that has been shared.  The science projects, the notes in 3 year old handwriting, its all fantastic.  I get off on this family shit.  Call me a skirt wearing little girl if you must.  But I dig it to no end.  
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: Tank on March 06, 2012, 01:36:16 PM
Tank,

What a delightful family you have my man.  So much for which to be thankful.  Jesus, it does go by in a flicker.  Does it not?
It does go by so fast!
These are my two daughters, with the younger of the two getting married.
(http://img823.imageshack.us/img823/8666/dsc0942i.jpg)

My son second from from the right.

(http://img20.imageshack.us/img20/6190/dsc0285oz.jpg)

And now I'm a granddad!

From this thread http://www.happyatheistforum.com/forum/index.php?topic=8279.0
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: Asmodean on March 06, 2012, 02:30:42 PM
pix
The girl to the right on the first pic is, quite obviously, in The Asmo lookalike-club  ;D
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: Sandra Craft on March 06, 2012, 02:58:10 PM
And now I'm a granddad!

Hooray!  Pictures will be coming?
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: Truthseeker on March 06, 2012, 04:38:30 PM
My boy just after completing his final requirement to acheive his Eagle rank:

(http://i600.photobucket.com/albums/tt90/asamanthinketh/DSCN6884.jpg)

My daughter:

(http://i600.photobucket.com/albums/tt90/asamanthinketh/SummerGraduation054.jpg)

Thank you for your indulgence. 
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: Siz on March 06, 2012, 06:03:54 PM
My daughter, 5 today, and her new toy...

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7204/6959449291_a074976680_z.jpg)
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: Tank on March 06, 2012, 06:52:29 PM
And now I'm a granddad!

Hooray!  Pictures will be coming?
He's over a year old now but here is an early one.

(http://img208.imageshack.us/img208/5600/dsc3757a.jpg)
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: Ali on March 06, 2012, 11:20:16 PM
Awwwwww!  You all have beautiful children and grandchildren.  Confirming what I already believed; atheists are hot, and thus have superior genes to pass on to the next generation.   :P
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: DeterminedJuliet on March 07, 2012, 12:14:28 AM
And now I'm a granddad!

Hooray!  Pictures will be coming?
He's over a year old now but here is an early one.

(http://img208.imageshack.us/img208/5600/dsc3757a.jpg)

I see a lot of you in him there!
Cutie! :)
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: Ali on March 07, 2012, 12:34:45 AM
And now I'm a granddad!

Hooray!  Pictures will be coming?
He's over a year old now but here is an early one.

(http://img208.imageshack.us/img208/5600/dsc3757a.jpg)

I see a lot of you in him there!
Cutie! :)

Definitely around the eyes and mouth.
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: Sandra Craft on March 07, 2012, 02:37:01 AM
He's over a year old now but here is an early one.


He looks like a rugby player.
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: Tank on March 07, 2012, 08:24:50 AM
He's over a year old now but here is an early one.


He looks like a rugby player.
He may well end up like one. His legs are like tree trunks, like his dad's. I've never seen a baby with thighs like it!
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: DeterminedJuliet on March 10, 2012, 03:01:56 PM
So, I'm sitting on the couch being lazy and my son is sitting next to me playing with one of his airplane toys. As I'm perusing through the forum, something catches his eye:

Son: *in baby speak* "Who's that?" *points*
Me: Oh, that's Old Git
Son: "Who's that?"*points*
Me: that's Tank!
Son: *pauses thoughtfully for a moment and continues to play next to me*

I'm starting him early, I am. Muahahaha!
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: Amicale on March 10, 2012, 05:36:52 PM
So, I'm sitting on the couch being lazy and my son is sitting next to me playing with one of his airplane toys. As I'm perusing through the forum, something catches his eye:

Son: *in baby speak* "Who's that?" *points*
Me: Oh, that's Old Git
Son: "Who's that?"*points*
Me: that's Tank!
Son: *pauses thoughtfully for a moment and continues to play next to me*

I'm starting him early, I am. Muahahaha!

 :D Awesome! I told Ali in a PM I think, that after she posted the picture of her little boy dressed up like a pirate, my daughter asked who it was, and I said 'that's my friend's little boy, T!" and she said "Is he a pirate??" and I said "yup!" and she asked "does he gots his own SHIP??" and I said "yup!" and she stared all wide eyed with wonder.  :D And then not long after, she was at her dad's place, and he called me and he was like, "So, who's her friend T?" and I had to think for a second... and then we realized that she'd turned T into her new imaginary friend, named "Pirate Boy".  :D

It's the gospel of HAF, folks. Start em young, they'll be hooked on the forum 9 or 10 years before they're legally able to use it.  ;D
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: Amicale on March 10, 2012, 05:38:20 PM
I meant to say this first -- I LOVE everyone's pictures! You have beautiful kids/grandkids!  ;D
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: Siz on March 18, 2012, 11:56:17 AM
So, Mothers Day here in the UK.

Under my guidance (blind leading the blind??)  J and M embarked on a culinary masterpiece of American pancakes, bananas, strawberries, raspberries, piped vanilla whipped cream, and chocolate sauce. ALL home made. It was a triumph of timings and skill and the result was a set of beautifully and artfully crafted pancakes (the one pictured was the last sorry-looking one left).

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7195/6992553815_2ae8f3dfeb.jpg)

THEN after stuffing our greedy little faces, and reviewing the cards I had helped them make the kids proceeded - without my asking - to clear the table, then invite Mummy for a sit-down where they gave her some flowers from the garden, put on some gentle music and gave her a gentle massage - all, apparently, planned in advance by them. Mummy was almost in tears by their devotion to her morning (me too).

They've been excited all week and little M nearly exploded with the need to tell mummy what they were planning. Sometimes we forget that our children have so much love for us. It breaks my heart when I think about how exasperated we get with them in everyday life. Love you Monkey and Mini. X

What pet names d'you have for yours?
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: DeterminedJuliet on March 18, 2012, 01:01:08 PM
Scissorlegs, that is so sweet!!
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: Truthseeker on March 18, 2012, 01:47:45 PM
Scissorlegs, that is so sweet!!

Ditto Scissor. The cheesecake of life
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: Asmodean on March 18, 2012, 04:44:06 PM
I'm starting him early, I am. Muahahaha!
They say you shouldn't introduce him to The Asmo until he gets permanent teeth. Asmos corrupt, they say... Eat babies too.

The Asmo, however, thinks starting early is a good idea.  :D
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: Amicale on March 18, 2012, 05:16:09 PM
Scissorlegs, that is so sweet!!

D'awwwww!  ;D That is utterly adorable! It's the mark of awesome parenting, by the way, when you see kids who are so warm, sweet and considerate. :)

Pet names for my kiddo include BooBoo (she's forever wanting to take a picnic basket to the park  :D ), Flygirl (it's based on her first name, after a famous aviator; she loves to pretend she's a plane, too, with her arms outstretched), and Munchkin (she's tiny).
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: Truthseeker on March 18, 2012, 05:27:05 PM
Pet names:

Huckleberry,  Sweet girl.
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: Siz on March 18, 2012, 09:02:23 PM
Scissorlegs, that is so sweet!!

D'awwwww!  ;D That is utterly adorable! It's the mark of awesome parenting, by the way, when you see kids who are so warm, sweet and considerate. :)

Pet names for my kiddo include BooBoo (she's forever wanting to take a picnic basket to the park  :D ), Flygirl (it's based on her first name, after a famous aviator; she loves to pretend she's a plane, too, with her arms outstretched), and Munchkin (she's tiny).

I agree! ;D (not that 'considerate' is an overused attribute by any stretch!)

I like Flygirl. That's a cool nickname.

Sometimes for M I use Mini Munchkin. Also MiniMoo, MaxiMoo, MiniMinus and Smiley-Miley. For J I use Monkey, Monk or MiniMonk

Amusingly, J has a nickname for my wife: Mumchba (usually pronounced munchbar). I dont get one  :-\
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: Ali on March 19, 2012, 01:02:29 AM
Awww Scissorlegs!  So sweet.

Amicale, I still love it that A has a Pirate Boy named T as an imaginary friend!

