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Title: Kids - A thread for bragging, venting and, advice.
Post by: Sarge on August 17, 2011, 12:12:49 PM
Figured I'd split this off into a thread about kids. If memory serves, we had a thread about 'em in the old room.

Packaged my little one of to camp for the first time yesterday (9 year old, gone for 1 week).

She'll be fine and have a great time I'm sure - me and the missus will probably be a wreck by Wednesday.

The worst part of being a parent is letting go......little by little..... :'(

Mine are 8... and I'd already be a wreck. It's nice you could do that for her though.

My parents came to visit us and our son on Saturday and convinced us to let him go home with them until tonight :P

He's 19 months old.  I can't wait to see him tonight!

It's that much sweeter when they arrive home........

Title: Re: Kids - A thread for bragging, venting and, advice.
Post by: Sarge on August 17, 2011, 12:14:48 PM
So my kid asks just now... "Is Santa real?... and please tell the truth." - I lied.  :-\
Title: Re: Kids - A thread for bragging, venting and, advice.
Post by: 67royalstar on August 17, 2011, 12:29:31 PM
So my kid asks just now... "Is Santa real?... and please tell the truth." - I lied.  :-\

I believe in Santa.

I also frequently start conversations with my 6yr old with, "You know, back when I was a superhero, blah blah blah ~ but I gave it all up to be your Dad..."  He pretends he doesn't believe me, but I know there's a small part of him that does, and always will.
Title: Re: Kids - A thread for bragging, venting and, advice.
Post by: Damian on August 17, 2011, 12:31:02 PM
To everyone.... I would just like to say that we all look at our children and are so very lucky if they are healthy, many kids are not.

To all of you who know me, and were part of my families challenges a number of years ago, I still give thanks for all your support, it helped a lot when we needed it most....you know who you are
Title: Re: Kids - A thread for bragging, venting and, advice.
Post by: Rob on August 17, 2011, 01:04:34 PM
My youngest daughter turns six today.  Where does the time go?
Title: Re: Kids - A thread for bragging, venting and, advice.
Post by: Dappleganger on August 17, 2011, 01:38:28 PM
I convinced my 5-year-old niece that my car is a robot by putting the cruise control on and holding my hands away from the wheel while steering with my knee.

She was upset that the car wouldn't open the door for her.
Title: Re: Kids - A thread for bragging, venting and, advice.
Post by: WhatIfGodWasALeaf on August 17, 2011, 02:17:53 PM
What's the best bait?

Puppies or candy?
Title: Re: Kids - A thread for bragging, venting and, advice.
Post by: Damian on August 17, 2011, 02:47:19 PM
an all time fave.....

(http://img.skitch.com/20090331-frcygsjkgf3kuifcphtw38rcc9.jpg)
Title: Re: Kids - A thread for bragging, venting and, advice.
Post by: seahawk on August 17, 2011, 04:33:24 PM
an all time fave.....

(http://img.skitch.com/20090331-frcygsjkgf3kuifcphtw38rcc9.jpg)
Love that one. I saw one a while back at a restaurant that said "Stray children will be sold"

Damian, how are the kids doing these days?
Title: Re: Kids - A thread for bragging, venting and, advice.
Post by: AlmosGirl on August 19, 2011, 02:44:53 PM
My youngest daughter turns six today.  Where does the time go?

Happy belated 6th birthday to your daughter.  I agree, the time goes so so fast.  My youngest will be 3 next week on the 25th and my oldest will be 18 on the 31st and off to University!  :o

Damian, you are so so right and you know more than anyone.  I hope that the kids and everyone are doing well!
Title: Re: Kids - A thread for bragging, venting and, advice.
Post by: You're right on August 19, 2011, 06:32:50 PM
I can't wait until tomorrow when we pick up our daughter from camp. It could be one of those tears of joy moments.

She is THE best!!!!!!
Title: Re: Kids - A thread for bragging, venting and, advice.
Post by: Sarge on August 19, 2011, 10:14:27 PM
One of mine just asked on our walk home from the restaurant tonight as she liiken in the night sky... "Has anyone in our family ever been hit by a comet before?"  ;D
Title: Re: Kids - A thread for bragging, venting and, advice.
Post by: You're right on August 20, 2011, 03:46:42 PM
One of mine just asked on our walk home from the restaurant tonight as she liiken in the night sky... "Has anyone in our family ever been hit by a comet before?"  ;D
I would answer......somewhere along the line I imagine yes! (just to keep them guessing)
Title: Re: Kids - A thread for bragging, venting and, advice.
Post by: Zee on August 22, 2011, 09:11:53 AM
I got 2 girls, going to be 6 and 4 in November, plus we recently found out we're expecting our 3rd child, due in March, just in time for the Leafs playoff push.   ;)
Title: Re: Kids - A thread for bragging, venting and, advice.
Post by: Sarge on August 22, 2011, 10:16:00 AM
I got 2 girls, going to be 6 and 4 in November, plus we recently found out we're expecting our 3rd child, due in March, just in time for the Leafs playoff push.   ;)

Congrats!
Title: Re: Kids - A thread for bragging, venting and, advice.
Post by: AlmosGirl on August 22, 2011, 01:29:43 PM
I got 2 girls, going to be 6 and 4 in November, plus we recently found out we're expecting our 3rd child, due in March, just in time for the Leafs playoff push.   ;)

Congrats!!!
Title: Re: Kids - A thread for bragging, venting and, advice.
Post by: You're right on August 22, 2011, 01:42:13 PM
I got 2 girls, going to be 6 and 4 in November, plus we recently found out we're expecting our 3rd child, due in March, just in time for the Leafs playoff push.   ;)
Congrats - the more the merrier!!!!
Title: Re: Kids - A thread for bragging, venting and, advice.
Post by: You're right on August 26, 2011, 07:02:09 AM
My daughter was player of the game in soccer last night!!!
(can we say woot now that it is officially going into the dictionary or is it still taboo?)

Truth is, they all get it once during the season - but she did have a heck of a game (played goal the first half, nobody scored on her.....although they only had 1 shot..lol....and had a strong second half up front).

She was very happy.....which makes me happy!
Title: Re: Kids - A thread for bragging, venting and, advice.
Post by: Sarge on August 26, 2011, 11:33:52 AM
My daughter was player of the game in soccer last night!!!
(can we say woot now that it is officially going into the dictionary or is it still taboo?)

Truth is, they all get it once during the season - but she did have a heck of a game (played goal the first half, nobody scored on her.....although they only had 1 shot..lol....and had a strong second half up front).

She was very happy.....which makes me happy!

Woot! Woot!
Title: Re: Kids - A thread for bragging, venting and, advice.
Post by: darcy tucker16 on August 26, 2011, 03:39:17 PM
I thought this was cute.

A Child's View of Thunderstorms


A little girl walked to and from school daily. Though the weather that morning was questionable and clouds were forming, she made her daily trek to school. As the afternoon progressed, the winds whipped up, along with lightning.

The mother of the little girl felt concerned that her daughter would be frightened as she walked home from school. She also feared the electrical storm might harm her child. Full of concern, the mother got into her car and quickly drove along the route to her child's school.  As she did, she saw her little girl walking along.

At each flash of lightning, the child would stop, look up, and smile.  More lightning followed quickly and with each, the little girl would look at the streak of light and smile

When the mother drew up beside the child, she lowered the window and called, "What are you doing?"
The child answered, "I am trying to look pretty because God keeps taking my picture.
Title: Re: Kids - A thread for bragging, venting and, advice.
Post by: You're right on September 06, 2011, 10:52:28 AM
Another 1st day of school drop off complete. I can't believe that my little girl is starting grade 5......where does the time go?
Title: Re: Kids - A thread for bragging, venting, and advice.
Post by: Sarge on September 06, 2011, 11:02:16 AM
First day of grade 3! I'm not sure how other school boards like to do it but ours generally likes to seperate twins. Mine were kept together because their teachers and principal didn't see a need to seperate them - until now. This should be fun.  ???
Title: Re: Kids - A thread for bragging, venting, and advice.
Post by: You're right on September 06, 2011, 11:08:26 AM
First day of grande 3! I'm not sure how other school boards like to do it but ours generally likes to seperate twins. Mine were kept together because their teachers and principal didn't see a need to seperate them - until now. This should be fun.  ???
There are twin girsl in my daughters grade - in the 5 years that we have been at the school they have never been in the same class!
I'm a little ticked off this year as there are virtually no other kids that she is close to inher class - separated from all of her friends. Good thing she is better adjusted than I am!
Title: Re: Kids - A thread for bragging, venting, and advice.
Post by: Sarge on September 06, 2011, 11:11:11 AM
First day of grade 3! I'm not sure how other school boards like to do it but ours generally likes to seperate twins. Mine were kept together because their teachers and principal didn't see a need to seperate them - until now. This should be fun.  ???
There are twin girsl in my daughters grade - in the 5 years that we have been at the school they have never been in the same class!
I'm a little ticked off this year as there are virtually no other kids that she is close to inher class - separated from all of her friends. Good thing she is better adjusted than I am!

There's always recess.
Title: Re: Kids - A thread for bragging, venting, and advice.
Post by: You're right on September 06, 2011, 11:19:31 AM
First day of grade 3! I'm not sure how other school boards like to do it but ours generally likes to seperate twins. Mine were kept together because their teachers and principal didn't see a need to seperate them - until now. This should be fun.  ???
There are twin girsl in my daughters grade - in the 5 years that we have been at the school they have never been in the same class!
I'm a little ticked off this year as there are virtually no other kids that she is close to inher class - separated from all of her friends. Good thing she is better adjusted than I am!

There's always recess.
I wish I still had recess at work...........and that my Mom still made my lunch........and that I could build another baking soda/vinegar volcano.
Ahh the good old days..........
Title: Re: Kids - A thread for bragging, venting, and advice.
Post by: gilmour4life on September 06, 2011, 01:12:10 PM
First day of grande 3! I'm not sure how other school boards like to do it but ours generally likes to seperate twins. Mine were kept together because their teachers and principal didn't see a need to seperate them - until now. This should be fun.  ???
There are twin girsl in my daughters grade - in the 5 years that we have been at the school they have never been in the same class!
I'm a little ticked off this year as there are virtually no other kids that she is close to inher class - separated from all of her friends. Good thing she is better adjusted than I am!
We actually spoke to the teachers in my kids school a couple of years ago.  My son seemed to always be in a class opposite his two best friends who were always together.  We were told they had more dominant personalities and they wanted the leadership abilities of ours to have a chance to grow so they separated them.  He graduated with straight A's on the honour role and started high school today.  Hopefully your daughter's teachers simply see a future class leader they want to groom.
Good luck to all parents dealing with the difficulties of hearding their children off for another year!
Title: Re: Kids - A thread for bragging, venting, and advice.
Post by: You're right on September 06, 2011, 01:35:05 PM
First day of grande 3! I'm not sure how other school boards like to do it but ours generally likes to seperate twins. Mine were kept together because their teachers and principal didn't see a need to seperate them - until now. This should be fun.  ???
There are twin girsl in my daughters grade - in the 5 years that we have been at the school they have never been in the same class!
I'm a little ticked off this year as there are virtually no other kids that she is close to inher class - separated from all of her friends. Good thing she is better adjusted than I am!
We actually spoke to the teachers in my kids school a couple of years ago.  My son seemed to always be in a class opposite his two best friends who were always together.  We were told they had more dominant personalities and they wanted the leadership abilities of ours to have a chance to grow so they separated them.  He graduated with straight A's on the honour role and started high school today.  Hopefully your daughter's teachers simply see a future class leader they want to groom.
Good luck to all parents dealing with the difficulties of hearding their children off for another year!
We've already been told of her exceptional leadership qualities both inside and outside of school (this is the bragging part of the thread) - I was just a little disappointed/stunned that she was with absolutley none of her friends (and she has many!).
Great accomplishments by your son! (it really can be so rewarding to be a parent)
Title: Re: Kids - A thread for bragging, venting and, advice.
Post by: Bullfrog on September 06, 2011, 06:07:05 PM
My identical twin and I were only separated in JK and SK. After that we were in the same class all the way up to high school where our own interests in different subjects split us up.

He's still my best friend to this day and I am better off for being with him. I guess it depends on the kids though. I can understand why they may want to separate twins, but I'm glad we weren't.
Title: Re: Kids - A thread for bragging, venting and, advice.
Post by: Sarge on September 06, 2011, 06:15:36 PM
My identical twin and I were only separated in JK and SK. After that we were in the same class all the way up to high school where our own interests in different subjects split us up.

He's still my best friend to this day and I am better off for being with him. I guess it depends on the kids though. I can understand why they may want to separate twins, but I'm glad we weren't.

Interesting... and good to hear. I hope my kids have the same relationship regardless of whether they were in the same class or not. I'm kind of glad they're being seperated (they were at each other's throats all summer long) but at the same time, I understand one teacher is a little more rigid then the other and hands out a fair bit more homework. It's going to be difficult for us to handle two children of the same age who have two entirely different expectations cast on them.
Title: Re: Kids - A thread for bragging, venting and, advice.
Post by: Bullfrog on September 07, 2011, 08:36:33 AM
...It's going to be difficult for us to handle two children of the same age who have two entirely different expectations cast on them.

Especially if they're as competitive as we were.  :D
Title: Re: Kids - A thread for bragging, venting and, advice.
Post by: Sarge on September 07, 2011, 08:55:36 AM
...It's going to be difficult for us to handle two children of the same age who have two entirely different expectations cast on them.

Especially if they're as competitive as we were.  :D

They sure are. One went ballistic last night when she found out the other got a handful of my wife's McDonald's french fries before bed when the other was already upstairs. Everything, I mean E.V.E.R.Y.T.H.I.N.G has to even or BOOM! - Drives me mad.
Title: Re: Kids - A thread for bragging, venting and, advice.
Post by: Bullfrog on September 08, 2011, 12:31:19 PM
We would place our glasses next to each other to make sure that we each had the same amount of KoolAid. When we got a bit older and we actually started to get different christmas presents we'd make sure that we still got the same number of gifts. When we got a little older than that, we'd make sure the dollar value of the gifts was even.  :D
Title: Re: Kids - A thread for bragging, venting and, advice.
Post by: Bullfrog on September 08, 2011, 12:32:57 PM
So I've got a boy who turns 2 on the 22nd. He's still not talking. Won't say daddy or mommy or no or any of the basics. He babbles and "talks" all the time, but won't say any real words. I'm not too worried, but has anyone else had a real late talker? Anything you did to help?
Title: Re: Kids - A thread for bragging, venting and, advice.
Post by: You're right on September 08, 2011, 01:07:50 PM
So I've got a boy who turns 2 on the 22nd. He's still not talking. Won't say daddy or mommy or no or any of the basics. He babbles and "talks" all the time, but won't say any real words. I'm not too worried, but has anyone else had a real late talker? Anything you did to help?
Sometimes it just takes some others longer - one of the other kids at our sitters was the same way. He is the same age as my daughter (soon to be 10) and this week he just moved to a new school so that he could be enrolled in the regions gifted program. He still isn't very talkative, but when he does speak he is very articulate. Just my two cents.
Title: Re: Kids - A thread for bragging, venting and, advice.
Post by: Mordac on September 08, 2011, 01:53:49 PM
How's his hearing? Is he reacting to voices, and sounds, appropriately? Believe it or not, clogged ear passages can delay speaking, apparently. Something to do with them hearing noises, but not words...*shrug* I'm not a doctor. :)

Title: Re: Kids - A thread for bragging, venting and, advice.
Post by: Jacques Strap on September 08, 2011, 04:29:59 PM
How's his hearing? Is he reacting to voices, and sounds, appropriately? Believe it or not, clogged ear passages can delay speaking, apparently. Something to do with them hearing noises, but not words...*shrug* I'm not a doctor. :)

I thought the same thing. Bullfrog, I don't meant to be alarmist, but that is something to be somewhat concerned about. I would speak to your doctor regarding your concerns, and have them make an assessment. Hopefully it is simply that he's not ready yet, but you do want to rule out hearing issues.
Title: Re: Kids - A thread for bragging, venting and, advice.
Post by: MonikaM on September 08, 2011, 04:48:54 PM
One of my sisters barely said a word until she was around school age, while her twin was right on target.

Definitely have it checked out but no need for alarm.
Title: Re: Kids - A thread for bragging, venting and, advice.
Post by: Bullfrog on September 08, 2011, 09:44:51 PM
Thanks for the advice. I'm not alarmed at all, but I'll definitely get it checked. I know they had trouble checking his hearing when he was first born. It took the nurse at least 5 tries to be satisfied; something to do with the angle of his ear canal.
Title: Re: Kids - A thread for bragging, venting and, advice.
Post by: AlmosGirl on September 09, 2011, 09:30:25 PM
Hey BF, I agree to get his hearing checked.  I have a friend that her now 2 yr old had to have tubes in his ears, once that was done, they put him into some speech classes and within a couple of months, he's now talking up a storm.

Some kids can be late talkers, so, you never know.  All kids ar so different but it never hurts to talk to the Dr.
Title: Re: Kids - A thread for bragging, venting and, advice.
Post by: moon111 on September 10, 2011, 09:59:59 AM
My son's had all kinds of ear problems, it's an on going battle to keep tubes in his ears from coming out, massive build up of wax, infections, etc.   I wasn't diagnosed until much later in life and it caused all kinds of problems with school and self-esteem.  Did a cognitive ability test and scored the highest mark they said they've ever seen.  So really the ear problem really destroyed allot of potential.  Get the ears checked out!
Title: Re: Kids - A thread for bragging, venting and, advice.
Post by: AlmosGirl on September 12, 2011, 12:50:50 PM
Bragging here.  My daughter made the Bantam A team this past spring and they had their first tournament this past weekend in North York.  She played awesome and had an assist in one game and a goal in the other!  So proud of her!
Title: Re: Kids - A thread for bragging, venting and, advice.
Post by: You're right on September 12, 2011, 01:03:41 PM
Bragging here.  My daughter made the Bantam A team this past spring and they had their first tournament this past weekend in North York.  She played awesome and had an assist in one game and a goal in the other!  So proud of her!
And you should be! That is awesome. I'll bet the ear to ear grin lasted for quite some time! (both yours and hers) :)
Title: Re: Kids - A thread for bragging, venting and, advice.
Post by: Sarge on September 12, 2011, 03:39:56 PM
Good stuff, A.G. My 8-year-old is trying out for the cross country team tomorrow. It's the only athletic team she's allowed to try out for at her school at that age. Whether she makes it or not, I'm very proud. 
Title: Re: Kids - A thread for bragging, venting and, advice.
Post by: sucka on September 12, 2011, 03:48:01 PM
So I've got a boy who turns 2 on the 22nd. He's still not talking. Won't say daddy or mommy or no or any of the basics. He babbles and "talks" all the time, but won't say any real words. I'm not too worried, but has anyone else had a real late talker? Anything you did to help?

My brother was like that, didn't talk until 3.  Just one day it was like the taps where turned on and he was babbling on and on and didn't shut up.  He was late for everything, he was wearing diapers to school.  This was 1982 so it was ok back then.
Title: Re: Kids - A thread for bragging, venting and, advice.
Post by: AlmosGirl on September 13, 2011, 12:57:25 PM
Yes Scot4bz, huge grin.

Floyd, good luck to your daughter today.
Title: Re: Kids - A thread for bragging, venting and, advice.
Post by: Sarge on September 13, 2011, 07:58:39 PM
She made it! Practice though I understand is 4 times per week (2 mornings and 2 afternoons.)  :o Isn't that a little much especially given her age? I'm a bit worried it'll be more then she can handle.  :-\ ... and more then I can handle too.   :(
Title: Re: Kids - A thread for bragging, venting and, advice.
Post by: You're right on September 13, 2011, 08:06:45 PM
She made it! Practice though I understand is 4 times per week (2 mornings and 2 afternoons.)  :o Isn't that a little much especially given her age? I'm a bit worried it'll be more then she can handle.  :-\ ... and more then I can handle too.   :(
Congrats! My daughter is doing the same - where they get all the energy I don't know! She also swims competitively - 4 practices a week plus dry land traning and 2 swim meets a month. I get tired just watching her.

I think she will have a great time! Well done!
Title: Re: Kids - A thread for bragging, venting and, advice.
Post by: moon111 on September 14, 2011, 05:54:48 PM
It's going to be tough financially, but we decided to try the boys in hockey.  The three year old is totally excited, the six year old said he didn't want to.  I'm not sure how to bring this up without him feeling pressured.  He's smart enough to perceive it's expensive and might not want to put that hardship on the family.  He's also less aggressive then his younger brother and doesn't like conflict.  I guess I'm dumbfounded that he'd say no. 
Title: Re: Kids - A thread for bragging, venting and, advice.
Post by: Sarge on September 14, 2011, 05:58:54 PM
It's going to be tough financially, but we decided to try the boys in hockey.  The three year old is totally excited, the six year old said he didn't want to.  I'm not sure how to bring this up without him feeling pressured.  He's smart enough to perceive it's expensive and might not want to put that hardship on the family.  He's also less aggressive then his younger brother and doesn't like conflict.  I guess I'm dumbfounded that he'd say no.

Wow! Best of luck with it.
Title: Re: Kids - A thread for bragging, venting and, advice.
Post by: Mordac on September 14, 2011, 06:07:49 PM
It's going to be tough financially, but we decided to try the boys in hockey.  The three year old is totally excited, the six year old said he didn't want to.  I'm not sure how to bring this up without him feeling pressured.  He's smart enough to perceive it's expensive and might not want to put that hardship on the family.  He's also less aggressive then his younger brother and doesn't like conflict.  I guess I'm dumbfounded that he'd say no.

Perhaps he just likes the sport, and thinks playing, and taking it to a competitive level will remove his enjoyment.
Title: Re: Kids - A thread for bragging, venting and, advice.
Post by: AlmosGirl on September 14, 2011, 08:21:35 PM
Congrats to your daughter Floyd.  That's awesome.  Trust me, they just have the energy.  I wish I could bottle some of it up for myself.

Moon, just let him try it for the year and if he doesn't like it, don't push him.  He may have fun.  My olest son who's 18, absolutely hated skating.  Tried him in lessons when he was 4 and he cried an cried.  We did give up and when he reached 14, he took some lessons but not good enough to play ice hockey.  He is a goalie in ball hockey and loves it and wishes that we would have pushed him to do the skating but you just can't sometimes.  Where are you able to put your 3 yr old into hockey? Our youngest just turned 3 last month but all hockey here in Brampton only starts at 4.  We are doing skating lessons and he will be out on the rink for ball hockey with hubby starting next month but not ice hockey.
Title: Re: Kids - A thread for bragging, venting and, advice.
Post by: Dappleganger on September 14, 2011, 09:13:59 PM
It's a tough one Moon. He could be shying away for many reasons. Hopefully he will give it a go.
 
Title: Re: Kids - A thread for bragging, venting and, advice.
Post by: Sarge on September 14, 2011, 10:34:25 PM
Congrats to your daughter Floyd.  That's awesome.  Trust me, they just have the energy.  I wish I could bottle some of it up for myself.


Thanks. First practice was this AM and she rocked it. Fortunately, cross-country season only lasts a month so I think we'll manage. Also, distances at the final meet are broken up by grade and since grade 3 is the youngest, my kid only has to do 1500M... 1500M was so two years ago! She's sooooo got this. See, I'm already turning in to an obnoxious soccer mom (well, dad I suppose.)   
Title: Re: Kids - A thread for bragging, venting and, advice.
Post by: AlmosGirl on September 15, 2011, 10:32:15 AM
Congrats to your daughter Floyd.  That's awesome.  Trust me, they just have the energy.  I wish I could bottle some of it up for myself.


Thanks. First practice was this AM and she rocked it. Fortunately, cross-country season only lasts a month so I think we'll manage. Also, distances at the final meet are broken up by grade and since grade 3 is the youngest, my kid only has to do 1500M... 1500M was so two years ago! She's sooooo got this. See, I'm already turning in to an obnoxious soccer mom (well, dad I suppose.)   

 ;D You're becoming very good at it!
Title: Re: Kids - A thread for bragging, venting and, advice.
Post by: You're right on September 29, 2011, 07:25:15 AM
10 years ago today I held my one and only, pride and joy in my arms for the very first time. It was the first time I can really ever recall shedding tears of joy.
Since that day I have had so many precious moments and have been blessed to have a happy and healthy child. Being a father is by far the most rewarding thing I have ever done. I am a lucky man.

Happy birthday to my little girl!!!
Title: Re: Kids - A thread for bragging, venting and, advice.
Post by: Bullfrog on September 29, 2011, 11:46:46 AM
I'm just trying to get my little guy to tell me the truth if he has a poopy in his pants or not.

 :)
Title: Re: Kids - A thread for bragging, venting and, advice.
Post by: You're right on September 29, 2011, 12:02:43 PM
I'm just trying to get my little guy to tell me the truth if he has a poopy in his pants or not.

 :)
Haha - reminds me of a good line a friend of mine came up with......

If you win a lifetime supply of diapers for your kid, can they go back and use it when they're 80?
Title: Re: Kids - A thread for bragging, venting and, advice.
Post by: AlmosGirl on September 29, 2011, 01:51:48 PM
10 years ago today I held my one and only, pride and joy in my arms for the very first time. It was the first time I can really ever recall shedding tears of joy.
Since that day I have had so many precious moments and have been blessed to have a happy and healthy child. Being a father is by far the most rewarding thing I have ever done. I am a lucky man.

