Archive for September, 2004

Sunday, September 12th, 2004

why can’t i just be happy with all of the great things that i have?
i don’t think that i will ever be happy.

Boys don’t cry. Girls are made of everything nice.

Tuesday, September 7th, 2004

(5 of 8)
“Don’t cry!” – Rather than deny your child’s feelings, talk about her emotions. Give your child the words to express herself, and ultimately she’ll cry less.

(6 of 8)
“Wait till Daddy gets home” – Passing the buck undermines your authority. And by the time Daddy does get home, it’s likely that your child will forget what he did wrong.

I occasionally read random AOL news items that pique my interest/amusement. I read one today about seven things that you shouldn’t say to your children, and the above items are excepts from it. All of the other “what not to say to your kids” tips offered by AOL/Parenting Magazine were gender ambiguous. Why were these situations assigned gender?

Monday, September 6th, 2004

I’ve been noticing of late that almost everyone seems to be searching for short-term fixes for potentially permanent problems. I find that to some extent, I am prey to this foolish process as well. It seems that if we could just step back and see things as they really are, then we might be able to commit to finding a real solution. But even when we know that a real solution is possible with patience and fortitude, we choose to let it go in exchange it for a quick fix. It’s so much easier to look for quick results, even when they are superficial and temporary. I find that I personally seem to give up not only the real solution, but also a number of quick fixes. I am slow to act. I am indecisive. I am fearful. And perhaps, I find some sick comfort in being miserable.

In an alternate reality, I would be Richie Cunningham.

Thursday, September 2nd, 2004

I wish life were more like “Happy Days”.

It also makes me wonder what show my personal life is most like? Considering that there are and have been so many TV shows made, I’m sure that there must be a show that fairly closely resembles my own woeful misadventures and stumblings into the world of growing up. But what show would it be?