My pet names for T include Sweet Boy, T Bird, T Rex, and Tiberious (among many many others - we're big on nicknames in our family).
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: Amicale on March 19, 2012, 02:25:07 AM
Awww Scissorlegs!  So sweet.

Amicale, I still love it that A has a Pirate Boy named T as an imaginary friend!

My pet names for T include Sweet Boy, T Bird, T Rex, and Tiberious (among many many others - we're big on nicknames in our family).

 :D Today, she was playing make believe with 'T the Pirate Boy'. Did you know that pirates and aviators apparently team up to pilot a big huge flying pirate ship in the sky? I sure didn't! What an imagination!

And I love your nicknames for T! Yeah, other than the ones I mentioned, she's also called sweetie pie, honey, pumpkin, sweet girl and a few other names that sound like delightful dessert items. We're big on nicknames here, too! She calls my mom "G-ma", which she pronounces "Geema" like it sounds, because she never used to be able to say R sounds very well, as in "grandma"... so even though she can now, it just stuck! So, Geema it is.
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: Ali on March 19, 2012, 01:20:06 PM
Awww Scissorlegs!  So sweet.

Amicale, I still love it that A has a Pirate Boy named T as an imaginary friend!

My pet names for T include Sweet Boy, T Bird, T Rex, and Tiberious (among many many others - we're big on nicknames in our family).

 :D Today, she was playing make believe with 'T the Pirate Boy'. Did you know that pirates and aviators apparently team up to pilot a big huge flying pirate ship in the sky? I sure didn't! What an imagination!

And I love your nicknames for T! Yeah, other than the ones I mentioned, she's also called sweetie pie, honey, pumpkin, sweet girl and a few other names that sound like delightful dessert items. We're big on nicknames here, too! She calls my mom "G-ma", which she pronounces "Geema" like it sounds, because she never used to be able to say R sounds very well, as in "grandma"... so even though she can now, it just stuck! So, Geema it is.

That's awesome!  I was just thinking the other day that I should write down some of the stories T tells (usually involving Batman and a T Rex.)  You should do same for A.

Too funny about Geema.  My husband and his cousins actually call their grandma G-ma as well, so now T and some of the other young'uns in the second generation call her G-G-ma.  (great grandma).  My husband's family has a tradition of all of the "kids" (some of these kids are older than you  :P) making elaborate place cards for the whole family for Thanksgiving Dinner.  One year my husband made a sort of hip hop themed place card for their grandma and called her "O-Gma" and the "Gma" part just stuck.  Not quite as charming as A not being able to say her "r's".   ;D
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: DeterminedJuliet on March 20, 2012, 02:19:13 PM
Wee man has developed this habit of picking up things he knows he shouldn't have, loudly declaring "Uh-Oh!" and then promptly bringing them to me so I can put them away. It's super cute, but at the same time it's like "hey, kid. You know, you could just not touch the things you know you aren't supposed to have."

Cutie. 
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: Tank on March 20, 2012, 03:50:44 PM
Wee man has developed this habit of picking up things he knows he shouldn't have, loudly declaring "Uh-Oh!" and then promptly bringing them to me so I can put them away. It's super cute, but at the same time it's like "hey, kid. You know, you could just not touch the things you know you aren't supposed to have."

Cutie. 
Awww cute. Lennon is getting to understand things. He sits and stands when asked. I swear I am not training him like a dog!  ;D
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: Ali on March 20, 2012, 03:57:47 PM
Awww, too cute!

T continues to school me in science.  This morning he was watching PBS in my room while I was getting ready for work.  The lady on the TV asked "What do squirrels use for a blanket?

Dumbly, I said "Leaves?"  T says "Nooooooo.  Their tails!"  Then the lady on the TV said "Their tails!"  Wanh wanh wanh.....
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: Tank on March 20, 2012, 04:01:41 PM
Awww, too cute!

T continues to school me in science.  This morning he was watching PBS in my room while I was getting ready for work.  The lady on the TV asked "What do squirrels use for a blanket?

Dumbly, I said "Leaves?"  T says "Nooooooo.  Their tails!"  Then the lady on the TV said "Their tails!"  Wanh wanh wanh.....
That's one bright little sproutling you have there!
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: DeterminedJuliet on March 20, 2012, 04:20:05 PM
Wee man has developed this habit of picking up things he knows he shouldn't have, loudly declaring "Uh-Oh!" and then promptly bringing them to me so I can put them away. It's super cute, but at the same time it's like "hey, kid. You know, you could just not touch the things you know you aren't supposed to have."

Cutie. 
Awww cute. Lennon is getting to understand things. He sits and stands when asked. I swear I am not training him like a dog!  ;D

Haha, there's a quote from the show Scrubs that "having a baby is like having a dog that slowly learns to talk". It's kind of true.
I'm always amazed that he listens to us now. It's like they go through a phase where they don't understand/listen to ANYTHING, so you have to repeat ten million times "No, don't touch that. No, give that to Mommy. Please do this, please do that." and then, all of a sudden, they just get it! And, for the most part, he's a very good listener and just wants to make his mommy and daddy happy.

Watching them grow and develop really is incredible.
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: Tank on March 28, 2012, 09:34:19 PM
There is a TV programme on as I type this called 'One Born Every Minute'. It's recorded at St James hospital in Leeds where my daughter is a medical photographer. But she also does a load of promotional photography as well. In this weeks episode Myleene Klass 'opened' the new birthing pool and there's my daughter on the TV recording the event. And she's the only female photographer! Pride just doesn't cover it really  ;D
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: Amicale on March 28, 2012, 10:26:20 PM
There is a TV programme on as I type this called 'One Born Every Minute'. It's recorded at St James hospital in Leeds where my daughter is a medical photographer. But she also does a load of promotional photography as well. In this weeks episode Myleene Klass 'opened' the new birthing pool and there's my daughter on the TV recording the event. And she's the only female photographer! Pride just doesn't cover it really  ;D

Wow, awesome! Thay's very, very cool!  ;D
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: Tank on March 28, 2012, 10:28:36 PM
There is a TV programme on as I type this called 'One Born Every Minute'. It's recorded at St James hospital in Leeds where my daughter is a medical photographer. But she also does a load of promotional photography as well. In this weeks episode Myleene Klass 'opened' the new birthing pool and there's my daughter on the TV recording the event. And she's the only female photographer! Pride just doesn't cover it really  ;D

Wow, awesome! Thay's very, very cool!  ;D
;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: Ali on March 28, 2012, 10:35:56 PM
There is a TV programme on as I type this called 'One Born Every Minute'. It's recorded at St James hospital in Leeds where my daughter is a medical photographer. But she also does a load of promotional photography as well. In this weeks episode Myleene Klass 'opened' the new birthing pool and there's my daughter on the TV recording the event. And she's the only female photographer! Pride just doesn't cover it really  ;D

That's awesome Tank.  You must be fit to bust.  :D
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: Buddy on March 29, 2012, 01:54:20 AM
There is a TV programme on as I type this called 'One Born Every Minute'. It's recorded at St James hospital in Leeds where my daughter is a medical photographer. But she also does a load of promotional photography as well. In this weeks episode Myleene Klass 'opened' the new birthing pool and there's my daughter on the TV recording the event. And she's the only female photographer! Pride just doesn't cover it really  ;D

Woohoo!  ;D
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: Ali on March 29, 2012, 02:31:51 AM
T is sitting next to me playing his toy drum.  He keeps hitting his drumsticks together and yelling "1, 2, 3, 4" and then hitting the drums.  He's so freaking awesome.
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: Asmodean on March 29, 2012, 02:40:55 AM
T is sitting next to me playing his toy drum.  He keeps hitting his drumsticks together and yelling "1, 2, 3, 4" and then hitting the drums.  He's so freaking awesome.
Teach him this (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ObM-IqUH3G4). Simple enough drumming, and yet The Asmo approves.
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: Guardian85 on March 29, 2012, 10:17:15 AM
T is sitting next to me playing his toy drum.  He keeps hitting his drumsticks together and yelling "1, 2, 3, 4" and then hitting the drums.  He's so freaking awesome.

