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Adorable Cartoons Help Explain Rosetta, Philae, and Comet 67P to My Future Astronaut

Adorable Cartoons Help Explain Rosetta, Philae, and Comet 67P to My Future Astronaut

I may have mentioned on here once or twice about that my 6 year-old Tucker has, for some time now, had his sights set on a future career as an astronaut. The dream lives on, and so I was really excited to be able to share with him yesterday in the excitement over the successful landing of the Philae lander on the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko.

Part of the reason Tucker was excited about this mission is because the ESA (European Space Agency) created a fantastic animated series about it, that we have watched together a few times.

I don’t know why it just occurred to me to share this here, but if you have a kid who is curious what all the excitement is about, give these a watch together. You just might learn something too. 🙂

Part 1: Fabulous Fables and Tales of Tails

 

Part 2: Once Upon a Time…

 

Part 3: Are We There Yet?

 

Part 4: Preparing for Comet Landing

Now that Philae has landed on the surface, hopefully they put together some adorable animation about that too soon. If they do, I’ll be sure to add it here!

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Why Are My Kids Fighting NOW?

Why Are My Kids Fighting NOW?

Sometimes the things that my boys end up fighting about are astounding.

“He told me to put in PANTS!”

“He’s not SAVORING his cookie!”

“He keeps singing ALONG with me!”

“He said I’m NOT a NINJA!”

“He ALWAYS gets to hold the Costco receipt!”

“But I wanted to finish lunch FIRST!”

And of course

“HE HIT ME BACK!”

What crazy things do your kids fight about most?

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Conversations with Little People: Prayers

Conversations with Little People: Prayers

Bedtime prayers are something we do every night around here, and it was certainly pretty special when the boys both started saying them on their own. We encourage them to not just say something by rote, but to actually think about what they are thankful for, or what they want to talk to Jesus about.

Of course, sometimes this backfires…

Coltrane: “Dear Jesus, t’ank you for dwagons, and tha’ we can have a dwagon in our house, and dwagons, dwagons, dwagons rrrrrrrrrooooooooooooaaaaaaaaaarrrrrr! Jesus’ name, aye… dwagon! I mean amen. Dwagon.”
Tucker: “Dear Jesus, please please pleeeeease don’t let Coltrane have any dragons. Amen.”
Coltrane: “HEY!”
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A Parent’s Prayer

A Parent’s Prayer

God grant me the serenity to accept the poops I have to change…
(like, right now, in the middle of the parking lot)
The courage to risk a major blow-out in those I cannot change until I get home…
And the wisdom to know the difference.

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My son asked me to make Valentine’s Day cards, and what happened next will BLOW YOUR MIND! We made it printable, free.

My son asked me to make Valentine’s Day cards, and what happened next will BLOW YOUR MIND! We made it printable, free.

It turned out pretty cute, if I do say so myself.

So cute that I thought — what the heck, let’s share it with parents who could use it too.

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Conversations with Little People: Ring Finger

Conversations with Little People: Ring Finger

The worst part is I’m not sure if it was totally innocent choice of finger, or if he actually meant to give me the finger.

Not that he knows what it means, but I think he may have picked up that it means something that makes Mama and Dada look at one another wide-eyed and then talk in code…

Tucker: Dada! Dada! I’m Green Lantern!
Me: But where is your power ring? You can’t be a Green Lantern without a power ring!
Tucker [giving “the finger”, pixelated]: Here’s my power ring.
Me: Touché.
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Conversations with Little People: Manners

Conversations with Little People: Manners

Tucker: “Here you go, Coltrane, you can have half of my cookie!”
Dada: “Wow, that was really nice of you to share like that. I’m so proud of you, Tucker.

Dada: “Now, Coltrane, what do you say when someone shares with you?”
Coltrane: “T’ank ‘ou.”
Tucker: “My pleasure.”

Coltrane: “No, my pleasure.”
Tucker: “MY pleasure!”
Coltrane: “NO! MY PLEASURE!”
Tucker: “MINE!”
Coltrane: “NOOO! MINE!”
Tucker: “NOOO! IT’S MINE!”
Coltrane: “NO! MY! PLEA! SURE!
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Conversations with Little People: Commercials

Conversations with Little People: Commercials

Poor kid. Now I want to take him to Chuck E. Cheese just to make up for the Geico Gecko not being real…

“Look, Dada! I heard that restaurant is really fun! There is pizza… and games to play…”
“Yeah? Where did you hear that?”
“It was in a commercial!”
“Oh. Listen, Tucker, here’s the thing about commercials… they–”
“I already know commercials aren’t real, Dada. Geckos don’t talk and drive cars either.”
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Conversations with Little People: Savoring

Conversations with Little People: Savoring

It’s amazing how selectively a preschooler will remember something you’ve tried to teach him when it comes to enforcing rules on his younger sibling. 🙂

“Dada! Dada! Come quick! Coltrane is making a BAD CHOICE!”
“Oh, man, what’s he doing NOW?”
“He’s not SAVORING his cookie!”
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Conversations with Little People: Potty Mouth

Conversations with Little People: Potty Mouth

Happy that Coltrane is talking enough now that he’s starting to contribute to these things. Even if I do have to wash his mouth out with soap now.