Happy birthday to my little girl!!!

Happy birthday to your daughter!  Double digits - awesome birthday!
Title: Re: Kids - A thread for bragging, venting and, advice.
Post by: Sarge on September 29, 2011, 01:52:50 PM
Next step: DATING!  :P
Title: Re: Kids - A thread for bragging, venting and, advice.
Post by: You're right on September 29, 2011, 02:06:05 PM
Next step: DATING!  :P
I used to think that way - now I almost feel sorry for the kid who comes to my door. I envision it something like this (based on her expensive tastes);

Pimple Faced Kid: Good evening sir, I'm here to pick up your daughter for our date. We're going to get some pizza and then off to the movies.
Me: What's your available credit limit?
Pimple faced kid runs away crying and my daughter and I watch the Leaf game.

And thanks AlmosGirl!
Title: Re: Kids - A thread for bragging, venting and, advice.
Post by: Sarge on September 29, 2011, 02:08:24 PM
Next step: DATING!  :P
I used to think that way - now I almost feel sorry for the kid who comes to my door. I envision it something like this (based on her expensive tastes);

Pimple Faced Kid: Good evening sir, I'm here to pick up your daughter for our date. We're going to get some pizza and then off to the movies.
Me: What's your available credit limit?
Pimple faced kid runs away crying and my daughter and I watch the Leaf game.

And thanks AlmosGirl!

I'm going with an open robe and an almost empty bottle of Wiser's in one hand.
Title: Re: Kids - A thread for bragging, venting and, advice.
Post by: Mordac on September 29, 2011, 02:27:52 PM
The 8 Simple Rules are:

Rule One: If you pull into my driveway and honk you'd better be delivering a package, because you're sure as heck not picking anything up.

Rule Two: You do not touch my daughter in front of me. You may glance at her, so long as you do not peer at anything below her neck. If you cannot keep your eyes or hands off of my daughter's body, I will remove them.

Rule Three: I am aware that it is considered fashionable for boys of your age to wear their trousers so loosely that they appear to be falling off their hips. Please don't take this as an insult, but you and all of your friends are complete idiots. Still, I want to be fair and open minded about this issue, so I propose this compromise: You may come to the door with your underwear showing and your pants ten sizes too big, and I will not object. However, In order to assure that your clothes do not, in fact, come off during the course of your date with my daughter, I will take my electric staple gun and fasten your trousers securely in place around your waist.

Rule Four: I'm sure you've been told that in today's world, sex without utilizing a "barrier method" of some kind can kill you. Let me elaborate: when it comes to sex, I am the barrier, and I WILL kill you.

Rule Five: In order for us to get to know each other, we should talk about sports, politics, and other issues of the day. Please do not do this. The only information I require from you is an indication of when you expect to have my daughter safely back at my house, and the only word I need from you on this subject is "early."

Rule Six: I have no doubt you are a popular fellow, with many opportunities to date other girls. This is fine with me as long as it is okay with my daughter. Otherwise, once you have gone out with my little girl, you will continue to date no one but her until she is finished with you. If you make her cry, I will make YOU cry.

Rule Seven: As you stand in my front hallway, waiting for my daughter to appear, and more than an hour goes by, do not sigh and fidget. If you want to be on time for the movie, you should not be dating. My daughter is putting on her makeup, a process which can take longer than painting the Golden Gate Bridge. Instead of just standing there, why don't you do something useful, like changing the oil in my car?

Rule Eight: The following places are not appropriate for a date with my daughter: Places where there are beds, sofas, or anything softer than a wooden stool. Places lacking parents, policemen, or nuns. Places where there is darkness. Places where there is dancing, holding hands, or happiness. Places where the ambient temperature is warm enough to induce my daughter to wear shorts, tank tops, midriff T-shirts, or anything other than overalls, a sweater, and a goose down parka zipped up to her chin. Movies with a strong romantic or sexual theme are to be avoided; movies which feature chainsaws are okay. Hockey games are okay.
Title: Re: Kids - A thread for bragging, venting and, advice.
Post by: Sarge on September 29, 2011, 02:43:32 PM
 :)
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Post by: Stronger Than All on September 29, 2011, 03:10:04 PM
I'm so glad I have a boy and don't plan on having any more children.  :)
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Post by: You're right on September 29, 2011, 03:19:34 PM
Where do I sign up for the Church of Mordac - I am a believer!
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Post by: Peter D. on September 29, 2011, 03:21:53 PM
So THAT's what was going through my father-in-law's head when I'd come to the door.  :)

Although, now that I have a daughter, those rules will ring quite true.  :-X
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Post by: Mordac on September 29, 2011, 03:25:35 PM
(http://i777.photobucket.com/albums/yy57/Itkovian/Mahlon-2.jpg)

My boy. :)
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Post by: Rob on September 29, 2011, 03:28:17 PM
I'm going with an open robe and an almost empty bottle of Wiser's in one hand.

And a shotgun in the other hand.
Title: Re: Kids - A thread for bragging, venting and, advice.
Post by: LittleHockeyFan on September 29, 2011, 03:33:25 PM
(http://i777.photobucket.com/albums/yy57/Itkovian/Mahlon-2.jpg)

My boy. :)

Oh my goodness, he's soooooo cute! What a ladykiller he's gonna be! ;D
Love the look on his face, he just watched the Leafs beat the sens, didn't he?
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Post by: Sarge on September 29, 2011, 04:09:58 PM
... Or just took a big dump.  :D

(very cute BTW)
Title: Re: Kids - A thread for bragging, venting and, advice.
Post by: Sarge on September 29, 2011, 04:14:07 PM
I'm going with an open robe and an almost empty bottle of Wiser's in one hand.

And a shotgun in the other hand.

Double barrel... I have twins.  :-\
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Post by: Mordac on September 29, 2011, 06:01:19 PM
He's just a happy kid. :)

That was from May. Here's a more recent one I took as he was waking up for his bottle:
(http://i777.photobucket.com/albums/yy57/Itkovian/IMG00192-20110722-0731.jpg)

Apologies...I did resize it, but it doesn't seem to be taking...
Title: Re: Kids - A thread for bragging, venting and, advice.
Post by: moon111 on September 29, 2011, 07:53:31 PM
Think Owen, my 3-year old might finally be fully-potty trained.  Whew!  This being our 4th kids, all spaced 3 years apart, I've been changing diapers/pull-ups since the days of Lonny Bohonos.
Title: Re: Kids - A thread for bragging, venting and, advice.
Post by: AlmosGirl on September 30, 2011, 01:45:40 PM
Next step: DATING!  :P
I used to think that way - now I almost feel sorry for the kid who comes to my door. I envision it something like this (based on her expensive tastes);

Pimple Faced Kid: Good evening sir, I'm here to pick up your daughter for our date. We're going to get some pizza and then off to the movies.
Me: What's your available credit limit?
Pimple faced kid runs away crying and my daughter and I watch the Leaf game.

And thanks AlmosGirl!

:) There will be no dating in our house.  My hubby will be at the door in full uniform with his hand on his gun most likely for the first guy that comes to our door for DD!  LOL!  So far, at 14 (15 in February) guys are the furthest thing from her mind.  She is wayyyy too busy with schoolwork and her hockey and that's her main focus.  My oldest son is 18, just started University this year and we made it through the teenage years without any "girl" issues.  School was his main focus and we hope that his sister follows in the same footsteps.
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Post by: AlmosGirl on September 30, 2011, 01:58:10 PM
Mordac - that is awesome and thanks for posting!  I'm gonna print and give to my husband who will probably have it framed and posted at the front door! ;D  And your little guy is adorable!

Moon111 - we (and I mean me  ;) ) just potty trained our 3 yr old at the beginning of August!  He was done within 5 days and I was so shocked.  I never dreamed that he would be done before his 3rd b-day but he did it and it's so nice not having to buy diapers anymore.  He still wears pull-ups at night because he is such a heavy sleeper and nothing wakes him up but his pedi said not to worry about it, that when he's ready, he'll just finally wake up dry.

Here's my tazmanian devil doing his best Fonzi impersonation!

(http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y266/AlmosGirl/Kyle-ThumbsUp.jpg)
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Post by: Corn Flake on September 30, 2011, 02:15:22 PM
What do other parents think of this whole bullying thing and the two kids (might be more but 2 I have read about) who have killed themselves over what they were put through every day?

What I can't even begin to understand is the parents in all this. If it was your kid being bullied would you not do everything in your power to make it stop? My kids are not quite old enough to experience this in any serious manner but I feel as though if one of them came home and told me it was happening to them, the first time I would speak to the school and if they didn't resolve the problem immediately, I would get involved. 

I read the quotes from the father of Mitchell Wilson and while he doesn't blame others for not saving his son, it just feels like he didn't really do much on his own.   I don't want to misjudge this guy but if you know this stuff is happening to your son, why are you not doing everything in your power to make it stop?  If I knew that stuff was happening to my kid I really don't know how I would hold back from "dealing" with the problem in whatever way so that my kid was able to live his life free from fear.
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Post by: AlmosGirl on September 30, 2011, 02:37:31 PM
I totally get what you are saying and agree with you as well.  Again, I don't know all the circumstances for those 2 events and some kids are really good at hiding things and not showing their parents that something is really bothering them.

I know with my own kids, we talk all the time about this stuff and everything and anything.  We have a pretty much open door policy that they can talk to us about anything no matter what.  We don't tolerate lying of any kind and all we can do is hope and pray that they know we are there for them and would do anything humanly possible to help them.

Being a parent is one of the hardest jobs in the world!
Title: Re: Kids - A thread for bragging, venting and, advice.
Post by: Sarge on October 01, 2011, 06:25:34 AM
One of? It's the best yet most difficult thing I've ever done.
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Post by: You're right on October 01, 2011, 10:46:48 AM
One of? It's the best yet most difficult thing I've ever done.
+1 - and the most rewarding also!
Title: Re: Kids - A thread for bragging, venting and, advice.
Post by: Britishbulldog on November 17, 2011, 03:14:18 PM
So highschool hockey started last night and my youngest is playing highschool.

http://timestranscript.canadaeast.com/search/article/1456706

I am pretty proud of him.  At physicals Monday night he measured 6'0" and weighed in at a rugged 198 lbs.  He just turned 16 last month and is still growing.  At his age I was 5'10" 145 lbs.
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Post by: Sarge on November 17, 2011, 03:17:44 PM
So highschool hockey started last night and my youngest is playing highschool.

http://timestranscript.canadaeast.com/search/article/1456706

I am pretty proud of him.  At physicals Monday night he measured 6'0" and weighed in at a rugged 198 lbs.  He just turned 16 last month and is still growing.  At his age I was 5'10" 145 lbs.

Nice. What a beast! Is he in to other sports or just hockey?
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Post by: Britishbulldog on November 17, 2011, 03:29:44 PM
So highschool hockey started last night and my youngest is playing highschool.

http://timestranscript.canadaeast.com/search/article/1456706

I am pretty proud of him.  At physicals Monday night he measured 6'0" and weighed in at a rugged 198 lbs.  He just turned 16 last month and is still growing.  At his age I was 5'10" 145 lbs.

Nice. What a beast! Is he in to other sports or just hockey?

So far he has made varsity basketball, softball, badminton team, cross country, soccer and ofcourse...hockey.  :)

His highschool just won the Provincial football championship last Saturday and he is being recruited to play for them next year which he is considering.

Being my youngest child I have realized with the other 3 kids that they aren't with you forever so I look to support him (them) in everything he pursues.  I haven't pushed him into anything but I have made him finish anything he has joined and have not let him quit mid-season.  That was only an issue one year with a crappy hockey coach.
Title: Re: Kids - A thread for bragging, venting and, advice.
Post by: Sarge on November 17, 2011, 03:32:57 PM
So highschool hockey started last night and my youngest is playing highschool.

http://timestranscript.canadaeast.com/search/article/1456706

I am pretty proud of him.  At physicals Monday night he measured 6'0" and weighed in at a rugged 198 lbs.  He just turned 16 last month and is still growing.  At his age I was 5'10" 145 lbs.

Nice. What a beast! Is he in to other sports or just hockey?

So far he has made varsity basketball, softball, badminton team, cross country, soccer and ofcourse...hockey.  :)

His highschool just won the Provincial football championship last Saturday and he is being recruited to play for them next year which he is considering.

Being my youngest child I have realized with the other 3 kids that they aren't with you forever so I look to support him (them) in everything he pursues.  I haven't pushed him into anything but I have made him finish anything he has joined and have not let him quit mid-season.  That was only an issue one year with a crappy hockey coach.

Good for him... Best of luck to you both.
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Post by: Britishbulldog on November 17, 2011, 03:37:37 PM
Good for him... Best of luck to you both.

The neat thing is he is such a good kid.  He is so much fun and funny. 

Sorry for the gushing.

My oldest daughter and husband had a little boy as well so I am bursting at the seams.  ;D
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Post by: Sarge on November 17, 2011, 03:40:02 PM
Contrats and good luck with that too!
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Post by: Mordac on November 17, 2011, 04:04:45 PM
My boy started walking this week....not even a year old yet. :)
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Post by: Sarge on November 17, 2011, 04:08:48 PM
Sadly, I can't remember that first day for my kids.  :(
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Post by: Bullfrog on November 17, 2011, 06:57:19 PM
Today was a first for my son too. He told/indicated to mommy that he pooped his diaper. He patted his bum and said "ewwwwwwwww." It's a rudimentary, yet universally effective communication technique.

 ;D
Title: Re: Kids - A thread for bragging, venting and, advice.
Post by: Britishbulldog on November 17, 2011, 07:47:58 PM
Today was a first for my son too. He told/indicated to mommy that he pooped his diaper. He patted his bum and said "ewwwwwwwww." It's a rudimentary, yet universally effective communication technique.

 ;D

It only gets better from here on in.  :D
Title: Re: Kids - A thread for bragging, venting and, advice.
Post by: AlmosGirl on November 18, 2011, 09:39:08 AM
Good for him... Best of luck to you both.

The neat thing is he is such a good kid.  He is so much fun and funny. 

Sorry for the gushing.

My oldest daughter and husband had a little boy as well so I am bursting at the seams.  ;D

Congrats on becoming a Grandpa bulldog!  And congrats to your daughter and SIL as well.  So exciting.

You youngest son sounds like a great kid and a big boy.  I personally think sports are great for them and keeps them out of trouble.  Of course, schhool is the number 1 most important and then sports.  My daughter just started high school this year and the girl's hockey team didn't happen (first time) because there weren't enough girls to make a team.  My daughter was pretty upset.  She plays on a girl's Bantam A team but she wanted to play school hockey for a new experience.  Other than that, she likes track.

Our little guy (3) started skating lessons a few weeks ago and he's doing amazingly well.  At first, he would go out there and his feet were trying to go 50 miles an hour because he just wanted to go but once they taught him to keep his feet still and stand, now he can actually take steps by himself!

Mordac - Yay for your little guy, that's awesome!  Give him a few weeks and he'll be running. :)

Bullfrog - LOL!  Now, it's time to start the potty training.  Sounds like he might be ready.
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Post by: Peter D. on November 18, 2011, 10:30:51 AM
What do other parents think of this whole bullying thing and the two kids (might be more but 2 I have read about) who have killed themselves over what they were put through every day?

What I can't even begin to understand is the parents in all this. If it was your kid being bullied would you not do everything in your power to make it stop? My kids are not quite old enough to experience this in any serious manner but I feel as though if one of them came home and told me it was happening to them, the first time I would speak to the school and if they didn't resolve the problem immediately, I would get involved. 

I read the quotes from the father of Mitchell Wilson and while he doesn't blame others for not saving his son, it just feels like he didn't really do much on his own.   I don't want to misjudge this guy but if you know this stuff is happening to your son, why are you not doing everything in your power to make it stop?  If I knew that stuff was happening to my kid I really don't know how I would hold back from "dealing" with the problem in whatever way so that my kid was able to live his life free from fear.

Sorry Corn Flake, I just stumbled across this post now a month and a half after the fact, but after a few conversations with other family members this past week regarding their kids and bullying, I'm glad this jumped out to me.

It sounds crazy, but reading stories such as these and hearing what my family has said, it really makes me contemplate whether home schooling would be the best way to go for my daughter when the time comes.  I don't know how serious I am in that though and I know there are many downfalls to that (ie. interacting with other kids), but man is it ever scary knowing what's going on these days. 

My cousin's daughter (aged 4) not only gets picked on and called names, but it has brought out an ugly side in her itself where now she is filled with anger that she is kicking and punching people, including her own grandmother.  I wouldn't categorize it as appalling, but it really highlights that this does have some adverse/psychological effect on children.

My mom's cousin's daughter (so my 2nd cousin) apparently had another girl pin her down, jump on her and start wailing on her in the school yard.  And she is only 6!  Now this is just appalling. 

And since we are on the topic and now that I remember it, my sister once got a lengthy note in Grade 1 (!) by another girl who threatened to beat her up during recess if my sister didn't give her her candy.  My sister came home in tears and didn't want to, nor did, go back for the afternoon.

Ironically enough, it seems, at that age at least, to be more of an issue with girls than boys.

If my daughter came home and faced such issues, I don't know what I'd do.  I'd want to lose it on the kid and also on that kid's parents; I truly believe that the majority of such doings stem from home.  Yet, apparently, according to my mom's cousin and a cousin who is a teacher, the school cannot disclose who the victim was to the parent of the bully and vice versa.   

Although parenthood is the most gratifying in life, as AlmosGirl mentioned, it's also one of the hardest.  You try your hardest to instill proper morals in your kid.  But as we were told growing up and you hear it from other parents -- it's not my kid(s) that I'm worried about, it's all those other ones. 
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Post by: AlmosGirl on November 18, 2011, 04:00:47 PM
Peter, you are right, I do agree that most of it comes from home (bullying) and also some peer pressure.  But, just to give you the other side, my oldest is in his first year of University and my daughter is in grade 9 and I can honestly say that they have went through school without any bullying issues.  Yes, they've had some minor issues with friends but for the most part, their school years have been fine and they both enjoyed school.  I hope that it's because of how we've raised them and also the kids that they pick and choose to hang out with.  There will always be those that want to cause issues and that could be just in the neighbourhood, anywhere.  It is a personal decision to do homeschooling and I don't think there is a right or wrong answer, you have to make that choice but not all kids have bad experiences at school.

Being involved in your school community and involved closely with your kids in everything they do, helps as well.
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Post by: Sarge on November 23, 2011, 05:14:47 PM
Every morning. I mean every friggin' morning my towel is covered in toothpaste. Even when I make sure the kids have there own face cloths, they (well, one of them at least) insists on using my ******** towel. Extra frustrating because I wash all the towels in the family. I have to replace my towel every friggin' day. I'm so close to washing my toothpaste covered face on their stuff. Their favourite stuffed animals perhaps? Would that get the message across? * head exploding *
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Post by: Madferret on November 23, 2011, 06:38:40 PM
Every morning. I mean every friggin' morning my towel is covered in toothpaste. Even when I make sure the kids have there own face cloths, they (well, one of them at least) insists on using my ******** towel. Extra frustrating because I wash all the towels in the family. I have to replace my towel every friggin' day. I'm so close to washing my toothpaste covered face on their stuff. Their favourite stuffed animals perhaps? Would that get the message across? * head exploding *

Talk to them about it!  Don't teach / show them how to be spiteful!
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Post by: Sarge on November 23, 2011, 06:43:59 PM
Every morning. I mean every friggin' morning my towel is covered in toothpaste. Even when I make sure the kids have there own face cloths, they (well, one of them at least) insists on using my ******** towel. Extra frustrating because I wash all the towels in the family. I have to replace my towel every friggin' day. I'm so close to washing my toothpaste covered face on their stuff. Their favourite stuffed animals perhaps? Would that get the message across? * head exploding *

Talk to them about it!  Don't teach / show them how to be spiteful!

I do... almost every day! So frustrating. I don't know, maybe I'm going to have to take them shopping for their own special girly ones or something.

Buttering the bathroom floor would be bad too, right?  :P
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Post by: Sarge on November 23, 2011, 06:48:04 PM
Hang on... Are embroidered towels a dumb Christmas gift for 8-year-old girls? Maybe just wash cloths and face cloths as stocking stuffers?
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Post by: Madferret on November 23, 2011, 07:02:22 PM
Hang on... Are embroidered towels a dumb Christmas gift for 8-year-old girls? Maybe just wash cloths and face cloths as stocking stuffers?

Keep your towel in another room?
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Post by: Sarge on November 23, 2011, 07:14:18 PM

Keep your towel in another room?

I guess.

(http://archuletafanscene.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/09/pout1.jpg)

Title: Re: Kids - A thread for bragging, venting and, advice.
Post by: Sarge on December 05, 2011, 03:57:38 PM
I know I'm opening myself up to a big flaming here but I'm blown away by how much thinking I have to do when helping my kid with her grade 3 math... I don't recall those kind of questions when I was 8... Not sure how many years I have left before I'm completely useless.  :-\
Title: Re: Kids - A thread for bragging, venting and, advice.
Post by: Rob on December 05, 2011, 04:10:20 PM
I know I'm opening myself up to a big flaming here but I'm blown away by how much thinking I have to do when helping my kid with her grade 3 math... I don't recall those kind of questions when I was 8... Not sure how many years I have left before I'm completely useless.  :-\

Don't worry, you're not the only one.
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Post by: You're right on December 05, 2011, 07:18:55 PM
I know I'm opening myself up to a big flaming here but I'm blown away by how much thinking I have to do when helping my kid with her grade 3 math... I don't recall those kind of questions when I was 8... Not sure how many years I have left before I'm completely useless.  :-\

Don't worry, you're not the only one.
Try grade 5 - I'm learning to hate long division all over again!
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Post by: AlmosGirl on December 06, 2011, 03:45:50 PM
I know I'm opening myself up to a big flaming here but I'm blown away by how much thinking I have to do when helping my kid with her grade 3 math... I don't recall those kind of questions when I was 8... Not sure how many years I have left before I'm completely useless.  :-\

By high school you just give up all together and get them a tutor! :-\
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Post by: Rob on December 06, 2011, 04:09:25 PM
I know I'm opening myself up to a big flaming here but I'm blown away by how much thinking I have to do when helping my kid with her grade 3 math... I don't recall those kind of questions when I was 8... Not sure how many years I have left before I'm completely useless.  :-\

Don't worry, you're not the only one.
Try grade 5 - I'm learning to hate long division all over again!

I have one in grade 5, one in grade 3 and another in grade 1.

I almost curled up into a ball and wept when the long division questions started coming up. 
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Post by: Zee on December 06, 2011, 04:22:27 PM
Here's my 2 beauties, just turned 4 and 6 respectively.

(http://i.imgur.com/zDc9N.jpg)

We got a third on the way in March too.  Oh my life just got even more stressful.  :o
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Post by: Sarge on December 06, 2011, 04:24:46 PM
Very cute... * Internet cheek squeeze *
Title: Re: Kids - A thread for bragging, venting and, advice.
Post by: You're right on December 06, 2011, 05:16:20 PM
Zee - you have beautiful children!

Dynamite smiles!
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Post by: Bullfrog on December 06, 2011, 06:00:47 PM
Those two could kill you with cuteness.
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Post by: LittleHockeyFan on December 06, 2011, 10:41:30 PM
sooooooo cute!!!
Title: Re: Kids - A thread for bragging, venting and, advice.
Post by: Hockey_gal on December 07, 2011, 02:51:53 AM
I know I'm opening myself up to a big flaming here but I'm blown away by how much thinking I have to do when helping my kid with her grade 3 math... I don't recall those kind of questions when I was 8... Not sure how many years I have left before I'm completely useless.  :-\

If we lived closer my daughter could help. She is taking grade 12 university math and averaging  a 98%. She loves math and just gets it.


So I'm bragging and maybe she could help.
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Post by: Hockey_gal on December 07, 2011, 02:58:42 AM
I tried to post a pic of my girls but didn't work :(
Title: Re: Kids - A thread for bragging, venting and, advice.
Post by: AlmosGirl on December 09, 2011, 11:17:06 AM
zee, beautiful kiddos and congrats on the 3rd.  Yeah, it's a little more stressful adding a 3rd but oh so so worth it!
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Post by: WhatIfGodWasALeaf on December 09, 2011, 11:34:05 AM
I know I'm opening myself up to a big flaming here but I'm blown away by how much thinking I have to do when helping my kid with her grade 3 math... I don't recall those kind of questions when I was 8... Not sure how many years I have left before I'm completely useless.  :-\
Yeah, one of the top educators down here in the U.S. A guy with multiple Masters and a PHD decided to take the Tenth grade Math final.  He scored 60% or so and became one of the biggest advocates for moving away from standardized testing.

