ILX Parenting 6: "Put Some Goddamn Pants On Before You Go Outside!" is a thing I say now

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Οὖτις, Friday, 10 July 2015 19:51 (six years ago) link

"because I'M the parent!" is a thing *I* say now.

UYD: Oxys, Percs, Vics, Addys, Rit-Dogs and Xannys (sunny successor), Friday, 10 July 2015 20:47 (six years ago) link

I find myself saying giving the weirdest instructions sometimes

Οὖτις, Friday, 10 July 2015 21:00 (six years ago) link

completely frivolous post but: ex-coworker pregnant w second baby. she's naming it "Macyn" and I am pretty IA about it tbh

ugh. just call the fuckin kid mason jeeeeeeezus christ almighty

difficult-difficult lemon-difficult (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 14 July 2015 19:48 (six years ago) link

boy or girl? I'm guessing girl.

mom tossed in kimchee (quincie), Tuesday, 14 July 2015 22:50 (six years ago) link

just intentionally mispronounce it from now on

Οὖτις, Tuesday, 14 July 2015 23:00 (six years ago) link

"makin? like yr makin a baby?"

Οὖτις, Tuesday, 14 July 2015 23:00 (six years ago) link

we've moved beyond the "why" stage to the "no" or simply ignoring stage which is slowly sapping my will to live and/or self-image as a nice guy

transparent play for gifs (Tracer Hand), Wednesday, 15 July 2015 12:53 (six years ago) link

Hey all. Haven't been around for a while but K now has a baby sister, E. 👨‍👩‍👧‍👧

five six and (man alive), Thursday, 16 July 2015 00:58 (six years ago) link

Good job.

Jeff, Thursday, 16 July 2015 01:02 (six years ago) link

Oh yay! I was just thinking about you, man alive, and hoping you'd come back and say hello. Congratulations!

from batman to balloon dog (carl agatha), Thursday, 16 July 2015 01:45 (six years ago) link

Aw! Nice to not be forgotten by ILXORs, at least a few nice ones.

five six and (man alive), Thursday, 16 July 2015 01:47 (six years ago) link

yes you were missed dude

marcos, Thursday, 16 July 2015 02:12 (six years ago) link

we even posted in the ilx milk carton thread a while back iirc

marcos, Thursday, 16 July 2015 02:13 (six years ago) link

anyways good to have a new thread

J is starting to ask "what is ____" about everything, it is really cool, like he is really trying to get at the deeper meaning of it, e.g. he has been eating oatmeal for a good two years now but now he wants to really know "what is oatmeal???"

marcos, Thursday, 16 July 2015 02:15 (six years ago) link

haha also xp man alive i misread your post to say "K now has a babysitter, E" so i did not comment b/c that seemed unremarkable, but yea congratulations!

marcos, Thursday, 16 July 2015 02:24 (six years ago) link

So yeah, two kids is pretty crazy. OTOH in the final months before the birth I hustled hard and found a better job -- better pay AND more flexible with time, and that's been making things a lot easier.

five six and (man alive), Thursday, 16 July 2015 03:13 (six years ago) link

Oh awesome! Congratulations on the new job AND the new baby!

from batman to balloon dog (carl agatha), Thursday, 16 July 2015 03:17 (six years ago) link

yeah two kids is nuts. fwiw three is not as nuts as two is, in case you're inclined in that way

we just flew back to the usa for a couple of weeks and my kids did well, but then my youngest is 8 so why would it be bad. tons of movies on demand with the little screens, they keep bringing you food and drinks, you get to snuggle, what's not to like.

droit au butt (Euler), Thursday, 16 July 2015 12:01 (six years ago) link

fwiw three is not as nuts as two

this needs explaination

UYD: Oxys, Percs, Vics, Addys, Rit-Dogs and Xannys (sunny successor), Thursday, 16 July 2015 17:36 (six years ago) link

two is fucking crazy

marcos, Thursday, 16 July 2015 18:45 (six years ago) link

I assume when you have three you let the oldest child be in charge of the other two. Parenting over!