“Assholes! Assholes!”
“Oh no. No no no no. Where did he learn that!? He’s only two!”
“Assholes! Assholes!”
“Anna is going to KILL ME.”
“Assholes! Assholes!”
“What do I do? WHAT DO I–”
“We all fall down!” *THUMP!*
“Oh. Well, carry on then.”
“Hehehe. Okay Dada.”
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Conversations with Little People: Toddler Tech Support

Conversations with Little People: Toddler Tech Support

How do you know you’re a modern day parent? When your 4-year-old already knows these things.

“Dada, I think the internet is down.”
“How do you know that?”
“I can’t get Netflix to work.”
“Well… okay. I’ll go up to the office and take a look to see what’s wrong.”
“Just unplug it, wait a minute, and then plug it in again!”
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Conversations with Little People: The Dream

Conversations with Little People: The Dream

My son, the dreamer.

“Dada, I had a really great dream last night.”
“Oh? What was it about?”
“I was on a playdate with Jesus. We went to my cousins’ house, and watched their turtle. Then it was time for lunch, and we had cheesy quesadillas! Only, there was only one quesadilla for everyone, so Jesus used his powers to make one hundred quesadillas!”
“Wow, Tuck, that’s a really great dream.”
“I know, that’s what I told you already.”
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Conversations with Little People: Tea Party

Conversations with Little People: Tea Party

Me: How’s your tea, Tucker? I put lots of honey in it, just like you asked.
Tucker: MMMMMMM! It’s SO GOOD, Dada! It tastes like BEE VOMIT!

This is what I get for teaching my son where his food comes from.

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The Five Stages of Missing My Kids

The Five Stages of Missing My Kids

As much as I enjoyed being in Houston for Dad 2.0, before I headed there and the entire time I was away I had one particularly ongoing thought: I have never been apart from my kids for this long. My in-laws picked the boys up on Wednesday afternoon. My flight didn’t get home until very late Sunday night. That felt like an eternity to be apart from the two people I spend the most time with each and every day.

Somehow, I got through it, but not without experiencing a Kübler-Ross-esque “Five Stages of Missing My Kids.”

Denial”Oh, it will be fine. I know I have never been apart from them for this long, but it’s not like we’ll actually be out of communication, right? I mean, it’s 2013. I’ll call to say hi a couple of times each day, and I’m sure we can get on Skype every night.”

Anger

“What do you mean they’re already in bed? I’ve been waiting all day to talk to them!”

Bargaining

“If you nap really good for Mama, yes, I will bring you back a special treat.”

Depression

“My children are going to forget me.”

Acceptance

“I could get used to this ‘sleeping in’ thing!”

How do you deal with it, when you are away from your kids?

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The Most Important Question About the Dad 2.0 Summit

The Most Important Question About the Dad 2.0 Summit

Have I mentioned that I’ll be at the Dad 2.0 Summit in Houston, Texas in a couple of days? I totally will! I’m going as a representative for the National At-Home Dad Network, and I couldn’t be more thrilled. I’m really looking forward to getting to meet and hob-nob with a chorus-line of my favorite dad bloggers from around the interwebs, not to mention people from various brands who want to “discuss the changing voice and perception of modern fatherhood.”

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When Does My Toddler Tell Me That He Has to Go Potty?

When Does My Toddler Tell Me That He Has to Go Potty?

Is there any element of raising young children more frustrating than potty training?

If there is, I have yet to meet it.

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Love and Joy Come to You!

Love and Joy Come to You!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from my family to yours!

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What Do My Toddlers Want for Lunch?

What Do My Toddlers Want for Lunch?

For a long time I’ve considered both of my boys to be, all things considered, “good eaters.” Battles over food are fairly few, and they’ve both been willing to try (and sometimes end up liking a lot) many different, sometimes surprising foods.

That said… they are still toddlers. And given the choice, what they want to eat seems to be the same thing every toddler wants: something other than what I’ve made.

I imagine even the most adventurous toddler’s meal selection would look something like this.

Does this look familiar? What sorts of foods are the “go to” requests for your kids?

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If My Toddler Was: An Auto Mechanic

If My Toddler Was: An Auto Mechanic

We got a flat tire this past weekend, and had to kill some time at the tire repair shop as they worked on trying to fix it. Ultimately, they decided it was not repairable, and had to install a new tire.

Tucker wondered why that was, since the way to fix it seemed to clear to him: “Have the garbage can spray it with water, and then put some pants on it.”

Why didn’t I think of that?

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If a Dad Can…

If a Dad Can…

What other sorts of parenting responsibilities do you find that dads are ridiculously not expected to be able to handle?

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