That's pretty much how I got started. Got an old drum from my grandfather, who conducted the local marching band. Drummed the whole house out of their minds. Then started learning how to play properly.
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: Truthseeker on March 29, 2012, 10:37:29 AM
There is a TV programme on as I type this called 'One Born Every Minute'. It's recorded at St James hospital in Leeds where my daughter is a medical photographer. But she also does a load of promotional photography as well. In this weeks episode Myleene Klass 'opened' the new birthing pool and there's my daughter on the TV recording the event. And she's the only female photographer! Pride just doesn't cover it really  ;D

Hell of a deal Tank. 
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: Ali on March 29, 2012, 02:26:37 PM
T is sitting next to me playing his toy drum.  He keeps hitting his drumsticks together and yelling "1, 2, 3, 4" and then hitting the drums.  He's so freaking awesome.

That's pretty much how I got started. Got an old drum from my grandfather, who conducted the local marching band. Drummed the whole house out of their minds. Then started learning how to play properly.

It's pretty much a certainty that T is going to grow up to play something.  My dad is a musician, and T loves going over to his house and playing guitar, drums, and the keyboard.  Music, Batman, and pirates are his passions so far.   :)
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: Siz on March 30, 2012, 08:38:45 AM
My sons Easter bonnet for the school parade : The Devil Bunny
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7232/6882740230_e9299fc88a.jpg)

My wife is not amused...
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: Tank on March 30, 2012, 09:11:42 AM
^^^ LOL!
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: Siz on April 03, 2012, 03:48:42 PM
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Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: Ali on April 03, 2012, 05:55:53 PM
Haha, love the devil bunny easter hat.  That's awesome.
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: Amicale on April 03, 2012, 06:06:50 PM
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 :D Back when I was a younger teenager, my dad looked me in the eye and said "please tell me you won't go boy crazy and start coming home at all hours of the night after dates with some silly boy, none of that feeling up and making out crap with them, or I'll take a shotgun to him." And I looked him in the eye right back and happily promised. It's a promise I've oddly had very little trouble keeping.  ;D
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: Siz on April 03, 2012, 08:02:49 PM
^ and how did he react the first time you brought a busty blonde home??  :D

Oh, crikey, I've got all that boyfriend (or gf) stuff to come. Any sage advice anyone? (girls with experience of possessive Dads (or well-measured Dads) welcome...).

My boy certainly seems to have an eye for the girls already. He can be some other Dads problem ::) [/sexist]
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: Tank on April 03, 2012, 08:12:41 PM
^ and how did he react the first time you brought a busty blonde home??  :D

Oh, crikey, I've got all that boyfriend (or gf) stuff to come. Any sage advice anyone? (girls with experience of possessive Dads (or well-measured Dads) welcome...).

My boy certainly seems to have an eye for the girls already. He can be some other Dads problem ::) [/sexist]
1) make sure you can talk about sex in a rational manner to your kids!
2) they WILL experiment!
3) they have significant pressures you will not have experienced e.g. phones, facebook and internet porn
4) remind your daughters that there are 2 types of boys. rude ones and polite ones, but both want to get in their knickers they're just using different tactics.
5) good luck!
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: DeterminedJuliet on April 03, 2012, 08:18:12 PM
4) remind your daughters that there are 2 types of boys. rude ones and polite ones, but both want to get in their knickers they're just using different tactics.
:D
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: Tank on April 03, 2012, 08:20:20 PM
4) remind your daughters that there are 2 types of boys. rude ones and polite ones, but both want to get in their knickers they're just using different tactics.
:D
I varied my tactics according to the girl  ;D
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: Ali on April 03, 2012, 08:22:49 PM
^ and how did he react the first time you brought a busty blonde home??  :D

Oh, crikey, I've got all that boyfriend (or gf) stuff to come. Any sage advice anyone? (girls with experience of possessive Dads (or well-measured Dads) welcome...).

My boy certainly seems to have an eye for the girls already. He can be some other Dads problem ::) [/sexist]

Please note that I'm not recommending that you actually do this, because it was mortifying.  But, as a dad of a daughter, you might appreciate this story.  At age 13, I had my first "boyfriend."  Being 13, we couldn't really do much, but we agreed (and got permission) to meet at the local movie theater to watch a movie one Saturday afternoon.  My dad, who is a 6'2.5 Mexican man with what my brother and I have affectionately called "Chronic Mad Face" (meaning, he always looks angry, even when he isn't) decided it would be funny to intimidate my new little 13 year old boyfriend (because that's the type of sense of humor he has.)  So, upon first meeting the boy, he grabs his hand, pulls him in close, narrows his eyes threateningly, and hisses in his ear "Call me Snake."  The boy almost died of fright.  I almost died of embarrassment.  My dad almost died laughing.  Good times.
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: Guardian85 on April 03, 2012, 08:32:10 PM
If I ever have a daughter I will make sure that the first time her boyfriends come over I am affectionately polishing my swords.  ;)
Yes. Swords. Plural.
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: Ali on April 03, 2012, 08:33:31 PM
If I ever have a daughter I will make sure that the first time her boyfriends come over I am affectionately polishing my swords.  ;)
Yes. Swords. Plural.

*Snort*

Be sure and tell them about how you were a sniper too...
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: Siz on April 03, 2012, 08:57:36 PM
3) they have significant pressures you will not have experienced e.g. phones, facebook and internet porn

That's an interesting point. I'm keen to explore the perception of Internet porn with the varying agegroups on the forum, particularly with respect to use by adolescents. I'll start a thread...

4) remind your daughters that there are 2 types of boys. rude ones and polite ones, but both want to get in their knickers they're just using different tactics.

I found brutal honesty worked well, with a twofold benefit - a) Girls apparently DO love bastards, b) I never had to worry about covering my tracks ;D
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: ibm on April 06, 2012, 04:12:54 AM
She's doing OK.

(http://img703.imageshack.us/img703/3605/img1951ko.jpg)

Our future cast member! She looks great.
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: ibm on April 06, 2012, 05:24:55 AM
If I ever have a daughter I will make sure that the first time her boyfriends come over I am affectionately polishing my swords.  ;)
Yes. Swords. Plural.

My sharp mouth made no difference to my daughter. The more I sharpened it the more grey hair I got.

I have two boys and one girl, all grownup. WHAT IS IT WITH GIRLS?!

“Daddy, I’m 18, I’ll be working in Greece this summer. Bye.”
6 weeks later: “High Daddy, I’m inside the Norwegian polar circle. I’ll be biking my way down Oslo … alone … with $100. Bye.”
4 weeks later: “High Dad, I’m in Auschwitz Poland, on my bike. Can we talk?”
Is it patience or dumbness from my part? I don’t know.

I think I’ll blame the “post-industrial blue-collar male-dominated job-extinction” of our time.
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: Asmodean on April 06, 2012, 07:58:06 AM
If I ever have a daughter I will make sure that the first time her boyfriends come over I am affectionately polishing my swords.  ;)
Yes. Swords. Plural.

*Snort*

Be sure and tell them about how you were a sniper too...
Meh... The Asmo knows that threats don't work unless you manage to convince the person being threatened that you are willing and able of carrying them out. I hardly know any people who can put on a convincing air of sudden violence.

So my advice for dealing with kids and whatever it is they sleep with? Simple. Give them condoms, turn around, stick fingers in ears and hum loudly.
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: Siz on April 06, 2012, 08:16:46 AM
If I ever have a daughter I will make sure that the first time her boyfriends come over I am affectionately polishing my swords.  ;)
Yes. Swords. Plural.

My sharp mouth made no difference to my daughter. The more I sharpened it the more grey hair I got.

I have two boys and one girl, all grownup. WHAT IS IT WITH GIRLS?!

“Daddy, I’m 18, I’ll be working in Greece this summer. Bye.”
6 weeks later: “High Daddy, I’m inside the Norwegian polar circle. I’ll be biking my way down Oslo … alone … with $100. Bye.”
4 weeks later: “High Dad, I’m in Auschwitz Poland, on my bike. Can we talk?”
Is it patience or dumbness from my part? I don’t know.

I think I’ll blame the “post-industrial blue-collar male-dominated job-extinction” of our time.

What you gonna do?! Sounds like a girl with adventure and drive. I like it. I'm guessing she made it to wherever it was she was going (metaphorically and physically)?

I'm sure that kinda think will scare the crap outa me, but we've just gotta suck it up and hope we've done our jobs well enough in the first place!
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: Siz on April 06, 2012, 09:01:52 AM
If I ever have a daughter I will make sure that the first time her boyfriends come over I am affectionately polishing my swords.  ;)
Yes. Swords. Plural.

