Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Dad tip #115: Going out with the baby takes practice

I suppose it doesn't actually take practice to go out with the baby effectively. But, I think we've found that we feel a lot better about going out with the baby after having done it a few times.

You kind of have to get a routine for not only what you do with your child when you're actually out, but also what you do BEFORE you go out and what you do AFTER you get home. And on top of that, it's not only the routine, but also the timing of when you do everything.

After all, if your baby is happy, you've got a much better chance of having a good time away from the house. Set expectations for your baby and yourselves.

(This post was inspired by going out to dinner tonight with six adults and four kids.)

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Sunday, August 3, 2008

Dad tip #106: Dinner time can be stressful


Okay, here's dinner time around here:
  • Dinner cooking or leftovers reheating.
  • Cat meowing like CRAZY to be fed.
  • Baby starting to fuss because he's getting hungry too.
  • Uh oh, what's that smell? Is that dinner burning?
  • Whoops, tripped over the cat while trying to check on dinner.
  • Dinner's fine, get baby's food ready.
  • Get all the food on the table.
  • Everyone eat as fast as you can.
  • Baby finished his dinner first.
  • Get baby cleaned up.
  • Give him a toy to play with.
  • Eat more of your own dinner.
  • THUMP! Baby's toy is on the floor. Pick it up.
  • Try to finish your own dinner.
  • THUMP! Baby's toy is on the floor. Pick it up.
  • Try to finish your own dinner.
  • THUMP! Baby's toy is on the floor. Pick it up.
  • Try to finish your own dinner.
  • THUMP! Baby's toy is on the floor. Pick it up.
  • Try to finish your own dinner.
  • Repeat until baby's bedtime.
So, the advice here is just to get yourself in the right mindset that dinner isn't necessarily a relaxing time of day anymore. As long as your expectations are set realistically, you'll find that you can able to enjoy that hectic bit of time with your wife and baby as much as you ever enjoyed dinner time.

Really!

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