April 2008 - Posts

We've Been Traveling - Jacksonville
Tuesday, April 29, 2008 11:02 AM

We needed to get away and find something fun to do with the kids, so we decided to try Jacksonville earlier this month. Their zoo is really neat and we saw far more animals than we expected to find. I'll admit that it is not easy to watch them knowing that they are in captivity, but hey, they are well fed and they sure didn't seem to mind. At least, most of them.

I think that being able to get away for a weekend and view living things that do absolutely nothing except eat and sleep (and then go do the same yourself) says it all.  It was also one of the few things we have been able to do with the kids and not get bombarded with complaints. It was hot, it took all day, but they really enjoyed it. So that one is staying on our list of places to go back to.

I'll fill you in on our recent trip to Orlando next time...
 

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WHO IN THE WORLD CREATED DORA THE EXPLORER?
Tuesday, April 22, 2008 1:38 PM

 

I am not sure how you can tell what children will like and what they won’t when you create a children's show, but this Dora is a hit! My child has not watched Dora on TV in almost a year, and yet she loves anything with Dora on it. The bedspread, lunch box, any doll, shoes, etc. I think that it’s great there is a choice other than the Disney Princesses, Hello Kitty or Strawberry Shortcake, but this little girl says the same stuff every episode and if I have to “say backpack, say backpack”  one more time, I think I will scream!

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Veterinarian
Friday, April 11, 2008 3:34 PM

My 8 year old daughter was telling me about a game she was playing with her cousin. They were taking care of their stuffed animals and decided that when they grow up, they don't want to be "vegetarians" because they don't want to see all of those hurt animals.

I laughed and told her that if she decides that she doesn't like meat, she can cut it out of her diet altogether and become a "veteranarian", just eat a lot more fruits and vegetables.

Don't worry. She is very smart and caught on to the joke. But wasn't that just a classic funny moment?
 

 

 

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Why Are Some Nursery Rhymes So Violent? Part 2
Wednesday, April 9, 2008 3:50 PM

I was going to post another nursery rhyme to make my point, but I think you've caught on! Humpty Dumpty, Jack and Jill, Ring around the Rosy. I think I will have my children start to author some sweet rhymes that are safe for children to grow up with. Maybe if Peter Pumpkin Eater let his wife live outside of a pumpkin, more marriages would be successful (not really, but you get the idea).

We also need to come up with some different compositions for the songs. With all of the variations of music available, do you really have to sing "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star" and the alphabet to the same tune? Believe me, children are capable of learning various different tunes, so it's not like that would overwhelm them. Just a thought...
 

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Why Are Some Nursery Rhymes So Violent? Part 1
Tuesday, April 8, 2008 2:53 PM

 No, really! When you cradle a baby at night and want to sing a sweet song, nursery rhymes usually come to mind. But which one do you sing? I found myself laughing at the words to these "dear" little children's songs...

Part I

Rock A Bye Baby

Rock A Bye Baby
On the tree top
When the wind blows
The cradle will rock
(now here is the scary part)
When the bough breaks
The cradle will fall
And down will come baby, cradle and all

...Isn't that awful? Did the baby make it? Why put the cradle in a tree anyway? Who was crazy enough to go way up there and rock the baby? Now a days, that would be what we call child endangerment. I'm surprised Child Protective Services doesn't have that song banned.

 


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Another Spring Break...gone
Monday, April 7, 2008 5:51 PM

Spring Break is over for the children in our area. Where did the time go? Now it's back to early morning grumpiness and "slow feet" when it comes to getting ready. It really ends up being a break for parents too--no homework questions and no worrying about remembering backpacks and important notes.

Soon, they will be out of school for the entire summer and we get to start planning for it. I really like the "teacher's" work schedule--wouldn't work for my job, but that summer break must be nice!

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Are you smarter than a Fifth Grader?
Tuesday, April 1, 2008 5:18 PM

 Apparently not. I have watched the show with my 3rd grader and played the board game and have found that although I like to tell my children that mommy and daddy are smarter when it comes to these things ("these" is a very broad term, I know), apparently we aren't.

 When put on the spot, there is a lot you just don't know that even a 5th grader would! I knew who wrote the Declaration of Independence, until I was given multiple choices, and then, all of a sudden, it becomes a blur! What was the 50th state that completed the USA?

I think I need to go back for a few history refresher courses. Either that, or get back to watching Jeopardy every night. Maybe parents slightly lose a little bit of their sharpness (or should I say, their MIND) as time goes by. (I think I'll do a survey on that! )

 

 

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