Οὖτις, Thursday, 16 July 2015 18:46 (six years ago) link

im dying here w/ 2, it is intense

my mom had 5 and i just can't even comprehend that

marcos, Thursday, 16 July 2015 18:48 (six years ago) link

i think maybe people who say the jump to 3 is not a big deal is maybe because at that point the older ones are a little more manageable since they are older?

marcos, Thursday, 16 July 2015 18:49 (six years ago) link

also some of you may recall i mentioned J's autism diagnosis on the previous thread, things were super stressful for a long while especially after F's birth but things do seem to be falling into place a little w/ his services and planning for preschool next year. we found some really incredible home-based therapists and b/c of his diagnosis J also got offered a spot at one of our city's best public schools allowing us to bypass some of the anxiety-inducing byzantine lottery process. one benefit i guess to having a kid with special needs. also J is just doing amazingly well right now and we've seen so much growth and progress, it is really hopeful.

marcos, Thursday, 16 July 2015 18:54 (six years ago) link

Oh good! That's good to hear.

from batman to balloon dog (carl agatha), Thursday, 16 July 2015 19:21 (six years ago) link

Thanks for the update Marcos, that's good to hear.
My friend with 3 kids says the jump to 3 is the craziest ever. You only have 2 hands for a start!

kinder, Thursday, 16 July 2015 19:44 (six years ago) link

Yeah I've heard that 3 is the hardest - harder than two, harder than four.

LOL survey says - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/07/three-children-is-most-st_n_3229032.html

I think we'll stick with one to be on the safe side.

from batman to balloon dog (carl agatha), Thursday, 16 July 2015 19:58 (six years ago) link

http://adequateman.deadspin.com/14-things-you-will-say-to-your-kids-a-million-goddamn-t-1717985943

I would add "Put on your shoes" to this list.

Immediate Follower (NA), Thursday, 16 July 2015 20:11 (six years ago) link

Ivy's only 19 months so some of those don't apply but we're already well on our way with "Careful," "You're fine," and "Don't eat that."

from batman to balloon dog (carl agatha), Thursday, 16 July 2015 20:16 (six years ago) link

yeah I dunno with #3, #1 was already 6 years old, so didn't need the kind of management that newborns do, and got along well with #2 so our lives were fine. plus we knew what we were doing by that point, at least as well as we ever were going to. but when #2 was born...I don't know how we survived tbh

droit au butt (Euler), Thursday, 16 July 2015 20:44 (six years ago) link

Oh god, "careful!" is getting a lot of use now, as well as the related "gentle hands!" F's top three words are "no", "nono" and "nonononononono".

Madchen, Thursday, 16 July 2015 20:55 (six years ago) link

"Did you take another bite of your dinner yet?"

how's life, Thursday, 16 July 2015 21:03 (six years ago) link

Ivy's daycare teachers use the Spanish "linda" to mean "nicely," which Ivy picked up on early so we say that instead of "gentle hands." And we say that a lot... Also my mom's old favorite: People are not for hitting. People are for loving. Usually said through gritted teeth after Ivy smacks my glasses off my face.

from batman to balloon dog (carl agatha), Thursday, 16 July 2015 21:15 (six years ago) link

our perfect granddaughter, who always slept through the night even from birth and has never been the slightest bit difficult during year one, has FINALLY has her first tantrum, tried to scratch her mom with her little fingernails. we breathed a sigh of relief tbh, thank god she's not some pod person experiment and is actually human.

