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7.28.2006

Play Music with your Kids

This looks pretty neat. It's software for the Mac that teaches your kids to play guitar. Going to try it out with my 2.5 yr/old and see how it goes.

http://macminute.com/2006/07/14/play-music-together/
http://www.iplaymusic.com

7.20.2006

Music for Kids AND Parents

If you've ever said "If I hear one more CD of kids singing Old McDonald I'm going to $!*$##!!" My wife and I love music but, alot of kids CD's leave much to be desired to our ears. There is one artist that we discovered recently that our kids like and so do we. Dan Zanes . His music is fairly upbeat and he teams up with likes of Sheryl Crow. Our favorite so far is House Party. Check out his sometime.

7.19.2006

Austin Stay at Home Dad's

Here is a great resource for any Stay at Home Dad's in Austin, TX. I have a friend who is a member and I've gone to to a couple play days at a nearby park. A really good group of guys.

7.05.2006

Feeding a 1 year old

Holy crap, have you tried to let your 1 year old feed themselves. If they could come up with a large disposable feeding bubble that would be awesome. There seems to be 3 major obstacles to the use of utensils.

1.) Holding a fork or spoon with more than 2 finger tips. Although they can dip the spoon in apple sauce or yogurt only approximately 20% of the food will make it into there mouth. The rest is deposited on the floor, walls or more often their lap.

2.) Judging the amount of food to put on said fork or spoon. Usually getting more is the problem which leads to the deposit problem mentioned above. Other times they get nothing which can lead to fist pounding, whining or throwing of the utensil.

3.) Getting frustrated with the spoon or fork and resorting to the more agile baby hand for feeding. While this works great for solid foods, cheerios, chicken, bread, etc. It’s not quite as efficient with the apple sauce, spaghetti or soup.

I guess the main thing is to just stay with it, they eventually get it and can feed themselves though it seems like it takes forever. Once they do start feeding themselves you can look forward to replacing or repainting any surfaces that may have collected some "modern art".

Bon ape petit.

7.03.2006

Before you have kids

A good friend gave me this advice when my wife was pregnant with out first child.

Go on vacation NOW!
Go out to dinner NOW!
Go see a movie NOW!
very sound advice...