Let’s hear it for dad!

In honor of father’s day, I gave my husband an assignment asked my husband to answer a few questions about being a dad. I borrowed a few of these questions from Apartment Therapy’s Modern Dad series.

1.  A thing my kids do that cracks me up:

I love it when my daughter does something silly—usually physical like waving her arms in the air or dancing around—and it cracks my son up.  He starts laughing and then my girl starts laughing and before we know it everyone is laughing and hamming it up trying to extract more giggles from the Boy.

2. My favorite toy from childhood:

My favorite toy would have to be my teddy bear.  It’s one of those things that was just always there.  It was my friend and I took him everywhere.  The bear had a smell to it that was just “its” smell.  I can remember it very vividly.  Unfortunately, I gave the bear to a girlfriend in my early teens that offered to put new stuffing in him and sew up some tears.  By that point he was smooshed and almost flat with matted fur and scratched up eyes.  Unfortunately, I never saw my teddy bear again.

3.  My favorite children’s book:

I was really into the Indian In The Cupboard books.  For those who aren’t familiar with the story: a boy receives a small cupboard.  For one reason or another ends up locking a small Native American toy in it.  By some sort of magic, the toy comes to life.  Eventually there’s a cowboy, a World War I soldier, and a wartime nurse.  They were the first series of books that really drew me in and kept my attention.  They are probably also responsible for my obsession with fantasy and sci-fi type stuff.

4.  My favorite dad accessory:

My favorite accessory would have to be my smoker.  I can use it to produce awesome food and lots of it for my family and friends.  The Girl gets to help me prepare the food and the smoker and the Boy gets to go outside and enjoy the fresh (albeit deliciously smoked) air.

5.  A parenting trick that works for me and not for my wife:

When the Boy is crying and upset, I can usually just pick him up and take him on a walk around the house to calm him down.  If that doesn’t completely do it, I will take him to the bedroom and throw him onto the bed from a “scary” distance.

6.  A question I hope my kids never ask me:

I hope my kids never ask me to bail them out of jail.  I don’t want to raise teenagers.  Maybe that will change, but I get the feeling that no one wants to raise teenagers. . . .

7.  A song I’ll be really bummed if my kids don’t end up loving: 

I don’t know if I could pick just one song.  When I was younger, I went through Michael Jackson and Prince phases.  The girl has shown no interest.  While the Boy is happy to listen to anything we turn on (so long as we dance and sing), the Girl doesn’t like much that isn’t pop music.  I’ve always hoped that once she’s older she’ll get into other types of music.  READ: music that I like. . . .

8.  My favorite way to spend a few hours with my kids:

For a while last fall, the kids and I would go downtown and walk.  Typically it was planned as exercise, but it was nice to be out with the crowds.  The Girl loves walking around and looking at shops and the Boy just loves being outside and flirting with strangers.

9.  My parenting superpower:

My parenting super-power is my ability to fix the Girl’s computer/iPod/iPad issues with a single reboot.

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