I have a couple of new Isolde pics as well, will post later

sleeve, Thursday, 16 July 2015 21:31 (six years ago) link

Damn straight.

from batman to balloon dog (carl agatha), Thursday, 16 July 2015 22:00 (six years ago) link

"gentle hands" wtf does that mean, like what is the situation

transparent play for gifs (Tracer Hand), Thursday, 16 July 2015 23:47 (six years ago) link

pets?

difficult-difficult lemon-difficult (VegemiteGrrl), Thursday, 16 July 2015 23:48 (six years ago) link

ime it is another way of saying "don't scratch my fucking face, boy"

marcos, Friday, 17 July 2015 00:06 (six years ago) link

Yeah like "don't hit scratch slap pinch me/your dad/this other child/the cat."

from batman to balloon dog (carl agatha), Friday, 17 July 2015 00:39 (six years ago) link

"What did I just say?" is another thing I say a lot.

Οὖτις, Friday, 17 July 2015 02:39 (six years ago) link

I've been trying to get a little more real about "rules" lately, especially with eating, e.g. I keep repeating "we don't get something else until we finish what we have," because she has a really annoying habit of asking for something, taking a few bites and then asking for another thing. Also trying to stop snacks in the stroller and carseat so she'll actually eat her goddamn meals instead of snacking all the time, but that one is challenging (because on the morning where she DOESN'T eat her goddamn breakfast, you feel guilty sending her to school hungry).

five six and (man alive), Friday, 17 July 2015 04:51 (six years ago) link

Also we have a grandparent who sees her every week and undermines all this

five six and (man alive), Friday, 17 July 2015 04:51 (six years ago) link

gah, that thing when your newborn is finally asleep and completely quiet and then you keep checking every twenty minutes to make sure they're alive.

five six and (man alive), Friday, 17 July 2015 05:02 (six years ago) link

:)

difficult-difficult lemon-difficult (VegemiteGrrl), Friday, 17 July 2015 05:19 (six years ago) link

double congratulations, man alive!

estela, Friday, 17 July 2015 05:28 (six years ago) link

small man still alive

wisdom be leakin out my louche douche truths (k3vin k.), Friday, 17 July 2015 05:29 (six years ago) link

So I may have missed something, but I think Nora only woke at midnight and 3am last night. It's 7am now and she's still asleep. And it's Em's birthday.

Hey Bob (Scik Mouthy), Friday, 17 July 2015 06:18 (six years ago) link

Ha, I slept straight through a 5am waking..,

Hey Bob (Scik Mouthy), Friday, 17 July 2015 06:24 (six years ago) link

Happy birthday Em. I was just thinking I hadn't seen her over at the other place for a while. If it's any consolation, our sleep has gone back into a bad pattern after having a really good thing going for a couple of months. Hoping we find that groove again.

kinder, Friday, 17 July 2015 08:33 (six years ago) link

Let them have their own supply of dishes they can try this method with. (Probably a terrible idea for many reasons.)

big online yam retailer (ledge), Sunday, 19 December 2021 15:21 (five months ago) link

shatter the dishes on the floor. then say "now you can clean these up when you want to eat. you fool! YOU FOOL!"

Karl Malone, Sunday, 19 December 2021 17:18 (five months ago) link

I recommend Spaceballs for 12 year olds

calstars, Sunday, 19 December 2021 18:08 (five months ago) link

Creepshow is also good

calstars, Sunday, 19 December 2021 20:36 (five months ago) link

Is there a thread for family viewing recommendations? It’s a constant struggle here with 11 and 14 year olds. Mostly because we think of good ones to watch and then immediately forget! Some winners have been the original Bill and Ted, Galaxy Quest, The Fugitive (had to get them to see it to prove my theory that Clone Wars was referencing it in the Asohka chase) and they both absolutely loved The Martian for some reason.