It really is quite remarkable how little of that stuff is retained when you are not using it post high school.
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Post by: Sarge on December 09, 2011, 11:44:49 AM
It's funny... As it turns out, the only reason most of needed math was to help our children with it.
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Post by: Rebel_1812 on December 10, 2011, 10:22:40 PM
I guess it depends on the industry your in.  Some jobs are heavy with numbers.  But most jobs require people skills, the one thing they don't teach in school.
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Post by: AlmosGirl on December 12, 2011, 12:13:37 PM
(http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y266/AlmosGirl/KylewithSanta1.jpg)

Here's my little guy.  I didn't think he would sit with Santa but he did and smiled!
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Post by: Sarge on December 12, 2011, 12:17:15 PM
An other cheek-squeeze from moi...

I've got one on the IR with a fractured wrist (skating on Sat. night.) She's a champ... We didn't know 'till Sun. morning when she woke up with it bruised an swollen. 
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Post by: AlmosGirl on December 12, 2011, 03:40:49 PM
An other cheek-squeeze from moi...

I've got one on the IR with a fractured wrist (skating on Sat. night.) She's a champ... We didn't know 'till Sun. morning when she woke up with it bruised an swollen.

Ouch! The good thing though, kids heal incredibly fast!
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Post by: Britishbulldog on December 14, 2011, 05:40:35 PM
Well my oldest son and his wife just had twins born this morning!  William is 4 lbs 4 oz and Sarah-Esther is 4 lbs 2 oz.  They were due Jan 12th but per usual with twins they decide to greet us early.

Heading over to the hospital now with Sue to see them for the 1st time.

;D  !!!
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Post by: Sarge on December 14, 2011, 06:06:08 PM
Congrats!... Any twin advice, just ask.. Not that I'm an expert or anything buy mine are 8... I haven't killed one yet.  :)
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Post by: Britishbulldog on December 20, 2011, 09:05:06 AM
Congrats!... Any twin advice, just ask.. Not that I'm an expert or anything buy mine are 8... I haven't killed one yet.  :)

Thanks Sarge!   It's nice to know that you got my back.   :D
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Post by: MonikaM on December 21, 2011, 12:43:04 PM
Congrats on the new pups in your litter!

Twins are awesome - my sister, my mother, and my great-grandmother all had twins.
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Post by: Bullfrog on January 14, 2012, 05:38:09 PM
I know people don't want to see pics/videos of strangers' kids, but I thought I'd share anyway. Here's my boy playing hockey for the first time this afternoon. We just bought some dollar store sticks. Kid's got a good backhand (he's just over two years):

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wmvyL3GyZXM[/youtube]
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Post by: You're right on January 14, 2012, 05:44:09 PM
Holy mini Mats Sundin!

Nice backhander at the end of the clip! Sign him!!!!!
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Post by: AlmosGirl on January 17, 2012, 03:09:10 PM
Holy mini Mats Sundin!

Nice backhander at the end of the clip! Sign him!!!!!

Heck yeah!  BF, he is absolutely adorable!

British, congrats on the twin grandbabies!  Awesome weights!
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Post by: Zee on January 22, 2012, 12:06:37 PM
The girls all ready for Chinese New Year!

(http://i.imgur.com/DUp3N.jpg)
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Post by: Sarge on January 22, 2012, 12:10:31 PM
可爱的。

(adorable.)
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Post by: AlmosGirl on January 23, 2012, 03:35:22 PM
Beautiful and love their outfits!  Happy New Year!
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Post by: Sarge on February 02, 2012, 11:18:52 AM
We are not a religious family... we don't go to church. Personally, I've been exposed to a little here and there of varying faiths and don't have issue with it but it's just not for me... If faith is a gift, I haven't been blessed with it. Anyway, a couple of our neighbours (nice enough people) have kids the same age as mine (8.) Their kids are my kids best friends and they go to Sunday School. They've invited my daughters and they want to go with them as for the most part, it's just king of a fun thing. Most of it is play but there are some bible lessons... I'm not sure what to do.  :-\
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Post by: MonikaM on February 02, 2012, 01:13:48 PM
Sarge, check out what the beliefs, and most importantly, the practices of that religion really are. Ask if you can sit in and observe a session or two of Sunday school and services without your kids so that you get a sense of what it is like.

I have family members who sent their kids to Sunday school, then ended up in the church school, and now won't socialize with anyone outside their church.

Check it out first and then take the kids if you want.
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Post by: Sarge on February 02, 2012, 01:43:00 PM
Excellent suggestion Monika. Thanks. They're Christians, that's all I know...  If I found it appropriate, i.e. more about being good people as opposed to being good Christians, would it be weird if my kids went and my wife and I didn't?
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Post by: Manson on February 02, 2012, 02:35:21 PM
We are not a religious family... we don't go to church. Personally, I've been exposed to a little here and there of varying faiths and don't have issue with it but it's just not for me... If faith is a gift, I haven't been blessed with it. Anyway, a couple of our neighbours (nice enough people) have kids the same age as mine (8.) Their kids are my kids best friends and they go to Sunday School. They've invited my daughters and they want to go with them as for the most part, it's just king of a fun thing. Most of it is play but there are some bible lessons... I'm not sure what to do.  :-\

Your kids are still very impressionable at that age and I would never knowlingly expose them to harmful lies by thoroughly brainwashed adults.

I wouldn't want to confuse them because they will undoubtedly be hearing some pretty absurd stories.
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Post by: Darryl on February 02, 2012, 07:05:34 PM
Your kids are still very impressionable at that age and I would never knowlingly expose them to harmful lies by thoroughly brainwashed adults.

I wouldn't want to confuse them because they will undoubtedly be hearing some pretty absurd stories.
You only prove that kids will be exposed to absurdity no matter where they are.
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Post by: Darryl on February 02, 2012, 07:11:02 PM
I am not a parent but I personally don't see the harm in sending them to Sunday. I would advise like Monika said to look into it first before you let them go. You may even want to talk to the pastor or youth director of the church to get an idea what they would be learning to see if it's something you want your children to be involved in. I am Catholic  and went to Sunday school as a kid of course there is going to be a religious element to it but it was just as much about being a good person, learning good values as it was to quote a close minded person "pretty absurd stories".
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Post by: Bullfrog on February 02, 2012, 08:01:05 PM
I'm an atheist and grew up in a non-religious household (parents are agnostic.) I went to sunday school several times with friends. A few outings won't be bad at all. They do lots of meaningful and fun activities at sunday school. My memory is a bit hazy, but I don't recall much talk about religion at all, other than listening to the stories.

As kids, it's just stories, no different than learning about Hanel and Gretel.

I'd be more worried if they insisted on bringing them every day; worried, that is, if it offends you or you believe it will interfere with their ability to objectively develop their own beliefs.

heck, when I was in elementary school, I remember reading bible stories during story time. My particular favourites were reading about Samson and David & Goliath.
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Post by: Bullfrog on February 02, 2012, 08:04:02 PM
Your kids are still very impressionable at that age and I would never knowlingly expose them to harmful lies by thoroughly brainwashed adults.

I wouldn't want to confuse them because they will undoubtedly be hearing some pretty absurd stories.

You keep the God Delusion in a sealed glass case on your bookshelf, don't you?
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Post by: Sarge on February 02, 2012, 10:17:21 PM
I just went out with my best friend for a couple of drinks and he's pretty much on the same page with the rest of you (apart from Manson of course.) I need to more information but his opinion was - and I quote "their skin isn't going to burn when they walk through the door." (lol) He also feels there is noting wrong with not being part of their Sunday experience. I'll talk to my wife and tell her I'm okay with it if she is... Thanks for the advice here, guys... most appreciated.
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Post by: Madferret on February 02, 2012, 10:23:35 PM
I thank God every day I don't have kids!
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Post by: Manson on February 02, 2012, 11:09:25 PM
Your kids are still very impressionable at that age and I would never knowlingly expose them to harmful lies by thoroughly brainwashed adults.

I wouldn't want to confuse them because they will undoubtedly be hearing some pretty absurd stories.

You keep the God Delusion in a sealed glass case on your bookshelf, don't you?

Never read it.  Something wrong with what I said?
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Post by: Bullfrog on February 03, 2012, 06:52:43 AM
I won't get into a religious debate with you, but it's your approach. We get it, you don't believe in god and think the concept of religion is akin to a brainwashing cult.

Sarge was asking for some simple advice and you have to use the opportunity to insult people who have faith, as you always do when the topic arises. That's what's wrong with what you said.
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Post by: Zee on February 03, 2012, 09:06:21 AM
Your kids are still very impressionable at that age and I would never knowlingly expose them to harmful lies by thoroughly brainwashed adults.

I wouldn't want to confuse them because they will undoubtedly be hearing some pretty absurd stories.

You keep the God Delusion in a sealed glass case on your bookshelf, don't you?

Never read it.  Something wrong with what I said?

I took offense with what you said as well but I didn't say anything at the time because people will assume I just argue with all non Leafs fans.  But yeah, no need to knock other people's beliefs the way you did calling it brainwashing.
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Post by: Sarge on February 03, 2012, 09:10:04 AM
So as it turns out, this whole thing might not just be the Sunday school component but a full blown service followed by Sunday school.... I'm pretty sure that would be too overwhelming for them. As of now, my answer is "thanks but no thanks" unless one of the parents lets me know otherwise. I think there is some sort of kiddie thing these kids go to Wednesday nights that is run by the church and I'll keep myself open to that. - If the invitation is extended. 
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Post by: Bates on February 03, 2012, 09:26:04 AM
I don't know the Church in question Sarge but in some Catholic Churches the Mass starts and then the kids are taken to a seperate area for "Sunday School" and so they actually don't participate in the Mass with the adults.
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Post by: Sarge on February 03, 2012, 09:31:36 AM
Thanks Bates... I just really need to get the details. I just think if a service is involved, it'll be too much... at least without my wife and I - you know?
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Post by: Stronger Than All on February 03, 2012, 09:32:44 AM
So my 2 year old son has this Scout toy (http://www.amazon.co.uk/LeapFrog-19138-Scout-Letter-Discoveries/dp/B001W2WKRQ) which does a bunch of things.  One thing it does is asks you to find a letter and names the letter.  My son finds almost every letter now and nobody knows how he is doing this.  My mother in law was actually a bit creeped out.  Nobody thinks a 2 year old should be able to do this.

For now, I'm going to assume I simply have a genius son!  :)
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Post by: Bates on February 03, 2012, 09:42:48 AM
Sarge is seems that I remember the school was more about being a good person and how you treat people and so on.....  I have been a non practicing Catholic all of my life and while I don't really believe in the the need for a structured Church and being preached to in my life I do however live my life by the example in the Commandments and the Bible.  I also find the "cultlike" part of religion a bit bothersome but the basis of belief to be a better person could sure be used in today's world.  I really liked the ideas here that you visit and chat with the people who are "teaching" Sunday school.  Good luck to you on this and all "parenting" choices in life!!!  Would sure like to hear on a go forword basis how this issue works out for you??  Will be interesting to see if they go how the kids react.  Prob end up being a massive worry for you and kids just had a fun day playing with their friends at school.  Or at least that is the hope.
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Post by: Manson on February 03, 2012, 09:49:50 AM
So as it turns out, this whole thing might not just be the Sunday school component but a full blown service followed by Sunday school.... I'm pretty sure that would be too overwhelming for them. As of now, my answer is "thanks but no thanks" unless one of the parents lets me know otherwise. I think there is some sort of kiddie thing these kids go to Wednesday nights that is run by the church and I'll keep myself open to that. - If the invitation is extended.

There's a lot written about your exact situation.  To be honest, what most parents end up finding is that it's generally harmless because the kids are bored silly, come home and tell you they didn't like it.  But like I said, I still wouldn't do it.

As for any religious people I offended, first I'm shocked, and second feel free to PM me.  I have no intentions of hijacking this thread either.

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Post by: Madferret on February 03, 2012, 09:50:16 AM
Sarge you never been to any kind of church or mass at all?
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Post by: Rob on February 03, 2012, 09:52:01 AM
Thanks Bates... I just really need to get the details. I just think if a service is involved, it'll be too much... at least without my wife and I - you know?

To relay an experience of a couple years ago.....

It was late June, school was almost out.  I get a flyer in our mailbox from a Mennonite Bretheran church up the road, for a week of "day camp" at the church where the kids will do arts and crafts and such.  The price was right, it was free.  At the end of the week, there would be a family bbq, a bouncy castle, and other forms of entertainment.  It was very HIGHLY stressed to the kids throughout the week, and to us parents when we came to pick up the kids to attend the "party" at the end of the week.  Not in a forceful coercive way, just hyped A LOT.

So we go to the party at the end of the week, and the party basically turned into a membership drive.  They took the kids and entertained them and current church members two, three, four at a time would talk to the parents and basically try to get them to join the church.

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Post by: Zee on February 03, 2012, 09:59:01 AM
I don't know the Church in question Sarge but in some Catholic Churches the Mass starts and then the kids are taken to a seperate area for "Sunday School" and so they actually don't participate in the Mass with the adults.

Yep that's what they do in our church.  So much easier with young kids since they can't sit still and figit the entire time during mass.  So they go off to another room and get to color pictures while adults listen to the mass.
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Post by: Sarge on February 03, 2012, 09:59:25 AM
Sarge you never been to any kind of church or mass at all?

A fair bit actually... synagogue and church... My parents are of varying faiths and in fact, my uncle is a reverend. I just haven't bought into either faith. Now, I've picked away pieces of each that I like but to me, it's all rather well, I don't know... not for me.
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Post by: Sarge on February 03, 2012, 10:02:06 AM

To relay an experience of a couple years ago.....

It was late June, school was almost out.  I get a flyer in our mailbox from a Mennonite Bretheran church up the road, for a week of "day camp" at the church where the kids will do arts and crafts and such.  The price was right, it was free.  At the end of the week, there would be a family bbq, a bouncy castle, and other forms of entertainment.  It was very HIGHLY stressed to the kids throughout the week, and to us parents when we came to pick up the kids to attend the "party" at the end of the week.  Not in a forceful coercive way, just hyped A LOT.

So we go to the party at the end of the week, and the party basically turned into a membership drive.  They took the kids and entertained them and current church members two, three, four at a time would talk to the parents and basically try to get them to join the church.

Yikes... No, I'm not sure it's anything like that.
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Post by: LittleHockeyFan on February 03, 2012, 10:26:15 AM
So my 2 year old son has this Scout toy (http://www.amazon.co.uk/LeapFrog-19138-Scout-Letter-Discoveries/dp/B001W2WKRQ) which does a bunch of things.  One thing it does is asks you to find a letter and names the letter.  My son finds almost every letter now and nobody knows how he is doing this.  My mother in law was actually a bit creeped out.  Nobody thinks a 2 year old should be able to do this.

For now, I'm going to assume I simply have a genius son!  :)

when my now-22-and-about-to-graduate-from-McMaster-in-Engineering daughter was between 1 and 3 years old (I'm talking 1992 here), we had an old MacClassic computer that had this stupid little alphabet game on it....The full (eight inch at the time) screen would be a letter, and she'd have to find it on the keyboard and tap it. If she was correct, a little bird would fly across the screen and tweet. I don't remember what it was actually called but she called it 'birdie game' and she knew her alphabet by age 2 because of it, and was reading by the time she went to kindergarten. I would make her call out the letter so I knew she was actually learning the alphabet verbally as well as in written form. The kid was bored by Dr Seuss by age 3.

My younger one was born when she was 6, and she read to him. Once he discovered Link and Mario and Luigi at age 3, he wanted to play Nintendo all the time and I refused to sit down and read the screen to him all day long, so out of need to play his games, he learned to read by age 3. When the other kids in grade 1 and 2 were learning Spot and Horton hears a who, my son was reading novels by Eric Walters.

Your kid is a genius! :).....there's no greater gift for a child (after parental love!) than knowing how to read.
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Post by: Madferret on February 03, 2012, 10:39:24 AM
Sarge you never been to any kind of church or mass at all?

A fair bit actually... synagogue and church... My parents are of varying faiths and in fact, my uncle is a reverend. I just haven't bought into either faith. Now, I've picked away pieces of each that I like but to me, it's all rather well, I don't know... not for me.

Ok. I was raised Catholic - think I've been to church / mass two times since graduating high school in '95. Same kind of deal with my folks - mom is Catholic dad is CoE.
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Post by: Stronger Than All on February 03, 2012, 10:42:28 AM
Sarge, this situation would be very confusing for me as well so I'm not sure I can give any advice.

Only thing I can tell you is I'm not religious, my side of the family is religious, and my son was baptized.  Since I'm not religious I took the stance that it really didn't matter to me, and didn't offend me at all since it doesn't mean much to me.  The reason I did it was it made many members of my family very happy - including my sons great-grandmother who is getting up there in age.

I'm not sure how this relates to you though.  :P
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Post by: AlmosGirl on February 03, 2012, 11:32:00 AM
I don't know the Church in question Sarge but in some Catholic Churches the Mass starts and then the kids are taken to a seperate area for "Sunday School" and so they actually don't participate in the Mass with the adults.

That's how it is in our church (Catholic as well).  They take them before the 1st reading and they come back just before Communion.  Mass is too long these days for little kids.  When I was growing up and going every Sunday with my Dad, Mass was at the most, 30 mins.  Nowadays, it's 1 hour at a minimum.  Little kids do not like to sit still for that long, let alone some adults. ;)
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Post by: louisstamos on February 03, 2012, 11:56:43 AM
I don't know the Church in question Sarge but in some Catholic Churches the Mass starts and then the kids are taken to a seperate area for "Sunday School" and so they actually don't participate in the Mass with the adults.

It's usually like this, although the Pentacostal Christian Church I most recently attended would have the kids leave 3 out of the 4 weeks of the month.  The 4th week, though, they would have a "family" service, where everyone sits in mass.  And yeah, kids are figety and get bored, but they stress on some days for them to be there.  Hopefully it's not something like that...

The Wednesday thing sounds like something they would like, though.  It's funny in my situation, even though I was baptised, my parents are largely non-religious (similar to STA's situation), so I didn't really get into religion myself until my early 20s.  In order to learn more about the faith, I attended session for young adults on Fridays which were very low key and laid back.  I imagine that session would have been a little preachier than what they do with younger children, but there will be some church content.

In the end, I don't think you need to be worried; I remember attending Greek School on Saturdays from Grade 1 - 6 which was sponsored by the local Greek Orthodox church, and in the afternoons they either had bible or greek mythology sessions, and they never really "brainwashed" me per say...like I said, I really didn't start getting into religion until some 10-12 years later when I was an adult.
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Post by: Bullfrog on February 03, 2012, 03:22:05 PM
So my 2 year old son has this Scout toy (http://www.amazon.co.uk/LeapFrog-19138-Scout-Letter-Discoveries/dp/B001W2WKRQ) which does a bunch of things.  One thing it does is asks you to find a letter and names the letter.  My son finds almost every letter now and nobody knows how he is doing this.  My mother in law was actually a bit creeped out.  Nobody thinks a 2 year old should be able to do this.

For now, I'm going to assume I simply have a genius son!  :)

Yep, go with your assumption. My son is similar. He's just over two, won't say anymore than a handful of words (dada, gogo [car], hi, bye, juice, and ice) but he can point out about 20 letters and say about 10. He can also stack blocks about 6 or 7 high and makes complex towers. He's been doing that since about 9 months.

I'm thinking a career in engineering or architecture. :)
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Post by: Zee on February 22, 2012, 07:26:54 AM
Getting ready to brag for kid #3, the due date is March 2nd but my wife just told me she thinks it'll be the next few days -- mother's intuition.  Get ready boys and girls -- I predict the Leafs will rally for me!  LOL
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Post by: AlmosGirl on February 22, 2012, 10:37:30 AM
Exciting Zee, good luck to you guys.  Hope it's a smooth delivery!
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Post by: Zee on February 26, 2012, 05:59:01 AM
The wife is starting to feel slight contractions as I write this, its 5:00am.  They're not close enough together to go to the hospital, but it's going to be soon.  Probably have some good news very soon.
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Post by: Tigger on February 26, 2012, 12:12:42 PM
Good luck to you and your wife Zee, you'll be needing 24 hours sleep in the not too distant future... :)

True story, when my daughter was born I slept on a cot in the room after the fact, when the nurses came in halfway through the night I woke up ( though have no memory of it ) and said "how far apart are they"... they all had a good laugh.
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Post by: Zee on February 26, 2012, 02:25:34 PM
Good luck to you and your wife Zee, you'll be needing 24 hours sleep in the not too distant future... :)

True story, when my daughter was born I slept on a cot in the room after the fact, when the nurses came in halfway through the night I woke up ( though have no memory of it ) and said "how far apart are they"... they all had a good laugh.


LOL on edge much?

So false alarm (well not false but EARLY stages of labour) they sent us back home. The contractions seem to be getting more painful but until they're 10 min apart or less we're not supposed to go back.
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Post by: LittleHockeyFan on February 26, 2012, 06:25:40 PM


So false alarm (well not false but EARLY stages of labour) they sent us back home. The contractions seem to be getting more painful but until they're 10 min apart or less we're not supposed to go back.

10 minutes?!

Is this the first child or a subsequent one? Cause with my son (child #2),  I went from '20 minutes apart' to '10 minutes apart' in about an hour, and then from '10 minutes' apart to about 30 seconds apart in another half an hour. It was less than three hours from 'my water broke!' to 'it's a boy!'

IOW, don't make any plans for the evening ! ;)
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Post by: Zee on February 27, 2012, 07:56:20 AM
I'm the proud papa of a beautiful new baby daughter!  Mommy and baby are doing very well.

6lbs 8oz, Emma.

(http://img.tapatalk.com/4ac60989-6ff5-96ff.jpg)
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Post by: WhatIfGodWasALeaf on February 27, 2012, 08:24:20 AM
Congrats sir, happy for ya, Emma is on Mrs wigwal and I's potential girl names list too, solid choice.
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Post by: Britishbulldog on February 27, 2012, 08:47:22 AM
Congrats Zee!!  Nothing like a deep love for a child to put life in perspective for a dad. 

Welcome to the team Emma   :)

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Post by: You're right on February 27, 2012, 09:11:25 AM
Congrats!
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Post by: Sarge on February 27, 2012, 09:23:39 AM
Congrats Zee!
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Post by: AlmosGirl on February 27, 2012, 10:47:27 AM
Congrats Zee and Mrs. Zee!  Emma is beautiful.  Enjoy!
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Post by: Zee on February 27, 2012, 10:54:28 AM
Here's my contribution to Leafs fortunes on trade deadline day.(http://img.tapatalk.com/4ac60989-99b7-f7b8.jpg)
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Post by: Sarge on February 27, 2012, 10:58:54 AM
... and Kudos to Mrs. Zee for squeaking it in before the deadline! Now let her rest and you and Emma go find a TV!   
Title: Kids - A thread for bragging, venting and, advice.
Post by: Zee on February 27, 2012, 11:21:02 AM
... and Kudos to Mrs. Zee for squeaking it in before the deadline! Now let her rest and you and Emma go find a TV!

I threw in 2 firsts. 
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Post by: TheMightyOdin on February 27, 2012, 11:26:04 AM
So my 2 year old son has this Scout toy (http://www.amazon.co.uk/LeapFrog-19138-Scout-Letter-Discoveries/dp/B001W2WKRQ) which does a bunch of things.  One thing it does is asks you to find a letter and names the letter.  My son finds almost every letter now and nobody knows how he is doing this.  My mother in law was actually a bit creeped out.  Nobody thinks a 2 year old should be able to do this.

For now, I'm going to assume I simply have a genius son!  :)

when my now-22-and-about-to-graduate-from-McMaster-in-Engineering daughter was between 1 and 3 years old (I'm talking 1992 here), we had an old MacClassic computer that had this stupid little alphabet game on it....The full (eight inch at the time) screen would be a letter, and she'd have to find it on the keyboard and tap it. If she was correct, a little bird would fly across the screen and tweet. I don't remember what it was actually called but she called it 'birdie game' and she knew her alphabet by age 2 because of it, and was reading by the time she went to kindergarten. I would make her call out the letter so I knew she was actually learning the alphabet verbally as well as in written form. The kid was bored by Dr Seuss by age 3.

My younger one was born when she was 6, and she read to him. Once he discovered Link and Mario and Luigi at age 3, he wanted to play Nintendo all the time and I refused to sit down and read the screen to him all day long, so out of need to play his games, he learned to read by age 3. When the other kids in grade 1 and 2 were learning Spot and Horton hears a who, my son was reading novels by Eric Walters.

Your kid is a genius! :).....there's no greater gift for a child (after parental love!) than knowing how to read.

My friends have a young girl who was reading at the age of two. It was really amazing. I think she is 7 now and the only sort of punishment that really gets her is not being allowed to read books that day.

It also led to problems when she was younger. Because she could read anything she sometimes got her hands on things she shouldn't read. Things that would scare the scare the crap out of her or explain in great detail human sexual reproduction.
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Post by: LittleHockeyFan on February 27, 2012, 12:36:55 PM
awwww, so cute!

