How Cursive is Better than Cursing!


There are times when I feel that my wife and I are the cool kids in town and that everyone else either sucks or do not understand us or our children.  I mean, come on… tax, science… Who wouldn’t want to hang out with us to discuss those thrilling topics?!?

Then I think about our kids, and how they will view us when they are older and know better, or how others view them and their quirks and oddities… I hope others will find their quirkiness playful and fun, and now strange or odd.  Then again, I hope my kids are comfortable enough in their own skin to not care what others think.

So where is this going?

Ah, yes…

How we’re so cool.  lol.

Well, we had 2 great families over for Shabbat dinner Friday night and after eating, drinking, laughing and talking, we moved from the kitchen over to the family room to continue with the great conversation, while the kids practiced their cursive writing.

Yes.

The kids practiced their cursive writing… On their own.  For fun… Together… 6 of the 7 children present.

cursivebook

I know!

What got the cursive kick started in our household is the fact that cursive writing is part of the grade 3 curriculum in Ontario, so with Stewie in Grade 3, it only made sense that he would be eager to practice every waking moment, right?  Well not only does he practice his cursive writing, but he also created a cursive writing book for his (just turned 5-year-old) little sister.  This book has the letters in the same way he learned them, however, he also added some fun cursive-games which are completely age appropriate.

More so, having looked through this book, I can say that it is quite amazing what this little girl has managed to produce and if she keeps it up, her Senior kindergarten teachers will be quite impressed.

So now imagine, 6 adults driving coffee and chatting about life, love, liberty and the pursuit of happiness while my son leads the other children through the cursive Olympics…

That’s cool, no?

It’s certainly better than cursing.  :)

How I Know I Have Embraced Being The Father To A Daughter: Leggings are NOT pants!!!


Leggings are NOT pants!

No pictures necessary.

No discussion needed.

Girls, women, transgendered people, even men… Leggings ARE NOT PANTS!!!

If you put leggings on and your shirt does not cover your bum, go home and change.  Please.

Whew.

Got that out.  I’ve been holding that in since the summer.  It really came to light when buying clothes for my daughter this past summer and still is a concern for me, and parents alike, I’m sure.

With the boys, it was pretty each to buy the same boring clothes for them; blue, brown, some black, some green.  When the girl arrived, I thought we would be smacked in the face with a whole new array of colour choices and options.   Sure, there are colours, but what is the deal with the choice of girls clothing available in some of these clothing stores???  low cut neck-lines, short shorts, and crop-style tops.  There is NO way I was going to let my daughter leave the house in a crop-top style shirt with short shorts, or worse, leggings.

So as her tastes evolved and we were able to agree on styles of clothing she knows that leggings are not pants, and that no one wants to see, or needs to see her bum during the day.

As this post tossed around inside my head, I thought that all I would need to do is post “Leggings are not pants” and that there is an understanding that this is true, but the more I thought about it, the more I could not help but understand the longer-term issues surrounded by leggings, especially in young, impressionable children…

“What if I’m not skinny enough to wear them?”  Does that come followed by, “I just won’t eat today.”  Or is there a group ganging up mentality from the girls who do wear them against the girls who don’t?  How about the girls who do not, cannot or choose not to wear them picking on a girl who wears them and shows too much…

Don’t think for a second that parents who dress their kids up in leggings don’t make a comment about their “ass”, and in the wrong child, at the wrong time of their life, could have long-lasting effect on their self-esteem.

UGH.

I’m all for leading a healthy life-style (well, my kids more than me right now) and being in the best shape possible, but that shape is physical, mental and emotional.  To place too much emphasis on one over the others can have dangerous consequences later in life.

So I call on you, parents, to please make sure that the next time your child leaves the house – if they have to wear leggings – that they have a shirt on to cover up.  Then give them a hug and tell them they are smart, kind, friendly and beautiful.

Here is a flowchart to help them (and you, if needed) understand this concept further.

AM-I-WEARING-PANTS

Editors Note: Apparently The Urban Daddy is not  so original is there are Facebook, Tumblr and Pinterest pages dedicated to this exact line of thinking…  The Brooklyn Momma hit the nail on the head in her post, here.  The flowchart is from her site.

(Happily) Sponsored Post: Dove Men + Care Pro-Moisture Shave Cream


I’m not much of a fan of the sponsored post concept for a couple of reasons, the most obvious one being that I find it difficult to put my name behind a product that I have not used, or do not use without making it feel like I’m just copying a press release.  The other reason is because, generally it’s a lot of work trying to organize my thoughts to make the post sound like you need to run out and grab this product right away, if that is the intent of the post.

But when the kind folks behind the Dove Men + Care product line came to my rescue a couple of years ago, I told them I would be happy to speak about their products at any time… Just because.

What happened was – caution personal information following – I got a red rash in my armpits after a ball-hockey game a couple of years ago, and being a dad with work, household expectations and putting my well-being last, I waited a couple of weeks (okay months) before going to the doctor for the antibiotic cream.

What came out of that appointment was a promise made to my doctor to stop using that great smelling antiperspirant with all the chemicals which was inflaming the rash, and to find and start using a natural deodorant so I could heal and not smell.  (YAY!).

So the Dove Men + Care deodorant became my go-to choice for all those great reasons and it’s still my brand of choice.  It’s great and the smells are subtle and don’t make me smell like I’m going to a rave at night or that I drank some cologne and it’s now seeping out of my skin.

