We Never Know The Love - Quote by Henry Ward Beecher

"We never know the love of our parents for us till we have become parents."

- Henry Ward Beecher


Cellphone Camera Baby Pictures

I love photography and have been obsessively snapping pictures of my son since his birth. He's so cute and photogenic that I just can't help it. However, I don't always have my DSLR with me, and often not even a point and shoot. My mobile phone, on the other hand, is mostly always with me. I recently got a Blackjack II and had taken a few photos of things like samples of floor tiles before our bathroom fiasco, but none of any interesting subject matter. I was a little unsure of how the picture quality would be, but I must say I'm rather pleased with the result below.

As always, I had the phone with me when my wife stopped by my office building to say hello today. I went out to the car to meet her and found the little guy conked out in the back. He was so cute that once I started laughing at what a cute little chunk he is, I grabbed the Blackjack and started taking pics. He looked adorable with his mouth gaping open, hands clutched on his Winnie The Pooh clutch ring.

I'm really glad I had it with me because it was such a cute moment that I would have been unable to capture otherwise. I love it when he visits me during the day, asleep or awake, and these mobile pics are a great way to remember that time. There a cute and easy way to freeze a few moments in time that I'm sure will be gone before I know it.


The Importance of Teaching Your Kids To Spell

I saw the above sign on my way to work the other morning. Don't let your kid grow up to be the guy who made this sign, stress the importance of learning to spell.

"Billy, spell 'ahead'."

"Ahead. A - H - E -A - H. Ahead."

"Sit down, Billy."


Thinking of Having Kids?

I laughed my butt off when I read this. Bad Dad Radio has a great post describing an 11 step program for people who are thinking about having kids.

I especially liked the preparatory advice of #3: Get home from work and immediately begin walking around the living room from 5PM to 10PM carrying a wet bag weighing approximately 8-12 pounds, with a radio turned to static (or some other obnoxious sound) playing loudly. (Eat cold food with one hand for dinner).
Thinking of Having Kids? Do this 11 step program first!

Lesson 1
1. Go to the grocery store.
2. Arrange to have your salary paid directly to their head office.
3. Go home.
4. Pick up the newspaper.
5. Read it for the last time.

Lesson 2
Before you finally go ahead and have children, find a couple who already are parents and berate them about their…
1. Methods of discipline.
2. Lack of patience.
3. Appallingly low tolerance levels.
4. Allowing their children to run wild.
5. Suggest ways in which they might improve their child’s breast feeding, sleep habits, toilet training, table manners, and overall behavior. Enjoy it because it will be the last time in your life you will have all the answers.

Lesson 3
A really good way to discover how the nights might feel…
1. Get home from work and immediately begin walking around the living room from 5PM to 10PM carrying a wet bag weighing approximately 8-12 pounds, with a radio turned to static (or some other obnoxious sound) playing loudly. (Eat cold food with one hand for dinner)
2. At 10PM, put the bag gently down, set the alarm for midnight, and go to sleep.
3. Get up at 12 and walk around the living room again, with the bag, until 1AM.
4. Set the alarm for 3AM.
5. As you can’t get back to sleep, get up at 2AM and make a drink and watch an infomercial.
6. Go to bed at 2:45AM.
7. Get up at 3AM when the alarm goes off.
8. Sing songs quietly in the dark until 4AM.
9. Get up. Make breakfast. Get ready for work and go to work (work hard and be productive)

Repeat steps 1-9 each night. Keep this up for 3-5 years. Look cheerful and together.

Lesson 4
Can you stand the mess children make? To find out…
1. Smear peanut butter onto the sofa and jam onto the curtains.
2. Hide a piece of raw chicken behind the stereo and leave it there all summer.
3. Stick your fingers in the flower bed.
4. Then rub them on the clean walls.
5. Take your favorite book, photo album, etc. Wreck it.
6. Spill milk on your new pillows. Cover the stains with crayons. How does that look?

Lesson 5
Dressing small children is not as easy as it seems.
1. Buy an octopus and a small bag made out of loose mesh.
2. Attempt to put the octopus into the bag so that none of the arms hang out.

Time allowed for this - all morning.
Check out Bad Dad Radio for the rest of the list.


Are Large Families Status Symbols?

Did you ever think having three or more kids would make you a show off? Would you consider your third born a luxury item? According to an article in the Washington Post, many people, especially in metropolitan areas, would think just that. Especially with gas prices, large luxury SUV's are soooo 5 years ago, so now kids are the new accessory for the wealthy.

The article explores how people with multiple children are now often seen as being ostentatious, depending on their geographic location. It sites the $200,000+ average cost as the reason why so many see larger families less as a loving family unit and more as a display of wealth.

Everyone knows how expensive kids can be, but they don't have to be. I think rampant commercialism, and the particularly susceptible parent-child relationship are what make kids appear to cost a fortune. Parents want to give their children everything they can, and the media is brainwashing kids into thinking they need the latest and greatest of everything, and often times the kids prevail in the battle of need versus want. That is where kids get so much more expensive than the essentials and possibly why children are often viewed as a display of wealth.
Via washingtonpost.com

And yet nowadays, people seem aghast if a couple wants more than two children. When Elana Sigall, a 43-year-old attorney in Brooklyn, was pregnant with her third, people came up to her constantly, she said, to admonish her: "You've got a boy and a girl already. Why don't you just leave it alone?"

What's worse, the desire to have another child opens one up to charges of elitism and status consciousness. In many major U.S. cities and their suburbs -- especially New York, where I live -- having three or more children has now come to seem like an ostentatious display of good fortune, akin to owning a pied-à-terre in Paris. The family of five has become "deluxe." Last year, novelist Molly Jong-Fast mused in the New York Observer, "Are people having four or five children just because they can? Because they feel that it shows their wealth and status? In a world where the young rich use their $13,000 Birkin bags as diaper bags, one has to wonder."

We not only wonder, we marvel, we get jealous, we gawk. "Having three kids in the city is a way of showing off, absolutely," says Elisabeth Egan, who, like many families she knows, moved out of New York to the suburbs of Montclair, N.J., to manage the feat. "A third child in the city is definitely a luxury good."