Parents' Childhood Books

When the Bloggy Giveaway is over tomorrow I will compile a list of the children's books that were the favorites of those who entered the contest. There are tons of great entries and I'd love to share them with everyone. Some I've heard of, some I haven't, so check back after the giveaway is over!


Child Dressed as Bunny

A Christmas Story is one of my all time favorite holiday movies. If you don't recognize the title right off, I'm sure the phrases 'You'll shoot your eye out', 'Red Rider BB Gun', and 'Raaalphiee!' will jog your memory appropriately. If it's still not ringing a bell. TNT plays it for a full 24 hours straight during the holiday season, so you can catch it then.

In one scene of the movie, the parents of protagonist Ralphie force him to dress in the bunny costume he received as a gift from a relative. Against his will he does as they ask and is completely humiliated. When I saw the video below for the first time, that scene in A Christmas Story immediately came to mind.


The Godfather's View on Real Men

I was watching The Godfather (for the 812th time) and I picked up on a great quote from Don Corleone.

"A man who doesn't spend time with his family can never be a real man."

Old school, yes, but that's part of what makes it so awesome. Many traditionalists consider the Mr. Mom phenomenon to be populated by overly sensitive or non-traditional men. However, a statement like this that rooted in old world philosophy that jives with modern trends is universal across generations.

It makes a dad's responsibility to his family clear in no uncertain terms and highlights where one's priorities should lie. Make no mistake about it, dads who spend time with their families are the real men. Don Corleone says so.

On a tangential note, this quote occurs in dialog a few moments before the infamous horse head-in-the-bed scene. This scene was mimicked in an ad for the Audi R8 which first ran during the 2008 Superbowl.

Goodnight Moon Bloggy Giveaway

Goodnight Moon has been a children's classic for decades and is an integral part of my son's nightly bedtime ritual. It's a book that my family loves and one I'd like to share with a lucky winner for the Bloggy Giveaway Carnival.

If want to win a copy, leave a comment on this post telling me what your favorite story or book was as a child and why you want this copy of Goodnight Moon. While you're here, I'd love it if you poked around a bit and signed up for my RSS feed. The contest is open only to those in the continental U.S. due to shipping costs and restrictions, sorry!

Bloggy Giveaways Quarterly Carnival Button I will announce the winner here on Fatherhood Matters in a few days.

Good luck!


Derek Redmond Visa Olympics Commercial

At the 1992 Barcelona Olympics a British runner named Derek Redmond was forced to stop mid-sprint in the 400 meter event due to a snapped hamstring. Derek tried to finish despite his terrible injury but it did not appear as though he would be able.

The physical pain through which he was going is inescapable. He fell to the ground in pain and stretcher-carrying medics made their way to him. Determined to finish, Redmond got back up and began to hobble in an attempt to cross the finish line. Anyone watching realized that would likely not reach complete the race.

Then out of nowhere an older man, clearly not a runner, appears jogging down the track behind Redmond and hoists his arm over his shoulder and begins helping the ailing athlete. The man was Derek Redmond's father, Jim Redmond. Jim burst through security and on to the track to help his son and the two completed the lap together.

Derek was officially disqualified and lists as not finishing that race, however his determination and the actions of his father likely make it one of the most memorable laps in Olympic running history. This event was recently chronicled in a Visa ad for the 2008 summer Olympics and is a stellar portrait of fatherhood.

Update 7/28/08:
Here is the full video of Redmond's race and a brief interview with the father after the race.


Baby Histerical at Wii Golf

This video is enough to make me want to buy a Wii!


Family Meal Time Reduces Risky Sexual Behavior in Teens

You never knew dining together was so important, did you? A recent analysis of data by a group at Boston College found a very strong link between the amount of family interaction in which teens partake and the amount and riskiness of sexual activity
The more times a week that an adolescent reported having dinner with their family, "doing something religious" as a family, or having fun with their family, the less likely he or she was to engage in risky sexual behaviour, the researchers found.

However, having a parent who used "negative and psychologically controlling" behaviour increased the likelihood that a teen would be having risky sex. This includes "criticising the ideas of the adolescents, controlling and directing what they think and how they feel," Dr Coley explained.
I think this analysis strengthens what many good parents already know, pay attention to your child and involve them in your family and their risk profile, sexual or otherwise, will decrease. It's nice to see statistical analysis applied to correlate a parent's behavior with that of their child. It makes it clear that parental involvement is crucial to a child's development.


Why You Should Always Register Your Car Seats

This past week we stepped up to the next size car seat for the little one. Attached to the installation instructions was a product registration card, which I started to slide into the fold of the 'how to' booklet. I was about a half second away from forgetting I ever saw the card in the first place when I noticed big, bold print telling me why I should register my car seat.

When you register your car seat you give the manufacturer a method to contact you in case of a product recall. While you should be reading The Week in Recalls here on Inside Fatherhood, registering your car seats and other child-related products makes sure you are aware of any notices or warnings that materially effect your child's products.

They only take a minute to fill out and are often postage paid, so when dealing with children's products registration cards are a quick and easy way to ensure your child's safety.


Child Laughing At Ripping Paper

There's nothing better than a kid's laughter.