*Snort*

Be sure and tell them about how you were a sniper too...
Meh... The Asmo knows that threats don't work unless you manage to convince the person being threatened that you are willing and able of carrying them out. I hardly know any people who can put on a convincing air of sudden violence.

So my advice for dealing with kids and whatever it is they sleep with? Simple. Give them condoms, turn around, stick fingers in ears and hum loudly.

That's nice, Grey one, but the whole point is we don't want them to have sex.

That's kinda like asking 'how can I stop my toddler playing with fireworks?', and the reply being 'give them a lighter and let them play with fireworks'. I don't want them having sex when not emotionally ready, or responsible enough to do it safely. And with a person hell-bent on doing it too early, its your duty to yourself to do whatever's in your power to stop it. We all know that kids think they know everything. It's our job to protect them from themselves.
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: Asmodean on April 06, 2012, 09:34:16 AM
As long as they are not screwing someone disgustingly old compared to their own age and are practicing safe sex, why would you want to stop them? Just because one person had sex for the first time at seventeen and regretted it bitterly does not mean that another person doing it at thirteen-fourteen will ever regret it.

From my personal experience, the sooner you start, the better you are in bed at the age when such skills do actually matter. Besides, for some people, sex is just... Sex.
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: Siz on April 06, 2012, 10:31:42 AM
As long as they are not screwing someone disgustingly old compared to their own age and are practicing safe sex, why would you want to stop them? Just because one person had sex for the first time at seventeen and regretted it bitterly does not mean that another person doing it at thirteen-fourteen will ever regret it.

From my personal experience, the sooner you start, the better you are in bed at the age when such skills do actually matter. Besides, for some people, sex is just... Sex.

No, no, no, no... no! Not for my children thank you. The POSSIBILITY of a happy outcome is not good enough odds for me. I will hold the reigns for as long as I can because I KNOW BETTER than an inexperienced child of 16. When I've held on for too long, they'll let me know.
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: Asmodean on April 06, 2012, 10:43:01 AM
No, no, no, no... no! Not for my children thank you. The POSSIBILITY of a happy outcome is not good enough odds for me. I will hold the reigns for as long as I can because I KNOW BETTER than an inexperienced child of 16. When I've held on for too long, they'll let me know.
LOL! At 16, they've likely been having sex for at least a year already. The best you can do is try not to be too controlling about it - you can hardly stop them, so teach them to be safe and get out of their way. Seriously.  ::)

'Sides, being good in bed when you get together with that someone you want to keep might be a nice bonus.
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: Siz on April 06, 2012, 11:18:54 AM
No, no, no, no... no! Not for my children thank you. The POSSIBILITY of a happy outcome is not good enough odds for me. I will hold the reigns for as long as I can because I KNOW BETTER than an inexperienced child of 16. When I've held on for too long, they'll let me know.
LOL! At 16, they've likely been having sex for at least a year already. The best you can do is try not to be too controlling about it - you can hardly stop them, so teach them to be safe and get out of their way. Seriously.  ::)

'Sides, being good in bed when you get together with that someone you want to keep might be a nice bonus.

The absence of a strong Father figure hastens physical maturity in girls - FACT. And the reciprocal is true. From my memory of school, it was the girls who had good, engaged Fathers (and strict, but reasonable parents generally) that were less likely to sleep with me(!). I'll go with my experience. I do not accept that we should not attempt to limit sexual activity in our children. Let alone encourage it. Being prepared is a sensible stance, but not before we have tried discouragement.
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: Asmodean on April 06, 2012, 11:35:35 AM
Being prepared is a sensible stance, but not before we have tried discouragement.
Why? Sex is fun, and it can be done very safely. Why limit it?
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: Tank on April 06, 2012, 01:29:12 PM
No, no, no, no... no! Not for my children thank you. The POSSIBILITY of a happy outcome is not good enough odds for me. I will hold the reigns for as long as I can because I KNOW BETTER than an inexperienced child of 16. When I've held on for too long, they'll let me know.
LOL! At 16, they've likely been having sex for at least a year already. The best you can do is try not to be too controlling about it - you can hardly stop them, so teach them to be safe and get out of their way. Seriously.  ::)

'Sides, being good in bed when you get together with that someone you want to keep might be a nice bonus.

The absence of a strong Father figure hastens physical maturity in girls - FACT. And the reciprocal is true. From my memory of school, it was the girls who had good, engaged Fathers (and strict, but reasonable parents generally) that were less likely to sleep with me(!). I'll go with my experience. I do not accept that we should not attempt to limit sexual activity in our children. Let alone encourage it. Being prepared is a sensible stance, but not before we have tried discouragement.
Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear, oh dear. The future holds many disappointments for you. I have two daughters. I could have told you from the age of 4 which was going to get in trouble and which one not. The one that won't take advice and only learns by experience is the one you need to worry about.
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: Ali on April 06, 2012, 02:11:31 PM
Oh Scissorlegs.   :)  Of course I don't have experience parenting a teenage girl, but I do have experience being a teenaged girl with a very engaged father.....I won't go on. 

I think my approach is going to be a mixture of your approach and Asmo's approach.  Talking to my son honestly about sex, and telling him that sex is great, but it's also risky in a lot of ways, not just physically, and I hope that he waits until he really feels ready and does it with people that he genuinely likes, but also if he is going to do it, use a condom; here they are. 
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: Amicale on April 06, 2012, 03:42:57 PM
Oh Scissorlegs.   :)  Of course I don't have experience parenting a teenage girl, but I do have experience being a teenaged girl with a very engaged father.....I won't go on. 

I think my approach is going to be a mixture of your approach and Asmo's approach.  Talking to my son honestly about sex, and telling him that sex is great, but it's also risky in a lot of ways, not just physically, and I hope that he waits until he really feels ready and does it with people that he genuinely likes, but also if he is going to do it, use a condom; here they are. 

I like your approach, Ali. That being said, if he has you, his mom, telling him sex is great and then handing him a box of condoms, he may very well pull the "OMG my mom just said sex was great! Ewwww! She just gave me condoms! Gaaaaah!" routine, and then be traumatized enough to put it off for another little while.  :D
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: Ali on April 06, 2012, 04:10:57 PM
Oh Scissorlegs.   :)  Of course I don't have experience parenting a teenage girl, but I do have experience being a teenaged girl with a very engaged father.....I won't go on. 

I think my approach is going to be a mixture of your approach and Asmo's approach.  Talking to my son honestly about sex, and telling him that sex is great, but it's also risky in a lot of ways, not just physically, and I hope that he waits until he really feels ready and does it with people that he genuinely likes, but also if he is going to do it, use a condom; here they are. 

I like your approach, Ali. That being said, if he has you, his mom, telling him sex is great and then handing him a box of condoms, he may very well pull the "OMG my mom just said sex was great! Ewwww! She just gave me condoms! Gaaaaah!" routine, and then be traumatized enough to put it off for another little while.  :D

LOL  That's a great point.  Maybe we should all be grossing our kids out so much that they don't even want to bother with it until they're married.   ;D
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: Asmodean on April 06, 2012, 04:18:58 PM
Maybe we should all be grossing our kids out so much that they don't even want to bother with it until they're married.   ;D
Maybe in stead of wasting time trying to keep kids from having sex, one should consider discouraging them from marriage.
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: Ali on April 06, 2012, 04:20:58 PM
Maybe we should all be grossing our kids out so much that they don't even want to bother with it until they're married.   ;D
Maybe in stead of wasting time trying to keep kids from having sex, one should consider discouraging them from marriage.

 :P :P :P  Maybe instead of discouraging kids from marriage, you should just bite me.  :P :P :P

(In case you couldn't tell, that was typed with a smile.)
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: Asmodean on April 06, 2012, 04:32:48 PM
:P :P :P  Maybe instead of discouraging kids from marriage, you should just bite me.  :P :P :P

 :P :P :P I sort of did.  :P :P :P
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: DeterminedJuliet on April 06, 2012, 05:15:27 PM
Maybe we should all be grossing our kids out so much that they don't even want to bother with it until they're married.   ;D
Maybe in stead of wasting time trying to keep kids from having sex, one should consider discouraging them from marriage.