Congrats to the Zees, welcome baby Emma! Expect to see future pix of her wearing her best little pink Leafs jersey :D
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Post by: Damian on February 27, 2012, 02:17:23 PM
Congrats bro!
Title: Kids - A thread for bragging, venting and, advice.
Post by: Zee on February 27, 2012, 09:46:07 PM
After seeing the "blockbusters" that went down today, I owe my youngest daughter a huge thank you for making me not sit in front of the tv all day watching nothing. LOL
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Post by: AlmosGirl on March 09, 2012, 02:00:06 PM
I'm gonna brag about my DD.  Had her last playdown game on Tuesday evening and they needed a win in order to advance to Provincials.  They got the win 3-0 and she had the first 2 goals!  She came close to a hattrick but not quite.  She was pretty happy with the 2 goals!
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Post by: Britishbulldog on April 25, 2012, 03:12:29 PM
So highschool hockey started last night and my youngest is playing highschool.

http://timestranscript.canadaeast.com/search/article/1456706

I am pretty proud of him.  At physicals Monday night he measured 6'0" and weighed in at a rugged 198 lbs.  He just turned 16 last month and is still growing.  At his age I was 5'10" 145 lbs.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/79536086@N08/7113509581/

How would I put this picture up rather than a link?

(http://www.flickr.com/photos/79536086@N08/7113509581/)
Dammit, I tried, but it doesn't want to work for some reason. Did you want me to host it at my photobucket and try it that way?
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Post by: Britishbulldog on April 25, 2012, 05:14:11 PM
So highschool hockey started last night and my youngest is playing highschool.

http://timestranscript.canadaeast.com/search/article/1456706

I am pretty proud of him.  At physicals Monday night he measured 6'0" and weighed in at a rugged 198 lbs.  He just turned 16 last month and is still growing.  At his age I was 5'10" 145 lbs.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/79536086@N08/7113509581/

How would I put this picture up rather than a link?

(http://www.flickr.com/photos/79536086@N08/7113509581/)
Dammit, I tried, but it doesn't want to work for some reason. Did you want me to host it at my photobucket and try it that way?


Sure, it seems to need to say .jpg in the link but I couldn't get it to say it. 
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Post by: Sarge on May 06, 2012, 12:15:21 PM
I so wish I had some of my old stuff.  :)

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7v75QpvISUs[/youtube]
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Post by: Sarge on May 23, 2012, 07:12:57 PM
Two days of a track and field competition with a rival school. I'm proud of both of my kids but one did particularly well. No firsts but got ribbons in most events. Anyway, after day one which composed of most of the running events, she commented (not really complained) her ankle was sore... No biggie, right? She completed day two today which included most of the jumping events with one last run, their longest at 800m. - I though she ran it rather slow (for her anyway.) After that event which was the final one of the day, she then told us her was very, very sore... Keeping in mind she said nothing to us all day and there was only very minor swelling but nothing anywhere close to major there. So, my wife takes her to the ER. Anyway, as it turns out, she busted her ankle. Man, what a trooper!

Hockey players taking a shift or two on a busted ankle? PSHAW!
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Post by: LittleHockeyFan on May 23, 2012, 07:14:47 PM
a regular Bobby Baun! :)
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Post by: Sarge on June 28, 2012, 06:58:26 AM
Last day of school.  :(
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Post by: moon111 on July 21, 2012, 06:07:14 PM
My oldest daughter has always been a huge bookworm.  She'll read for hours.  This has led her into something she's very passionate about, writing.  And especially for her age, she's pretty good.  Recently she's written an entire book with probably a bigger plot twist then most stories I've read.  Now, she's thinking about wanting to publish via something like Blurb or Lulu.  Anyone have any experience?

If she actually made money on any of this, does she have to report it? 
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Post by: Rick Couchman on August 05, 2012, 02:46:40 AM
My 17-yr-old son Jake was out cruising with his friend these evening.  They went around a curve in the road going too fast in his grandparents car and ended up rolling the car.  They ended up upsidedown.  They had to really squeeze to get out, the roof had really compressed down. Firetruck, OPP, and ambulance arrived.  Both boys okay - possible separated shoulder for the friend. If they hadn't had seatbelts...

Jake called my cell within minutes of it happening.  I was just entering the movie theatre with Sherry and literally had it in my hands to turn it off.  It took me about 3 minutes to make the normally 10 minute drive there.

Hug your kids.  Things like this often turn out far worse...
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Post by: WhatIfGodWasALeaf on August 05, 2012, 03:03:29 AM
Glad to hear he's okay chief.
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Post by: LittleHockeyFan on August 05, 2012, 06:20:47 AM
OMG Rick. What WIGWAL said x2. *hugs*
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Post by: Sarge on August 05, 2012, 07:35:50 AM
Scary. I'm happy to hear everyone is okay.
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Post by: Britishbulldog on August 05, 2012, 08:11:07 AM
Hug your kids.  Things like this often turn out far worse...

Wow  Rick.  Thankful things are as good as they could be!

All The Best, Dan
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Post by: Britishbulldog on August 05, 2012, 08:12:21 AM
My oldest daughter has always been a huge bookworm.  She'll read for hours.  This has led her into something she's very passionate about, writing.  And especially for her age, she's pretty good.  Recently she's written an entire book with probably a bigger plot twist then most stories I've read.  Now, she's thinking about wanting to publish via something like Blurb or Lulu.  Anyone have any experience?

If she actually made money on any of this, does she have to report it?

I have 3 friends publishing books, I will see what they say.
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Post by: AlmosGirl on August 05, 2012, 04:53:06 PM
Hugs Rick.  Glad they're ok and I know how you feel.  My oldest had an accident last summer on the way to the dentist with his sister in the car.  Hit all on her side and it was the scariest thing ever.
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Post by: moon111 on August 05, 2012, 09:03:13 PM
My oldest daughter has always been a huge bookworm.  She'll read for hours.  This has led her into something she's very passionate about, writing.  And especially for her age, she's pretty good.  Recently she's written an entire book with probably a bigger plot twist then most stories I've read.  Now, she's thinking about wanting to publish via something like Blurb or Lulu.  Anyone have any experience?

If she actually made money on any of this, does she have to report it?

I have 3 friends publishing books, I will see what they say.
Thanks and I'd love to hear any advice.

And glad to hear nobody killed in the accident.  It doesn't take much.  A guy at work was off to a funeral for someone who thought to 'test' their limits with a vehicle and lost.
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Post by: Sarge on August 09, 2012, 05:59:54 PM
I'm so ready for the kids to go back to school.
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Post by: WhatIfGodWasALeaf on August 09, 2012, 09:38:55 PM
I'm so ready for the kids to go back to school.

Don't you just want to choke them out at least half the time?

That's the part I'm not looking forward to when we finally start a family, most of the time I hate other peoples children.
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Post by: Sarge on August 10, 2012, 07:00:05 AM
I'm so ready for the kids to go back to school.

Don't you just want to choke them out at least half 80% the time?

That's the part I'm not looking forward to when we finally start a family, most of the time I hate other peoples children.

Fixed (joking.) - Sorta, Kinda, not really.  >:( :-\ 
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Post by: Bullfrog on August 10, 2012, 08:58:41 AM
I have a 2 1/2 year old.





... I understand.  :-X

He was angry that I was making him take a bath. So he punched me full force in the nose and gave me a bloody nose.
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Post by: Rob on August 10, 2012, 09:25:54 AM
Johnny Depp was on Letterman not long ago.  Letterman was asking Johnny Depp about his kids, Depp said it was like living with a bunch of drunks. 

I slowly nodded my head in agreement.
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Post by: Sarge on August 10, 2012, 09:45:20 AM
Johnny Depp was on Letterman not long ago.  Letterman was asking Johnny Depp about his kids, Depp said it was like living with a bunch of drunks. 

I slowly nodded my head in agreement.

It makes it easier if they're not angry drunks.   :-\
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Post by: A Weekend at Bernier's on August 10, 2012, 09:52:39 AM
Three kids here, ages like clockwork: 5, 3 and 1.  I need to make sure that clock stays broken  ;)

Anyway, the 17 month old the other day takes his 'Fridge DJ' (a little radio that sings the ABCs, Old McDonald, etc), climbs the kitchen counter, opens the microwave, puts the radio in, and begins a massive defrost cycle.  You should have seen this thing.  No, better yet, you should have seen and smelled the smoke.  Here we are three days later and the kitchen still stinks, never mind that the actual microwave is destoyed.

Boys!!!!!!!!!   >:( ;D
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Post by: Rob on August 10, 2012, 10:29:58 AM
I mean, I love my kids, I really do.  But most days I wish I would have kept it in my pants.
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Post by: Rob on August 10, 2012, 10:37:06 AM
Three kids here, ages like clockwork: 5, 3 and 1.  I need to make sure that clock stays broken  ;)

Anyway, the 17 month old the other day takes his 'Fridge DJ' (a little radio that sings the ABCs, Old McDonald, etc), climbs the kitchen counter, opens the microwave, puts the radio in, and begins a massive defrost cycle.  You should have seen this thing.  No, better yet, you should have seen and smelled the smoke.  Here we are three days later and the kitchen still stinks, never mind that the actual microwave is destoyed.

Boys!!!!!!!!!   >:( ;D

At least you won't have to endure that infernal racket anymore!!!!!
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Post by: WhatIfGodWasALeaf on August 10, 2012, 10:41:53 AM
Haha Thanks for being honest and not sugar coating it gentlemen, I laughed more than once reading those replies.
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Post by: Sarge on August 10, 2012, 11:38:06 AM
I mean, I love my kids, I really do.  But most days I wish I would have kept it in my pants.

I hear ya, man... Though I'm sure shortly after they go back to school I'm going to miss having them around again. It's all about balance I suppose. It's something I have a hard time finding from time to time. 
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Post by: A Weekend at Bernier's on August 10, 2012, 11:38:57 AM
Three kids here, ages like clockwork: 5, 3 and 1.  I need to make sure that clock stays broken  ;)

Anyway, the 17 month old the other day takes his 'Fridge DJ' (a little radio that sings the ABCs, Old McDonald, etc), climbs the kitchen counter, opens the microwave, puts the radio in, and begins a massive defrost cycle.  You should have seen this thing.  No, better yet, you should have seen and smelled the smoke.  Here we are three days later and the kitchen still stinks, never mind that the actual microwave is destoyed.

Boys!!!!!!!!!   >:( ;D

At least you won't have to endure that infernal racket anymore!!!!!

Oh Guru, you know as well as I do there's more where that came from - lots, lots more!

Dennis Leary and Louis C.K have some great routines on this....here's a good one (but a bit racey, so be aware)

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hqNDqygVp70&playnext=1&list=PL48ACEB00B7C8F280&feature=results_video[/youtube]
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Post by: Sarge on August 10, 2012, 11:41:57 AM
 :) At least buys break stuff and it's over with. With girls, I have to figure out why they did or didn't break it and and it inevitably becomes my fault. - They start early.  :-\
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Post by: A Weekend at Bernier's on August 10, 2012, 11:42:23 AM
Toys that make noise...

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pKcK4fxcwEs[/youtube]
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Post by: AlmosGirl on August 11, 2012, 08:22:08 PM
I'm so ready for the kids to go back to school.

Don't you just want to choke them out at least half the time?

That's the part I'm not looking forward to when we finally start a family, most of the time I hate other peoples children.

That's pretty normal.  I actually hate when they go back to school because it's more work for me.  Lunches, dropping off, etc....  Ugh, I hate it.  It's so easy with them at home and not having to get anyone up to rush out the door.
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Post by: MonikaM on August 21, 2012, 03:24:58 AM
I mean, I love my kids, I really do.  But most days I wish I would have kept it in my pants.

The best sex ed class ever would be having a grade 8 class look after a handful of toddlers who have just returned from visiting their grandparents, eaten a box of Oreos, are not fully toilet-trained, and have not taken a nap.

My boy is 13-years-old. Having spent a lot of time in dressing rooms, I can handle nasty smells. But seriously? I am convinced that once male sweat glands are fully activated in puberty, out stinking each other is their sole purpose in life. Until they discover girls.

At that time, I will go into great detail with all of them about the family history of twins. Hopefully they will all be so terrified and not realize that's only applicable on the female side:)
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Post by: Corn Flake on August 21, 2012, 09:04:10 AM
:) At least buys break stuff and it's over with. With girls, I have to figure out why they did or didn't break it and and it inevitably becomes my fault. - They start early.  :-\

oh man so familiar.

My daughter is 8 now and while she has always had that typical first born "i run the show" thing going on, but it's now gone from being cute to incredibly challenging to deal with. She has also picked up almost every subtle nuance of her mom and how she communicates with me so I basically have two wives right now.  :o  :'(

*** help me. send help. please. ***
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Post by: OldTimeHockey on August 21, 2012, 09:27:52 AM
:) At least buys break stuff and it's over with. With girls, I have to figure out why they did or didn't break it and and it inevitably becomes my fault. - They start early.  :-\

oh man so familiar.

My daughter is 8 now and while she has always had that typical first born "i run the show" thing going on, but it's now gone from being cute to incredibly challenging to deal with. She has also picked up almost every subtle nuance of her mom and how she communicates with me so I basically have two wives right now.  :o  :'(

*** help me. send help. please. ***

Try having 4 wives. My daughters, aged 15, 11, and 4, are all identical to their mother in their actions and habits. I've had more fun beating my head against the brick wall than trying to have a level headed discussion with them.
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Post by: Corn Flake on August 21, 2012, 09:31:18 AM
:) At least buys break stuff and it's over with. With girls, I have to figure out why they did or didn't break it and and it inevitably becomes my fault. - They start early.  :-\

oh man so familiar.

My daughter is 8 now and while she has always had that typical first born "i run the show" thing going on, but it's now gone from being cute to incredibly challenging to deal with. She has also picked up almost every subtle nuance of her mom and how she communicates with me so I basically have two wives right now.  :o  :'(

*** help me. send help. please. ***

Try having 4 wives. My daughters, aged 15, 11, and 4, are all identical to their mother in their actions and habits. I've had more fun beating my head against the brick wall than trying to have a level headed discussion with them.

God, help you.

Thankfully for me, my 6 year old son loves baseball and will practice any time at the drop of a hat.  We hide in the backyard most of the time.  If he ends up being really really good because of the time spent, his sister will probably take credit for it somehow. :)
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Post by: Sarge on August 21, 2012, 02:05:10 PM
One wife, two twin daughters entering grade 4. Heck, even the dog is a chick. * ARRRGHHH!


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Post by: OldTimeHockey on August 21, 2012, 03:51:26 PM
I have the advantage of having a male dog though I'm sure he sides with the ladies anyhow.
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Post by: Rob on August 21, 2012, 04:10:35 PM
One wife, two twin daughters entering grade 4. Heck, even the dog is a chick. * ARRRGHHH!

Wife, 7,8,11 year old daughters and my mother has been staying with us for coming up on 2 years.  I'm the only male in the house. 
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Post by: Sarge on August 21, 2012, 04:17:35 PM
Me too... Drama sucks.
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Post by: LittleHockeyFan on August 21, 2012, 06:30:07 PM
I have the advantage of having a male dog though I'm sure he sides with the ladies anyhow.

it depends on who walks him, who feeds him, who plays with him and who lets him up on the bed/couch/furniture.
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Post by: OldTimeHockey on August 21, 2012, 07:17:30 PM
I have the advantage of having a male dog though I'm sure he sides with the ladies anyhow.

it depends on who walks him, who feeds him, who plays with him and who lets him up on the bed/couch/furniture.

Yup, he sides with the wife!
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Post by: Sarge on August 21, 2012, 07:21:17 PM
I have the advantage of having a male dog though I'm sure he sides with the ladies anyhow.

it depends on who walks him, who feeds him, who plays with him and who lets him up on the bed/couch/furniture.

Yup. Both dogs we've adopted since we've been married well, have kind of been "my" dog. Case in point; She's crate trained and when we're out of the house or in bed, she's in it. We just recently has a long stretch of days where nobody was really home except from late night to early morning. I felt so bad for her (or maybe it was guilt) that I elected to spend nights on the couch with her...

.... yeah, they all have me kind of "whipped."  :-\     
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Post by: LittleHockeyFan on August 21, 2012, 07:48:35 PM
my dog, a 100 pound Rottweiler cross, believes his place is on the bed. And not just curled up at the foot of the bed or anything. He needs to be stretched out, head on pillow, and between us.

He used to sleep with my daughter before she went away to university :-\
Title: Re: Kids - A thread for bragging, venting and, advice.
Post by: Sarge on August 21, 2012, 07:55:13 PM
my dog, a 100 pound Rottweiler cross, believes his place is on the bed. And not just curled up at the foot of the bed or anything. He needs to be stretched out, head on pillow, and between us.

He used to sleep with my daughter before she went away to university :-\

Wrong thread I suppose but our Rotty (when she was with us) used to sleep with us. I miss having a dog on the bed to be honest with you and she was exactly the same way. - Right in the middle, stretched out. On the other hand, I really don't miss the hair and most of all, I don't miss the dreams she had where she was chasing bunnies.     
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Post by: LittleHockeyFan on August 21, 2012, 08:12:54 PM
our Rotty (when she was with us) used to sleep with us. I miss having a dog on the bed to be honest with you and she was ecactly the same way. - Right in the middle, stretched out. On the other hand, I really don't miss the hair and most of all, I don't miss the dreams she had where she was chasing bunnies.   

what I wouldn't miss is the misguided thought process he has that he must announce every time the door opens, the garage door opener goes, a car comes in the driveway, someone goes out to the bathroom, a fly buzzes around, a leaf blows in the wind with his high decibel business meaning growl. I do NOT require you waking me up at 330 am to let me know daddy is home.
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Post by: Sarge on August 21, 2012, 08:23:12 PM
 :)
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Post by: Sarge on August 21, 2012, 08:29:23 PM
Also, it's bugging me that the comma is misplaced in the subject title.  :-\
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Post by: Green Leaf on August 21, 2012, 10:13:57 PM
Also, it's bugging me that the comma is misplaced in the subject title.  :-\

+1 lol
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Post by: Sarge on September 02, 2012, 03:45:49 PM
My girls with John Catucci from the Food Network's You Gotta Eat Here!

[pic removed]

Today, they explained to the nation why they love the tortilla soup at Made in Mexico here in Newmarket (airing in the new year.) 
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Post by: WhatIfGodWasALeaf on September 02, 2012, 05:10:37 PM
Lovely kids Sarge, both look a lot like my niece did at that age, she has that red hair that many woman would kill for too(she is 19 now).
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Post by: Sarge on September 02, 2012, 05:43:37 PM
Thanks WIGWAL.
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Post by: LittleHockeyFan on September 03, 2012, 12:49:26 AM
what beauties! And the red hair! To die for!! SO lucky!
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Post by: Sarge on September 03, 2012, 07:34:36 AM
Thanks... Mixed blessing though. - They have our temper.  :o
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Post by: Sarge on September 04, 2012, 08:53:27 AM
Ahhh... What's that I hear? Oh, yeah, nothing.  :)

A day off for me and the kids are off to school.
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Post by: Tigger on September 04, 2012, 09:07:30 AM
Yup, I'm with you there, a whirlwind summer that included a music camp, a drama camp and archery ( my girl hit two bulls eyes for the win in the finals, she's better than me already... ) and I'm all out of sleep and money.

She also grew like a weed, 10 years old and taller than grandma now, outgrew her cello too...

I'm glad for her that she likes school, made the first day walk a lot of fun.
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Post by: Sarge on September 04, 2012, 09:20:13 AM
My twins are in the same class after just one year of being split which is a good thing. - It was tough when one had homework and the other didin't. This year, there are too many grade 4s and not enough grade 4 teachers at their school so 6 of the kids (including my girls) are joining a grade 5 class. I'm not even sure it's a "split" class when like 75/80% of them are grade 5s but I'm sure there has to be a grade 4 curriculum that the teacher still needs to follow. I'm told he's a great teacher so I'm not too worried. Something of a hard ass and likes homework which is good... as long as it's not a crazy amount.  :-\   
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Post by: Corn Flake on September 04, 2012, 09:32:43 AM
Ahhh... What's that I hear? Oh, yeah, nothing.  :)

A day off for me and the kids are off to school.

Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh back to school day.  I'm at home today too and it's wonderfully quiet.   After taking a lot of time off this summer, I have a new appreciation for what Mrs. Corn Flake has been going through these past several years trying to keep her sanity while the kids go crazy at home. 
Title: Re: Kids - A thread for bragging, venting and, advice.
Post by: Tigger on September 04, 2012, 09:41:23 AM
My twins are in the same class after just one year of being split which is a good thing. - It was tough when one had homework and the other didin't. This year, there are too many grade 4s and not enough grade 4 teachers at their school so 6 of the kids (including my girls) are joining a grade 5 class. I'm not even sure it's a "split" class when like 75/80% of them are grade 5s but I'm sure there has to be a grade 4 curriculum that the teacher still needs to follow. I'm told he's a great teacher so I'm not too worried. Something of a hard ass and likes homework which is good... as long as it's not a crazy amount.  :-\   

Mine's in a 5/6 split for the second year in a row, most of her friends have moved on to grade 7 so she's a little sad about that but also really looking forward to it. She could easily skip a grade, straight A's and a good head on her shoulders, she'd like to ( probably driven by a desire to be with her friends too ) but they just don't do that anymore.

I can see why your girls would like to be in class with each other, they must be chuffed.
Title: Re: Kids - A thread for bragging, venting and, advice.
Post by: Rob on September 04, 2012, 09:52:19 AM
It's the most wonderful time of the year!
Title: Re: Kids - A thread for bragging, venting and, advice.
Post by: Sarge on September 04, 2012, 10:35:29 AM

Mine's in a 5/6 split for the second year in a row, most of her friends have moved on to grade 7 so she's a little sad about that but also really looking forward to it. She could easily skip a grade, straight A's and a good head on her shoulders, she'd like to ( probably driven by a desire to be with her friends too ) but they just don't do that anymore.

I can see why your girls would like to be in class with each other, they must be chuffed.

Mine do well too (they didn't get that from me.) It's possible that's why they were selected to join the grade 5s but honestly, I don't know and it doesn't really matter to be honest. A negative is that a couple of my girl's very best friends are in the straight 4... It's sad they were split.
Title: Re: Kids - A thread for bragging, venting and, advice.
Post by: Sarge on September 04, 2012, 10:37:25 AM

Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh back to school day.  I'm at home today too and it's wonderfully quiet.   After taking a lot of time off this summer, I have a new appreciation for what Mrs. Corn Flake has been going through these past several years trying to keep her sanity while the kids go crazy at home.

Tough, 'aint it?
Title: Re: Kids - A thread for bragging, venting and, advice.
Post by: AlmosGirl on September 07, 2012, 01:07:30 PM
I seriously hate back to school because it's more work for me.

Oldest son is starting his 2nd yr of University.  Not much for me to do but still, his room is a disaster.

Daughter in grade 10 and already hates her science teacher!  Lovely.  I drive her every morning and then the little guy starts JK next week.  Lunches and snacks to do, more clothes to wash.  Ugh, did I mention that I hate school and everything that it entails.
Title: Re: Kids - A thread for bragging, venting and, advice.
Post by: LittleHockeyFan on September 07, 2012, 01:13:21 PM
I seriously hate back to school because it's more work for me.

Oldest son is starting his 2nd yr of University.  Not much for me to do but still, his room is a disaster.

Daughter in grade 10 and already hates her science teacher!  Lovely.  I drive her every morning and then the little guy starts JK next week.  Lunches and snacks to do, more clothes to wash.  Ugh, did I mention that I hate school and everything that it entails.

agreed. And I'm down to one at home. Grade 12. Hates school. Only has two classes this semester. Is impossible. I make lunch for him, and it comes back home with him half the time. He wants dinner at 330 and nobody else is ready for it yet. He eats. And then doesn't want dinner. grrrrrrrrrrr
Title: Re: Kids - A thread for bragging, venting and, advice.
Post by: LittleHockeyFan on September 07, 2012, 01:17:31 PM

Mine's in a 5/6 split for the second year in a row

i hate those split classes. they did it to my daughter for 1/2 (both years!) and 5/6 (both years!) grrrr. When she was in the younger grade, she learned stuff for both years, and in the second year, it was like having to repeat a grade. That, and being a babysitter for the younger grade kids. She even had the same teacher for both years of 1 and 2 and again for 5 and 6. And the 5 and 6 teacher was the teacher's first year of teaching. gaaaaaah, it was awful. Hated it. They never did it to my son, cause when they sent home the note that it was happening for 1/2 I went in there and said no effing way!

I hate those split classes. Really really hate them.
Title: Re: Kids - A thread for bragging, venting and, advice.
Post by: moon111 on September 07, 2012, 05:30:44 PM
I have four kids.  They all make their lunch, although the JK'er gets some help from his siblings.  The two oldest are 13 and 10, so they do their own laundry (and help with everyone else as well).  They clean their room, kitchen, dishes, bathrooms, and other areas when needed.  Everyone does their part.  The two oldest have won academic awards.  I try to teach them to work hard, play hard, and keep their mouth shut.  Don't teach kids to be lazy.

An inspiration quote from Albert Einstein on success, "If A is success in life, then A equals x plus y plus z. Work is x; y is play; and z is keeping your mouth shut."
Title: Re: Kids - A thread for bragging, venting and, advice.
Post by: Bullfrog on September 07, 2012, 11:25:12 PM
I seriously hate back to school because it's more work for me.

Oldest son is starting his 2nd yr of University.  Not much for me to do but still, his room is a disaster.

Daughter in grade 10 and already hates her science teacher!  Lovely.  I drive her every morning and then the little guy starts JK next week.  Lunches and snacks to do, more clothes to wash.  Ugh, did I mention that I hate school and everything that it entails.

