Our very first guest post comes from TechyDad. We had a hunch that we’d get along great with TechyDad from his first comments on Noodle Knobs, but then we read this in his “About” section, and it sealed the deal: “I’m a self-described nerd who is interested in all things technology… I’m also a kid at heart. I will happily get down and dirty playing with my kids or sit on the couch with them watching cartoons. (One of the perks of fatherhood: you get to play with toys and watch cartoons and pretend it’s for them!)” Sounds like our kind of guy–and now you can get to know him and his kids too!
My sons love helping me. If I’m making pizza, they run off to get their step-stools. Then, they proceed to fight over who gets to spread the sauce over the crust and who gets to scatter the cheese. When I’m shoveling snow, they’re more than happy to get bundled up and come out with me. They even have their own shovels. Who cares if they wind up getting a lot of snow on them? They’re helping! They also love coming food shopping with me, although that might be because daddy tends to buy them treats for behaving themselves.
In addition to helping together, they also like to help separately. My seven year old is always happy to “help” me on the computer. And by “help”, I mean show me a new game that he found. At one point, he enjoyed helping us record shows on the DVR, but we put a stop to that pretty quickly when the DVR filled up with every show that piqued his interest. That’s when we learned that he’s a quick study with anything electronic. I had only recorded one show while he watched and he got it.
Meanwhile, my three year old takes helping to the extreme. He’ll do “normal” helping tasks like pressing the buttons on the microwave for me, but then he goes further. He helps us take showers and use the potty. No, he doesn’t actually bathe us or anything. He does serenade us, though. He’ll grab his guitar, harmonica or just go a capella, depending on his mood. Then, in he comes singing a song to help us “do what needs to be done.” In some respects, it’s pretty funny. While I tend to be showered by the time he wakes up, I don’t think my wife has had an “unassisted” shower in quite some time (except for when he’s out helping me while she sneaks in a showers). He seems to be of the opinion that we are incapable of performing these tasks
unless he is there singing.
Now, if I can only figure out how to get them to help me clean up their toys….
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