Marriage seems to work for some people. I can't say that I'd want to push my son towards it or away from it.
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: Amicale on April 06, 2012, 05:28:37 PM
:P :P :P  Maybe instead of discouraging kids from marriage, you should just bite me.  :P :P :P

 :P :P :P I sort of did.  :P :P :P

Get a room, you two!  ;D All these tongues and this biting is just... just... rawr...
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: Ali on April 06, 2012, 05:40:30 PM
:P :P :P  Maybe instead of discouraging kids from marriage, you should just bite me.  :P :P :P

 :P :P :P I sort of did.  :P :P :P

Get a room, you two!  ;D All these tongues and this biting is just... just... rawr...

You have a very dirty mind.  I approve.  :D
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: Siz on April 06, 2012, 08:50:20 PM
No, no, no, no... no! Not for my children thank you. The POSSIBILITY of a happy outcome is not good enough odds for me. I will hold the reigns for as long as I can because I KNOW BETTER than an inexperienced child of 16. When I've held on for too long, they'll let me know.
LOL! At 16, they've likely been having sex for at least a year already. The best you can do is try not to be too controlling about it - you can hardly stop them, so teach them to be safe and get out of their way. Seriously.  ::)

'Sides, being good in bed when you get together with that someone you want to keep might be a nice bonus.

The absence of a strong Father figure hastens physical maturity in girls - FACT. And the reciprocal is true. From my memory of school, it was the girls who had good, engaged Fathers (and strict, but reasonable parents generally) that were less likely to sleep with me(!). I'll go with my experience. I do not accept that we should not attempt to limit sexual activity in our children. Let alone encourage it. Being prepared is a sensible stance, but not before we have tried discouragement.
Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear, oh dear. The future holds many disappointments for you. I have two daughters. I could have told you from the age of 4 which was going to get in trouble and which one not. The one that won't take advice and only learns by experience is the one you need to worry about.
Maybe. I've got big enough shoulders to own my mistakes. But did you give up on your willful daughter because she wasn't reading from your script?

I'm not sure what you all consider so naive or ridiculous about what I wrote. Please expand.
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: Tank on April 06, 2012, 09:11:04 PM
No, no, no, no... no! Not for my children thank you. The POSSIBILITY of a happy outcome is not good enough odds for me. I will hold the reigns for as long as I can because I KNOW BETTER than an inexperienced child of 16. When I've held on for too long, they'll let me know.
LOL! At 16, they've likely been having sex for at least a year already. The best you can do is try not to be too controlling about it - you can hardly stop them, so teach them to be safe and get out of their way. Seriously.  ::)

'Sides, being good in bed when you get together with that someone you want to keep might be a nice bonus.

The absence of a strong Father figure hastens physical maturity in girls - FACT. And the reciprocal is true. From my memory of school, it was the girls who had good, engaged Fathers (and strict, but reasonable parents generally) that were less likely to sleep with me(!). I'll go with my experience. I do not accept that we should not attempt to limit sexual activity in our children. Let alone encourage it. Being prepared is a sensible stance, but not before we have tried discouragement.
Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear, oh dear. The future holds many disappointments for you. I have two daughters. I could have told you from the age of 4 which was going to get in trouble and which one not. The one that won't take advice and only learns by experience is the one you need to worry about.
Maybe. I've got big enough shoulders to own my mistakes. But did you give up on your willful daughter because she wasn't reading from your script?

I'm not sure what you all consider so naive or ridiculous about what I wrote. Please expand.
LOL I didn't give up on my wilful daughter. But the sort of help/assistant/parenting she needed was just very different from my other daughter. I had to make sure I was standing by with the 'band aids' rather than the instruction manual. Also one needed to put her in situation that she could learn by engagement and above all felt she could come to her parents and tell one or other of us what was going on. No kid reads from a parents script, they are their own person and parents need to be flexible enough to guide their kids.

The bit I though slightly naive (and I was just like you) was the idea that you can control your kids. You may be able to control their physical environment for a few years but what are they going to do when you aren't there? I thoroughly enjoyed my kids growing up and investigating their individuality. Looking back they were always more mature than I gave them credit for.
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: Ali on April 06, 2012, 09:49:15 PM
No, no, no, no... no! Not for my children thank you. The POSSIBILITY of a happy outcome is not good enough odds for me. I will hold the reigns for as long as I can because I KNOW BETTER than an inexperienced child of 16. When I've held on for too long, they'll let me know.
LOL! At 16, they've likely been having sex for at least a year already. The best you can do is try not to be too controlling about it - you can hardly stop them, so teach them to be safe and get out of their way. Seriously.  ::)

'Sides, being good in bed when you get together with that someone you want to keep might be a nice bonus.

The absence of a strong Father figure hastens physical maturity in girls - FACT. And the reciprocal is true. From my memory of school, it was the girls who had good, engaged Fathers (and strict, but reasonable parents generally) that were less likely to sleep with me(!). I'll go with my experience. I do not accept that we should not attempt to limit sexual activity in our children. Let alone encourage it. Being prepared is a sensible stance, but not before we have tried discouragement.
Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear, oh dear. The future holds many disappointments for you. I have two daughters. I could have told you from the age of 4 which was going to get in trouble and which one not. The one that won't take advice and only learns by experience is the one you need to worry about.
Maybe. I've got big enough shoulders to own my mistakes. But did you give up on your willful daughter because she wasn't reading from your script?

I'm not sure what you all consider so naive or ridiculous about what I wrote. Please expand.

I agree with Tank.  I don't think that you will be able to stop your children from having sex if they are really set on the idea by the time that they are in their mid-teens.  And that's not at all a reflection of you as a father.  I'm sure you're a wonderful father; the fact that you are so engaged and proud of them makes it obvious.  But, the reality is that human beings reach sexual maturity in their teens, along with all of the urges and hormones and desires that go with that.  If saying "no, you shouldn't/mustn't, now is not a good time" was all that effective for anybody (including adults, let alone impulsive dramatic teenagers), we wouldn't have a need for birth control, we all just wouldn't have sex except for when it's "the right time."  You see that ever working?  Me either..

So the way I look at it is, what are the risks of teenage sex?  The way I see it, there are STDs, unwanted pregnancies, and broken hearts.  Hopefully arming our kids with condoms and knowledge will protect them kids from the unwanted pregnancies and STDs.

And as for the broken hearts, well, there really isn't any way to protect from that, is there?  And if there is, I don't really think it's a good thing.  I've had my heart good and broken 4 times in my life, once by a partner, once by a firend, and twice by loss, and each time was horrible and devastating, but I survived, and in retrospect I'm not sorry that I had those experiences or loved those people, even if it meant that I had to get my heart broken in the end.  It's like that scene in Little Nemo.  Nemo's dad says (about Nemo) "I promised him that I would never let anything happen to him!"  And Dorie says "That's a funny thing to promise.  If nothing ever happens to him, nothing will ever happen to him."
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: DeterminedJuliet on April 06, 2012, 10:27:56 PM
I'll also add my two cents to say that I have no interest in discouraging my son from sex as a teenager. And I'd feel the same way if I had a daughter. It's part of the human experience and, no matter what any adults does about it, most people lose their virginity in their teenage years.

But I'm generally a very "sex positive" person. I think a lot of our sex-negativity is a social hang-over from religion, personally.
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: Amicale on April 06, 2012, 10:38:52 PM
I'll also add my two cents to say that I have no interest in discouraging my son from sex as a teenager. And I'd feel the same way if I had a daughter. It's part of the human experience and, no matter what any adults does about it, most people lose their virginity in their teenage years.

But I'm generally a very "sex positive" person. I think a lot of our sex-negativity is a social hang-over from religion, personally.


I'm with you folks on this issue. I don't want to stop my daughter from living her life in general; I just want to teach her what she needs to know so that she's armed with good information and can make smart choices when she decides to do something. Whether it's teaching her about the dangers of drinking/driving, or texting/driving, or having safer sex... I want her to know what her options are. I also want her to know that one of those options is saying "NO" when she feels uncomfortable, doesn't feel ready, etc. It's AWESOME for parents to be sex positive and I believe I am (heck, I'm addicted to Dan Savage, lol) but I also want to be realistic.

