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Last night, while playing soccer outside, Adam and I ran into this cat we sometimes see around the street. I told Adam to go say hi, and he went up to the cat and said “Hola, Soy Adam. ¿Como te llamas?” …basically.

Also, just now, from the other room, I heard him counting down from 13 (at least). I get 10, but 13, where’d he get the idea to do that?

It’s kind of weird and great finding out what he knows. It’s probably just the tip of the iceberg, what he’s actually expressing.

Adam and I watched Jurassic Park yesterday.His favorite parts were the Galimimus scene (above) and the Brachiosaurus sneeze. Those he asked to watch over and over.He didn’t seem scared during the “scary” parts. I was explaining as they happened that the T-Rex was asking the kids to come out of the car (I fast-forwarded where the guy gets eaten off the toilet), and that the raptors were chasing, etc. Hopefully no nightmares…

Adam and I watched Jurassic Park yesterday.
His favorite parts were the Galimimus scene (above) and the Brachiosaurus sneeze. Those he asked to watch over and over.
He didn’t seem scared during the “scary” parts. I was explaining as they happened that the T-Rex was asking the kids to come out of the car (I fast-forwarded where the guy gets eaten off the toilet), and that the raptors were chasing, etc. 
Hopefully no nightmares…

I’m reading Carol Dweck’s book, Mindset, for class. It’s pretty interesting. A quote about praise for children:

"Listen for the messages in the following examples:
"You learned that so quickly! You’re so smart!"
"Look at that drawing. Martha, is he the next Picasso or what?"
"You’re so brilliant, you got an A without even studying!"
If you’re like most parents, you hear these as supportive, esteem-boosting messages. But listen more closely. See if you can hear another message. It’s the one that children hear:
If I don’t learn something quickly, I’m not smart.
I shouldn’t try drawing anything hard or they’ll see I’m no Picasso.
I’d better quit studying or they won’t think I’m brilliant.

The book is about having a fixed or growth mindset. With more context, the example above makes a better, really good, case. Lots of examples about general things like relationships, business, education, etc.

Advice:

How do you use praise? Remember that praising children’s intelligence or talent, tempting as it is, sends a fixed-mindset message. It makes their confidence and motivation more fragile. Instead, try to focus on the process they used - their strategies, effort, or choice. Practice working the process praise into your interactions with your children.

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Birthday Boy as Thor. 
He loves the cape. 
Sings Dora’s “shake your travel cape” song with it.

Birthday Boy as Thor.
He loves the cape.
Sings Dora’s “shake your travel cape” song with it.

aubreysadventures:

Aubrey doing her best Let it Go cover in her Elsa dress.

Moms And Dads Should Act On Gun Control →

thedaddycomplex:

My kids now live in a world where the phase “school shooting” has entered the vernacular, always preceded by the word “another.”

That’s fucking unacceptable.

There have been 44 reported school shootings since the Sandy Hook tragedy. That’s an average of almost 4 per month.

Think about that:…

Make that 45 (Oregon).
Also, 30 people shot in Chicago just over the weekend

I feel as pessimistic about our gun problem as I do about climate change. We’ve passed the point of no return, we can only do damage control at this point. There’s as many guns as people in America. As much as I’d like to see guns confiscated, that’s not even up for discussion of being put on the table. It’s so bad we have turned to bullet-proof blankets to give our kids at school. It reminds me of “duck and cover” in case of nuclear war.

Source: thedaddycomplex

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When I offer a reward to my son in exchange for a good behavior.

Is it clear that Michael Scott is him, and not me?

Found a bandana…

Every couple days he completely destroys the tracks we build.

Every couple days he completely destroys the tracks we build.