I'll sort of echo moon here; daughter in grade 10 and son in university? There shouldn't be much laundry for you to do at all; I'm sure they can take care of it themselves.

The rule in my house was if you can reach the dials, you can do your own laundry. Sure mom helped out lots, but I was still expected to do most of my own.
Title: Re: Kids - A thread for bragging, venting and, advice.
Post by: AlmosGirl on September 08, 2012, 08:06:46 PM
I seriously hate back to school because it's more work for me.

Oldest son is starting his 2nd yr of University.  Not much for me to do but still, his room is a disaster.

Daughter in grade 10 and already hates her science teacher!  Lovely.  I drive her every morning and then the little guy starts JK next week.  Lunches and snacks to do, more clothes to wash.  Ugh, did I mention that I hate school and everything that it entails.

I'll sort of echo moon here; daughter in grade 10 and son in university? There shouldn't be much laundry for you to do at all; I'm sure they can take care of it themselves.

The rule in my house was if you can reach the dials, you can do your own laundry. Sure mom helped out lots, but I was still expected to do most of my own.

Laundry isn't really the issue (just overall there is more to do when they are going to school) and yes, the older 2 do their own laundry, I just help sort now and then.  They also have chores like the dishwasher, garbage and generally keeping their rooms cleaned BUT, there is the rest of the house, washrooms, floors, dinner, etc...  I cannot expect them to spend their whole time being maids and cleaning the house when they have school/studying to do, which is the most important thing of all.  They tidy up their own bathroom but in all seriousness, it doesn't get cleaned like I would do it and unfortunately, that has to be done at least 2x a month.  My 4 yr old is in a class all by himself and can turn the house upside down within a minute.  It's not just really about doing the things that they can do but reminding them to do it and trust me, teenagers need to be reminded constantly to do things.  They are far from lazy and everyone does their part but when you are the primary caregiver, it's hard.  My hubby's job does not allow much time for him to be home.  When he is off, he helps out and that makes a difference but it's not a regular 9 to 5 job.

Add into the running around for hockey, swimming, whatever else they are doing, it doesn't leave much time for just a quiet evening.  Don't get me wrong, they grow way too darn fast and one day, they will be on their own and hubby and I will be empty nesting and bored but that doesn't mean I can't whine about it now and then.   ;)

All I'm saying is that life is just much much busier when school is in.  Summer is a lazier, wind down more casual time.  I enjoy it, I enjoy the kids being home and I'm not in a rush to ship them off to school and get them out of my hair.  I enjoy being home with my kids when I can.  School and the long year ahead is foreboding in the beginning.  Everyone gets used to it and you get into a normal groove again but it's the starting of it that is hard.
Title: Re: Kids - A thread for bragging, venting and, advice.
Post by: You're right on September 29, 2012, 12:24:54 PM
11 years ago today my one and only child was born. Seems just like yesterday. Happy, healthy, and the best thing that ever happened to me - she is such a wonderful daughter and an incredibly bright, caring, and thoughtful person (really makes me wonder if she's actually mine  ;)).  Being Daddy is where it's at.

Hug your kids and tell them you love them........
Title: Re: Kids - A thread for bragging, venting and, advice.
Post by: Bullfrog on September 30, 2012, 04:57:34 PM
So my son, who just turned 3, threw a car at the TV today and cracked the screen. Bye bye TV.

This does not fall under the "bragging" portion of the thread.
Title: Re: Kids - A thread for bragging, venting and, advice.
Post by: Sarge on September 30, 2012, 05:06:45 PM
Yeah, well one of mine yelled she hates me and wishes I was dead... Then she hit me.  Good times!
Title: Re: Kids - A thread for bragging, venting and, advice.
Post by: Bullfrog on September 30, 2012, 06:57:48 PM
I think at this time, I'd accept the physical violence if it meant I can watch TV in HD on my 50" plasma TV.  8)
Title: Re: Kids - A thread for bragging, venting and, advice.
Post by: OldTimeHockey on September 30, 2012, 07:18:13 PM
I signed my daughter up for hockey this year. We've also signed her up for canskate to help her progress in her skills.
When I told her yesterday morning that we had to get ready for canskate, she looked at me funny and said, "I'm not a canskater dad, I'm a HOCKEY PLAYER!"
Warms my heart!
Title: Re: Kids - A thread for bragging, venting and, advice.
Post by: LittleHockeyFan on September 30, 2012, 09:31:52 PM
So my son, who just turned 3, threw a car at the TV today and cracked the screen. Bye bye TV.

This does not fall under the "bragging" portion of the thread.

quite the tv critic, isn't he? Was he watching Jersey Shore or sumpthin'?
Title: Re: Kids - A thread for bragging, venting and, advice.
Post by: AlmosGirl on October 04, 2012, 03:40:19 PM
So my son, who just turned 3, threw a car at the TV today and cracked the screen. Bye bye TV.

This does not fall under the "bragging" portion of the thread.

Yikes.  Sorry about that BF!
Title: Re: Kids - A thread for bragging, venting and, advice.
Post by: AlmosGirl on October 04, 2012, 03:41:37 PM
I signed my daughter up for hockey this year. We've also signed her up for canskate to help her progress in her skills.
When I told her yesterday morning that we had to get ready for canskate, she looked at me funny and said, "I'm not a canskater dad, I'm a HOCKEY PLAYER!"
Warms my heart!

LOL!  Awesome!

Our 4 yr old did skating lessons last year and just started Learn to Play hockey at Varsity last Sunday.  It was so cute and funny.
Title: Re: Kids - A thread for bragging, venting and, advice.
Post by: Nik the Trik on October 16, 2012, 12:27:54 PM

So my nephew said something the other day that I just had to repeat.

Simply put, at five years old, dude doesn't entirely grasp romantic relationships and what makes it a little confusing for him is that not many of the grown-ups he knows are married. My sister and her boyfriend aren't and in the hipster-weirdo-vegan neighbourhood they live in it's a fairly common state. So what my nephew understands it as is that people have "sweeties". His mom and dad are each others sweeties and my girlfriend is Uncle Nik's sweetie and so on.

So, anyways, the other day at our Friday Night dinner the kid says "You know, I think when I grow up I might want my sweetie to be another boy."

And, progressive, liberal, city Jews that we are were all like "Well, sure, that's an option. There are boys who have sweeties who are boys like your dad's best friend Malcolm. Why, though?"

And he says "Well, I really like Star Wars and it seems to me like only other boys like Star Wars. So I think I'll really want a sweetie who is into Star Wars because that seems to me to be the most important thing."

That got me a few looks because I'm the Uncle who showed the kid Star Wars when he was three but meanwhile all I can think is ...man, the wisdom of kids. If only I'd thought of that and the whole thing was a choice, you know?
Title: Re: Kids - A thread for bragging, venting and, advice.
Post by: Bullfrog on October 16, 2012, 12:45:11 PM
Smart kid. :D

I'm sure many would be better off if they picked their sweeties based on mutual interests.
Title: Re: Kids - A thread for bragging, venting and, advice.
Post by: AlmosGirl on October 20, 2012, 08:53:20 PM
LOL!  That was awesome Nik and yes, kid's say the darnedest things and sometimes, they actually make sense!
Title: Re: Kids - A thread for bragging, venting and, advice.
Post by: moon111 on December 04, 2012, 07:31:51 PM
Our local hockey club has a great intro skating/hockey program for kids.  Last year, I asked my youngest if he'd be interested.  All I could hear is hockey this and that non-stop.  Paid for the program, bought the equipment, and... ...absolute refusal to do anything ... even sit for the team picture.  I lost it.  This year, I asked again and was actually relieved when he said no.  Now he comes in, dressed in his old hockey gear saying he's ready to go.  So this weekend I take him to a public skate.  Starts getting upset as I try to help him.  So what's he do?  He starts getting up on his own and skating up to 10 feet.  I'm not sure if I should call him stubborn or determined.  I'm not getting old, my kids are just slowly killing me.
Title: Re: Kids - A thread for bragging, venting and, advice.
Post by: OldTimeHockey on December 04, 2012, 08:27:42 PM
Our local hockey club has a great intro skating/hockey program for kids.  Last year, I asked my youngest if he'd be interested.  All I could hear is hockey this and that non-stop.  Paid for the program, bought the equipment, and... ...absolute refusal to do anything ... even sit for the team picture.  I lost it.  This year, I asked again and was actually relieved when he said no.  Now he comes in, dressed in his old hockey gear saying he's ready to go.  So this weekend I take him to a public skate.  Starts getting upset as I try to help him.  So what's he do?  He starts getting up on his own and skating up to 10 feet.  I'm not sure if I should call him stubborn or determined.  I'm not getting old, my kids are just slowly killing me.

My middle daughter refused to do anything skating wise when she was 3 or 4. She would stand on the ice screaming her head off until finally I'd take her off.
 My wife and I tried again when she was 6 and again she refused. So we kind of gave up the struggle.
Then, at the age of 9, she went to a birthday party in March of that year that was a skating party. So, I bit the bullet and went out and bought her a cheap pair of figure skates and brought her to the party. She got on the ice and was a complete natural! Problem was, the skating season was over so I figured I'd lost her.

Over the summer she continued to bring up signing up for figure skating so in September of that year I signed her up for Canskate. I was worried about the age gap between her and the little ones. By Christmas she was taken out of Canskate and moved into the figureskating program and hasn't stopped since.

I wish I would of started her earlier..but sometimes I just think they need those extra couple days/months/years to realize how silly they were being for refusing something.

(btw, now I'm up to my neck in 'figure skating' bills. You'd figure it'd be cheaper than hockey but that's not bloody likely!)
Title: Re: Kids - A thread for bragging, venting and, advice.
Post by: LittleHockeyFan on December 04, 2012, 08:40:58 PM
my daughter's in her 20s now, but she cost me between 3 and 4 grand a year in figure skating too back in the day. She doesn't take lessons or skate competitively anymore, but still skates circles around all her friends when they go skating just for fun. Most of her friends love to watch her do her spirals and spins and stuff.

and I can barely skate! :)
Title: Re: Kids - A thread for bragging, venting and, advice.
Post by: Bullfrog on December 06, 2012, 07:40:21 PM
between 3 and 4 grand a year in figure skating

wha, wha??

Don't you just buy a pair of skates, some membership fees, and a frilly outfit?
Title: Re: Kids - A thread for bragging, venting and, advice.
Post by: OldTimeHockey on December 06, 2012, 08:17:45 PM
between 3 and 4 grand a year in figure skating

wha, wha??

Don't you just buy a pair of skates, some membership fees, and a frilly outfit?

Skates are $600 bucks or so(depending on competitive level), you usually need two outfits per show that run a hundred bucks or so each...You then need all your warm up gear and skating stuff for the practices. You have to pay coaches anywhere from $8 to $20 per 15 minutes of coaching(again depending on competitive level), which is usually done 5-6 times a week. There is then the ice time/membership fees that run into the $1100 range(up here in Sudbury anyways)..You then add in all the travel costs etc. for travelling to events throughout the province(throughout the north for me so far so I've been lucky).
Title: Re: Kids - A thread for bragging, venting and, advice.
Post by: LittleHockeyFan on December 06, 2012, 08:40:20 PM
between 3 and 4 grand a year in figure skating

wha, wha??

Don't you just buy a pair of skates, some membership fees, and a frilly outfit?

LOL.
Dancer skates- 600 bucks for the boots, 400 bucks for the blades. Sharpening every other skating day, 12 bucks. Frilly outfit 100 bucks each, probably need at least 2. Regular skating clothes 200 bucks. Costumes for Skate Carnival or whathaveyou another 50 bucks. Ice time: 850-1100 bucks for the skate club membership. Coaching: 35 bucks per 15 minute session, 4-6 sessions a week 140-210 a week. And then there's competition entrance fees. 25 bucks per. Plus the cost of travel, hotel, food when away. Admittedly, once they've done growing up, you probably don't need new skates every year.......
Title: Re: Kids - A thread for bragging, venting and, advice.
Post by: OldTimeHockey on December 06, 2012, 09:15:59 PM
between 3 and 4 grand a year in figure skating

wha, wha??

Don't you just buy a pair of skates, some membership fees, and a frilly outfit?

LOL.
Dancer skates- 600 bucks for the boots, 400 bucks for the blades. Sharpening every other skating day, 12 bucks. Frilly outfit 100 bucks each, probably need at least 2. Regular skating clothes 200 bucks. Costumes for Skate Carnival or whathaveyou another 50 bucks. Ice time: 850-1100 bucks for the skate club membership. Coaching: 35 bucks per 15 minute session, 4-6 sessions a week 140-210 a week. And then there's competition entrance fees. 25 bucks per. Plus the cost of travel, hotel, food when away. Admittedly, once they've done growing up, you probably don't need new skates every year.......

You could of just copied and pasted mine ;) haha
Title: Re: Kids - A thread for bragging, venting and, advice.
Post by: LittleHockeyFan on December 06, 2012, 09:23:11 PM
yeah, I'm an idiot. I replied and posted.....and THEN I saw your answer and thought 'man, I coulda just written ditto!'
Title: Re: Kids - A thread for bragging, venting and, advice.
Post by: moon111 on December 06, 2012, 09:31:17 PM
Now I know why boys are less trouble then boys.  Hockey is cheaper then figure-skating!
Title: Re: Kids - A thread for bragging, venting and, advice.
Post by: Bullfrog on December 06, 2012, 10:41:31 PM
That's it, my son's going into ping-pong or chess. Chess can't be expensive can it?

$3000-4000 a year on any sport would bankrupt me.
Title: Re: Kids - A thread for bragging, venting and, advice.
Post by: LittleHockeyFan on December 07, 2012, 05:34:44 AM
That's it, my son's going into ping-pong or chess. Chess can't be expensive can it?

$3000-4000 a year on any sport would bankrupt me.

it's one of the reasons this 'stay at home' mom ended up doing daycare at home for eight years, and then rejoining the work force.
Title: Re: Kids - A thread for bragging, venting and, advice.
Post by: OldTimeHockey on December 07, 2012, 07:59:59 AM
Now I know why boys are less trouble then boys.  Hockey is cheaper then figure-skating!

Hockey is cheaper to start, but you're looking at the same price once they start playing rep. I know my brother's final year in Midget AAA cost my parents $3500 just for registration.
Title: Re: Kids - A thread for bragging, venting and, advice.
Post by: Rick Couchman on December 07, 2012, 10:43:29 AM
My daughter played rep ringette.  We live in Cambridge and each year had tournaments in Montreal, and about twice a year in the Ottawa area.  Whitby was part of her regular league, so we had 3 or 4 visits per year.

I bet we spent $5k per year.  Small price to pay considering she didn't have any time to get in trouble.  She's 19 now and is one awesome daughter.
Title: Re: Kids - A thread for bragging, venting and, advice.
Post by: Bullfrog on December 07, 2012, 11:47:10 PM
$5K is around 12% of my household income (before taxes.) Too big a price for me; I'll just let him get into trouble.   ;)
Title: Re: Kids - A thread for bragging, venting and, advice.
Post by: Britishbulldog on December 11, 2012, 03:56:42 PM
My son broke the glass with a slap shot the other night:
(http://i1262.photobucket.com/albums/ii619/Britishbulldogca/1201121950-00.jpg)

One of the coaches took a picture of him smiling beside it.  He is now 6'1" and 215 lbs and gentle as an old dog (which drives his coaches nuts sometimes)
(http://i1262.photobucket.com/albums/ii619/Britishbulldogca/Calebbesidebrokenglass.jpg)

After shooting a 90 mph shot at the Bauer demonstrations at the Moncton Wildcats, Caleb let this howitzer fly with a Warrior stick.  He only turned 17 this October.

I am happy when I can lift the puck off the ice.  :)
Title: Re: Kids - A thread for bragging, venting and, advice.
Post by: Sarge on December 11, 2012, 04:17:37 PM
Nice!
Title: Re: Kids - A thread for bragging, venting, and advice.
Post by: Sarge on December 13, 2012, 07:04:40 AM
Teachers on strike today. I'm off anyway so it works out which means it's an entire day off alone with the kids. BOO! YAY! BOO! YAY! Huh?  ???
Title: Re: Kids - A thread for bragging, venting and, advice.
Post by: LittleHockeyFan on December 13, 2012, 08:03:41 AM
I don't have elementary school age kids anymore, but they're out on strike here tomorrow.....which means the stores and malls etc will be packed

 >:(
Title: Re: Kids - A thread for bragging, venting and, advice.
Post by: Corn Flake on December 13, 2012, 10:48:31 AM
After shooting a 90 mph shot at the Bauer demonstrations at the Moncton Wildcats, Caleb let this howitzer fly with a Warrior stick.  He only turned 17 this October.

I am happy when I can lift the puck off the ice.  :)


Niiiice... how good of a skater is he?
Title: Re: Kids - A thread for bragging, venting and, advice.
Post by: Bullfrog on December 13, 2012, 12:53:31 PM
My son is 3 yrs 3 months and still refuses to take a crap on the potty. It's infuriating. We've tried almost everything. All I want for christmas is my son to crap on the toilet. Is that too much to ask for? I've been good!

He's also really behind in his speech. Won't string together three words; forget sentences. But, he's really good at the alphabet, spelling, and can read really well (saying letters, that is.)
Title: Re: Kids - A thread for bragging, venting and, advice.
Post by: hap_leaf on December 13, 2012, 01:08:18 PM
My son is 3 yrs 3 months and still refuses to take a crap on the potty. It's infuriating. We've tried almost everything. All I want for christmas is my son to crap on the toilet. Is that too much to ask for? I've been good!

He's also really behind in his speech. Won't string together three words; forget sentences. But, he's really good at the alphabet, spelling, and can read really well (saying letters, that is.)

I have a 5 yr old so as I recall, he ws using the toilet by 3.  So hang in there I think it will happen any time for you.  Try the reward system?  I kept a bag of little toys and stickers in a bag in the bathroom.  Show him all the great stuff to be had: one per successful crap.  Worked like a charm for us.

As for the speech, try Kidsability.  They will show you things like how parents can encourage speech in your child.
Title: Re: Kids - A thread for bragging, venting and, advice.
Post by: LittleHockeyFan on December 13, 2012, 01:32:22 PM
don't sweat it, BF. My now 17 year old wouldn't do #2 in the toilet either. Until he was 4. It was like, a week before Junior Kindergarten started and he finally understood that he was going to have to wear a diaper to school if he didn't learn to use the toilet. And everyone at school would know he's not a big boy if he was still in the diaper. Result: trained in 2 days.

Failing that, hap-leaf is right. A reward system will do it.
Title: Re: Kids - A thread for bragging, venting and, advice.
Post by: Rob on December 13, 2012, 01:55:25 PM
don't sweat it, BF. My now 17 year old wouldn't do #2 in the toilet either. Until he was 4. It was like, a week before Junior Kindergarten started and he finally understood that he was going to have to wear a diaper to school if he didn't learn to use the toilet. And everyone at school would know he's not a big boy if he was still in the diaper. Result: trained in 2 days.

Failing that, hap-leaf is right. A reward system will do it.

Daughter #1 refused to go crap on the toilet.  She would go pee on the toilet, but insisted a diaper be put on when she went crap.  So as a parent, do I refuse the diaper and she crap her pants, which I will  have to clean up, or meet her demands and put a diaper on? 

A couple weeks before kindergarten, we told her she would have to wear a diaper to school and if she had to go, she would have to wait till she got home before her diaper was removed.  Instant success!



Title: Re: Kids - A thread for bragging, venting and, advice.
Post by: Sarge on December 13, 2012, 02:00:44 PM
Not sure if this is coincidence or there is a clever soul in MLSE's PR department following each school board's one day strike but I got an email last night from them inviting our kids to a free hockey and/or basketball clinic in our area this morning. So, I took my girls down this morning for the basketball clinic and man, do they ever put on a good one. I really liked the message they put forward and they presented the basics in both a fun and challenging way. Man, were they pooped afterwards. All the kids got a T-shirt and a bracelet, and it was even a good time for me. Anyway, kudos to MLSE there and specifically, the guys on the basketball side.   
Title: Re: Kids - A thread for bragging, venting and, advice.
Post by: RobDM on December 13, 2012, 02:04:23 PM
My son broke the glass with a slap shot the other night:
(http://i1262.photobucket.com/albums/ii619/Britishbulldogca/Calebbesidebrokenglass.jpg)

I am happy when I can lift the puck off the ice.  :)

Ditto. In our beer league, when the referees whistle the end of the warmup and we 'shoot' the warmup pucks into the bench, I'm happy if one of mine actually makes it in.  ;D
Title: Re: Kids - A thread for bragging, venting and, advice.
Post by: Britishbulldog on December 13, 2012, 02:57:25 PM
After shooting a 90 mph shot at the Bauer demonstrations at the Moncton Wildcats, Caleb let this howitzer fly with a Warrior stick.  He only turned 17 this October.

I am happy when I can lift the puck off the ice.  :)


Niiiice... how good of a skater is he?

He can fly when he has too but I am (and he is as well) concerned of his fitness level as the team hasn't been as serious/demanding about it as the Provincial teams he has played for in the past.

He needs to pick up his intensity on the shift (not violence but puck pursuit) but again, his coaches don't demand it since he can score.  I am worried that he could be a Steve Bernier type player not a younger Bobby Ryan type as he has shown glimpses of having a ceiling of either guy although maybe Bobby Ryan is possibly a too lofty of a comparison. 

I am comparing Caleb to Bobby Ryan when he was younger as a player who was a really good player but not a  star player on his team or league (yet) but had decent size, doesn't fight and once in a while scores a beautiful goal.  That is Caleb to a 'T'. 

Caleb just LOVES to play hockey though.  Almost old school.  He gets on the ice early for practice just to skate and shoot pucks.  He will play pond hockey for hours after he played a league game.  Oh...and he HATES to lose...I mean absolutely HATES to lose.... in a good way though.
Title: Re: Kids - A thread for bragging, venting and, advice.
Post by: Britishbulldog on December 13, 2012, 02:59:07 PM
My son broke the glass with a slap shot the other night:

I am happy when I can lift the puck off the ice.  :)

Ditto. In our beer league, when the referees whistle the end of the warmup and we 'shoot' the warmup pucks into the bench, I'm happy if one of mine actually makes it in.  ;D

 ;D
Title: Re: Kids - A thread for bragging, venting and, advice.
Post by: Britishbulldog on December 19, 2012, 11:15:15 PM
I couldn't remember if this was a thread for kids to brag, vent and advice or parents so for those who haven't met my dad here is a photo I will post as his kid:

(http://www.flickr.com/photos/srconrad/8279247110/in/pool-43411191@N00/)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/srconrad/8279247110/in/pool-43411191@N00/

...and yes he is as loving and gentle as he appears.   :)
Title: Re: Kids - A thread for bragging, venting and, advice.
Post by: AlmosGirl on January 07, 2013, 04:13:56 PM
My son is 3 yrs 3 months and still refuses to take a crap on the potty. It's infuriating. We've tried almost everything. All I want for christmas is my son to crap on the toilet. Is that too much to ask for? I've been good!

He's also really behind in his speech. Won't string together three words; forget sentences. But, he's really good at the alphabet, spelling, and can read really well (saying letters, that is.)

Don't sweat the potty training BF.  My oldest was that way.  Did everything else, stayed dry at night but would come and ask for a diaper for #2 and would go hide away.  When his sister was born, he was about 3 1/2 and I remember a month or so later giving him his last diaper and I told him that it was the last one and if he had to go, then he would have to use the potty or go in his pants.  He ended up going in his pants and definitely did not like it and the next time, he used the potty and it just took that one time using the potty and a light went on.  It will come.

As for the speech thing - have you asked your Dr. to get an assessment done?  Has he had any ear issues or anything (ie. infections), because that can cause issues with speech.  I'd ask your Dr. to have him assessed and they can definitely get him speaking well very soon.
Title: Re: Kids - A thread for bragging, venting and, advice.
Post by: Bullfrog on January 07, 2013, 04:19:58 PM
What do you mean by assessment? A medical assessment?

He's had an assessment with a speech therapist, but it didn't really go anywhere. She was pleased with his pronunciation of the limited words that he can say. I was fine with him being behind, but now he's REALLY behind and starts school in September (scary!) A lot can change in 9 months though, so we'll see what happens. He can say his alphabet like nobody's business though, just won't put words together.
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Post by: Sarge on January 07, 2013, 05:27:20 PM
One of my daughters (age 9) just discovered Google Chat... Between that, twitter, and tmlfans.ca, my productivity here at work is in the toilet .
Title: Re: Kids - A thread for bragging, venting and, advice.
Post by: AlmosGirl on January 09, 2013, 08:58:24 AM
What do you mean by assessment? A medical assessment?

He's had an assessment with a speech therapist, but it didn't really go anywhere. She was pleased with his pronunciation of the limited words that he can say. I was fine with him being behind, but now he's REALLY behind and starts school in September (scary!) A lot can change in 9 months though, so we'll see what happens. He can say his alphabet like nobody's business though, just won't put words together.