Just because I won't stop her from having sex when she's 16 or 17 doesn't mean I want her to do it with someone for the wrong reasons, or just to get it over with. Her dad and I want to teach her to respect herself, and respect her friends (and later her partners), and to use the best judgment possible so she can make good decisions. But because we all screw up, she's also going to know that as long as either of her parents are alive on this planet, if she EVER needs a safe "out" and needs to bail and get picked up from a party, or a guy's house, she's got a ride out of there.

Eh, I'm rambling, I know. I want to protect her, but mostly I want her to feel loved and valued, and for her to make the sorts of decisions she will be proud of. I want her to respect herself, and others, and to learn as much as she can. And I know that all of you want that for your kids too... it's what makes us proud of our kids, knowing that they're growing into awesome people, one day at a time.
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: Siz on April 07, 2012, 12:28:27 AM
You're all right, of course. But I still don't like it! :-\
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: ibm on April 07, 2012, 02:27:00 AM
If I ever have a daughter I will make sure that the first time her boyfriends come over I am affectionately polishing my swords.  ;)
Yes. Swords. Plural.

My sharp mouth made no difference to my daughter. The more I sharpened it the more grey hair I got.

I have two boys and one girl, all grownup. WHAT IS IT WITH GIRLS?!

“Daddy, I’m 18, I’ll be working in Greece this summer. Bye.”
6 weeks later: “High Daddy, I’m inside the Norwegian polar circle. I’ll be biking my way down Oslo … alone … with $100. Bye.”
4 weeks later: “High Dad, I’m in Auschwitz Poland, on my bike. Can we talk?”
Is it patience or dumbness from my part? I don’t know.

I think I’ll blame the “post-industrial blue-collar male-dominated job-extinction” of our time.

What you gonna do?! Sounds like a girl with adventure and drive. I like it. I'm guessing she made it to wherever it was she was going (metaphorically and physically)?

I'm sure that kinda think will scare the crap outa me, but we've just gotta suck it up and hope we've done our jobs well enough in the first place!

It scared the crap out of me all right. It also scares the crap out of her boyfriends. Her average relationship is about three months, after that, they run like hell.
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: DeterminedJuliet on April 07, 2012, 02:28:50 AM
You're all right, of course. But I still don't like it! :-\

It's just because you care, and I always think that's a good thing. :)
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: Asmodean on April 07, 2012, 08:05:51 AM
You're all right, of course. But I still don't like it! :-\
Why..?
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: Siz on April 07, 2012, 08:16:30 AM
You're all right, of course. But I still don't like it! :-\

It's just because you care, and I always think that's a good thing. :)

Indeed. We can only do what we think is right. And I do recognise that a little care need be taken to discern what is best for the little person and what is best for me! It's an inner battle that rages constantly.

My boy and I are just getting ready to leave for our drive over to Kent to compete in the National Mountain bike championships (U9 category). I've done all I can do to prepare him. It's all up to him now... May His Noodly Appendage grace our wheels...
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: Siz on April 07, 2012, 08:19:59 AM
You're all right, of course. But I still don't like it! :-\
Why..?

Because I'm a human Father partially driven by emotion. Try it sometime... ;D
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: Tank on April 07, 2012, 08:50:28 AM
You're all right, of course. But I still don't like it! :-\

It's just because you care, and I always think that's a good thing. :)

Indeed. We can only do what we think is right. And I do recognise that a little care need be taken to discern what is best for the little person and what is best for me! It's an inner battle that rages constantly.

My boy and I are just getting ready to leave for our drive over to Kent to compete in the National Mountain bike championships (U9 category). I've done all I can do to prepare him. It's all up to him now... May His Noodly Appendage grace our wheels...
It's a very mixed time when they grow up. When we took my son down to London to go to college I was upset as I said goodbye. My wife and I went to have a cup of coffee before we set off back home. My wife is never prone to public displays of emotion. As I came back to the table with the coffees she burst out crying. She's never done that before or since for any reason. I'm not talking dribbley quiet tears I'm talking all out snotty sobbing. The whole café was wishing they were not there. It took her about 10 minutes to calm down. Needless to say I ended up joining in. What a pair we must have looked.
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: Tank on April 07, 2012, 08:58:25 AM
You're all right, of course. But I still don't like it! :-\
Why..?
Before we had kids we'd read the books, attended the classes and listened to the advice. NOTHING, absolutely NOTHING, we had read or heard in any way really prepared us for the reality of parenthood. Becoming a parent is a life changing experience beyond description. In my experience you have to be a parent, and all that that entails, to really understand what being a parent means. I can tell you how to ride a bike, 'Get on and peddle.', but the reality is quite different until you've learned how to do it, but the problem with parenthood is that by the time you've got the hang of it the kids have left home!
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: Asmodean on April 07, 2012, 09:46:50 AM
Because I'm a human Father partially driven by emotion. Try it sometime... ;D
Ah! That explains it. Asmos run on cigarettes. Filling them with emotions is kind of like putting petrol in a diesel car.
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: Siz on April 07, 2012, 11:27:27 AM
You're all right, of course. But I still don't like it! :-\

It's just because you care, and I always think that's a good thing. :)

Indeed. We can only do what we think is right. And I do recognise that a little care need be taken to discern what is best for the little person and what is best for me! It's an inner battle that rages constantly.

My boy and I are just getting ready to leave for our drive over to Kent to compete in the National Mountain bike championships (U9 category). I've done all I can do to prepare him. It's all up to him now... May His Noodly Appendage grace our wheels...
It's a very mixed time when they grow up. When we took my son down to London to go to college I was upset as I said goodbye. My wife and I went to have a cup of coffee before we set off back home. My wife is never prone to public displays of emotion. As I came back to the table with the coffees she burst out crying. She's never done that before or since for any reason. I'm not talking dribbley quiet tears I'm talking all out snotty sobbing. The whole café was wishing they were not there. It took her about 10 minutes to calm down. Needless to say I ended up joining in. What a pair we must have looked.

Cheers, Tank, you've got me going now...
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: Asmodean on April 07, 2012, 11:42:53 AM
May His Noodly Appendage grace our wheels...
Bah! Noodly Appendage!  >:(

The Great Deity of All Things Round, His Infernal Grayness Asmo the Terrible frowns upon such blasphemy.  >:(
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: Siz on April 07, 2012, 12:43:18 PM
My boy just came in 6th. Of the NATIONAL FUCKING CHAMPIONSHIPS.  WOOHOOOOO!
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: Amicale on April 07, 2012, 12:50:44 PM
My boy just came in 6th. Of the NATIONAL FUCKING CHAMPIONSHIPS.  WOOHOOOOO!

Oh, WOW!! Congrats to him!! Well done!  ;D
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: Guardian85 on April 07, 2012, 01:11:09 PM
My boy just came in 6th. Of the NATIONAL FUCKING CHAMPIONSHIPS.  WOOHOOOOO!

Damn! That's pretty good.

(There were more than 7 contenders, right?  ;D)
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: Tank on April 07, 2012, 01:15:44 PM
My boy just came in 6th. Of the NATIONAL FUCKING CHAMPIONSHIPS.  WOOHOOOOO!
And you call yourself a Nihilist! Shame on you ;D

Well done to Jnr!
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: Tank on April 07, 2012, 01:16:31 PM
My boy just came in 6th. Of the NATIONAL FUCKING CHAMPIONSHIPS.  WOOHOOOOO!

Damn! That's pretty good.

(There were more than 7 contenders, right?  ;D)
You evil shit you!!

Exactly the same thought crossed my mind  :D
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: Asmodean on April 07, 2012, 01:22:26 PM
My boy just came in 6th. Of the NATIONAL FUCKING CHAMPIONSHIPS.  WOOHOOOOO!
Yes. You see, would have been at least fourth if The Asmo was mentioned in stead of Spaghetti Monster.  >:(

Still, well done, that.  8)
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: Siz on April 07, 2012, 01:34:24 PM
My boy just came in 6th. Of the NATIONAL FUCKING CHAMPIONSHIPS.  WOOHOOOOO!

Damn! That's pretty good.

(There were more than 7 contenders, right?  ;D)
You evil shit you!!

