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Trusting my 9yo to shower and clean herself--by herself

It's 6:41 a.m. Just had my older daughter take her first before-school shower. She's 9, so it hasn't been that long since she graduated from baths, and as such she's not that learned or thorough in self-cleaning. But, she's definitely good enough, and where she needs to be.

So I get the water going for her, a nice warm temp, got the shower head adjusted so you get those warm, thicker jets in the middle, combined with the outer ring of smaller jets, of water, you silly, not actual fighter jets, jets is a word that loses meaning the more you say it, jet, jet, jets, jets, jet, and she gets in there and says she's fine so I leave the bathroom, go to the kitchen, and finish making my coffee. Didn't have any coffee yesterday; today's the day I treat myself to that sweet, sweet morning buzz.

It takes me all of 3 minutes. I come back to check on her. Water's off, she's out and drying off. 😂😆😂😆 Now I know she didn't fully clean herself! But she says she used conditioner, so I'm assuming she used shampoo beforehand. And I don't wanna ask, but now I gotta be like, "Lucy, did you clean your nether regions?" And I don't wanna be that guy! She's gonna remember me saying that as she gets older, it'll replay over and over in her head, and she'll start to despise me!

Actually it'll probably be something I say off the cuff sometime that I won't think twice about that she'll latch onto. I'll have no idea. ANYWAY

How do you handle letting your kids clean themselves? It's difficult for me to be the disciplinarian. I don't wanna be a buzzkill, or a bummer of a dad. I never want to make my girls mad. It's difficult for me to say those difficult things, like, "Why didn't you do this?" or whatever. Cuz when someone says that to me, esp a person like a manager, or someone who rules my life like a parent does, I immediately feel more guilt that I oughtta. But I don't want to be super nice and forgiving of bad stuff, cuz that doesn't give the world responsible people coming out of my household when they're old enough to set out on their own. We gotta teach our kids to do stuff for themselves, but it takes discipline along the way--from us, and them.

Photo from 5 seconds ago. note the wet hair on the kid on the left. Note also two instances of Creepers.


Laser Chickens

(this is an old post that I found as a draft and decided to post w/o editing--Beatrix is 6.5 now)

Photo from literally 1 minute ago
My younger daughter asked me today, "Are there laser chickens?"

She'll be five next month. She probably saw laser chickens on a tv show, SheZow most likely—a show that's almost too mature for them.


Megan got a promotion and all I do is complain

Today was a special day.

Let me back up.

My wife was recently promoted at work—which has meant many things, all of them good. We’re very happy at home now. The change from hourly to salary work has brought in more money, and all four of us have undergone positive lifestyle changes since. The only downside is that she travels for work now, and is home less. Currently she's in Los Angeles, learning a brand new system for a planned rollout of new stores under a new name, and a new ground-up internal approach. Saying too much about it here might not be good for the company, so let me approximate by saying it's an ambitious idea, and I personally hope it gets off the ground, because it sounds like it's going to be beneficial for not only the public, but the employees. That's just an example of the kind of stuff Megan's been doing in her new position. It’s all been new, and really good for her, our kids, and I.


Don't We Want to Know Why We're All Here and Having Babies and Stuff?

Prejudices impede us as not only a society, but an entire human race. Societies are temporary and fickle, yet the human race survives. Are we built on upon a system of stacking fickle systems? Are we improving our systems as we move along? That would be ideal. Because I want to know why we're all here, and we're still busy kicking dead horses.


Delete all pictures of your kids on social media to protect them

Saw this today. I think it's legit. Thoughts? Feelings?

Privacy and security for my family are always in the front of my mind. To which dangers am I exposing my kids by #sharenting? Predicting potential postponed problems appears problematic, but a parsing of paring on my part would perhaps potentially predominantly protect my poffspring, per their paternal... pater.


Second Parent-Teacher Conference (1st Grade, Lucy)

So Megan and I had our second parent-teacher conference ever. This time, it was 1st grade—Lucy, Ms. Merlin, Megan, and I. Beatrix played on the toy rug. Picture a half-circle table, very rounded, Ms. Merlin sitting on the inside, and Lucy between Megan and I, directly across from Ms. Merlin.

The format of this thing was a surprise to us, as it mostly consisted of Ms. Merlin talking directly to Lucy. Megan and I weren’t addressed much at all. Not that I have anything against it, even looking back—Ms. Merlin’s message was one of support and understanding, as well as some genuine affection for Lucy—but it was a surprise.


Cross-Post, Sound Revue: Ghost, acoustic in seattle, family-friendly

What follows is a re-post from my music blog, Sound Revue. It's so family-focused, I figured it would fit here on my parenting blog really well. Original link. Enjoy.

Ghost—acoustic in Seattle, family-friendly

Papa, the Ghouls, and my girls

The Ghost show at Silver Platters was hot, stuffy, harder for my wife and I than possibly anyone else there—and totally worth it.


r/Parenting post posits potential parental wordplay problems

Hey fam, I wanted to share some Reddit shiz that I found, and found funny.

Below is a link to a post on r/parenting that made the front page today.


7 Reasons to Click This Link

  1.  It could have been good.
  2.  My beat is correct.
  3.  My dadhood is the rockest.
  4.  Star, and bucks, mixed together, yield so much more than pure market value.
  5.  Do you click clickbait like this with frequency? If so, tell me more.
  7.  What if I did outline seven reasons to click the link you clicked? Would you have been more satisfied with the outcome of this blog entry?

Please screw your entry thoughts into the comment bard.


Back-from-vacation update

Pious Mighigan defiled by Seattle Grease

I was looking forward to writing, "Earlier today, I was in Michigan. Tomorrow I won't be able to say the same thing," and throwing it out on the internet.

But getting off a plane, having a booster seat lost by the airline, having my wife and kids wait on one side of the airport while I dealt with a customer service guy on the other, Megan's feet burning from bug bites, and my kids just wanting to get the eff out of the airport and go home, and then the unpacking and making of food really quick, and having to do a quick grocery shop, eeeeehhhh I was just a liiiiittle bit tired. So a simple social media update was not going to happen.

Anyway, yesterday I was in Michigan. It had been five years. Lucy's first birthday was so long ago!