We started doing puzzles together as a family. It’s actually a lot of fun and gets everyone talking about a variety of subjects. The highlight though is that our 4-year-old says, “You nailed it!” every time we string together a bunch of pieces. “You’re really nailing that monster, Dad!” “Way to nail that cat, Mom.”
One of the great responsibilities of being a parent is helping with language development. Occasionally, a little poetic license is acceptable. Thanks to my wife, the front stoop (or steps) to the house will forever be known as ‘The Juicy’ by our 4-year-old. “Dad, do you want to go eat our ice pops on The Juicy?” That sounds delightful.
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If I were to choose a spirit animal, it would likely be the flamingo. They’re pretty cool to look at. They generally live in warm, tropical climates. Spend most of their time chatting it up with their buddies. And they get to eat shrimp all day. Who wouldn’t want that?
Hands-down, one of the greatest road trip games of all time is Slug Bug (or as it’s called in some parts of the world, Punch Buggy). While traveling, if you were the first to see a Volkswagen Beetle on the road you yelled, “Slug Bug” while punching whomever was sitting next to you, like an unsuspecting brother or sister. It was one of the only parent-sanctioned forms of sibling fighting. “Mom, Ryan hit me!” “Well, he did say Slug Bug.”
Scoring from the goalie position in foosball has to be the equivalent of scoring a real goal, on a bicycle kick, in the World Cup. It always takes a second to actually process the accomplishment but it is nothing short of remarkable. We need to celebrate these little victories more often…even if you are just competing against your 5-year-old.
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There is something about the ever-present fear of a balloon animal bursting during its creation that makes the end result so rewarding. A wiener dog that is hand-crafted from rubber and air is amazing in and of itself, but teetering on the edge of a 4-year-old’s meltdown while standing at the mercy of some carnival clown is 100% adrenaline.
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