Exactly the same thought crossed my mind  :D

23.
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: Tank on April 07, 2012, 01:36:22 PM
My boy just came in 6th. Of the NATIONAL FUCKING CHAMPIONSHIPS.  WOOHOOOOO!

Damn! That's pretty good.

(There were more than 7 contenders, right?  ;D)
You evil shit you!!

Exactly the same thought crossed my mind  :D

23.
And presumably 23 good riders as it was the national championships? Way to go Jr!
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: Siz on April 07, 2012, 02:36:52 PM
My boy just came in 6th. Of the NATIONAL FUCKING CHAMPIONSHIPS.  WOOHOOOOO!

Damn! That's pretty good.

(There were more than 7 contenders, right?  ;D)
You evil shit you!!

Exactly the same thought crossed my mind  :D

23.
And presumably 23 good riders as it was the national championships? Way to go Jr!

Well, that's the angle I'm gonna take...  :D
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: The Magic Pudding on April 07, 2012, 03:10:56 PM
My boy just came in 6th. Of the NATIONAL FUCKING CHAMPIONSHIPS.  WOOHOOOOO!

Congrats.
My daughter this week came in midfield in her attempt at nationals.
She doesn't like doing the swim leg in the pool but a shark was sighted, and a diver had recently been eaten (maybe not totally eaten but critically tasted) so it was the pool.  Surf lifesavers had just lost a fifteen year old to the water in their championships, a time for caution I suppose.

It sucks that those who train so long so hard for bike events lose because of a failed tube.
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: Ali on April 07, 2012, 03:14:15 PM
Congrats Scissorlegs, that's awesome!!!
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: Guardian85 on April 07, 2012, 03:32:05 PM
My boy just came in 6th. Of the NATIONAL FUCKING CHAMPIONSHIPS.  WOOHOOOOO!

Damn! That's pretty good.

(There were more than 7 contenders, right?  ;D)
You evil shit you!!

Exactly the same thought crossed my mind  :D

Why thank you for that very nice compliment!
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: Amicale on April 07, 2012, 03:57:53 PM
My boy just came in 6th. Of the NATIONAL FUCKING CHAMPIONSHIPS.  WOOHOOOOO!

Congrats.
My daughter this week came in midfield in her attempt at nationals.
She doesn't like doing the swim leg in the pool but a shark was sighted, and a diver had recently been eaten (maybe not totally eaten but critically tasted) so it was the pool.  Surf lifesavers had just lost a fifteen year old to the water in their championships, a time for caution I suppose.

It sucks that those who train so long so hard for bike events lose because of a failed tube.

I must just be in a giggly mood today (I'm living up to the user title Tank gave me!) but I TOTALLY think that needs to become a whole new phrase the news media adopts! "The man was not totally eaten by the bear, but he was in fact critically tasted."
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: Siz on April 07, 2012, 05:20:41 PM
My boy just came in 6th. Of the NATIONAL FUCKING CHAMPIONSHIPS.  WOOHOOOOO!

Congrats.
My daughter this week came in midfield in her attempt at nationals.
She doesn't like doing the swim leg in the pool but a shark was sighted, and a diver had recently been eaten (maybe not totally eaten but critically tasted) so it was the pool.  Surf lifesavers had just lost a fifteen year old to the water in their championships, a time for caution I suppose.

It sucks that those who train so long so hard for bike events lose because of a failed tube.

...and well done to 'le petit fours magie'

Well, any incentive to swim quicker is a bonus, right?!



Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: OldGit on April 07, 2012, 07:12:31 PM
Scissorlegs, congratulations to your lad for doing so well in the National fucking championship.  How did he get on in the bike race?
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: Siz on April 07, 2012, 07:32:46 PM
Scissorlegs, congratulations to your lad for doing so well in the National fucking championship.  How did he get on in the bike race?

Too knackered to compete. That's my boy! ;D

BTW, sorry I haven't offered my congratulations on your 1000 yet, I was waiting until I get to my work PC from which I can reengage Git-of-Siz avatar in honour. Anyway, Congrats for now!
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: McQ on April 21, 2012, 05:56:02 PM
A little pride showing through here.

One son coming back from a semester studying in Italy (Architecture major) tomorrow. Did really well.

Youngest son about to head off to college after high school this year. He is a pianist and has schools vying for his attendance. Two in particular have gone back and forth, each upping the scholarships and extras in order to get him to come to them. One had their Distinguished Artist in Residence call my son from Ireland to work on him too!

Finally! After four sons, I got one that schools are fighting over, rather than us begging to get in! Lol!
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: Tank on April 21, 2012, 05:59:55 PM
A little pride showing through here.

One son coming back from a semester studying in Italy (Architecture major) tomorrow. Did really well.

Youngest son about to head off to college after high school this year. He is a pianist and has schools vying for his attendance. Two in particular have gone back and forth, each upping the scholarships and extras in order to get him to come to them. One had their Distinguished Artist in Residence call my son from Ireland to work on him too!

Finally! After four sons, I got one that schools are fighting over, rather than us begging to get in! Lol!
Congratulations!

I know only too well the variability of offspring!  :D
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: Amicale on April 21, 2012, 08:30:19 PM
A little pride showing through here.

One son coming back from a semester studying in Italy (Architecture major) tomorrow. Did really well.

Youngest son about to head off to college after high school this year. He is a pianist and has schools vying for his attendance. Two in particular have gone back and forth, each upping the scholarships and extras in order to get him to come to them. One had their Distinguished Artist in Residence call my son from Ireland to work on him too!

Finally! After four sons, I got one that schools are fighting over, rather than us begging to get in! Lol!

Congratulations! That's wonderful!  ;D

I certainly would understand if you didn't want to share anything publically, but I'm very fond of the piano, and if there were any recording online of him playing, I'd love to hear it sometime.
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: Asmodean on April 21, 2012, 08:37:30 PM
The Asmo's ancient Small One escaped his cage, went all the way to the stairs, down, across the kitchen, up to the open window, out of that and into the shed where he was reacquired while sorting through the flower seeds.  :)

And The Asmo, he is proud of his old, barely walking-capable Small One and his epic conquest.
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: Amicale on April 21, 2012, 08:41:03 PM
The Asmo's ancient Small One escaped his cage, went all the way to the stairs, down, across the kitchen, up to the open window, out of that and into the shed where he was reacquired while sorting through the flower seeds.  :)

And The Asmo, he is proud of his old, barely walking-capable Small One and his epic conquest.

Awww, yay, good for the Small One! He indeed had an epic adventure! I do hope you let him enjoy his victory with a few seeds before reacquiring him.  :D
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: Asmodean on April 21, 2012, 08:43:59 PM
Oh, it took some time before the absense of Small One was noticed. He did get to do some digging and munhing and being self-satisfied.
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: OldGit on April 23, 2012, 02:48:07 PM
Ah, that's encouraging.
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: Siz on May 27, 2012, 08:19:54 PM
My boy achieved his 10th Gup belt in his Tang Soo Do Karate this weekend and my daughter finally learned to use her bicycle brakes on our local hill. A good weekend!  :)
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: Ali on May 28, 2012, 12:23:42 AM
^^ Awesome Siz! 
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: DeterminedJuliet on June 07, 2012, 07:57:02 PM
Our little boy is two today. I can't believe it *sniff* *sniff*. I saw a very pregnant lady at the grocery store yesterday and I almost cried/hugged her. It goes by so fast.
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: Buddy on June 07, 2012, 08:09:11 PM
Our little boy is two today. I can't believe it *sniff* *sniff*. I saw a very pregnant lady at the grocery store yesterday and I almost cried/hugged her. It goes by so fast.

Aww. Wish him a happy birthday from all of us.  ;D
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: Siz on June 07, 2012, 08:39:19 PM
Our little boy is two today. I can't believe it *sniff* *sniff*. I saw a very pregnant lady at the grocery store yesterday and I almost cried/hugged her. It goes by so fast.

Awww, congrats DeterminedJunior  8)

(http://t0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQDq6sbyEjlGrusulV5BC2wNfKbkg4KQIJm_83-MIHf-arB1A5V)

Have a fab day!
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: Ali on June 07, 2012, 11:25:00 PM
Awwww, Happy Birthday, Wee Man! ;D
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: OldGit on June 08, 2012, 09:39:25 AM
Happy Birthday, little chap!