Kim, Sunday, 19 December 2021 21:09 (five months ago) link

Original alien is good as well

calstars, Sunday, 19 December 2021 22:52 (five months ago) link

And 2001

calstars, Sunday, 19 December 2021 22:53 (five months ago) link

Lol at Karl

DJI, Monday, 20 December 2021 01:34 (five months ago) link

xxxp Raiders of the Lost Ark, Happy Gilmore, Hot Rod

Western® with Bacon Flavor, Monday, 20 December 2021 02:15 (five months ago) link

We have a 7 and a 12 year old, so movies are tricky. Friday night is 7's movie night and we often watch something that 12 already seen and everybody goes to bed more or less on time. Saturday night is for 12 after 7 goes to sleep and we get to watch more mature stuff. This weekend we watched The Dark Crystal and Sixth Sense. During the week we watch one short cartoon before they go to sleep, if time allows. Right now we're on Owl House, which is great.

Tonight we broke the news to the kids that we are going to be moving out of state. This is the only house they've ever known. Holy shit it was rough.

Cow_Art, Monday, 20 December 2021 07:30 (five months ago) link

my spouse showed Dark Crystal to our first kid when they were 2 and it was an immediate "what the fuck is wrong with you" response on my end. i remember sesame street segments traumatizing me at that age.

Western® with Bacon Flavor, Monday, 20 December 2021 07:48 (five months ago) link

xpost wow CA that's a big one.

Tracer Hand, Monday, 20 December 2021 11:44 (five months ago) link

4 days after Christmas and I'm hoping this is peak madness. They are totally out of routine, both giddy and bored despite having new toys, and I think have had enough of each other's company...

kinder, Wednesday, 29 December 2021 19:26 (four months ago) link

feeling this. new toys and books have all been ignored, they just play 2K and roblox like they did before. what has it come to that a father must cajole his boys into picking up a new issue of a comic book

Tracer Hand, Wednesday, 29 December 2021 22:27 (four months ago) link

7yo got stacks of books, long ones... and says he's read them already! they were meant to last a few weeks at least! he needs to get out and kick a ball or something

kinder, Wednesday, 29 December 2021 23:17 (four months ago) link

Yeah, he wasn't wrong. It was a sad scene. He held on to the belief until 5th grade I think, which was a few years longer than I did when I was a kid. His mother and I had discussed early on whether we should let him believe in Santa. She was slightly against, but I was very in favor. Something about "kids need to believe in magic" that I'm now not sure is true. Also the awkwardness of being a kid hiding a secret from his other friends. He has always been a terrible keeper of secrets - like, known to blab about things we tell him to keep private. If we had been upfront with him at a younger age, I'm sure a significant portion of his daycare would have been questioning their belief in Santa. Again, at the time I didn't want that on my head, but at this point I couldn't care less.

― peace, man, Thursday, September 2, 2021 9:36 AM (four months ago) bookmarkflaglink

Follow-up on this. Around age 4 or 5, we had gone through a phase where my son read a few Norwegian troll folklore books. And for god knows what reason, my wife told him that Santa was a troll. And he apparently doubled-down on this fact throughout elementary school in arguments with other children. And when asked about it, his mother apparently reassured him about the troll falsehood. So this completely undid any benefit of letting him believe something in common with other kids. I was somehow clueless about this whole Christmas controversy for over a decade.

peace, man, Tuesday, 4 January 2022 16:56 (four months ago) link

Found out because they had a mini-argument about it on Christmas morning.

peace, man, Tuesday, 4 January 2022 16:58 (four months ago) link

according to clement moore he's an "elf"!

Tracer Hand, Tuesday, 4 January 2022 17:01 (four months ago) link

Right! A jolly old elf! I guess I could see her getting elves and trolls confused once, but over time it had to have been a purposeful choice.

peace, man, Tuesday, 4 January 2022 17:06 (four months ago) link

hello just want to say that 6 months is a very cute age! She’s babbling and it is great!

horseshoe, Friday, 7 January 2022 20:27 (four months ago) link

agreed, 6 mos was awesome

call all destroyer, Friday, 7 January 2022 20:29 (four months ago) link

two weeks pass...

