February 22, 2005
Things They Don't Teach You in Daddy School

# 14: At approximately 19 months of age, when you hold a toddler at your eye level their feet are automatically targetted at a sensitive portion of your anatomy. Daddies are therefore cautioned against picking them up when they are throwing a "kicking" tantrum. Especially when they have shoes on.

Look, it's a skill I think she should have for her teenage years. I just don't want her to practice on me.

Oh, and mommies? It's not funny to laugh when your husband suddenly puts the baby down and sits quietly in the rocker for fifteen minutes. We're trying not to throw up, and giggles from the peanut gallery definitely qualify as not helping.

Posted by scott at February 22, 2005 08:12 AM

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look at it this way: learning by negative reinforcement is one of the best ways to learn. It's built into our instinctual behaviors.

Posted by: ron on February 22, 2005 09:40 AM
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