At two, I expect he'll have some idea of what's going on.

Quote
It goes by so fast.

It certainly does.  My standard advice to new parents is "Don't blink or you'll miss it".
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: Tank on June 08, 2012, 10:44:49 AM
Happy new orbit day!!!
May there be many, many more!!!
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: Ali on June 09, 2012, 06:18:53 PM
The birthday boy on his new bike. It's hysterical; it's one of those bikes where you back pedal to brake. He keeps accidentally braking and it's like he and the whole bike kind of pop upwards every time. Cracks me up.

(http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f131/aasaliman/9971b5e7.jpg)
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: Siz on June 09, 2012, 11:38:44 PM
Yay, the gift of independent travel - the best present a parent can give.  ;)



Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: OldGit on June 10, 2012, 10:03:23 AM
Looks like he's having fun!
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: Ali on June 28, 2012, 05:32:41 PM
Finally got around to cleaning out a bag that was sent home from T's preschool at the end of the school year (like a month ago!  I'm a slacker.  And the bag was in an easily forgotten corner.)  Anyway, along with his blanket and extra set of clothes, they sent home an envelope of art projects and what not that he had done over the year.  Two pages really struck me.  In both cases, they asked him to draw himself, and wrote down his comments as he explained them.

Jan 2012 (3 1/2)
(http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f131/aasaliman/110f92c4.jpg)

May 2012 (almost 4)
(http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f131/aasaliman/99029df8.jpg)

What a difference 5 months makes in a kid's development, huh?
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: OldGit on June 29, 2012, 09:39:28 AM
They develop so fast at this age.
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: Stevil on June 29, 2012, 09:51:10 AM
I liked the first picture better, its got a rocket slingshot. I've always wanted one of those, am soooo jealous right now.
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: En_Route on June 29, 2012, 12:04:43 PM
I liked the first picture better, its got a rocket slingshot. I've always wanted one of those, am soooo jealous right now.

Yes, I also preferred his impressionistic period.
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: Siz on July 22, 2012, 05:42:25 PM
Best new-starter 2012
My boy! I was in tears
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7262/7622991024_7c6ab0e5e7_z.jpg)

Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: Ali on July 22, 2012, 06:21:03 PM
That's awesome!  Congrats to Mini-Siz!  I loooove the look on his face in that picture.  

ETA: It's nice to see that someone can pull off spandex pants....
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: OldGit on July 22, 2012, 06:25:14 PM
No, he's too young to be pulling his pants off in public.
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: Siz on July 22, 2012, 07:43:50 PM
That's awesome!  Congrats to Mini-Siz!  I loooove the look on his face in that picture.  

ETA: It's nice to see that someone can pull off spandex pants....

I dunno. He's shaping up to have Scissorlegs like mine. And they're not something to be wrapped in tight lycra lightly.  :D
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: Asmodean on July 25, 2012, 06:10:40 AM
No, he's too young to be pulling his pants off in public.
One is never too young for pulling off one's own pants (Well, except the pre-human stage babies with no manner of fine motor skills at all) One does, however, seem to out-grow having oneself publicly depantsed by someone else sometime in late teenage years.
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: OldGit on July 25, 2012, 09:38:14 AM
Guess what my little grand-monkey has learned to do now:

(http://i647.photobucket.com/albums/uu198/RamblingSyd/Tree.jpg)
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: Siz on July 25, 2012, 12:28:27 PM
Monkey indeed!

Granddad skills required to build tree-house methinks...
Hope y'all have a Huckleberry good summer together!

Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: Asmodean on July 26, 2012, 06:42:25 AM
The weird thing about kids though is that they sort of tend to learn to climb trees before learning to fall out of them properly.  ???
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: The Magic Pudding on July 26, 2012, 07:00:52 AM
The weird thing about kids though is that they sort of tend to learn to climb trees before learning to fall out of them properly.  ???

What do you suggest, catapult to the higher branches so they get can get some advanced falling experience?
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: Asmodean on July 26, 2012, 07:25:53 AM
The weird thing about kids though is that they sort of tend to learn to climb trees before learning to fall out of them properly.  ???

What do you suggest, catapult to the higher branches so they get can get some advanced falling experience?
Why... Yes, actually.  :D
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: OldGit on July 26, 2012, 09:27:10 AM
^ Heh, heh.  At the moment it's 'Grandpa help me up' and 'Grandpa get me down.'
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: Guardian85 on July 26, 2012, 04:03:04 PM
The weird thing about kids though is that they sort of tend to learn to climb trees before learning to fall out of them properly.  ???
Or how to climb down.
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: Ali on July 26, 2012, 05:34:24 PM
Awwwwwwww.  He looks like a little Elf in that tree.  <3
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: OldGit on July 26, 2012, 07:17:46 PM
He does, doesn't he - the little ratbag. ;)

(http://i647.photobucket.com/albums/uu198/RamblingSyd/B-Tree-2.jpg)
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: Tank on July 26, 2012, 07:59:46 PM
He's a very good looking lad.
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: Ali on July 26, 2012, 08:50:04 PM
What is he, about 4 and a half or 5?  He looks a little bit larger than T.  :)  Anyway, he's a doll.
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: Asmodean on July 27, 2012, 08:45:49 AM
Git jr. jr. is quite fortunate to have a Git sr. sr. to help him in and out of trees... He may even survive until he learns the proper tumbling down techniques with no broken bones.
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: OldGit on July 27, 2012, 09:36:46 AM
Quote from: AlI
What is he, about 4 and a half or 5?  He looks a little bit larger than T.  :)  Anyway, he's a doll.

Good guess, Ali - he'll be 5 next month.

Quote from: The Grey One
Git jr. jr. is quite fortunate to have a Git sr. sr. to help him in and out of trees... He may even survive until he learns the proper tumbling down techniques with no broken bones.

Maybe. ;)
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: Asmodean on July 27, 2012, 02:08:59 PM
Maybe. ;)
Oh, if the kid is to have any sort of active life, bones will be broken. Just as long as they are not the nose... That could make a guy look like Gérard Depardieu
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: Amicale on July 30, 2012, 03:36:27 PM
Maybe. ;)
Oh, if the kid is to have any sort of active life, bones will be broken. Just as long as they are not the nose... That could make a guy look like Gérard Depardieu

Eh, I dunno. When I was a little kid, I ran around and climbed everything, slid down firepoles, did gymnastic jumps and stuff (not that I was good at it). I've always had a talent for being clumsy, too. I didn't manage to break any bones, however. My kiddo will probably make up for that, she's already deliberately flung herself off the trampoline this summer (and onto the grass) "just to see if it would be soft" when she landed. Turns out, it wasn't.  :P
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: Asmodean on July 31, 2012, 06:10:17 PM
Yeah well... Some casts here and there are good for them in the long run. Strengthen the bones so when they are teenagers, they can take a harder whacking from some jealous whatever, the cops or just some asshole who wants their beer.
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: OldGit on July 31, 2012, 06:21:42 PM
You have to let them take some risks; most survive.  Without a proper upbringing, they turn into yukky people like Liberal Democrats.  ;)
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: Asmodean on August 01, 2012, 07:13:24 AM
Worse. They turn into easy to get to sensitive types.
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: OldGit on August 01, 2012, 09:22:11 AM
Much the same thing.  I want Cap'n B to be a real man who eats his kittens raw.  ;)
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: Siz on August 10, 2012, 11:20:46 AM
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8429/7751993018_88d4928b3c_z.jpg)


It's OK, I've given him the lecture about winning at all costs. He won't make the same mistake again :D
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: Asmodean on August 10, 2012, 12:00:52 PM
It's OK, I've given him the lecture about winning at all costs. He won't make the same mistake again :D
Good! Gold is worth more than some random nobody's gratitude.

Much the same thing.  I want Cap'n B to be a real man who eats his kittens raw.  ;)
Yes, hairy balls and all that. That's good and proper, that is.
Title: Re: Parents pride thread
Post by: Ali on August 10, 2012, 02:00:04 PM
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8429/7751993018_88d4928b3c_z.jpg)


It's OK, I've given him the lecture about winning at all costs. He won't make the same mistake again :D

Awwwwwwww!  I'm proud of him too!  What a good-hearted little guy to stop racing and help a fallen classmate.  You guys are doing something right.  :)