Monday, August 11, 2008

Raising Kids

Ahhhh, our kids. You’ve got to love them. Sure, there’s no manual for raising them but I think I’ve done a pretty good job so far.

It’s that toddler phase when they really love learning and trying new things…

And as they grow up they develop their own cute personalities

I’ve tried to instill into them the values of our society and you can really see it reflected in their living space

It’s important to get them involved in the day to day household chores. I never let them leave the house until the dishes are done.

And times goes by and they grow up and develop their own sense of fashion

Sure, there are those occasional fad trends and things you know will not last.

But you have to let them find their own reality and learn their own lessons. It’s these core principals that have kept my kids so grounded.

I like to encourage art into their lives and let them express themselves

They even enjoy getting out and reflecting on the past


They’re quite creative really when they want something


Sure, sometimes they get angry. Teens will do that. It’s part of the growing process.


All in all, I’ve done a pretty good job preparing them for today’s world…

40 comments:

Jacki said...

You know, I think I would put up with a messy room any day if it meant that Emma didn't come home looking like a tackle box.

I am so glad that she is still in the stage of dressing up like fairy princesses and saying that the wind makes the trees look like they are dancing.

Roy Scribner said...

I exert power and influence over my kids via their mp3 players. Britney Spears? no. Madonna? no. I do get a kick out of hearing them sing (they're 7, 6 and 3) to Nirvana, or the Clash. In fact, it's so cute I should probably make one of those Youtube videos - but then I would have to shoot myself.

Sarah said...

haha love the pics. Are there still goth kids? I thought all the kids looked like Pete Wentz now. :)

Yes, my name is Arizona said...

Oh, the joys of raising children. They're such a doubled edged sword sometimes...

VE said...

jacki - Enjoy that fairy princess time. Actually, a lot of the later stages are good too when they're raised right.

roy - Ha ha. Yes, Nirvana is so uplifting and sunny!! But avoid the Tube...

sarah - There are still Goth kids...at least I see them around. Some kids don't seem to realize a fad has passed; hence those stupid kids with the pants down by their knees still.

arizona - Yes...and as long as they don't weild a double edged sword you are probably ok...

Diesel said...

That writing in the picture with the spilled paint should say, "We won't paint your house!"

cathouse teri said...

Yup.

VE said...

diesel - It's probably those same kids you hired to put in fence posts...

teri - That says it all. You know!

Megan said...

I am so glad I never pierced my face. I think I can safely say my son will never do so either.

But of course, "Even when you know, you never know."

Beth said...

How did you manage to get that picture of my son's room?

Kids - ya gotta love 'em - it's either that or go crazy (crazier..)

colbymarshall said...

Children...need I say I can't stand them? No, I don't think I need to.

SarahM said...

those goth kids scare me. that girl is on a leash!!
if i cought my daughter on a leash, i would put her on a leash myself!!

angie said...

After seeing these pictures I think I'm ready to go cry. With 5, I'm thinking I'll have at least one that wants to express themself in a way that I find appalling. But at least I know what to expect. :)

Dee said...

and i complain because my son wears purple pants! Sheesh!

Kanrei said...

I don't see anything wrong with your raising of them there kids. I mean, they will fit in and be productive members of today's society and that is all a parent can hope for.

Bonnie the Boss said...

Hey thanks, as if wasn't already sleep deprived. Worry consuming my every day. You have now added fuel to the fire! Pecked to death by chickens is what comes to mind most days. Parenthood!

Kurt said...

An important reminder for us all.

VE said...

megan - Yeah, I'm not into the piercings. They make good impressions in interviews either.

beth - He sold it to me on ebay...

colby - Time to secretly sign you up to the day care mentorship network. ha ha ha

sarahm - Yeah...on a leash...wonder who wears the pants in that relationship?

angie - Oooh, can we do a blogger pool and predict all the things they might do and when they might do them? Fun!

dee - Purple pants is merely the tip of the iceberg. I'm sure if you dig a little deeper you'll find purple shoes and purple socks and probably even a purple hat. Scandalous!

kan - Productive members. Yeah, that guy holding is girlfriend on the leash could definitely qualify for a dog walking job.

bonnie - I'm just the messenger bringing news of hope and wonder!

kurt - That's right. And we should never forget...wait...lost it...oh well

lime said...

congratulations. you must be sooo proud.

VE said...

lime - Yes, it's just so difficult to raise little emo felon smokers these days...

RED MOJO said...

I love the pierced guy! Cute!

HeyJoe said...

You got my vote for Father of the Year.

Anette said...

you seem to have done a splendid job there!

VE said...

red mojo - I gave him the cell phone...don't want him hanging with the wrong kids...

heyjoe - Thanks. Was it my suggestion of the leash that swayed your vote?

anette - It's hard to keep up with the standards here in America...

Quickroute said...

Damn - I was square back in the day, no piercings or tattoos and did my chores too! - Oh wait that wasn't me - I just saw Little House on the Prairie and got confused for a sec!

VE said...

quickroute - Little House huh? You're older than I thought... ;)

Serena Joy said...

You may have just inadvertently written a testimonial for birth control.:-)

VE said...

sj - Cool...as long as I get royalties. Royalties are my friend...they require no effort in the future.

Bee said...

I see that my decision not to have kids was a good one!

Can you imagine what any offspring of mine would be like? They'd be half vampire half werewolf.

Meg said...

You must also teach them to appreciate good micro-brewed beers.

VE said...

bee - I shudder to think! Talk about killer bees...

meg - Yes, so true. It's a Pacific NW tradition. Besides, Bud isn't even an American beer anymore...

Alice said...

I would be plenty scared, but I'm pretty sure BoyChild is safely on the path to nerd-dom.

Alex L said...

Well if you cant teach your kids how to smoke properly then theres just no point having kids is there

monica said...

I can see your "survive as a parent of teenager" philosophy is like mine : always imagine an even worse situation than the one at hand... It works the other way around too. The teenager wants to go out at night, and you say "be home by 2230 !" ( and you actually mean 2300 ) and he goes " ooooh MUM, can't I stay until 2330 ?" and you say : OK 2300, no later ! and he says OK, feels he's won a bit, and you know you've won more... hehe.... well, won the game perhaps, but probably not the match... uh, it's a struggle, in the darkest hours you cling to their baby pictures... :o)

VE said...

alice - Nerdom is much safer and more lucrative down-the-road. You should be set up for retirement nicely...

alex - It's a tradition from our fore fathers who ran the tobacco fields. Why without them we wouldn't have a Surgeon General...

monica - It also helps sending flyers all over town suggesting your child might be unstable. That way, they don't get invited to anything that might be harmful to them...

ChrisEldin said...

HAHAHAH!

I don't know how you dig up these pics, but they're hysterical.

Love the goth photo.

leelee said...

wow...I needed this about 6 years ago..the heartaches I could have avoided!

bitchlet said...

I feel I've read this before.

C said...

Oh, dear! So this is something I've got to look forward to! ;)

Here I was, just getting used to the idea of bringing a baby into the world in 5 months! Now, you've got me thinking about the next 18 years! LOL! Gah! ;)

VE said...

chris - Sometimes it takes awhile to find what I want...

leelee - Hindsight...like foresite without a future...

bitchlet - Like in a former life?

c - Don't worry, you have years and years to try and veer them off this course.