Yeah, a language-speech assessment.  He also could just be one of those kids that just doesn't like to talk alot and once he starts school - bam, word explosion.  My daughter was like that.  As for the speech therapist, I'm surprised that she didn't keep working with him?  Does he like books?  I'd read to him a bit more, stuff like that.  I've learnt that all kids are different and they learn at their own paces but as you said, you don't want to leave it too long either.
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Post by: Zee on January 15, 2013, 06:15:23 AM
Haven't posted in here for a while and I should, cause I love to brag about the kids ;-)  This was taken back in November, hey look dad still sporting a Leafs shirt despite all the pain!

(http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-vzdfL9lPY_M/ULqlWBJwcPI/AAAAAAAAC0o/NaxV9MvDb7s/s1600/IMG_3224.JPG)
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Post by: WhatIfGodWasALeaf on January 15, 2013, 06:43:38 AM
Haven't posted in here for a while and I should, cause I love to brag about the kids ;-)  This was taken back in November, hey look dad still sporting a Leafs shirt despite all the pain!

(http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-vzdfL9lPY_M/ULqlWBJwcPI/AAAAAAAAC0o/NaxV9MvDb7s/s1600/IMG_3224.JPG)

+1 For interracial marriage my friend. Beautiful family.
Title: Re: Kids - A thread for bragging, venting and, advice.
Post by: Zee on January 15, 2013, 07:44:09 AM
Haven't posted in here for a while and I should, cause I love to brag about the kids ;-)  This was taken back in November, hey look dad still sporting a Leafs shirt despite all the pain!

(http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-vzdfL9lPY_M/ULqlWBJwcPI/AAAAAAAAC0o/NaxV9MvDb7s/s1600/IMG_3224.JPG)

+1 For interracial marriage my friend. Beautiful family.

Thanks.  Can't believe the youngest is almost 1 year old.  Time flies.
Title: Re: Kids - A thread for bragging, venting and, advice.
Post by: Rick Couchman on January 15, 2013, 12:08:46 PM
Haven't posted in here for a while and I should, cause I love to brag about the kids ;-)  This was taken back in November, hey look dad still sporting a Leafs shirt despite all the pain!

(http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-vzdfL9lPY_M/ULqlWBJwcPI/AAAAAAAAC0o/NaxV9MvDb7s/s1600/IMG_3224.JPG)

Great looking family!
Title: Re: Kids - A thread for bragging, venting and, advice.
Post by: AlmosGirl on January 17, 2013, 07:46:01 AM
Beautiful family Zee and yes, time flies my friend.  My little guy is now 4 and I think I blinked and he was in JK!  LOL
Title: Re: Kids - A thread for bragging, venting and, advice.
Post by: Sarge on January 17, 2013, 07:47:35 AM
God, I can't imagine four.  :o
Title: Re: Kids - A thread for bragging, venting and, advice.
Post by: Zee on January 17, 2013, 07:48:19 AM
Beautiful family Zee and yes, time flies my friend.  My little guy is now 4 and I think I blinked and he was in JK!  LOL

Yup.  My 2nd will start grade 1 in September, we have to register her soon.  Have to enjoy all the moments while they're young, before I know it the teenage years will be here.  :o
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Post by: A Weekend at Bernier's on January 17, 2013, 07:51:23 AM
Beautiful family Zee and yes, time flies my friend.  My little guy is now 4 and I think I blinked and he was in JK!  LOL

Yup.  My 2nd will start grade 1 in September, we have to register her soon.  Have to enjoy all the moments while they're young, before I know it the teenage years will be here.  :o

God has blessed you, Zee!  All the best to your beautiful family in 2013!
Title: Re: Kids - A thread for bragging, venting and, advice.
Post by: TML fan on January 22, 2013, 04:27:46 PM
This isn't about my kids, because I don't have any, but I coach 13-15 year olds in hockey, and tonight we won our 2nd game of the season in what was one of the best hockey games I've ever been involved in.

Our team is pretty bad. Most of our kids don't skate very well, and are for the most part smaller than the rest of the league (our best skater is only 5'0"). We are currently 2-6 on the season, in last place. Our only saving grace is that we have the best goalie in the league.

I've been trying to preach to the kids the importance of positional hockey, particularly to the wingers who always venture too deep into our zone so we can never get the puck out. I told our defence to just keep them out of the middle of the ice, as none of these players shoot well enough to beat our goalie from the outside. I told them that if they can learn to play their positions, we will be much more successful. As you can imagine, it's a lot tougher than it sounds with kids that age!

Tonight, the team finally got the message and we played great positional hockey. We were able to chip the puck by defenders and get some odd man rushes. We went up 1-0 early with a fluky goal from the blue line. Tied 1-1 after 1 (we only play 2 periods), we went up 2-1 with about 12 minutes to go in the 2nd after furious pressure in their end where we had about 11 shots on goal, finally banging home a loose puck. With about 5 minutes left, the other team scored the tying goal on a seeing eye puck that bounced off like 8 legs in front. I brought the guys over and I told them that they were doing such a great job of playing their positions and keeping the shooters to the outside. All we had to do was keep doing that and we would find a way to win this game. With about 2 minutes left, a puck bounced out to one of our defenders, luckily the guy with the best shot on our team, and he was able to fire it through a maze of legs and sneak it under the goalie's pad for the go ahead goal. We were able to hang on for the hard fought 3-2 win.

It's been a tough year for our team and all I can really do as a coach is just try to keep them having fun, and I thought the best way to do that was to teach them the right way to play hockey and forget about everything else. I was really proud of the way they played and really happy for them that they were able to pull out this win against the 2nd place team (7-1). It's too hard to describe why this game was so exciting. It's one of those things that you had to be there for.

Anyways, I just wanted to share that story.
Title: Re: Kids - A thread for bragging, venting and, advice.
Post by: Heroic Shrimp on January 22, 2013, 06:56:34 PM
This isn't about my kids, because I don't have any, but I coach 13-15 year olds in hockey, and tonight we won our 2nd game of the season in what was one of the best hockey games I've ever been involved in.

Our team is pretty bad. Most of our kids don't skate very well, and are for the most part smaller than the rest of the league (our best skater is only 5'0"). We are currently 2-6 on the season, in last place. Our only saving grace is that we have the best goalie in the league.

I've been trying to preach to the kids the importance of positional hockey, particularly to the wingers who always venture too deep into our zone so we can never get the puck out. I told our defence to just keep them out of the middle of the ice, as none of these players shoot well enough to beat our goalie from the outside. I told them that if they can learn to play their positions, we will be much more successful. As you can imagine, it's a lot tougher than it sounds with kids that age!

Tonight, the team finally got the message and we played great positional hockey. We were able to chip the puck by defenders and get some odd man rushes. We went up 1-0 early with a fluky goal from the blue line. Tied 1-1 after 1 (we only play 2 periods), we went up 2-1 with about 12 minutes to go in the 2nd after furious pressure in their end where we had about 11 shots on goal, finally banging home a loose puck. With about 5 minutes left, the other team scored the tying goal on a seeing eye puck that bounced off like 8 legs in front. I brought the guys over and I told them that they were doing such a great job of playing their positions and keeping the shooters to the outside. All we had to do was keep doing that and we would find a way to win this game. With about 2 minutes left, a puck bounced out to one of our defenders, luckily the guy with the best shot on our team, and he was able to fire it through a maze of legs and sneak it under the goalie's pad for the go ahead goal. We were able to hang on for the hard fought 3-2 win.

It's been a tough year for our team and all I can really do as a coach is just try to keep them having fun, and I thought the best way to do that was to teach them the right way to play hockey and forget about everything else. I was really proud of the way they played and really happy for them that they were able to pull out this win against the 2nd place team (7-1). It's too hard to describe why this game was so exciting. It's one of those things that you had to be there for.

Anyways, I just wanted to share that story.

Great story, and good for you for getting so involved, both in an instructional sense and in an emotional sense.
Title: Re: Kids - A thread for bragging, venting and, advice.
Post by: AlmosGirl on January 23, 2013, 10:56:04 AM
Beautiful family Zee and yes, time flies my friend.  My little guy is now 4 and I think I blinked and he was in JK!  LOL

Yup.  My 2nd will start grade 1 in September, we have to register her soon.  Have to enjoy all the moments while they're young, before I know it the teenage years will be here.  :o

Teenage years aren't too bad.  I have a 19yr old, almost 16yr old and a 4 yr old!  Yes, you read that correctly.  But, they grow so darn fast, sometimes too fast.
Title: Re: Kids - A thread for bragging, venting and, advice.
Post by: AlmosGirl on January 23, 2013, 11:00:17 AM
This isn't about my kids, because I don't have any, but I coach 13-15 year olds in hockey, and tonight we won our 2nd game of the season in what was one of the best hockey games I've ever been involved in.

Our team is pretty bad. Most of our kids don't skate very well, and are for the most part smaller than the rest of the league (our best skater is only 5'0"). We are currently 2-6 on the season, in last place. Our only saving grace is that we have the best goalie in the league.

I've been trying to preach to the kids the importance of positional hockey, particularly to the wingers who always venture too deep into our zone so we can never get the puck out. I told our defence to just keep them out of the middle of the ice, as none of these players shoot well enough to beat our goalie from the outside. I told them that if they can learn to play their positions, we will be much more successful. As you can imagine, it's a lot tougher than it sounds with kids that age!

Tonight, the team finally got the message and we played great positional hockey. We were able to chip the puck by defenders and get some odd man rushes. We went up 1-0 early with a fluky goal from the blue line. Tied 1-1 after 1 (we only play 2 periods), we went up 2-1 with about 12 minutes to go in the 2nd after furious pressure in their end where we had about 11 shots on goal, finally banging home a loose puck. With about 5 minutes left, the other team scored the tying goal on a seeing eye puck that bounced off like 8 legs in front. I brought the guys over and I told them that they were doing such a great job of playing their positions and keeping the shooters to the outside. All we had to do was keep doing that and we would find a way to win this game. With about 2 minutes left, a puck bounced out to one of our defenders, luckily the guy with the best shot on our team, and he was able to fire it through a maze of legs and sneak it under the goalie's pad for the go ahead goal. We were able to hang on for the hard fought 3-2 win.

It's been a tough year for our team and all I can really do as a coach is just try to keep them having fun, and I thought the best way to do that was to teach them the right way to play hockey and forget about everything else. I was really proud of the way they played and really happy for them that they were able to pull out this win against the 2nd place team (7-1). It's too hard to describe why this game was so exciting. It's one of those things that you had to be there for.

Anyways, I just wanted to share that story.

That's awesome TML Fan and kudos to you for doing it.  Maybe you should teach my daughter's rep team!  Our coach has no idea about positional hockey, how to break out of our zone or forecheck.  His mantra is just to keep skating.  Ah hello, yes skating is good but if the girl's do not know what their positions are and where they should be or how to pass, you don't win against teams that do know.  She played A last year but moved up to Midget this year and is playing BB.  The AA team didn't take any first year Midget players (it's a 3 yr spread 15 to 18 in Midget for girls) and she didn't go out for the A tryouts because she had pneumonia during the tryouts.  So, she's playing for the BB team this year and hoping to step up to A or even AA next season but she is losing her mind on this team.  The coach really shouldn't be coaching rep and the girls just don't care and she's extremely frustrated.  Thankfully, the season is almost over.
Title: Re: Kids - A thread for bragging, venting and, advice.
Post by: Sarge on January 23, 2013, 11:01:27 AM
Beautiful family Zee and yes, time flies my friend.  My little guy is now 4 and I think I blinked and he was in JK!  LOL

Yup.  My 2nd will start grade 1 in September, we have to register her soon.  Have to enjoy all the moments while they're young, before I know it the teenage years will be here.  :o

Teenage years aren't too bad.  I have a 19yr old, almost 16yr old and a 4 yr old!  Yes, you read that correctly.  But, they grow so darn fast, sometimes too fast.

Mine are 9... and I'll be lucky to live through it. So many issues right now.   :(
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Post by: Tigger on January 23, 2013, 12:01:58 PM
So, my daughter's younger sister, she took home silver in forms and gold in sparring within her division at an international martial arts contest in Costa Rica, kick ass!

Now my daughter has decided she's going to start taking kung fu as well, jeebus help me.

Title: Re: Kids - A thread for bragging, venting and, advice.
Post by: TML fan on January 23, 2013, 09:33:33 PM
This isn't about my kids, because I don't have any, but I coach 13-15 year olds in hockey, and tonight we won our 2nd game of the season in what was one of the best hockey games I've ever been involved in.

Our team is pretty bad. Most of our kids don't skate very well, and are for the most part smaller than the rest of the league (our best skater is only 5'0"). We are currently 2-6 on the season, in last place. Our only saving grace is that we have the best goalie in the league.

I've been trying to preach to the kids the importance of positional hockey, particularly to the wingers who always venture too deep into our zone so we can never get the puck out. I told our defence to just keep them out of the middle of the ice, as none of these players shoot well enough to beat our goalie from the outside. I told them that if they can learn to play their positions, we will be much more successful. As you can imagine, it's a lot tougher than it sounds with kids that age!

Tonight, the team finally got the message and we played great positional hockey. We were able to chip the puck by defenders and get some odd man rushes. We went up 1-0 early with a fluky goal from the blue line. Tied 1-1 after 1 (we only play 2 periods), we went up 2-1 with about 12 minutes to go in the 2nd after furious pressure in their end where we had about 11 shots on goal, finally banging home a loose puck. With about 5 minutes left, the other team scored the tying goal on a seeing eye puck that bounced off like 8 legs in front. I brought the guys over and I told them that they were doing such a great job of playing their positions and keeping the shooters to the outside. All we had to do was keep doing that and we would find a way to win this game. With about 2 minutes left, a puck bounced out to one of our defenders, luckily the guy with the best shot on our team, and he was able to fire it through a maze of legs and sneak it under the goalie's pad for the go ahead goal. We were able to hang on for the hard fought 3-2 win.

It's been a tough year for our team and all I can really do as a coach is just try to keep them having fun, and I thought the best way to do that was to teach them the right way to play hockey and forget about everything else. I was really proud of the way they played and really happy for them that they were able to pull out this win against the 2nd place team (7-1). It's too hard to describe why this game was so exciting. It's one of those things that you had to be there for.

Anyways, I just wanted to share that story.

That's awesome TML Fan and kudos to you for doing it.  Maybe you should teach my daughter's rep team!  Our coach has no idea about positional hockey, how to break out of our zone or forecheck.  His mantra is just to keep skating.  Ah hello, yes skating is good but if the girl's do not know what their positions are and where they should be or how to pass, you don't win against teams that do know.  She played A last year but moved up to Midget this year and is playing BB.  The AA team didn't take any first year Midget players (it's a 3 yr spread 15 to 18 in Midget for girls) and she didn't go out for the A tryouts because she had pneumonia during the tryouts.  So, she's playing for the BB team this year and hoping to step up to A or even AA next season but she is losing her mind on this team.  The coach really shouldn't be coaching rep and the girls just don't care and she's extremely frustrated.  Thankfully, the season is almost over.

Thanks! I'm sorry to hear your daughter isn't having very much fun this year. I'm not a very experienced coach. I'm sure her team could find someone better, but thanks for the vote of confidence!  :D  ;)

What position does your daughter play? My advice to her would be to just concentrate on learning the basics of her position, regardless of what the rest of the team does. I know it's not very team oriented but it might help her have a bit more fun if she feels she is becoming a better hockey player. Just keep it simple!
Title: Re: Kids - A thread for bragging, venting and, advice.
Post by: Britishbulldog on February 06, 2013, 10:05:17 PM
About an hour ago my oldest son and his wife had a little girl!! 

For those who might remember...a year and 2 weeks ago my son and daughter in law lost a daughter, who was a twin, tragically to SIDS.

My little grand daughter born tonight was appropriately named Grace.

The old Bulldog is feeling peace tonight.  :)
Title: Re: Kids - A thread for bragging, venting and, advice.
Post by: LittleHockeyFan on February 07, 2013, 12:21:51 AM
About an hour ago my oldest son and his wife had a little girl!! 

For those who might remember...a year and 2 weeks ago my son and daughter in law lost a daughter, who was a twin, tragically to SIDS.

My little grand daughter born tonight was appropriately named Grace.

The old Bulldog is feeling peace tonight.  :)

awwww. congrats Grammpa!!! and congrats and best wishes all around. And welcome Grace, you're a special little girl!
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Post by: Sarge on February 07, 2013, 12:45:31 AM
Congrats!
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Post by: Zee on February 07, 2013, 01:52:22 AM
About an hour ago my oldest son and his wife had a little girl!! 

For those who might remember...a year and 2 weeks ago my son and daughter in law lost a daughter, who was a twin, tragically to SIDS.

My little grand daughter born tonight was appropriately named Grace.

The old Bulldog is feeling peace tonight.  :)

Congrats all the best!
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Post by: WhatIfGodWasALeaf on February 07, 2013, 03:51:01 AM
Congrats Dog!
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Post by: TimKerr on February 07, 2013, 05:58:23 AM
About an hour ago my oldest son and his wife had a little girl!! 

For those who might remember...a year and 2 weeks ago my son and daughter in law lost a daughter, who was a twin, tragically to SIDS.

My little grand daughter born tonight was appropriately named Grace.

The old Bulldog is feeling peace tonight.  :)

That's great! Congratulations and a beautiful for name for what I'm sure is a beautiful little girl.

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Post by: Bullfrog on February 07, 2013, 08:14:55 AM
That's wonderful. Love the name.
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Post by: Bullfrog on February 07, 2013, 08:16:08 AM
I just registered my son for JK.

 :)  :-\  :'(  <-----not sure which one I should use. Feel all three, at the same time.
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Post by: LittleHockeyFan on February 07, 2013, 08:25:05 AM
I just registered my son for JK.

 :)  :-\  :'(  <-----not sure which one I should use. Feel all three, at the same time.

that's bang on, FroggieDude. Smiley Pride cause he's off to school, wistful sad because he's not a baby anymore and really tearful that your kid is growing up and will know everything better than you soon enough (that's what my 17 year old tells  me: "Mom, you don't know ANYTHING"
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Post by: Britishbulldog on February 07, 2013, 06:22:45 PM
About an hour ago my oldest son and his wife had a little girl!! 

For those who might remember...a year and 2 weeks ago my son and daughter in law lost a daughter, who was a twin, tragically to SIDS.

My little grand daughter born tonight was appropriately named Grace.

The old Bulldog is feeling peace tonight.  :)

That's great! Congratulations and a beautiful for name for what I'm sure is a beautiful little girl.

Thanks folks!  Here she is:
(http://i1262.photobucket.com/albums/ii619/Britishbulldogca/GraceBrittonalone_zps179bb339.jpg)

Here we are together:   :D

(http://i1262.photobucket.com/albums/ii619/Britishbulldogca/GraceBritton_zpsc144f6e4.jpg)

With my wife, Susan and Grace's big brother William, who at 1 year and 2 months is joyous with having a little sister (it has been remarkable to watch him):

(http://i1262.photobucket.com/albums/ii619/Britishbulldogca/WilliamandGraceBritton_zps70c09646.jpg)
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Post by: LittleHockeyFan on February 08, 2013, 04:23:00 AM
awwwwwwwwwww


absolutely precious!
Stunning family, enjoy them!

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Post by: Zee on February 08, 2013, 04:24:23 AM
Beautiful!!!
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Post by: AlmosGirl on February 08, 2013, 11:57:32 AM
BD, I'm so happy for your family. A beautiful Rainbow Baby & she is just beautiful. I remember your family's loss & while you will a,ways be forever changed and a PCM missing, little Grace will definitely help heal some of that pain. Enjoy her and both grandchildren are beautiful.

About an hour ago my oldest son and his wife had a little girl!! 

For those who might remember...a year and 2 weeks ago my son and daughter in law lost a daughter, who was a twin, tragically to SIDS.

My little grand daughter born tonight was appropriately named Grace.

The old Bulldog is feeling peace tonight.  :)
Title: Re: Kids - A thread for bragging, venting and, advice.
Post by: AlmosGirl on February 08, 2013, 11:59:54 AM
I just registered my son for JK.

 :)  :-\  :'(  <-----not sure which one I should use. Feel all three, at the same time.

Awe BF, it is bittersweet that's for sure. LH said it perfectly. My little guy is in JK this year & it was hard seeing him go but he loves school!

TML thanks. That's what she is doing. Our basement is still unfinished & her dad helps her out a lot. Year is almost done, thank goodness.
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Post by: RobDM on February 08, 2013, 12:00:12 PM
About an hour ago my oldest son and his wife had a little girl!! 

For those who might remember...a year and 2 weeks ago my son and daughter in law lost a daughter, who was a twin, tragically to SIDS.

My little grand daughter born tonight was appropriately named Grace.

The old Bulldog is feeling peace tonight.  :)

Big congrats!  :)
Title: Re: Kids - A thread for bragging, venting and, advice.
Post by: Zee on February 28, 2013, 11:04:36 AM
Our youngest turned 1 on Tuesday.   So hard to believe an entire year went by. 

(http://i.imgur.com/WwZlcJI.jpg)
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Post by: OldTimeHockey on February 28, 2013, 11:20:52 AM
Beautiful family Zee!
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Post by: OldTimeHockey on February 28, 2013, 11:25:48 AM
In a family of 5 where the only males are myself and the dog, I've finally got my hockey player! 4 years old and loves it!

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-a-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/62134_10152590790060154_1427028617_n.jpg)
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Post by: WhatIfGodWasALeaf on February 28, 2013, 11:27:05 AM
Awesome guys, looking forward to being where you are in a few years.
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Post by: Bullfrog on February 28, 2013, 06:35:48 PM
My little guy has taken big dumps in the toilet for three days straight.

hallelujah! bye bye diapers!
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Post by: Sarge on February 28, 2013, 06:36:56 PM
My little guy has taken big dumps in the toilet for three days straight.

hallelujah! bye bye diapers!

News for you... The wiping ain't over.  :P
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Post by: moon111 on February 28, 2013, 08:52:00 PM
My little guy has taken big dumps in the toilet for three days straight.

hallelujah! bye bye diapers!
Every one of my kids went about a week straight then it was like it never figured it out.  Second time around though, everything was good to go.
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Post by: Sarge on February 28, 2013, 08:55:37 PM
One of my favourite Daddy moments is when one of my daughters was new to the potty, she called out for me to come in, looked up at me with determined eyes and said; "Hold my hand, please... this is going to be a big one."
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Post by: Rick Couchman on March 01, 2013, 07:50:40 AM
One of my favourite Daddy moments is when one of my daughters was new to the potty, she called out for me to come in, looked up at me with determined eyes and said; "Hold my hand, please... this is going to be a big one."

Ha!  Learning quickly!
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Post by: AlmosGirl on March 14, 2013, 03:43:27 PM
In a family of 5 where the only males are myself and the dog, I've finally got my hockey player! 4 years old and loves it!

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-a-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/62134_10152590790060154_1427028617_n.jpg)

Awesome!!!!  Keep it up OTH!  My daughter turned Sweet 16 last month and it's her passion.  She's been playing since she was 7.

The big #1 - yay Zee.  Congrats.  It goes so fast, you blink and they're off to University.

Yay BF!!!  That's awesome!  He's a big kid now, which is also kinda sad but yay, no more diapers is awsome!
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Post by: Bullfrog on April 04, 2013, 06:44:07 PM
So I decided to play a game with my three year old today after work. It went like this:

B: I spy with my eye something that is............black!!
Me: Is it this? this? that? this? that? that? up there? down here? this? this? that? I give up, what is it?
B: I don't know.
Me: You don't really get this game, do you?
B: Nope.
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Post by: AlmosGirl on April 05, 2013, 02:07:52 PM
LOL BF!  Their attention span at this age is frankly zilch, nil, nada.
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Post by: Sarge on April 07, 2013, 05:16:25 PM
So one of my kids is playing basketball for the first time this year. Her team was having trouble coming up with a nickname so ahead of their first game, I asked the group what they're afraid of (thinking I'd hear names of monsters, animals, natural events like storms, etc.) One kid raises her hand and says to me - "Black, mouldy cheese."  :D

Kids are awesome.


 
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Post by: AlmosGirl on April 08, 2013, 03:52:57 PM
LOL Sarrge.

My 4 yr old out of the blue told his 16 yr old sister yesterday that she was "crae crae" (crazy)!  I swear, these kids know everything these days.

And as a side note, my daughter made her school Softball team.  She's very excited to say the least.  Hopefully, a good omen going into hockey tryouts starting on Wednesday.  Fingers crossed.
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Post by: Sarge on April 08, 2013, 05:45:09 PM
Good luck!
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Post by: AlmosGirl on April 22, 2013, 03:46:05 PM
Well, tryouts are over, thank God!  She came down with the stomach bug during the AA tryouts, which sucked big time and she couldn't do it.  We all ended up with it (except the little guy thankfully).  I was off work all last week!

After the first A team tryout the AA coach approached her asking what happened and she told her that she was sick.  AA coach said that she wished she had known beforehand.  Drat.  Anyways, she was only about 75% feeling for the first 2 A tryouts and she couldn't do the last 2 nights unfortunately - 4 nights straight is rough.  She went to the 2nd A team tryouts that started Friday night and this guy brought up his whole team from last year and was only looking for 2 spots.  She made it to the 2nd night but got cut.  She was extremely devastated and upset.  Man, it's hard watching your kid go through stuff like that.

