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In a few weeks my baby will be turning 4 years old. This is both a happy and sad moment. She is no longer a baby, and learning lots of neat new things. She has began writing her name, and drawing pictures that are actually easy to decipher. In fact she just brought me a picture of what she claims is “Dunkin Donuts”. This may actually say a bit too much about our family, her donut addiction and my latte issues.
In response to Mmmfeminism’s SAHD blog..
What if media, and corporate world changed the roles of fathers or males in popular TV shows/commercials, to break the gender roles, and play more stereotypical “feminine” roles. If Gain commercials featured Dads, if there were more shows where the woman brings the bread and the man is the caretaker would we as a society evolve and change our stereotypes? Breaking boundaries?
Perhaps more men would even feel more encouraged to do so in real life. I know there are a ton of stay at home dads, and men that cook, clean, babysit etc. If the media’s output perspective was altered a bit, do you think that the response would be an increase in men wanting to do more things that are considered “the woman’s job?”
I have been told many times my kid is so happy. As a parent this makes you feel warm inside after hearing in my view, such a compliment. Of course she is happy, a parents ultimate goal is their child’s happiness. I never really gave her happiness a second thought.
Until,this past weekend, Sheena met a friend. Sheena just looks at the girl with a huge smile. “Hi” and the girl looks at her “hi”, they go on to discuss their lack of money and a broken soda machine. The young girl looked at me and says “why is she soo happy?” “She is happy, and always likes new friends” I replied. The entire time my daughter was giggling and grinning. The girl asked Sheena to dance which of course increased the happiness. Who doesn’t like music and dancing? Again the new friend asked “why are you so happy, why is she so happy?” “Well she just is.”
My daughter’s constant happiness is not something I really questioned or analyzed. I felt for this little girl who we had just met and in my eyes seemed content. I wondered why she questioned the happiness. Can a kid really be too happy?
Of course she displays plenty of other emotions as toddlers do but, my kid is generally content. If I really had to break it down is;
1. She is loved. No brainer, you can’t over love your kid
2. She knows I will always be there, if I leave I will be back. Be consistent and honest with your kids.
3. As a kid her main job/responsibility is to BE A KID. Fun is important, lots of fun. You should let your kids have fun and you should have fun with them!
4. Praise your kid, praising works wonders for my little girl.
5. Of course have discipline, boundaries, teach respect and manners. We have all of these in place, and sometimes I get told thank you for the simplest things.
6. There is never too many hugs, kisses or snuggles!
I hope Chelsey (the young girl) has parents that do at least these 6 things. If she has kids one day I hope they are as questionably happy as mine.
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