Thursday, September 15, 2011

No Wonder My Parents Drank: Tales From A Stand-Up Dad

This next HILARIOUS book tells of the tales, sad and joyous, of parenting told through the eyes of comedic actor, Jay Mohr. Beginning w/ the birth of his son, Jackson (Jackie for short) who was born 3 months premature.

Jay, to be honest, didn't really know what to expect. Tackeling such objects w/ a funny way to look at them, such as breast pumps and diapers. One of the most horrible jobs of having a baby on the way is naming it: Remember it's a name the baby will have for the rest of their lives. One of the cute mannerisms that we miss out on as kids get older is their "speech impediment". What I mean is the cute way kids mispronounce words, such as throw/"frow" or please/"puh-weze".  It's what you do/how you handle it. But, how do you handle it w/o the kid feeling bad about themselves? As of this book's publication, my nephew, he's 3 yrs. old, his words are clear, but some are the same as his mother, my sister, had at that same age, girl became "grurl" and some of his pronounciations, although we express corrections, he shouts that (in his own form) his way is correct. So like the book says, they will learn in time!

My nephew does this as well, as well as Jay's son, Jackie, does isn't it funny/cute when your child just rambles on-and-on w/ information? Starting to tell you one thing, then going into them telling you "everything they know so they an tell you". What might seem like RAMBLING ON is THIER WAY of telling you a story. Or if you don't understand the way they are explaining something to you, my nephew does this too - seriously, as in the book  if you don't understand, they will take you by the hand "here let me show you".

It doesn't matter ALOT to a kid on his firsts. But to the ones watching, it's amazing. Besides actually coming through birthing and potty training, isn't it something to see a child's first? Notice how kids have the worst sense of direction? You tell them here - they go there! Another milestone is that: Don't you hate it when your kid is BRUTALLY honest? Especially in front of strangers?

When it comes to a child's birthday party, you can never go wrong w/ Chuck E. Cheese. It's like Las Vegas for kids - which is TRUE! Whether it's a religious stature or in a family way, doesn't it warm your heart when your youngster happily/gleefully practiced and showed you what you taught them to the world? Ex. - a 3 or 5-year-old showing you giving to less fortunate or politeness to everyone they meet?

Jackson "Jackie" and step-mom Nikki
Another thing I wanted to point out is the GREATNESS between you and the kid is the private conversations you have: just the two of you. When everyone in the house is asleep or gone and you can have your "special time of just you and the kid"?
One thing that never fails are kids and their bionic hearing. You could have a piece of candy w/ the kid 3 doors down, they hear that wrapper and say "Can I have one?" Television is another thing that kids find fun. Granted it is, but nowadays kids STARE at the TV. Notice that? My nephew does that sometimes in my room (Bub-Bub's room) and I could leave him to do something, come back and just scare the SHIT out of him for fun. That's how in-tune to the TV he his.

Isn't it funny when kids NEVER take you at your word? You could say "You'll get hurt" as to warn them. They reply a "No, I won't" in gesture, then when the kid does it anyway, despite the warning, they cry the reasons why. Your response is simply "See, that's what you get!" Don't you hate when kids don't listen the first time?

When it comes to punishment, how far is too far? Some parents debate spanking. There are some who are for it, some are against it. Look at it this way: you CAN'T reason w/ a toddler/child. That's ALL I'm going to say! As far as it comes to kids and their attributes, some tell you everything about school, while others tell say NOTHING!

When it come to "heroes", one minute it's Spongebob, the next it's Liza or Bette .         .            . Here's a GOOD question, "At what age is the PERFECT age to teach about "The Talk"? Kids today either ask SOONER than later or they experience BEFORE talking. Then there are kids who are WAY TOO YOUNG to know or be informed, nor have ANY INKLING. But VISUAL HINDSIGHT says that they are OBVIOUSLY WAY TOO CURIOUS!

Here's MY opinion:

This book in a way is a sense for EVERY man. When/if you have kids, this IS one book you would want to pass down through generations. THIS IS NOT A PARENTING HANDBOOK! Just one to say 'I've been THERE and I see what you mean'.

For those of you with a young kid or are around one all the time, you could read this book and throughout it be thinking of the child and saying to yourself,   "This is SO you!!"


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