Friday, February 13, 2009

Daycare WTF, or Why Other Parents Are Crazy

Luke's class at daycare exchanged Valentines today which, whatever. They're all under age 2--like they have any clue what a holiday is in the first place, much less one like Valentine's Day. I still went out and bought some cute Pooh and Tigger valentines, filled them out, and sent them in with him this morning. Imagine my surprise when he came home with a bag FULL of cards that fell into one of the following three categories:

-fancy schmancy homemade cards complete with google eyes (hello, choking hazard) and glitter.

-cards attached to candies a toddler shouldn't be eating (like suckers and conversation hearts) even if you're the type to give your toddler candy in the first place.

-store bought cards from parents like me who clearly don't feel the need to be an overachiever for a toddler Valentine's Day party.

I'm sorry, but WTF is with two-thirds of these parents? I can see making homemade cards if you're into scrapbooking and have some free time on your hands, but who doesn't realize that the crap you're gluing on said card could choke one of the recipients? The hard candies I just don't get. We don't let Luke eat candy at all, but it really worries me that some of these parents apparently think that a Blow Pop is an appropriate treat for an 18 month old.

Thankfully his teachers gave out nice age-appropriate cards that included every toddler's favorite thing in the whole wide world, stickers. Still, I can't quite wrap my brain around these other parents. WTF, moms and dads?

Sunday, February 08, 2009

No, David!

Last week Luke discovered one of the few picture books I bought (and lugged around from dorm to apartment to apartment to apartment) during college. No, David!, in case you've never read it, is based on a series of pictures the author drew at age 5 depicting him doing various naughty things while his mother told him "No!" I thought it was hilarious the first time I read it, and now that Luke's discovered it he's decided it's the only book he wants to read at naptime and bedtime. The pictures are...interesting (Juan thinks David looks demonic) but I think the real draw for our son is the text. Luke, like all toddlers, is very interested in doing things himself and the fact that he can "read" almost the whole book delights him. Every turn of the page results in a hearty, "No, David!" from Luke, followed by giggles.

As passionate as I am about books, I can't say how happy I am to see Luke taking real joy in books. I really don't even care what books he loves, as long as he keeps loving them.