Tag Archives: kids

Adventures In Parenting – Bad Words

I’ve recently had two interesting conversations with my daughter about bad words. I’m going to tell you about the second one first. She was watching YouTube. I wasn’t really paying attention until my daughter said, “She’s going to get demonetized.” I looked up and asked why. My daughter said, “She just said shiitake mushroom. YouTube […]

Adventures In Parenting – Song Lyrics

I act as a censor for what my daughter is exposed to. There’s a lot of TV, movies, and YouTube that she’s not allowed to watch. There are games I won’t let her play. I keep some news stories from her. I’ve never specifically told her she can’t read a book, but I have warned […]

Snow Days

I’m angry. That’s not something you’ll hear me say very often. I don’t do anger well at all. I put myself through some pretty crazy contortions to avoid being angry. If you were to walk up to me, slap me across the face with your gloves, and say, “You, Gene Glotzer, are a horrible excuse […]

A New Kind of Christmas

A couple of weeks ago, I had an awkward conversation with my daughter. She asked me if I believe in Santa Claus. I said yes. Then, she announced that she was skeptical. She asked some more questions which I ducked, dived, and avoided. I wasn’t ready for this. I knew this was probably going to […]

Jokes

Often at family dinners, the kids like to tell jokes. Some of them are funny and some aren’t, but that’s OK, we all have fun. Often they’re the same jokes that I told when I was a kid. A little while ago, my nephew told this joke: I have ten apples in this hand and […]

The Best Christmas Gift Ever

“Ho, ho, ho, it’s that time of year again,” Santa said.  It was one month until Christmas.  “Time to start matching the Nice List with the Wish List.” An elf named Whinny placed two giant books on Santa’s desk.  Santa opened the one to his left and said, “Let’s see.  Ah!  I knew it, ho, ho.  […]

Thank Goodness For Santa Claus

As a kid, Christmas is the best.  You get a week off of school.  You get to eat lots of cookies and candy canes.  And you get presents.  There’s nothing at all to worry about.  As a parent, Christmas is still the best, but it’s different.  There are worries for the parents.  When are we […]

Adventures In Parenting – Self Sufficiency

My daughter recently learned how to tie her own shoes.  This is an exciting development.  She’s very proud of herself.  And I’m very proud of her.  But, now we are late wherever we go.  It takes her a solid ten to fifteen minutes to tie them satisfactorily.  It’s adorable and maddening. That seems to be […]

The Kid Economy

Some time between my childhood and now, the kid economy disappeared.  When I was young, I had a paper route and I shoveled driveways.  When I was in high school, I scooped ice cream and when I was in college, I washed dishes and cooked.  I had friends that were lifeguards, camp counselors, mowed lawns, etc.  Now, most […]