Monday, April 30, 2012

This Day and Age

Parenting a child is a hard job! It's really easy to be your child's best friend.  A lot of parents aren't given the tools and allowed to be good parents and therefor they fall into being what is essentially a daycare for the child but not a "parent".

My wife and I are eagerly awaiting our first child (still don't know the sex) to be born later this year.  We are by no means experts on raising children but due to our career paths and personal experiences we've been able to witness more than a few things. She is a teacher at a Title 1 Elementary School and I work at the local public library system supporting all of their computer systems.  We've seen things...lol

There are so many ways that a child can be "derailed" just in dealing with technology and interacting with it.  Facebook.  Who doesn't have a Facebook now days?  I've seen children, that are far to young, using Facebook with their own accounts or the parents' accounts.  This is so very dangerous. The exposure these children are opened up to is astronomical and the parents think it's perfectly fine.  Myspace.  If there still is a Myspace that is.  I've seen some horrible things on Myspace that no adult much less a child should be exposed to.

My point is that parents need to be very careful with what they allow their children to be exposed to and use.  The things children see and hear is what they will imitate and grow up to be.  I just hope that I'm able to be a good parent for my child and teach them how to be a good citizen and a good person throughout their life.  


LINKS:
Young Brothers Launch a G-Rated Social Network

Children and Money


Thursday, April 5, 2012

"Cool" Ideas

So while I know that I wont have to do anything special to celebrate the birth of my first child there is a part of me that wants to.  I mean some people have pictures taken or a tattoo of the child's portrait done.  Those aren't for me...well not exactly anyways.

There are two things I'm thinking doing. The first is getting the child's hand prints or foot prints tattooed somewhere on my arms or chest.  The other is purchasing some sort of a firearm and having it engraved with the initials and DOB.  Am I crazy for thinking this?  I don't think so.  I think that by doing one of these two things I will either have something always with me remind me of my son\daughter or I will have a teaching tool that I will one day pass down to them.  To me, that means a lot.  The idea of me teaching my child how to safely enjoy and respect firearms and it being one that I purchased for them when they were born just means so much.  They could then pass it on to their children and start a tradition.  I'm not thinking about getting a massive tattoo that you'll see from space, or getting my child his/her first M-16....just maybe a youth .22 or a tattoo on my bicep that I can look at and always feel them near.

Maybe I'm crazy but regardless I'm going to be a proud father...That I'm sure of.