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Jai’s Time Travel Adventure 

Jai has a new favourite kids program: 

Andy’s Prehistoric Adventures. Synopsis: Andy jumps into a grandfather clock back in time (get it!) to the dinosaur age, thrn brings back something for the museum he works within.

So tonight Jai asked for a ‘Time Machine’. I smiled with glee, but his mother frowned.

Jai now has what I am calling ‘a TARDIS whose clocking device is stuck in cardboard box mode‘. Jai doesn’t yet understand the reference. Sarah is adamant he won’t know for a few years yet. 

I can and will wait to make him a DrWho fanatic. Let’s hope the series is still going! 

Epilogue:

Peter Capaldi’s recent departure as The Doctor cannot be in vain. But I have a strong feeling the Christmas Special will reveal him waking up, yet then changing into his new incarnation.

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Fifty Years of Television

Our kids will never know the pain we had as kids. 

When I was a kid our first TV was a Phillips 16″ B&W little orange unit. The knob fell out so we had a torque spanner attached. Us three boys were Dad’s remote channel changer. We enjoyed all 4 channels, yet watched a lot of ABC.

Jai (almost 5yo) and Aidan (now 2yo) know how to turn on Mummy’s Samsung tablet, select the iView icon and watch anything they like on ABC4Kids. 

At 8am Jai knows to turn down the volume so we don’t know.
I’d normally take it away, but for a change he’s responsibly making sure his little brother can watch with him. Cute. Naughty yet cute.

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Star Kids

It was a proud moment when I found Jai playing with an aluminum-cast Millennium Falcon and Tie-Fighter.

I bought them a few years ago, just before the 1-minute-of-Mark-Hammil epic. They were meant to be figurines to display in my geek-shed. When I dismantled the shed, both were ceremoniously dumped in with the kids toys. Well, they are toys.

But Jai hadn’t taken any interest. So I returned them to a shelf beside my bed.

Shaun the Sheep: Series 2
This morning Jai jumped over our bed, slid over the other side, Dukes-of-Hazard style (though he said Shaun the Sheep does it!), and stopped to stare at my book shelf.

Pointing up, “What are they?”

Oh boy, he finally noticed them. “You want to play with them?”

“Yes please!” Okay, I had to remind him to use the magic word.

“Well, you are now known as Jai Solo. Aidan can be … Baby Fett!”

The Complete Saga (Star Wars) It was a fun three minutes of his version of Star Wars. We didn’t do the Kessel run in twelve parsecs, but the universe was destroyed by teddy bears, ‘slobber-glue’ covered the earth, and Baby Fett tried to eat the Millennium Falcon.

Then they were offered sliced apple … and the moment was over.

Though Jai is still calling his little brother ‘Baby Fett’. Gotta love it.

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Learning Curve

Wow, it feels like just yesterday that Jai was only 2yo, wanting to madly tap on the Samsung tablet without care for a result.

Now at 4yo he has gotten bored with most of the games.

So we have installed a few educational apps to improve his hand-to-eye coordination, as well as his memory and process-of-elimination skills.

He gets better every day, but is getting bored again.

What do you recommend?

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Rewards for Effort

Little Hand Not all conversations with #MisterFourGoingOnFourteen are intelligent, smart, funny or entertaining. So it is with disdain that I share these two stories. Yet I hope another Daddy can learn from it. Or at least empathize.

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So Small, So CuteDaddy: “My new crutch. Please may I have it back?” It’s for my current yet ongoing knee problems.
Jai: “Nope”. He walks around with it, wielding it like a sabre.
Daddy: “Please don’t point that at people, particularly mummy and daddy!”
Jai ignores me. I hobble around the house, trying to catch up with him. I can walk, but not for long. My right knee hurts like hell.
Daddy: “Please do NOT hit the windows. Don’t hit your brother. Don’t hit the back of my legs. PLEASE do NOT do that again!”
Jai looks at me, then looks away – and taps his brother on the shoulder. No pain, but scares Aidan. He toddles off to find mummy. Smart kid, he leaves the scene of the crime.
Daddy: “Ok, that’s IT! Time-Out for You!” I reach frantically for boy, but fumble on his shirt.
Jai dumps crutch and runs. I pick it up, and resume walking better. Jai gets away with it this time, but not for long…

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Set of FourJai (moments after I regain control with arm-crutch): “I want Shaun the Sheep!”
Daddy: “You have to clean the messy lounge room first.”
Jai: “It’s a mess?”
Daddy: “Yes. Your toys do NOT belong on the floor. You know where they belong.”
Jai: “I don’t see it.” Sigh. Plays skip-rope with mummy’s tape-measure.
Daddy: Sigh. “Take another look. Tell me what you see.”
Jai: “Trucks! Animals! Balloons! Books!”
Daddy: “Good. I will clean up Aidan’s, you do yours, we will meet in the middle.”
Jai: “The where?”
Daddy: “Start cleaning up. I’ll tell you when we get there.”
Jai: Intrigued now. “OK.”
Oh my days, he actually cleaned up.
Daddy: “High five dude!”
Jai raises hands and wipes Pluto into the next galaxy. Oh my hand.

It’s fun, but only after he starts listening – and realises there is a reward for his effort.

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Negotiation Skills

Octonauts: Amazon Adventure Jai received a new Octonaaaauuuuuts DVD today. 

Whilst he slept on me for two hours this afternoon, Sarah and I enjoyed watching news and programs suitable for OUR age group.

Within moments of waking up, he asked: “I want Octonauts!” Yeah, that is a demand.

“No buddy, Octonauts are NOT for mornings.”

“I would like Octonauts … Pleeeeeeeeeease!” He is clever.

Mummy pipes in “I’d like Shaun the Sheep.” Hmmm, so would I.

“Okay, let’s compromise … two Octonauts episodes and two Shaun the sheep, then back to normal viewing.”

Ten Little Dinosaurs (Ten Little) “I want four Octonauts!” No guessing who said that.

“Buddy, how about {with ONLY three fingers in air} one, two, three episodes?”

Mr oh-so-clever was to quick to respond “I want one two FOUR!!”

And then the negotiations broke down into tears. No, not me, him. Sigh.

OCTONAAAAUUUUUTS!