Saturday, June 28, 2008

Dad tip #70: Babies love Jason Mraz

Okay, the title of this post really should be "MY baby loves Jason Mraz" but whatever, I'm tired and struggling for a more widely useful piece of advice for other dads and failing to come up with anything. So instead, you get a personal anecdote that will most like be inapplicable to you in any way.

That all said, I suspect all parents at some point in time struggle to find good ways to keep their babies entertained at all times. Our boy almost has "stations" in the living room that include a Tadpoles Basics Crib Coverlet that we use as a play mat where we read books, a Tiny Love Gymini Super Deluxe Light and Music play mat, and a Bright Starts Around We Go activity center.

I have an extra "station" where I sit my son in front of me and sing and play guitar for him. I've noticed a few patterns regarding his preferences. For example, he generally prefers songs in major keys unless the song in minor can be played in a jaunty fashion. I've also noticed that he seems pretty keen on just about any song by Jason Mraz.

Yesterday, I did a set consisting of "Geek in the Pink", "Live High", and "I'll Do Anything". Today I did "Plane", "You and I Both", and "I'm Yours". It's pretty cool because he's fully focussed and entertained. It's amazing to watch his eyes go from my left hand to my right hand and to my face. He even tries to sing along and I have to say that he does a pretty darn good job of it for a six month old!

Take from this what you can and what you will. Tomorrow, I think I'll learn "If It Kills Me" and see how my son likes that one.

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Saturday, May 17, 2008

Dad tip #28: Spend as much time as you can with your baby before you leave on a business trip

What I'm finding is that it gets harder to leave on business trips the older my son gets. Since he's becoming more and more aware of everything around him, I get the sense that this time he'll know I'm not around. That kind of sucks.

So, I recommend spending as much time with your kid as possible before you have to leave. Secondarily, maybe have your wife do some things that may give your child the impression that you're actually there.

For instance, while I'm gone, my wife might play every Star Wars DVD (in the order of their original release), cook up something garlic-y and spicy to fill the house with that familiar aroma, repeatedly make some complaints about how the Celtics are playing well below their ability right now in the 2008 NBA Playoffs, and then play the new Jason Mraz CD We Sing, We Dance, We Steal Things non-stop with any time left over. (I've been singing the song "I'm Yours" to Connor as his lullabye for a couple of months now -- I included Jason Mraz's video for the single below.)

Okay, here's the part where I expect anyone I know who's reading this blog to fill the comments with all sorts of other unflattering stuff I do on a regular basis. And ... GO!

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