Kid Rituals

I have a kid. Other people do too. Seems to be a trend.

My ex-co-worker, Steve, has a little girl. As a special gift of love, he would write a small note that would go with her everyday to preschool. The note would say things like “Daddy loves you” or “Have a great day.” Cute. That is until the day they forgot to give her a note and she had a, now predictable, meltdown for several hours.

Solution: They started hoarding old notes and recycling them. They also started giving the teachers at pre-school a stockpile of notes in case they forget again.

My warning to you: Do not interact with your child in any special, out of the ordinary way. Keep it basic. Keep it mundane. Keep your sanity. Currently with our kid, the bedtime ritual includes: read two books, ensure all stuffed animals are in bed, blanket number one, blanket number two, hug, kiss, I kiss you, high five, double high five, thumbs up, secret sign, I have to pee, repeat. If any step is missed, he’ll tack it on the end and then want to do all the others that come after it. If you miss blanket number two and he decides to do an inventory on the stuffed animals, you could be there all night.

I’m sure someday we’ll look back and reflect on how cute it was.

Actually, I’m lying. I’m totally into creating an elaborate combination of moves, signs and dance steps before bed. I’m hoping to get up to 25 steps before my wife figures out what I’m doing. This is the only time I’ll be able to get away with this before my kid figures it out and starts thinking I’m gay.

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

I thought I would check for a new Blog and you never disappoint me.
Dont stop dancing. He wont think you are gay.He will want to grow up to be just like you.
Thanks DPHida.
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The Stalker said...

25 dance steps is pretty ambitious. And, everyone knows the line between being gay and straight is 20 dance steps.

p.s. Be forewarned: The wife will be happy you're dancing, but may force you to take the show into public for the extra cash.

Anonymous said...

The other stalker said...
You have more than one stalker?
I feel slided. hee hee

Ricky said...

Weird. My boy, a month older than yours, also gets 2 books, many stuffed animals, and 2 blankets.

wangmont said...

When going through such a routine each day, you understand exactly why all of the other bullshit you put yourself through to ensure that you can be there doing these things with you son must be tolerated. These days go so quickly. Ride while you can.

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