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JRahm
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Jan 08, 2024

What do you do with your kids that you never do for yourself?

I am no artist. Really don't have much interest, and definitely don't have the skills. But in spending time with the kiddos, sometimes I do things I would never choose. I think this is a good thing, even if the outcome isn't a Renoir.

So...what's in your repertoir of not-so-great skills that you do because you love your kids?

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  • karaoke   <---when they were little..... they are no old enough to realize I should not be singing.

    tent camping   <--- I own a 40 foot RV with slideouts that hasnt been used since we started scouting.   I now spend 20-30 days in a tent in the elements per year.

    getting annihilated in modern video games ....

     

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      we did the travel trailer for a while...i don't do tents anymore. Also get annihilated in modern video games.

      • Does it take three to start a club? Fathers who get annihilated in modern video games.

  • Dance.   More specifically dance lessons.

    Long (and funny ) story cut short, hit me up for the full version.

    In grades k-5 - there are typically an annual daddy -daughter dances.  Net result, girls go dance with each other and dads stand in the corner talking or on their phone for 2 hours.  Then the last song comes on, and you have your dance, and everyone goes home.   * - also a good night to play dressup.

    My daugher also wanted dance classes -so from 5 to...?   She has been learning specific styles of Hip hop - and ballet...   Fast forward to Valentines day, and there is a family partipation dance party, and I ASSUME - it would be in a similar style.  Students do their thing - Family does their thing  - 1 dance at the end - and everyone goes home.

    WRONG - I found out the hardway, via several practice lessions to learn the routine, that we would be performing just like the student - costumes and all.   Hip-hop - was quite the workout, and all but one parent had to use both hands on the rail on the wall for ballet.  I needed 2 - so i didnt tip over.   The students were in the middle of the room with no rail 

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      wow! I have seen those videos and I have thanked the maker I didn't have to dance! I appreciate having ligaments and tendons in my leg joints... 🙂

  • Almost everything we did came from some idea out of a TV show or movie.
    Extensive, whole-room blanket forts - with peep holes at various places - designed so my kids could be the meerkats from the show MeerKat Manor. I spent so much time on them that I'd leave them up for a week or more for increased ROI.

    We made movies in a local city-wide contest like 4 years in a row. It all stemmed from us watching Avatar: The Last Airbender movie and them wondering how those special effects work. We made our own cut-in-camera special effects in the backyard that day and proceeded from there.

    Last one that comes to mind is fixing a broken MonsterHigh doll knee joint with a finishing nail. Still working 15 years later. I could only last about 10 minutes dressing/redressing/playing-house with those dolls but I probably spent a good 90 minutes perfecting that knee replacement. 

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      Mark Rober did a 12-week camp crunchlabs last summer with a weekly family challenge, of which included blanket forts! Love it.

  • Sing "wheels on the bus" 20 times in a row 😆. I feel like I'm going to start singing it in my sleep.