Then came a couple more Dove products to try, in the face-care area, which always concerns me because I’ve had eczema since I was 14-years-old, so whatever I use on my face has to be mild but get that oily glow off of my face so it looks like I’m clean.

Then a couple of months ago, Dove Men + Care reached out to me regarding a brand new line of shaving creams.  I was absolutely interested since the regular cheap foams have a ton of terrible products in it, and being that I’m meeting clients daily, I have to shave at least once every couple of days.

Then this came in the mail for me;IMG_1829

 

It contained a cool old-school razor, plus a couple of tubes of this funky shaving cream that was the consistency of tooth-paste.  I was a bit nervous at first to try it, but once I bit the bullet, I was hooked.  It’s been great for my sensitive skin, and it’s in a shower-friendly tub, so that was great as well.  I’ve tried both the Sensitive and the Hydrate formula’s and they are equally as effective.

The added bonus, I have discovered is that because it comes in what they call a “low-foaming cream” I actually have to rub it into my face which means my stubble is that much softer and as we all know, a smooth shave means less pulling out of hair and thus less nasty rashes and ingrown facial hairs..

So I am writing this post as a consumer who has bought these products and who has used them and continues to use them.  I recommend you give them a try!

Find everything you could want and more right here; http://www.dovemencare.com/

 

Hey, it’s WTF Friday!


It’s finally Friday!  Yay.  A long week which saw me pick up a nasty bug from either one of my kids or from a client then a 4:15am bedtime followed by a 2:30am bedtime the following night.  I was, of course, in the kitchen by 6:45am both mornings – as always if I’m not running (or I’d be up at 5:30am) to get the kids breakfasts and lunches ready.

I feel like today my brain turned back on, and I had a little jump back in my step (and was keeping all my food down!)

But enough about me…

It’s WTF Friday!  That means I get to talk to about shit on my mind in this NSFW post, like;

1) If NASA can put a fucking camera on a comet, and the damn thing Tweets, why do I spend so much time and get so frustrated having to unwind my headset each and every time I try to use it!  Maybe Apple should task NASA with finding a solution.

2) Is it considered “getting help” if I take the advice of the fortune in a fortune cookie?  I want to write those!  It would be fun.  Instead of cryptic texts with random “lucky” numbers, mine would be encouraging, positive and shaming at the same time.

“If you clean your room you might get screen time.”

“Your parents really do know what’s best for you.”

“Stop annoying your brother / sister.  One day they’ll be bigger than you and kick your ass.”

“If you see brown on the floor.  Pick it up, but smell it first.  That chocolate chip might be poo.”

3) Anyone else notice that the idiot drivers who are regularly driving 20km/h under the speed limit never stop at stop signs.  Why break only one traffic violation when you can break them all.

4) Is it too much to expect the elected officials in this city to turn on their brains – think outside the box and see that the city needs more dedicated left-turn and right-turn / bus lanes.  So when a new development wants to build 10 stories on a corner and the official plan allows for 6 stories instead of giving in the planners need to start conceding height but making the developer cut back the size of the property to allow for the road to be made wider, and then they get to go higher.  City wins, developer wins, residents win.

5) Speaking of developments… Anyone here in Toronto try driving on Eglinton Avenue anywhere where the LRT / subway is being “constructed”?  If so, I feel bad for you.  It’s been an absolute nightmare getting out to Eglinton near Allen Road because the exits to Eglinton are blocked / closed / one way, and with all the cars getting off of Eglinton and using the side streets, it makes for an interesting 5 or 6 more years.  GAG.

6) Did I mention that my coffee maker died?  The lights were on but nobody was home.  Turns out the heating fuse burned out.  Not bad after 10-years and for $19.99 from Canadian Tire.  But this crushed me!  I really wanted a Keurig or a Tassimo but I promised my wife I would win one, or be given one because she knows that the second I get one it’ll be all coffee, all the time!  In the interim, I’ve been using my French press and borrowed one from my sister.

7)  The day after my coffee maker died, my all-in-one desktop computer started smoking and died.  I’ve been a little gun-shy since.

So there is my bitching for the end of a Friday.

Toronto Blue Jays Ship Anthony Gose To The Detroit Tigers For Their No.1 Prospect


Just heard that the Toronto Blue Jays have traded speedy defensive centre-fielder Anthony Gose to the Detroit Tigers in exchange for the Tigers top ranked second base prospect, Devon Travis.

Travis, 23-years-old, spent last season in double-A ball with the Erie Seawolves where he hit .298 with 20 doubles, seven triples, 10 home runs and 52 RBI.  He also swiped 16 bases.

Travis was selected by Detroit in the 13th round of the 2012 first year player draft. In his three minor league seasons, he has a career average of .323 with 92 extra base hits in 257 games with 139 RBI, 41 stolen bases and an OPS of .876.

Gose, for those of you familiar with the Jays, has been up and down between the Jays and the triple A squad in Buffalo.  At just 24-years-old, Gose has established himself as an excellent defensive centre fielder, with a ton of speed, however unable to hit MLB pitching, with a .226 battering average, a .311 on-base percentage and only appearing in 94 games with the Blue Jays last season.

Pretty sure Travis is in line to be the every day 2B and the moving of Gose frees up CF for Pillar and eventually Dalton Pompey.