Got home Saturday night to watch the rest of the game and the coach for the BB team called.  He wasn't at the tryout but heard that she didn't get selected and was frankly "surprised for sure but thrilled" and offered her an immediate spot on his team and a letter.  She was happy to hear this (still disappointed) but after going to yesterday morning's skate and seeing several of her last year's teammates there, made things a little easier. I think it will be a good year, at least we hope.

So, they are over thank goodness and no, she definitely didn't move up to AA or A like she wanted but she can work hard again next year and we'll try again next year.  Fingers crossed that she won't be sick this time.
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Post by: OldTimeHockey on April 22, 2013, 06:27:59 PM
Well, tryouts are over, thank God!  She came down with the stomach bug during the AA tryouts, which sucked big time and she couldn't do it.  We all ended up with it (except the little guy thankfully).  I was off work all last week!

After the first A team tryout the AA coach approached her asking what happened and she told her that she was sick.  AA coach said that she wished she had known beforehand.  Drat.  Anyways, she was only about 75% feeling for the first 2 A tryouts and she couldn't do the last 2 nights unfortunately - 4 nights straight is rough.  She went to the 2nd A team tryouts that started Friday night and this guy brought up his whole team from last year and was only looking for 2 spots.  She made it to the 2nd night but got cut.  She was extremely devastated and upset.  Man, it's hard watching your kid go through stuff like that.

Got home Saturday night to watch the rest of the game and the coach for the BB team called.  He wasn't at the tryout but heard that she didn't get selected and was frankly "surprised for sure but thrilled" and offered her an immediate spot on his team and a letter.  She was happy to hear this (still disappointed) but after going to yesterday morning's skate and seeing several of her last year's teammates there, made things a little easier. I think it will be a good year, at least we hope.

So, they are over thank goodness and no, she definitely didn't move up to AA or A like she wanted but she can work hard again next year and we'll try again next year.  Fingers crossed that she won't be sick this time.

Poor Girl!

Atleast she's playing the sport she loves! And sometimes playing with friends is just as important as playing at the highest level possible. The fact that the AA coach recognized her means she's got the skills!

My little one has been sick all winter. Every second weekend she's got the stomach flu. I don't know what's going on..but it's nuts!
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Post by: AlmosGirl on April 25, 2013, 11:37:36 AM
Well, tryouts are over, thank God!  She came down with the stomach bug during the AA tryouts, which sucked big time and she couldn't do it.  We all ended up with it (except the little guy thankfully).  I was off work all last week!

After the first A team tryout the AA coach approached her asking what happened and she told her that she was sick.  AA coach said that she wished she had known beforehand.  Drat.  Anyways, she was only about 75% feeling for the first 2 A tryouts and she couldn't do the last 2 nights unfortunately - 4 nights straight is rough.  She went to the 2nd A team tryouts that started Friday night and this guy brought up his whole team from last year and was only looking for 2 spots.  She made it to the 2nd night but got cut.  She was extremely devastated and upset.  Man, it's hard watching your kid go through stuff like that.

Got home Saturday night to watch the rest of the game and the coach for the BB team called.  He wasn't at the tryout but heard that she didn't get selected and was frankly "surprised for sure but thrilled" and offered her an immediate spot on his team and a letter.  She was happy to hear this (still disappointed) but after going to yesterday morning's skate and seeing several of her last year's teammates there, made things a little easier. I think it will be a good year, at least we hope.

So, they are over thank goodness and no, she definitely didn't move up to AA or A like she wanted but she can work hard again next year and we'll try again next year.  Fingers crossed that she won't be sick this time.

Poor Girl!

Atleast she's playing the sport she loves! And sometimes playing with friends is just as important as playing at the highest level possible. The fact that the AA coach recognized her means she's got the skills!

My little one has been sick all winter. Every second weekend she's got the stomach flu. I don't know what's going on..but it's nuts!

Thanks OTH.

That's terrible that she has the stomach flu so much.  Have the Dr.'s checked to see if she has some stomach issues (IBS, etc...)?  I couldn't imagine having it on and off.  1 week was definitely enough.
Title: Re: Kids - A thread for bragging, venting and, advice.
Post by: Rick Couchman on April 30, 2013, 12:17:37 PM
So happy for my beautiful, brilliant daughter Sarah. She's now finished her ECE (Early Childhood Educator) program at Conestoga. It was a 2 yr diploma, but she did it in about 1.5 years. Her average this semester? 88%, Awesome!
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Post by: Sarge on April 30, 2013, 12:39:11 PM
Woot!!
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Post by: seahawk on April 30, 2013, 02:08:03 PM
Where the hell does time go? I remember just a few years ago one of my 1st basketball games as a ref was Sarah as a junior at Jacob Hespler. Now she's a college grad. Means that you and Sherry have some awesome kids. Also means I'm feeling old lol 
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Post by: Zee on April 30, 2013, 02:24:11 PM
My youngest just turned 14 months.  She's now trying her first steps.  Both her sisters walked at 14 1/2 months, so she has two weeks to master it or be forever ridiculed by her sisters at being the slowest to master the art.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YGXlLHUlyY0[/youtube]
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Post by: AlmosGirl on May 01, 2013, 08:13:04 PM
Awwww Zee, so stinkin cute. She's on her way.
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Post by: AlmosGirl on May 01, 2013, 08:15:19 PM
That's awesome Rick,  congrats to Sarah and I echo seahawk, when did she become a college grad!  Man time goes so fast. Warp speed

Thanks seahawk. I'm biased but I think my kids are pretty darn awesome too.
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Post by: hockeyfan1 on July 11, 2013, 04:02:38 AM
Well, what d'ya know...meet Bobby Tufts, 4 year old mayor of a small Minnesota town...

http://news.nationalpost.com/2013/07/10/hes-a-cute-little-bugger-meet-bobby-tufts-the-four-year-old-mayor-of-a-minnesota-town/
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Post by: hockeyfan1 on July 31, 2013, 01:57:47 AM
My goodness.  What happened to this child is absolutely disgusting...

http://firsttoknow.com/11-year-old-girl-raped-not-allowed-to-abort/
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Post by: hockeyfan1 on August 04, 2013, 04:43:04 AM
Difficult to believe some people can react this terribly against a child...

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/katie-vyktoriah/what-happened-when-my-son-wore-a-pink-headband-to-walmart_b_3696113.html
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Post by: Bullfrog on August 04, 2013, 09:32:46 AM
It is difficult to understand. And man, he really looks like my son. My son's obsessed with cars, trucks, monster trucks, "dying" zombies (shooting them, though I try to discourage it) and other boy stuff. He's 3 1/2. He also still proudly pushes his pink baby stroller down the street with his favorite stuffies inside. I can't imagine anything wrong with that.
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Post by: hockeyfan1 on August 08, 2013, 02:54:31 AM
Some good advice on how to enjoy your surroundings and not to always "hurry up"...

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rachel-macy-stafford/the-day-i-stopped-saying-hurry-up_b_3624798.html
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Post by: Britishbulldog on September 25, 2013, 12:46:56 AM
The Bulldog is proud to announce a 4th grandchild was born at 11:59 pm tonight.  Lincoln Paul Bastarache came into this world to the joy of my son in law and daughter, my wife and myself and family.

High fives all around!!!
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Post by: OldTimeHockey on September 25, 2013, 07:35:20 AM
(http://bluepotioncreative.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/national-high-five-day.jpg)
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Post by: Bullfrog on September 25, 2013, 09:04:49 AM
(http://thumbs.dreamstime.com/z/giving-high-five-9193167.jpg)
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Post by: LittleHockeyFan on September 25, 2013, 09:23:14 AM
The Bulldog is proud to announce a 4th grandchild was born at 11:59 pm tonight.  Lincoln Paul Bastarache came into this world to the joy of my son in law and daughter, my wife and myself and family.

High fives all around!!!

congrats grampa and family!!!! xoxo
LHF
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Post by: Zee on September 25, 2013, 09:52:47 AM
The Bulldog is proud to announce a 4th grandchild was born at 11:59 pm tonight.  Lincoln Paul Bastarache came into this world to the joy of my son in law and daughter, my wife and myself and family.

High fives all around!!!

Congrats BBD!
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Post by: Corn Flake on September 25, 2013, 09:58:43 AM
The Bulldog is proud to announce a 4th grandchild was born at 11:59 pm tonight.  Lincoln Paul Bastarache came into this world to the joy of my son in law and daughter, my wife and myself and family.

High fives all around!!!

Congrats!!
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Post by: A Weekend at Bernier's on September 25, 2013, 11:33:51 AM
The Bulldog is proud to announce a 4th grandchild was born at 11:59 pm tonight.  Lincoln Paul Bastarache came into this world to the joy of my son in law and daughter, my wife and myself and family.

High fives all around!!!

Awesome!  All the best to you guys.

Pretty good hockey name there, grandpa!
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Post by: LittleHockeyFan on September 25, 2013, 11:50:47 AM
The Bulldog is proud to announce a 4th grandchild was born at 11:59 pm tonight.  Lincoln Paul Bastarache came into this world

good! Just in time for grampa to be stocking up on the Leaf baby merch for Christmas? I expect to see a photo of Little Lincoln wearing his Leafs onesie soon
 ;D
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Post by: hockeyfan1 on September 25, 2013, 04:30:25 PM
Congratulations to you, Bulldog!
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Post by: Britishbulldog on September 25, 2013, 06:38:18 PM
The Bulldog is proud to announce a 4th grandchild was born at 11:59 pm tonight.  Lincoln Paul Bastarache came into this world

good! Just in time for grampa to be stocking up on the Leaf baby merch for Christmas? I expect to see a photo of Little Lincoln wearing his Leafs onesie soon
 ;D

Thanks everyone!

It is certainly a lot of fun.  Having my daughter at age 21 and her having her 1st son at 22 and now Lincoln at 24 makes me a pretty young grampie of 45.  One of my best friends my age has a daughter 3 years older than my grandson so they could end up going to the same high school at the same time.

Oh...and he popped out at 10 lbs 13 oz!!  My poor little daughter (if any of you remember her from the wedding pictures 3 years ago).  Here is my baby girl http://www.bastarachebeauty.com/#!the-artist/cwqv

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Post by: Britishbulldog on September 25, 2013, 06:44:41 PM
(http://bluepotioncreative.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/national-high-five-day.jpg)

This is exactly how I feel inside OTH.

 :D

Hope that it's not too corny.   ;)
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Post by: moon111 on September 25, 2013, 07:30:18 PM
Congrats!  My daughter was also 10 lbs 13 oz (Although she was a month premature).  Now you can get a good work-out carrying her.
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Post by: Sarge on September 26, 2013, 08:44:41 AM
Congrats, 'dog.
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Post by: OldTimeHockey on September 26, 2013, 11:03:44 AM
(http://bluepotioncreative.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/national-high-five-day.jpg)

This is exactly how I feel inside OTH.

 :D

Hope that it's not too corny.   ;)

Like Robin smacking Batman's rearend? ;)


I kid, I kid!

I feel ya buddy! As much as I want my kids to stay kids, I can't wait until I have grandkids to spoil!
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Post by: AlmosGirl on September 27, 2013, 09:33:05 PM
Congrats BD! Wow big baby!

I'm 43 and I can wait a few yrs for grand babies. My oldest is just 20 and 3rd yr Uni, DD is just 16 & my little guy is only 5. Yep, another 5 or 10 yrs will be good. Enjoy!
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Post by: Zee on November 25, 2013, 09:31:26 AM
Time to brag again, the years move on, the kids growing up.  Oldest 2 share a birthday party with respective birthdays 3 days apart.  This taken yesterday...

(http://i.imgur.com/IHBHib1.jpg)

FYI - they're standing in front of the wrong cakes...Michaela is in front of Madison's cake and vice versa lol
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Post by: LittleHockeyFan on November 25, 2013, 04:37:58 PM
awwwwwwwwwwwwwww what a great family, Zee!
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Post by: Sarge on November 25, 2013, 04:45:11 PM
I share you pain, Zee (all girls.) Heck, even the dog's a girl. - I know it's often difficult. - Sorry ladies.
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Post by: Britishbulldog on November 25, 2013, 05:23:41 PM
Way to go Zee.  The effort to invest in a family is well worth it.
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Post by: Sarge on November 25, 2013, 05:35:32 PM
Yeah, what 'dog said. I think.   ;)
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Post by: Zee on November 25, 2013, 05:56:57 PM
I share you pain, Zee (all girls.) Heck, even the dog's a girl. - I know it's often difficult. - Sorry ladies.

It's all rosy now but I'm sure much pain is coming once the teenage years kick in. I really hope the Leafs have won a cup by then I can't handle all that stress.
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Post by: LittleHockeyFan on November 25, 2013, 06:04:18 PM
I share you pain, Zee (all girls.) Heck, even the dog's a girl. - I know it's often difficult. - Sorry ladies.

just put the seat down, and shut up.

:D

xoxoxo  :-*
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Post by: Sarge on November 25, 2013, 06:04:49 PM
I share you pain, Zee (all girls.) Heck, even the dog's a girl. - I know it's often difficult. - Sorry ladies.

It's all rosy now but I'm sure much pain is coming once the teenage years kick in. I really hope the Leafs have won a cup by then I can't handle all that stress.

Psst... Things happen earlier then that.  :-\
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Post by: Sarge on November 25, 2013, 06:06:01 PM

just put the seat down, and shut up.


Yes dear. Sorry.  8)
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Post by: OldTimeHockey on November 25, 2013, 06:54:23 PM
I am also all girls! And I have a teen, with the second entering her teenage years!

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-c-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/563622_10153317659855154_1586326932_n.jpg)
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Post by: Sarge on November 25, 2013, 07:15:55 PM
Another good lookin' fam. God help you too!
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Post by: WIGWALS_wifey on November 30, 2013, 05:21:14 AM
I hope when I have children they look quite as cute as your families! 😄
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Post by: Damian on December 04, 2013, 01:09:29 PM
10 years ago this young man, my son Terry was undergoing chemo, radiation and a stem cell transplant for bone cancer. The group here was tremendous and very supportive to myself and my family.....

As of November 21, 2013, this is what he looks like. As he put it, "Its my turn to give back". Thanks everyone!

(https://scontent-a-iad.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-frc3/1452008_10153540622355253_609366429_n.jpg)
(https://scontent-a-iad.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/1460992_10153540622365253_459922481_n.jpg)

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Post by: Rick Couchman on December 04, 2013, 01:13:48 PM
10 years ago this young man, my son Terry was undergoing chemo, radiation and a stem cell transplant for bone cancer. The group here was tremendous and very supportive to myself and my family.....

As of November 21, 2013, this is what he looks like. As he put it, "Its my turn to give back". Thanks everyone!

You know how I feel Damian.  He's a heck of a strong kid (adult) and I'm proud to have him standing up for our country.
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Post by: Britishbulldog on December 04, 2013, 01:43:41 PM
10 years ago this young man, my son Terry was undergoing chemo, radiation and a stem cell transplant for bone cancer. The group here was tremendous and very supportive to myself and my family.....

As of November 21, 2013, this is what he looks like. As he put it, "Its my turn to give back". Thanks everyone!

You know how I feel Damian.  He's a heck of a strong kid (adult) and I'm proud to have him standing up for our country.

Right on Damian.  That is awesome.  Congratulations as a father for walking with a son that has such fight and determination and having him turn out this way after everything experienced.  That takes years of dedication as a parent.

I know Terry will do us all proud.  This is a clear indication of his character and good form.
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Post by: LittleHockeyFan on December 04, 2013, 01:47:20 PM
I can't tell you how proud of him I am (even though I don't know him except through here!) but every young man who joins the army deserves our utmost admiration and respect.

Stay safe Terry and thank you for your service!

LHF
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Post by: Sarge on December 04, 2013, 02:25:50 PM
Simply awesome Damian. I wish him a a safe and fulfilling career.
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Post by: WhatIfGodWasALeaf on December 04, 2013, 02:32:59 PM
That's amazing Damian, I remember that period and the outpouring of love and support. It's absolutely beautiful to see the young man that he has become, you must be the proudest dad on the planet.

Best wishes to you and yours.
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Post by: moon111 on December 04, 2013, 02:40:28 PM
I think the black beret was originally to designate armoured crews?  Hide oil-stains.  "Through the mud and the blood to the green fields beyond."  Hopefully he's have a wonderful career.  Retire and double-dip as a civilian!
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Post by: Damian on December 04, 2013, 05:35:54 PM
I think the black beret was originally to designate armoured crews?  Hide oil-stains.  "Through the mud and the blood to the green fields beyond."  Hopefully he's have a wonderful career.  Retire and double-dip as a civilian!

Close Moon.... Artillery. It certainly is something....
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Post by: hockeyfan1 on December 05, 2013, 04:39:16 AM
Courage, heart, bravery. That describes and has always described the people who have served and continue to serve our nation.  Amongst them is Terry. You must be very proud, Damian.  And to Terry, congratulations on everything that you've overcome and achieved. 
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Post by: Zee on December 05, 2013, 08:42:29 AM
I am also all girls! And I have a teen, with the second entering her teenage years!

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-c-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/563622_10153317659855154_1586326932_n.jpg)

I feel a kinship with you.
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Post by: Zee on December 05, 2013, 08:43:13 AM
10 years ago this young man, my son Terry was undergoing chemo, radiation and a stem cell transplant for bone cancer. The group here was tremendous and very supportive to myself and my family.....

As of November 21, 2013, this is what he looks like. As he put it, "Its my turn to give back". Thanks everyone!

(https://scontent-a-iad.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-frc3/1452008_10153540622355253_609366429_n.jpg)
(https://scontent-a-iad.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/1460992_10153540622365253_459922481_n.jpg)

Inspiring story Damian, you must be very proud!
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Post by: AlmosGirl on December 06, 2013, 01:41:37 PM
Wow Damian, those pics gave me goosebumps and a tear to my eye!  I'm so proud of Terry and you your family!  He's an exceptional young man. I'm sure that fight seems like such a long time ago for your family and it's awesome seeing him as such a fine young adult and kudos to what he is embarking on. Thanks Terry!
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Post by: Rick Couchman on December 06, 2013, 04:44:46 PM
It seems like just yesterday that we were seeing him on Coach's Corner with Don and Ron...
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Post by: hockeyfan1 on December 15, 2013, 11:13:18 AM
A heart-tugging Christmas wish...

http://ca.shine.yahoo.com/blogs/shine-on/little-boy-asks-santa-prosthetic-arm-play-xbox-194037669.html
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Post by: AlmosGirl on January 03, 2014, 11:54:05 AM
Current photos of 2 of my kids (my 20 yr old doesn't like his picture taken these days :()

My little guy's lacrosse pic from this past summer
(http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y266/AlmosGirl/Kyle-Lacrosse2013.jpg) (http://s7.photobucket.com/user/AlmosGirl/media/Kyle-Lacrosse2013.jpg.html)

And him with Santa (he's 5)
(http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y266/AlmosGirl/Kyle-Santa-3.jpg) (http://s7.photobucket.com/user/AlmosGirl/media/Kyle-Santa-3.jpg.html)

And my DD's hockey pic (she'll be 17 next month)
(http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y266/AlmosGirl/Stephanie-Twisters.jpg) (http://s7.photobucket.com/user/AlmosGirl/media/Stephanie-Twisters.jpg.html)

They grow way to darn fast!
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Post by: Sarge on January 03, 2014, 11:58:06 AM
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Post by: Damian on January 25, 2014, 04:48:56 PM
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What he said ^
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Post by: Dappleganger on January 25, 2014, 05:41:48 PM
10 years ago this young man, my son Terry was undergoing chemo, radiation and a stem cell transplant for bone cancer. The group here was tremendous and very supportive to myself and my family.....

As of November 21, 2013, this is what he looks like. As he put it, "Its my turn to give back". Thanks everyone!

Pretty awesome Damian.
Title: Re: Kids - A thread for bragging, venting and, advice.
Post by: Zee on March 04, 2014, 10:18:02 AM
From a couple weeks back, my youngest celebrating her 2nd birthday.  She's at that age where she understands the day was for her, amazing times. 

Me in my team Canada jersey.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z62d8W1HNcY&feature=share&list=UUJQWQJHoc3eiFfug7H726Wg&index=4[/youtube]
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Post by: hockeyfan1 on March 04, 2014, 10:32:50 AM
From a couple weeks back, my youngest celebrating her 2nd birthday.  She's at that age where she understands the day was for her, amazing times. 

Me in my team Canada jersey.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z62d8W1HNcY&feature=share&list=UUJQWQJHoc3eiFfug7H726Wg&index=4[/youtube]


Very nice, Zee.  :)
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Post by: Bullfrog on March 04, 2014, 12:19:56 PM
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ZkwG_eIlEM[/youtube]

Four years old. Just learning to skate with his classmates.
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Post by: Zee on March 04, 2014, 01:17:12 PM
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ZkwG_eIlEM[/youtube]

Four years old. Just learning to skate with his classmates.

I remember those walking first skating lessons, the memories. :)   Nice video!
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Post by: AlmosGirl on March 11, 2014, 12:00:41 PM
Zee - happy belated bday to your Emma. Beautiful family.

BF - awesome job. He's doing so well!
Title: Re: Kids - A thread for bragging, venting and, advice.
Post by: Bullfrog on March 29, 2014, 12:11:24 PM
So my son had a runny nose today. He asked for a kleenex. I told him that we ran out and will just have to use toilet paper. He says, "that's ok, we just can't use too much or we won't have any for poop."

 :) A sound, reasonable observation.
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Post by: AlmosGirl on March 29, 2014, 09:48:20 PM
Lol bf. out of the mouths of babes.  8)
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Post by: LittleHockeyFan on March 30, 2014, 08:52:45 PM
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ZkwG_eIlEM[/youtube]

Four years old. Just learning to skate with his classmates.

A good Canadian boy!! :)
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Post by: You're right on April 20, 2014, 11:13:31 AM
Our 12 year old daughter put on an Easter egg hunt for us this morning - she is a gem. They grow up so fast!

Enjoy Easter with your families everyone! (And every other day too - celebrate something little every day with your loved ones)
Title: Re: Kids - A thread for bragging, venting and, advice.
Post by: AlmosGirl on June 18, 2014, 02:16:33 PM
My youngest had his SK graduation 2 weeks ago. I can't believe he's going to grade 1!

(http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y266/AlmosGirl/A0305_0159-6.jpg)[/URL]
Title: Re: Kids - A thread for bragging, venting and, advice.
Post by: hockeyfan1 on June 19, 2014, 01:57:46 AM
My youngest had his SK graduation 2 weeks ago. I can't believe he's going to grade 1!
(http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y266/AlmosGirl/
A0305_0159-6.jpg)[/URL]


Aww, that is sweet.  Very nice picture.  :)
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Post by: Britishbulldog on June 19, 2014, 06:38:46 AM
My youngest had his SK graduation 2 weeks ago. I can't believe he's going to grade 1!


That is great!
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Post by: Britishbulldog on July 27, 2014, 10:02:38 AM
Yeah my youngest daughter got married yesterday! Travis is an awesome young man with great family values and is head over heels for my Rebekah.  The marriage is wholeheartedly endorsed by both families. 
(http://i1262.photobucket.com/albums/ii619/Britishbulldogca/Inthecarmarried_zps2adf024e.jpg)

This was Travis's selfie.  As a proud dad I will post another picture of the wedding party when I get it from the photographer.   :)
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Post by: WhatIfGodWasALeaf on July 27, 2014, 04:21:40 PM
Congrats sir, may it be a long and fruitful union.
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Post by: LittleHockeyFan on July 27, 2014, 08:26:53 PM
beautiful couple, BBD..... congrats and all the best
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Post by: Rick Couchman on July 28, 2014, 02:30:30 PM
That's awesome Dan.  Great looking kids!
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Post by: hockeyfan1 on July 28, 2014, 02:44:32 PM
Congratulations to the newlyweds and best wishes!  :)
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Post by: AlmosGirl on August 27, 2014, 12:56:13 PM
Congrats BD!  Beautiful couple.
Title: Re: Kids - A thread for bragging, venting and, advice.
Post by: Peter D. on December 30, 2014, 08:07:20 PM
Ever since my daughter started kindergarten this year, her favourite words have become 'poo', 'pee pee' and 'bum/butt'.  :-\
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Post by: louisstamos on December 30, 2014, 09:14:35 PM
Ever since my daughter started kindergarten this year, her favourite words have become 'poo', 'pee pee' and 'bum/butt'.  :-\

Those are my favorite words as an adult.  :P
Title: Re: Kids - A thread for bragging, venting and, advice.
Post by: AlmosGirl on February 18, 2015, 12:52:31 PM
LOL Peter. It's only the beginning.

I know I haven't been on here in awhile. Life is quite busy but I just wanted to share my news:

Our oldest son who is finishing up his last year of University at Glendon (York), was accepted to Osgoode Hall Law School for September 2015!!! Got his acceptance just before Christmas.

And our lovely daughter who just turned 18 on Sunday (goodness where does the time go?), was accepted today to York for September, 2015!

We are super super proud of both of them. Lots of stress and hard work but it all pays off in the end. And yay, I get to do this all over again in 12 yrs when my youngest goes through it! :o
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Post by: WhatIfGodWasALeaf on February 18, 2015, 03:05:02 PM
Congrats AG!