I guess this is just sort of a parenting win post - I feel like I have done a lot of things wrong as a parent, but one thing I have done consistently is to emphasize that you can get better at anything with consistent practice, that you should never say "I'm bat at ___" only "I can improve at ___" etc., and that determination goes a long way.

My older one, K, was delayed physically - not severely but enough that she got physical therapy and occupational therapy. I knew from my own childhood that physical delays can really hurt self-esteem so I made an extra point of emphasizing practice with her, knowing it might take her a little more practice than some kids to get things down. Early on I saw that it was getting through to her - she would do monkey bars over and over again every day at the playground, first maybe only one or two rungs, then three, then four, eventually all the way, even if other kids might pick it up faster. I emphasized not giving up. This was something I learned myself later in life - that I could overcome a lot of what I had once thought were innate physical problems with a little extra work. For example, while I never played organized basketball, as an adult I started practicing regularly and took a course, and actually started to hold my own in pickup games.

This year (she's 9) a neighbor invited K to join a CYO basketball team, her first team sport ever (and she doesn't even have much experience in basketball). She wanted to do it, so I said ok (CYO is more competitive vs our local rec league, so I was a little nervous for her). She is tall for her age, fwiw. First couple of practices and games were tough for her - any kid with as little experience as her would be confused on the court and she tends to be even slower to process than some kids. I was concerned she would get discouraged, and I didn't want to pressure her, but I did my best to keep emphasizing the message of "Just keep practicing, you will get better, you will get used to it," etc. I told her she had to finish the season because she committed, but that after that she could decide if she wanted to continue.

Third game yesterday, and the team, advertised as being their age, looked about two grades older. In spite of this, K got her first rebound and took her first shot in game!She told me on the way home that she really loved the game and really wants to continue with CYO and doesn't want to do rec league. On top of that, the coach told me she has a great shooting touch and he has "no doubt" she will be a big contributor once she gets used to playing and the game slows down for her. I'm trying really hard to walk that line of not becoming "one of those youth sports dads" but it was the most exciting basketball game I've ever watched in my life.

― longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Monday, June 7, 2021 7:56 AM (seven months ago) bookmarkflaglink

The saga continues. Tryouts for the CYO thing were extra tough this year and she didn't make it -- they only have a couple spots for non-parishoners and the rest are prioritized for parishoners. Then rec league got cancelled. Then thankfully they restarted this other league and she wound up on a team after all. She loves going to practices and being on a team. She gets super anxious about games. She's had four so far this year. In one of them she actually took the ball coast to coast a couple times and took shots, which was great. At the same time, she is struggling a lot - she gets very sensory overloaded and worries a lot about not making a mistake. Today was not great for her and I know she didn't feel great about the way she played, even though her team had this dramatic improvement from last time (we are generally known as not much of a sports town and we had been losing big to other teams, but we dramatically narrowed the gap and put up a really good fight today).

She actually dribbles and shoots fine and I've seen her do pretty well in lower pressure situations (and she had the one game where she came more alive), but in the game she really kind of seizes up and seems almost like she is avoiding the ball. I'm really proud of her for sticking with it and I always tell her that, and that she just needs to stick it out and keep practicing, and at the same time inside it's bringing up all this tough stuff for me and twisting me up inside to see her struggle like I did. Maybe she's actually not even struggling as much as I did tbh, maybe I'm projecting onto her, but she did have a practice where she came home crying and said she was the worst on her team (which is not even true fwiw). I have no aspirations of raising a scholarship athlete, I just know that she will be happier with herself if she feels like she plays well and contributes to her team, and I know she has the capability to at least be a solid player on her team, because she's very solid when she doesn't seize up from the pressure and anxiety.

I guess I just need to be patient about it, not much I can do other than practice with her when she wants.

Never seen a more exciting basketball game than my own daughter's team losing only 15-8 to a team they previously lost 40-5.

