10 June 2012
Nature versus nurture Dr Louis Franzini, US author of Kids Who Laugh: How To Develop Your Child's Sense Of Humour (Square One), does not believe having a funny bone is inherent. "No-one is born with a great sense of humour, a poor sense of humour or even no sense of humour. "A sense of humour is learned, just like most other skills we possess. Parents are the most important influences on their children's personalities. When a child's humour development is encouraged – that is, praised and appreciated by the world – it will flourish," he says. Dr Paul McGhee, a US guru on humour who has spent more than 20 years researching it, puts less pressure on mums and dads, claiming that even the offspring of the most sombre and grave parents will develop a sense of the ridiculous. "Having said that, parents can play an important role in nurturing their child's sense of humour as it moves from one stage to the next. The key is modelling humour yourself, particularly at a child's level, and being able to laugh along at your child's efforts at humour.
The parents should also have a good sense of humour in order for the kids to acquire this skill. But it is not rocket science so it should be common like toner & ink cartridges. I just hope the Tatapilla has some of it by now.
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03 June 2012
On Sports
This news on parents on sports is really good. Indeed parents play a very important role in the development and success of sports at school and eventually in greater Australia. For me, being a parent is not all about regulating the useplaystation portable, disciplining, loving and letting our kids be happy. It's much more and really, sky is the limit.
Parents form the backbone of junior sport: coaching, managing and helping out on the field and in the club. While their role is invaluable, every parent whose child plays in a team has an important part to play because the way kids act on the field can be a mirror image of how their parents act on the sidelines. In a bid to emphasise this message, many sporting codes and associations ask parents to sign a "good behaviour" oath at the start of the season, and coaches (most of whom are mums and dads volunteering their time) now hold pre-season briefing sessions for parents, outlining their coaching philosophy, expectations of parents and hopes for the season ahead. Cultivating a love of sport All of this is happening in junior sport now because it is recognised that whether kids enjoy playing sport in a team, and continue throughout their junior years, is heavily influenced by how their parents act, says Paul Oliver, national manager of Play By The Rules, an online resource providing support and information on community and club sport. "Children play sport to have fun and be with their friends," he says. "Whether they win or lose is not important at this stage, and should not be anyone's focus, including the parents'." While this can all sound a bit like a politically correct "everyone's a winner" philosophy, the fact is we want our kids to play sport, join in a team and be happy to take part for a variety of proven physical and mental health benefits. If parents are screeching less than constructive criticism at the kids or arguing with umpires' decisions, the likelihood of kids continuing to want to play reduces, Oliver says.
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Super Hero Phase
The Tatapilla is now on the superhero phase. I am not really sure if he's early for it or otherwise. Yes, in some shows there are extensive animated violence but we are just there to tell him what is good and bad. It might have started with the Iron Man. Recently we saw The Avengers in 3D and he quite enjoyed it. The telly has been inundated with superhero shows on weekend. I just hope that everything that he gets from watching these fantasies he can use later in his adult life. I suppose anything that will make him happy will make us happy as well - including wendys job application.
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The making of a beautiful little boy to a BIG GUY that will melt a million hearts. :)

...a new word created by Dad (and Mum) to describe their BIG GUY who moves backward with his head when lying on his back - sort of like a caterpillar. Photobucket

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