Posted by J L on June 10, 2013
Posted in Life • Opinion • Parenting | Tagged With: grass, kids, opportunity, parents, yard |
Every once in a while I get really busy. Normally, I do my own yard work but this week I am just too busy to do so. That’s why I wanted to find a kid from the neighborhood to cut my grass. Despite my best efforts I was unsuccessful.
When I was young, I would have been looking forward to such an opportunity. I am saddened that there are seemingly no kids around here that want the same chance. This is the type of thing that makes me worry about the work ethic of our country. If we are not willing to work for our income, how are we supposed to compete with the rest of the world? We cannot all just sit around and expect to be able to live like kings if we have not made any effort to better ourselves.
To be honest, I blame the parents. Every time I turn around I see the parents are doing something that the kids are perfectly capable of doing themselves. I see parents vacuuming their carpets while their perfectly strong teenagers sit on the sofa nearby just texting their friends or playing games on their phones. Seems to me that parents are more interested in being their kids friends then they are in being a parent. Parents need to teach the kids how to do the work, and get them to chip in and help. Doing it all themselves is not fair to anyone.
Posted by J L on April 17, 2013
Posted in Business • Friends and Family • Parenting • Shopping | Tagged With: kids, science
Sometimes I have to wonder what in the world the kids are up to with their science projects. I’ve learned over the years to not interfere – they aren’t little kids anymore, but when they ask me where they can find a local company that performs tube bending services I have a really hard time not asking a million questions! I swear if they weren’t such upstanding kids, I’d wonder if they were up to mischief!
Posted by J L on April 3, 2013
Posted in Life • Parenting • Pets | Tagged With: Easter eggs, kids, weather
Easter eggs (free clip art)
We had some fun hiding Easter Eggs in the back yard for the neighborhood kids to hunt for. The dogs thought we were crazy. I could not believe how much work is involved stuffing little candies into plastic eggs. Hiding them was fun, tho, and watching the kids collecting them was even more fun. I’m glad the weather was nice so we could all enjoy Easter this year.
My wife was telling me that she is feeling a little bit sad that our children have grown too old for the traditions of coloring hard boiled eggs and having an Easter Egg hunt. She used to go to great lengths to hide the eggs around the house and the yard, and she would also hid the children’s Easter Gift Baskets for them to find. She was careful to make sure that all of the baskets were identical so that nobody felt that their basket was inferior to anyone else’s baskets. She was always so careful about that, wanting to treat all of the kids completely fairly.
There were times when I would ask her if she was perhaps doing a disservice to our kids, making sure that they were always treated “fairly” here at home. After all, the kids need to learn that life is not fair. Shouldn’t they learn that here at home? Her answer was always that home was supposed to be the place where the family can get away from all of the wrongs and unfairness and ugliness of the outside world, and she was going to be sure that the kids knew that life was not fair, but she sure as heck was not going to favor one kid over the other just to teach them that life isn’t fair. I think she has a good point, don’t you?
Posted by J L on February 17, 2012
Posted in Friends and Family • Home and garden • Life • Opinion • Parenting • Pets | Tagged With: dogs, kids, kitchen
Whenever Troy comes over with his dog Munchkin, the first thing I do is grab the pet gates from the mud room and install them in the two kitchen doorways to keep the dog from running loose throughout the house. I used to let Munchkin just run loose throughout the house but a while back he had decided to use the bed in the guest room as his toilet and my wife was clearly very unhappy about that.
I can remember when our kids were young we had used baby gates to keep the kids out of trouble, but they are good for keeping friend’s dogs out of trouble too. My favorite kind of gate is the kind that is pressure mounted but is a “walk-thru” gate that actually has a gate within the gate that you can open and walk through it. They are a little bit tricky to install, but once you have it installed correctly the convenience of being able to walk through it is well worth the extra effort.