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Sunday, 23 January 2022 03:29 (four months ago) link

one month passes...

guys i am so burnt out at work. how does anyone work a full time job and raise a kid? i was a miserable failure as a stay at home mom during maternity leave, and i like my job, but i just want to crawl into a loaf of bread and sleep for a week.

horseshoe, Monday, 14 March 2022 18:17 (two months ago) link

She's not even 1 yet, right? It's so hard. I went back part-time at about 1 year old and that was a good balance. My brain was a fuzz, I'd been promoted but could barely remember anything. I think after about 12-18 months things get a little better but it's so dependent on sleep, the nature of your job, your home situation, whether you're feeding at night etc.

Also, you weren't a failure as a SAH mom!! It's only years later I realise how lonely it was with my partner out of the house all day and I had very little energy to 'do' anything and everything was tedious anyway. It is soooo much better when they're a bit older, which seems a lifetime away.

Can you actually take a break, like even a long weekend or something when you do minimal stuff at home? Honestly the best holiday I had after I went back to work was when I had (planned, minor) surgery.

kinder, Monday, 14 March 2022 18:35 (two months ago) link

my brain is totally fuzz! i feel like i'm just dumb now? maybe forever?

yeah, she's 8 months. i do get sleep because we're lucky and she's a good night sleeper, but i think the thing that's hardest is the at-home work that i need to figure out a way of finishing at work (grading, basically; i'm a teacher.)

i do have spring break coming up; hoping the beeb is down for chilling out hardcore.

horseshoe, Monday, 14 March 2022 18:39 (two months ago) link

Not dumb forever but your brain becomes filled with more important, practical stuff like everything that needs doing for the kid! And I have forgotten loads of book and movie plots that I saw not that long ago.
Glad the sleep is ok! Our first was ok by about 9 months then had a wobble about 12/13 months. They are both vv good sleepers now.

kinder, Monday, 14 March 2022 18:43 (two months ago) link

Also she's been out of your body for less time than she was in it! You gotta allow yourself time to get back to yourself.

kinder, Monday, 14 March 2022 18:46 (two months ago) link

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𝔠𝔞𝔢𝔨 (caek), Monday, 14 March 2022 19:14 (two months ago) link

A thing I wish I understood better earlier in parenting: separate the feeling from the thing underlying it. The feeling can be very real even where the ostensible thing they are upset about doesn't seem like a reasonable thing to be upset about. Focus on the feeling, not the objective thing, try to address the feeling, then figure out if there's a solution that doesn't require you to do the unreasonable thing they are asking or to not have boundaries.

Example, K (10yo) had an absolute meltdown claiming that she had "nothing to wear." Initially felt annoyed - her dresser and closet are overflowing with clothes. So what's really going on? Anxiety about being liked (clothes not being 'good enough'. Of course they are good enough by any standards, but the feeling is real. Talked to her calmly about the worry rather than continuing to argue with her that she objectively obviously has 3x "enough clothes." Stayed firm that we were not going to start buying her even more clothes than she was already getting for spring, but talked the feelings through with her. Realized that part of the issue is how we got the clothes - we signed her up for Stitch Fix, which seemed like it was working well (clothing actually works out very cheap on a per-item basis, and she seemed to enjoy getting it), but it turned out she had been keeping a lot of stuff she probably didn't really like that much because she was under the impression it was "cheaper" since you get the discount if you keep everything. Of course, it isn't cheaper if you only like half the things. We agreed that going forward she will just get fewer items and the ones that she really likes and needs (either from Stitch Fix or from a store) and we talked about how her friends also do not have perfect clothes and how they seem to like her a lot and it seems unlikely that they would drop her as a friend for not wearing the perfect outfit one day. Made clear that we weren't going to buy her even more clothes ahead of the plan we already have to get her spring/summer clothes next month.

The social anxiety she felt was very real and deep and understandable from the circumstances of her life. The idea that she "had nothing to wear" was of course not real, and we didn't give in to that idea, but we addressed the fear underlying it, and it seemed to work.