Mrs Wigwal is 26 weeks along now, so excited!
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Post by: LittleHockeyFan on February 18, 2015, 05:20:21 PM
Ever since my daughter started kindergarten this year, her favourite words have become 'poo', 'pee pee' and 'bum/butt'.  :-\

be grateful....my son came home from JK with new favourite words: s#!& and f@^%

 :'(
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Post by: LittleHockeyFan on February 18, 2015, 05:21:07 PM


Mrs Wigwal is 26 weeks along now, so excited!

Yay! Congrats and good wishes to the Wigwals!
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Post by: hockeyfan1 on February 18, 2015, 05:29:41 PM
Happy for you, Sheri!   :)

As the saying goes, raising kids can be very frustrating, and definitely very rewarding.
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Post by: WhatIfGodWasALeaf on February 18, 2015, 09:22:34 PM
Thanks LHF, can't wait to meet the new member of Leafs Nation.
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Post by: Frank E on February 18, 2015, 09:31:16 PM
Thanks LHF, can't wait to meet the new member of Leafs Nation.

Things that tell me I don't know anything: #784- I didn't know Patrick = WIGWAL
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Post by: AlmosGirl on February 20, 2015, 12:32:38 PM
Congrats AG!

Mrs Wigwal is 26 weeks along now, so excited!

Oh happy news!  So happy for you guys! Can't wait to meet the newest Leaf fan!!!!
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Post by: Britishbulldog on May 18, 2015, 10:01:33 AM
My 'little' guy's team just won the Dieppe ball hockey finals.  He won rookie of the year and was the top scorer in the league even though he was playing against men, some of whom played professionally.  He has been asked to play for the Moncton summer Ice hockey team and ball hockey team so he said yes to both.  He is still hoping for a chance to try out for Brampton.

He is the 6'2" 220 lb 19 year old in the middle:

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10152883415627913&set=a.10150393332007913.349103.514312912&type=1&theater
 (https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10152883415627913&set=a.10150393332007913.349103.514312912&type=1&theater)
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Post by: AlmosGirl on May 18, 2015, 11:14:32 AM
That's awesome BBD. Congrats.
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Post by: Bullfrog on May 18, 2015, 12:43:35 PM
Nice. Not so little anymore!

My little one (5 years old) just took off his training wheels for the first time two days ago. Of course I was nervous and suggested that we just raise them up. He insisted they come right off!

After running back and forth in the yard a few times we went to the park. Very first push and he was off with no help. A couple of spills, but no big deal. Wipeouts are fun!

(http://s13.postimg.org/z14h8latz/DSC_0928.jpg)
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Post by: WhatIfGodWasALeaf on May 18, 2015, 02:01:11 PM
That's awesome Froggy, I can only imagine the anxiety you must have had initially. My son is due a week from tomorrow and I'm looking forward to doing these kinds of things with him.

Oh and congrats BBD, that's very cool.
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Post by: Britishbulldog on May 18, 2015, 06:04:39 PM
That's awesome Froggy, I can only imagine the anxiety you must have had initially. My son is due a week from tomorrow and I'm looking forward to doing these kinds of things with him.

Oh and congrats BBD, that's very cool.

Congrats on your son about to join you!  I have found that family is more important than money in the big scheme of things.  A spouse and offspring are great things to invest in.
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Post by: Britishbulldog on May 18, 2015, 06:05:45 PM
Nice. Not so little anymore!

My little one (5 years old) just took off his training wheels for the first time two days ago. Of course I was nervous and suggested that we just raise them up. He insisted they come right off!

After running back and forth in the yard a few times we went to the park. Very first push and he was off with no help. A couple of spills, but no big deal. Wipeouts are fun!


I love the joy on his face!  :)
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Post by: Britishbulldog on May 18, 2015, 06:07:25 PM
That's awesome BBD. Congrats.

:)  Thanks!
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Post by: WhatIfGodWasALeaf on May 18, 2015, 07:10:04 PM
Just back from the docs, the little Beleafer will actually be joining us on Wednesday. 
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Post by: LittleHockeyFan on May 20, 2015, 02:26:22 PM
is he/she here yet Patrick?!
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Post by: WhatIfGodWasALeaf on May 20, 2015, 02:30:25 PM
She has been induced, so he's on the way. Just waiting now.
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Post by: LittleHockeyFan on May 20, 2015, 02:55:44 PM
soooo exciting!!! best wishes for a safe and speedy arrival of the newest WIGWAL!
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Post by: Tigger on May 21, 2015, 02:08:46 AM
Hope all went well WIGWALs!
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Post by: WhatIfGodWasALeaf on May 21, 2015, 04:14:11 AM
Introducing baby Jackson, mom and baby are doing great. (http://images.tapatalk-cdn.com/15/05/21/1452116b6f44a478736443d574af6b29.jpg)
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Post by: Frank E on May 21, 2015, 06:32:57 AM
Introducing baby Jackson, mom and baby are doing great.

I gotta give it to you man, that's pretty hardcore to have him in Leafs wear on day one.
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Post by: Boston Leaf on May 21, 2015, 07:10:53 AM
Conratulations Patrick... All the best
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Post by: Derk on May 21, 2015, 08:01:58 AM
Congratulations. :)
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Post by: Zanzibar Buck-Buck McFate on May 21, 2015, 08:19:54 AM
Well done. With each new addition Leafs Nation is one step closer to world domination.

He looks less intense than Babcock but then again he's new on the job. It'll come.
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Post by: Rob on May 21, 2015, 08:22:25 AM
Congratulations to the WIGWAL's!
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Post by: Zanzibar Buck-Buck McFate on May 21, 2015, 08:25:24 AM
Wait a minute. Is Jackson a boy or a girl?
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Post by: WhatIfGodWasALeaf on May 21, 2015, 09:14:25 AM
Thanks everyone, he's very much a boy ZBBMcF.

Frank, yeah he is pretty hardcore.

We've been lucky so far, he has a wonderful disposition.
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Post by: Britishbulldog on May 22, 2015, 10:08:22 AM
Introducing baby Jackson, mom and baby are doing great.

This is fantastic!  Congratulations!
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Post by: AlmosGirl on June 30, 2015, 08:58:57 PM
Late to the party but congrats WIGWALS!

He's beautiful! Enjoy him. They grow so darn fast.
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Post by: Britishbulldog on July 10, 2015, 11:19:43 PM
Caleb just won the regional championship in the men's ball hockey league here.  That means he is invited to the Nationals in Ottawa next year.

He is the 19 on the far left in the green jersey.  Susan and I are trying to be there as well to support him.

 https://www.facebook.com/260731840620015/photos/t.1598426812/1142830489076808/?type=1&theater

He has been accepted to the tryouts for the Brampton Beasts July 23rd.  He also decided not to go because they became Montreal's affiliate and he hates Montreal.  If he does make Brampton he is hoping to play for the Solar Bears next year.
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Post by: hockeyfan1 on November 20, 2017, 03:55:58 AM
Not just for kids...

...The 2017 Santa Claus Parade Sunday in Toronto..HO!HO!HO!...

(click on image to enlarge)

(https://imageshack.com/i/pnlzpslzj)


See more photos here:
https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2017/11/19/photos-santa-claus-parade-brings-magic-to-the-streets.html
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Post by: Arn on June 13, 2018, 06:45:44 AM
So we're expecting our first in just around 3 and a half weeks. It's funny cos even though we've known for almost 30 weeks now it only just hit me in the last few days what's happening and the first hints of panic came along. I'm massively excited obviously but at the same time they're basically going to let me walk out of the hospital in a few week's time in charge of a whole other person.
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Post by: Bullfrog on June 13, 2018, 08:18:31 AM
Congrats, Arn.

It's fairly simple to keep a baby alive; you'll figure it out. Keeping your sanity while on no sleep and raising a good human being.....that's the tough part.  :-X
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Post by: Bullfrog on June 13, 2018, 08:25:13 AM
For the bragging side, has anyone thought about their child "I have no idea where she/he got that talent"?

I was decent in track when I was a kid, but never any serious threat to medal. My boy's in grade 3 and he not only won the 100 m, 200 m, and long jump, but he dominated. Like, the next closest boy was about 5 m back when he crossed the line. He even Usain Bolted and pulled up and looked around. I know he's just young, but I'm a proud papa.

Best thing is, even after knowing how much he won by, his first thought was how good his friends did.  :)
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Post by: Arn on June 13, 2018, 09:14:43 AM
Haha cheers BF! I think I'll probably concentrate on the keeping it alive bit first and hopefully the rest will take care of itself as I start to get more sleep and sanity back..

On another note, did anyone find out in advance if they were having a boy or girl? We decided not to - my thinking was you can't do anything about it and it'll be a nice surprise and my main concern is he or she comes out well and healthy with whatever appendages he or she is meant to have.

But now while getting closer and trying to do little things - like wallpaper the nursery - it's really hard to find properly neutral stuff. Even the neutral wallpaper some of it is a bit boyish and some girlish
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Post by: Frank E on June 13, 2018, 09:56:43 AM
Haha cheers BF! I think I'll probably concentrate on the keeping it alive bit first and hopefully the rest will take care of itself as I start to get more sleep and sanity back..

On another note, did anyone find out in advance if they were having a boy or girl? We decided not to - my thinking was you can't do anything about it and it'll be a nice surprise and my main concern is he or she comes out well and healthy with whatever appendages he or she is meant to have.

But now while getting closer and trying to do little things - like wallpaper the nursery - it's really hard to find properly neutral stuff. Even the neutral wallpaper some of it is a bit boyish and some girlish

We didn't want to know for our kids.  We wanted a surprise.

We just didn't do any decorating based on gender...don't find out, it's much more exciting if you don't know!
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Post by: herman on June 13, 2018, 10:15:09 AM
Woohoo! Congrats, Arn! and Bullfrog, I guess :P

Babies can't see much past 8-10 inches (https://www.aoa.org/patients-and-public/good-vision-throughout-life/childrens-vision/infant-vision-birth-to-24-months-of-age) (i.e. the distance to your face while being held) or even in colour for the first 3 months, so just decorate with whatever as it's more for you two than the baby. They'll also forget anything from 0-3 yearsish so again, do whatever you want (i.e. Blue and White with silver trim) and you can re-evaluate based on the kid's preferences.
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Post by: Zee on June 13, 2018, 10:16:23 AM
Haha cheers BF! I think I'll probably concentrate on the keeping it alive bit first and hopefully the rest will take care of itself as I start to get more sleep and sanity back..

On another note, did anyone find out in advance if they were having a boy or girl? We decided not to - my thinking was you can't do anything about it and it'll be a nice surprise and my main concern is he or she comes out well and healthy with whatever appendages he or she is meant to have.

But now while getting closer and trying to do little things - like wallpaper the nursery - it's really hard to find properly neutral stuff. Even the neutral wallpaper some of it is a bit boyish and some girlish

We didn't find out for the first 2, and then we found out for the 3rd.  Nothing you can do but after 2 surprises we were ok with knowing and planning for the 3rd girl.
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Post by: Bullfrog on June 13, 2018, 10:53:43 AM
We found out the sex as soon as we could. There's just no way we could have waited. Nothing to do with decorating (your boy may love pink or your girl may love blue), just so excited to know.
Title: Re: Kids - A thread for bragging, venting and, advice.
Post by: cabber24 on July 06, 2018, 11:13:30 AM
For those with kids, I been doing some math on RESP's.

We have been fortunate enough and diligent enough to be able to put aside $2,500 per year per kid since birth to maximize the RESP 20% grant up to a max of $500 per year. My kids are just 4 and 7 and it's already up to $50K with $35K out of our pocket, not bad. I thought this is crazy, it's going to be way to much money but it's not.

The life time grant per child is $7,200 so for us with two kids it's $14,400 which is 20% of $72K. To get to the grant maximum as quickly as possible we need to invest $72K over 16 years (2Y@2.5K(1 kid), 13Y@5K(2 kids), 1Y@2K(top up to 72K)).

Using a financial calculator with the investment schedule mentioned above, including the 20% grants per year, and a interest rate of 6%, when my oldest turns 18 their should be $170K in the RESP with just $72K out of pocket.

RESP income is taxed in your kids name when withdrawn so if my two kids go to post secondary 4 years each I can divide the 170K by 8, equaling $21.25K of RESP income per year per kid paying very little if any tax.

Is $21.25K per year enough for school? Probably not, according to Macleans the average annual cost of post-secondary in Canada is currently $19.5K per year. At 2.5% inflation over 11 years when my oldest is 18 that $19.5K inflates to $25K.

Yikes.

Time is money and a free 20%? Take it and run. Invest into those RESP folks. We're going to need all the help we can get.
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Post by: Nik the Trik on July 06, 2018, 11:18:24 AM
If it makes you feel better, that 19.5k per year is the total expenses of a university student on average, 40% of which is rent and includes booze money.

Tuituion is only, like, 7k a year on average.
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Post by: cabber24 on July 06, 2018, 11:35:06 AM
If it makes you feel better, that 19.5k per year is the total expenses of a university student on average, 40% of which is rent and includes booze money.

Tuituion is only, like, 7k a year on average.
If my kids are like me that 3% booze average is low.
https://www.macleans.ca/education/the-cost-of-a-canadian-university-education-in-six-charts/ (https://www.macleans.ca/education/the-cost-of-a-canadian-university-education-in-six-charts/)
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Post by: Zee on July 06, 2018, 11:38:08 AM
We've been all over that RESP for a few years now, having 3 kids you pretty much need it.
Title: Re: Kids - A thread for bragging, venting and, advice.
Post by: Nik the Trik on July 06, 2018, 11:40:54 AM
If my kids are like me that 3% booze average is low.
https://www.macleans.ca/education/the-cost-of-a-canadian-university-education-in-six-charts/ (https://www.macleans.ca/education/the-cost-of-a-canadian-university-education-in-six-charts/)

See, that's why I went to Western. Ok academics, five dollar pitchers of Labatt 50.
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Post by: Average Joes on July 06, 2018, 11:47:05 AM
I thought you just had to disown your kids and they got free tuition.   

I am certainly going to strongly encourage my daughters to go to a local university/college. Going away to school often does not carry an advantage. Obviously there are several exceptions. I know several people that went away for no real advantage  and ended up coming back home and getting a job locally. They had loans well into their 30s despite financial help from parents. They certainly got to party a lot though. 
Title: Re: Kids - A thread for bragging, venting and, advice.
Post by: cabber24 on July 06, 2018, 01:52:16 PM
If my kids are like me that 3% booze average is low.
https://www.macleans.ca/education/the-cost-of-a-canadian-university-education-in-six-charts/ (https://www.macleans.ca/education/the-cost-of-a-canadian-university-education-in-six-charts/)

See, that's why I went to Western. Ok academics, five dollar pitchers of Labatt 50.
The Ceeps in London had $1 mystery draft beers, probably a half pint.
Title: Re: Kids - A thread for bragging, venting and, advice.
Post by: Nik the Trik on July 06, 2018, 01:56:04 PM
The Ceeps in London had $1 mystery draft beers, probably a half pint.

There was a bar downtown...I want to say it was called the Eight Ball where it was 8 dollars for a pitcher and all you can eat wings. That and the #6 combo from the Jade Palace was basically how I survived.
Title: Re: Kids - A thread for bragging, venting and, advice.
Post by: OldTimeHockey on July 08, 2018, 10:29:23 AM

Is $21.25K per year enough for school? Probably not, according to Macleans the average annual cost of post-secondary in Canada is currently $19.5K per year. At 2.5% inflation over 11 years when my oldest is 18 that $19.5K inflates to $25K.

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My daughter just finished her 4th year of university. With Books, Tuition and whatever else the university came up with to pass down to the students, She averaged around $9000 a year.

Like Nik said, things get expensive when you move out of town and have to pay rent or stay at the dorm. My middle daughter is due to start in 2019. We'll see how much that changes as it looks like she'll be heading out of town.
Title: Re: Kids - A thread for bragging, venting and, advice.
Post by: Significantly Insignificant on July 10, 2018, 09:20:48 AM

Is $21.25K per year enough for school? Probably not, according to Macleans the average annual cost of post-secondary in Canada is currently $19.5K per year. At 2.5% inflation over 11 years when my oldest is 18 that $19.5K inflates to $25K.

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My daughter just finished her 4th year of university. With Books, Tuition and whatever else the university came up with to pass down to the students, She averaged around $9000 a year.

Like Nik said, things get expensive when you move out of town and have to pay rent or stay at the dorm. My middle daughter is due to start in 2019. We'll see how much that changes as it looks like she'll be heading out of town.

Thanks for posting that.  My oldest son is about 4 years away.  Post secondary scares me more than retirement at this point.  Need to get the three of them through and have them become productive members of society.  Seemed so far away 13 years ago.  :-).
Title: Re: Kids - A thread for bragging, venting and, advice.
Post by: OldTimeHockey on July 10, 2018, 10:50:34 AM

Is $21.25K per year enough for school? Probably not, according to Macleans the average annual cost of post-secondary in Canada is currently $19.5K per year. At 2.5% inflation over 11 years when my oldest is 18 that $19.5K inflates to $25K.

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My daughter just finished her 4th year of university. With Books, Tuition and whatever else the university came up with to pass down to the students, She averaged around $9000 a year.

Like Nik said, things get expensive when you move out of town and have to pay rent or stay at the dorm. My middle daughter is due to start in 2019. We'll see how much that changes as it looks like she'll be heading out of town.

Thanks for posting that.  My oldest son is about 4 years away.  Post secondary scares me more than retirement at this point.  Need to get the three of them through and have them become productive members of society.  Seemed so far away 13 years ago.  :-).

It certainly does seem like the impossible but with some careful planning and saving, it's not too bad.
Title: Re: Kids - A thread for bragging, venting and, advice.
Post by: OldTimeHockey on July 10, 2018, 10:53:18 AM

Is $21.25K per year enough for school? Probably not, according to Macleans the average annual cost of post-secondary in Canada is currently $19.5K per year. At 2.5% inflation over 11 years when my oldest is 18 that $19.5K inflates to $25K.

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My daughter just finished her 4th year of university. With Books, Tuition and whatever else the university came up with to pass down to the students, She averaged around $9000 a year.

Like Nik said, things get expensive when you move out of town and have to pay rent or stay at the dorm. My middle daughter is due to start in 2019. We'll see how much that changes as it looks like she'll be heading out of town.

Thanks for posting that.  My oldest son is about 4 years away.  Post secondary scares me more than retirement at this point.  Need to get the three of them through and have them become productive members of society.  Seemed so far away 13 years ago.  :-).

It certainly does seem like the impossible but with some careful planning and saving, it's not too bad.

Our two daughters(3rd isn't old enough yet) both started working at 15. We allowed them to contribute to their university funds. We viewed it as a perfect way to show them that when you save for the things you want, they become attainable.

So at this point, half of each of their pay cheques go into a savings account. On top of that, we put in a set amount monthly into each of their RESP's. We also allowed each of them to use that savings account to purchase their first car(which we paid half for).

Although many have different methods of raising their children, and it's not something that people should really impose on others, we personally felt it was important for them to contribute.
Title: Re: Kids - A thread for bragging, venting and, advice.
Post by: Bullfrog on July 10, 2018, 01:53:27 PM
I wish I could save into an RESP and/or an RRSP. Just not possible at this time.

I'm hoping my kid becomes a successful YouTuber or professional athlete.
Title: Re: Kids - A thread for bragging, venting and, advice.
Post by: OldTimeHockey on July 10, 2018, 02:06:16 PM
I wish I could save into an RESP and/or an RRSP. Just not possible at this time.

I'm hoping my kid becomes a successful YouTuber or professional athlete.

My youngest has no interest in school and also hopes she becomes a professional athlete.  ;D
Title: Re: Kids - A thread for bragging, venting and, advice.
Post by: Frank E on July 10, 2018, 02:28:20 PM
I wish I could save into an RESP and/or an RRSP. Just not possible at this time.

I'm hoping my kid becomes a successful YouTuber or professional athlete.

Don't wait until you're my age, make it a priority.  I'm playing catch up...should have really started years ago.
Title: Re: Kids - A thread for bragging, venting and, advice.
Post by: Arn on July 15, 2018, 06:45:54 PM
Leafs Nation is one member stronger this evening as our little fella finally decided to arrive 6 days behind schedule. Absolutely delighted, exhausted and emotional. And I think his mum is a bit tired too!
Title: Re: Kids - A thread for bragging, venting and, advice.
Post by: Frank E on July 15, 2018, 07:59:52 PM
Leafs Nation is one member stronger this evening as our little fella finally decided to arrive 6 days behind schedule. Absolutely delighted, exhausted and emotional. And I think his mum is a bit tired too!

Congrats man!  Bye bye money!
Title: Re: Kids - A thread for bragging, venting and, advice.
Post by: WhatIfGodWasALeaf on July 15, 2018, 10:05:49 PM
Congrats Arn!
Title: Re: Kids - A thread for bragging, venting and, advice.
Post by: OldTimeHockey on July 16, 2018, 05:46:52 AM
Congratulations!
Title: Re: Kids - A thread for bragging, venting and, advice.
Post by: Zanzibar Buck-Buck McFate on July 16, 2018, 09:47:47 AM
Well done. Now you'll have another reason to be up in the middle of the night besides watching the Leafs play.

Give little Wendel a hug from all of us.
Title: Re: Kids - A thread for bragging, venting and, advice.
Post by: hockeyfan1 on July 16, 2018, 05:35:57 PM
Any chance he'll be a Leaf one day?  :)

Congratulations to you and the Mrs.  :)
Title: Re: Kids - A thread for bragging, venting and, advice.
Post by: Zee on July 17, 2018, 09:15:07 AM
Leafs Nation is one member stronger this evening as our little fella finally decided to arrive 6 days behind schedule. Absolutely delighted, exhausted and emotional. And I think his mum is a bit tired too!

Congrats Arn!  Remember to indoctrinate him in all things Leafs so even if he isn't drafted by Toronto he'll eventually pull a Tavares cause he loves the Leafs so much.
Title: Re: Kids - A thread for bragging, venting and, advice.
Post by: herman on July 17, 2018, 10:00:05 AM
Did you name him John Tavares?
Title: Re: Kids - A thread for bragging, venting and, advice.
Post by: Zee on July 23, 2018, 01:25:34 PM
Traveling around with the family. We're in New Brunswick, drove all the way here. Going out to PEI, lots of moose crossing signs out this way.
Title: Re: Kids - A thread for bragging, venting and, advice.
Post by: Arn on July 23, 2018, 06:14:38 PM
Did you name him John Tavares?

Close... Joshua  ;D

Thanks all. It's been a whirlwind week and it's funny how you already can't recall what life was like before he came along
Title: Re: Kids - A thread for bragging, venting and, advice.
Post by: herman on July 23, 2018, 07:53:25 PM
Did you name him John Tavares?

Close... Joshua  ;D

Thanks all. It's been a whirlwind week and it's funny how you already can't recall what life was like before he came along

Isnít sleep deprivation, intermittent loud noises, and getting doused with fluids all part of the advanced interrogation playbook?
Title: Re: Kids - A thread for bragging, venting and, advice.
Post by: Significantly Insignificant on July 23, 2018, 08:26:42 PM
Did you name him John Tavares?

Close... Joshua  ;D

Thanks all. It's been a whirlwind week and it's funny how you already can't recall what life was like before he came along

The best advice I can give you on parenting is to not take any advice on parenting.  Do what works best for you and yours.
Title: Re: Kids - A thread for bragging, venting and, advice.
Post by: Bill_Berg on July 23, 2018, 09:44:36 PM
Did you name him John Tavares?

Close... Joshua  ;D

Thanks all. It's been a whirlwind week and it's funny how you already can't recall what life was like before he came along

The best advice I can give you on parenting is to not take any advice on parenting.  Do what works best for you and yours.

And it's okay to get mad and frustrated. Also crying is fine. And the fetal position from time to time.
Title: Re: Kids - A thread for bragging, venting and, advice.
Post by: Bates on July 23, 2018, 10:09:05 PM
Just remember that only one parent should meltdown at a time,  the other then needs to be the voice of reason. Positions will be switched regularly until ... well forever!!
Title: Re: Kids - A thread for bragging, venting and, advice.
Post by: Zee on August 02, 2018, 03:04:01 PM
At Peggy's Cove, NS(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180802/a937d1dda9500bc97146a6566fba5ea9.jpg)
Title: Re: Kids - A thread for bragging, venting and, advice.
Post by: Arn on August 21, 2018, 10:27:06 AM
Nobody warns you about the poo that comes out the top of the babygrow.
Title: Re: Kids - A thread for bragging, venting and, advice.
Post by: Rob on August 21, 2018, 10:41:55 AM
Nobody warns you about the poo that comes out the top of the babygrow.

There is much they don't warn you about.  It's a trap. 
Title: Re: Kids - A thread for bragging, venting and, advice.
Post by: AlmosGirl on August 28, 2018, 01:10:48 PM
Did you name him John Tavares?

Close... Joshua  ;D

Thanks all. It's been a whirlwind week and it's funny how you already can't recall what life was like before he came along

The best advice I can give you on parenting is to not take any advice on parenting.  Do what works best for you and yours.

And it's okay to get mad and frustrated. Also crying is fine. And the fetal position from time to time.

LOL so true!

Congrats on your new little man. Enjoy this time cause it flies by, trust me!