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Wednesday, 23 March 2022 14:13 (two months ago) link

Good post, our eldest is a little young yet to analyse her feelings like that but definitely the approach to aim for.

ledge, Wednesday, 23 March 2022 21:18 (two months ago) link

B's oldest is now into vinyl! Dad has proudly set up his pro DJ turntable and mixer in the lad's room and got out all his old TISM records and various northern soul soundtracks, its so nice to hear the music filtering down from upstairs, reminds me of my own teen years and feels good.

Stoop Crone (Trayce), Wednesday, 23 March 2022 21:51 (two months ago) link

xp I think some of it applies even with younger kids - maybe you can't analyze the feelings in as sophisticated a way, but you can remember the principle that their feelings are real even if the thing they are upset about is not "reasonable," and that you can validate their feelings without giving into everything they want or losing boundaries.

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Thursday, 24 March 2022 02:02 (two months ago) link

Yes absolutely.

Although I'm reminded of the parenting manuals which suggest that to calm your child down when they're having a tantrum e.g. about something they can't have, you just have to get on their level, make eye contact, and say 'i know what you're feeling'. Never. Works. Ever.

ledge, Thursday, 24 March 2022 09:06 (two months ago) link

ha, yeah, when I'm in the park with preschoolers and their parents and you hear all these cries of "I UNDERSTAND YOU FEEL DISAPPOINTED" as they tear off around the park trying to catch up with the kid who's legged it in a tantrum

kinder, Thursday, 24 March 2022 09:25 (two months ago) link

Up to a certain age, “Look! Did you see that monkey?” while pointing out the window was an absolute lifesaver. Doesn’t work on an 8-y-o sadly.

Madchen, Thursday, 24 March 2022 09:37 (two months ago) link

Yes the only things that ever worked were alternatives (you can't have that, how about this?), choices (you can't have that, would you like this or this?) or best of all distraction - which is the one that all those parenting manuals were so very down on, "how would you like it if someone said 'look a monkey!' when you were upset?' *shrugs* if it works...

ledge, Thursday, 24 March 2022 10:16 (two months ago) link

this is hard to organise i know but i vividly recall when my niece was abt five and vigorously and angrily protesting bcz she had not been allowed to go on a ride (the final of several she had been on) at a little pop-up funfair nearby -- bcz her mum discovered as they were queuing that she had run out of change and i didn't have any either. so yes sure had turned abruptly into no and niece was enraged and felt betrayed and lie to and was therefore SCREAMING WITH FURY as we walked home…

anyway abt half way there a helpful ladybird landed on her hand and the tears and anger vanished instantly

mark s, Thursday, 24 March 2022 10:29 (two months ago) link

four weeks pass...

My Minecraft loving 12 yo suddenly wants to hit the gym

calstars, Saturday, 23 April 2022 17:34 (one month ago) link

when i was at the gym (for medical reasons) there were groups in there using the equipment that were obviously school groups

koogs, Saturday, 23 April 2022 17:43 (one month ago) link

Yeah I was told at my gym that peak hours start around 3/3:30 because that's when the high school kids show up. It's generally a healthy and good thing, notwithstanding any concerns about bro culture and the like.

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Saturday, 23 April 2022 17:49 (one month ago) link

We've suddenly hit this miraculous point where the combination of warm weather, low COVID, and the fact that our kids are a little older better known in the neighborhood means they just, like, go to each other's houses and play all the time? And they keep each other busy, and it feels like life is so much easier, even when the kids are at our house.

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Monday, 25 April 2022 21:44 (one month ago) link

this morning my son, who is in 1st grade, told me he woke up in the middle of the night and got scared because "Among Us" was in his room. it turns out what he was talking about was this little wooden spaceship hanging up on his wall, which we bought for him before he was born.

the thing is, he has no idea what "Among Us" is. I really don't either, I just know it's a very popular online game and what the characters look like. I'm wondering what he thinks it is and why he's scared of it.

the other thing is they bring up this game called "Huggy Wuggy" that they play on the playground. I didn't think much of it but since he's brought it up a lot lately I looked it up and it turns out to be this creepypasta thing. kinda like Slender Man. I had no idea how early this stuff gets its hooks into kids - a year ago my nephew, who was 9, asked if I ever heard of "thomas.exe" before. Obviously I haven't but I can take a pretty good guess!

anyway, I don't know how to keep him away from this stuff, or if I even really want to, it's kind of inevitable that he's gonna be online a lot in a few years. I just feel bad cuz this stuff is gonna spook the shit outta him and I don't want him to fall into the same dumb internet rabbit holes that I did when I was like, 13

frogbs, Wednesday, 27 April 2022 18:09 (one month ago) link

among us is a very goofy game but there is an element of danger and paranoia to it. it's one of a larger genre of "guess the bad guy" games i.e. secret hitler. there's a group of people who all play at the same time online, in the same game. they are divided into crewmates and imposters. the imposters try to sabotage the mission and/or kill crewmates. the crewmates try to fix up the ship. it's very addictive and very social and there are elements of detective work. it's a good game!

Tracer Hand, Wednesday, 27 April 2022 21:08 (one month ago) link

This is not a rhetorical question, is the current stuff any worse than when camp counselors would try to scare us into believing that the Wendigo was out there in the woods and occasionally dragged off a camper?

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Wednesday, 27 April 2022 21:26 (one month ago) link

maybe because there's a visual element to it? like I look up what Huggy Wuggy and thomas.exe are and there are all sorts of videos which seem designed to make people feel weird and scared, which I imagine you can spend a lot of time looking at if you want. obviously the point is to take something they like and turn it sinister, which he can probably handle when he's like, 10, but he's only 7 now. old enough to be fascinated with stuff like "what happens when you die" but not old enough to discern what's real from what's not. he still believes in the Easter Bunny and Santa and all that.

anyway I'm not concerned with Among Us itself, I've seen it and it just seems like a cool online game, I'm more concerned with the way YouTube and the internet in general tries to drag kids into all this unsettling shit. he watches footage of Mario Party on YouTube and it's a pretty short hop from that to "Mario in Hellworld"-type videos

frogbs, Wednesday, 27 April 2022 21:42 (one month ago) link

yeah it's not great

Tracer Hand, Wednesday, 27 April 2022 22:40 (one month ago) link

At least they got all that procedurally generated Pregnant Elsa stuff off, I remember taking naps with him while watching Cocomelon (or at least the channel which became Cocomelon) and waking up to some really freaky shit which always seemed to involve syringes and being buried alive

frogbs, Thursday, 28 April 2022 00:50 (one month ago) link

fuck this is reminding me I need to check my older one's internet history, been meaning to. We have parental controls but I doubt they're foolproof.

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Thursday, 28 April 2022 01:05 (one month ago) link

My kids (7 and 11) are heavily into Huggy Wuggy, Sirenhead, Cartoon Cat and the rest of them, I even bought the older one a Huggy Wuggy plush for his birthday. At first I was a bit concerned that the younger one was scared, but having watched a couple of videos with them it just reminded me of how much I was into ghosts at that age (and a terrifying cassette of Hound Of The Baskervilles) so I've decided to go with the creepypasta tide. I play Among Us with them too, would recommend it as a way to play computer games together in a controlled public online environment (you can fix it so that the chat is restricted to a series of standard options)

Portrait Of A Dissolvi Ng Drea M (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Saturday, 30 April 2022 22:20 (four weeks ago) link

Some of those Cocomelon ripoffs feel incredibly uncanny and creepy without anything actually weird happening in the videos

Chuck_Tatum, Monday, 9 May 2022 18:48 (two weeks ago) link


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