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Product Review – Kid lid

KidLidMockup6Every time BB acts out I always say he is “terrible twoing.” One of his most recent
demonstrations of just how much frustration he feels about not getting his way is to grab any piece of technology you show him. He can no longer be shown an iPhone photo without  wanting to posses it as if he wants his soul back. Any time we are trying to use skype or talk to Nana he again demands possession of the phone or laptop. It is almost as if other people were experiencing the same hardships when they created the Kid lid. The BPA-free laptop cover is designed to protect your tech from the devastation that is wrought by youngsters. The board is trifolded so you can carry it as easily as you would a laptop. Of course one still needs to worry about dirty figure prints on the screen because no kid can look at picture online of a lion without touching it. NO KID. The cover is also simple which is always a plus as whenever designers trick things out for kids they always break. Now the only problem is that my skype keeps freezing.

The Tears of a Clown

baby cryingTurns out BB’s sign language lessons at preschool are working. Every time he hears a baby crying he lets out a chorus of “Baby Cry Cry” and then he puts his fingers on both sides of his nose, squeezes and laughs. All this is hysterical accept for the lack of empathy for the crying infant. After consulting his teachers, the sign for crying is to put your fingers under your eye and drag down. BB has interpreted this move as nose based instead of eye. Another side effect of hearing a baby sob is that BB says so few words that whenever he does it is akin to breaking news on CNN. The only problem that may be a slight concern is that he never says Baby Cry Cry without a huge grin on his face. Of course now the whole family is in on the action so babies beware if your tears are flowing you will hear a four people scream, Baby Cry Cry.

Book Review – Peeve, My Parents’ Pet

peeve-407x407LTD loves a good mystery and so Tom Ryan’s book Peeve, My Parents’ Pet (illustrations by Kenny Durkin) provides a pretty funny one. The tale focuses on a little blonde boy who tries to figure out who his parents keep talking about since the animal in question clearly lives with them. As the title suggests, his parents have certain pet peeves resulting from various troubling actions the boy has committed around the home. Additionally, to trying to figure out where this new pet is, the boy seeks to learn why his parents wanted it in the first place if every time they talk about him they sound angry. The story reminds me of all the times LTD repeats something I have said to him, but slightly out of context or at in appropriate moments. Word play is one of our favorite past times, however, I will admit I don’t use the seemingly benign pet peeve phrase and usually go for something darker.

 

File Under “Cute”

stuffedRecently, BB has developed a new habit. Every time sees a plush or stuffed animal, especially teddy bears, he will hug it and squeeze it. I’m not talking Lennie from Mice and Men, but a pure sweet hug/squeeze of joy. Sometimes in his room he will do a dive hug into a larger stuffy and that is pretty damn cute. However, the cutest hug he does unfortunately is bittersweet.When he is crying pretty hard and in the throws of terrible twoing, he occasionally is comforted by a teddy and squeezes while still crying and it is enough to make one forget the headache his three hour crying jag has caused and go,”awwwwwwwwwwwwwwww.”

Book Review – Grandma, Aren’t You Glad the World’s Finally in Color Today!

Grandma_Aren't_You_Glad_Blue_300The other day, LTD and I landed on TCM showing 1933’s King Kong. I was reminded of a classic Calvin and Hobbes cartoon and told LTD that the world was in black and white until 1938. We went back and forth a bit before the jig was up, but I enjoyed having a laugh. This is a round about way of bringing up Lori Stewart’s Grandma, Aren’t You Glad the World’s Finally in Color Today! The book allows me to immerse the boys in my favorite subject, history. The tale features a rhyming historical journey through the 20th Century told by a grandmother using a photo album for inspiration. We learn how kids enjoyed entertainment back in the day and learn fun trivia (1947: Peanuts cartoon strip first appears as L’il Folks, and becomes Peanuts in 1950). The section on toys is particularly interesting especially in light of the Great Depression, but for a real contrast the differences in playgrounds and play spaces between then and now is truly fascinating. However, LTD spent the majority of attention on the pages devoted to fashion and I think he wishes we still wore the styles of yesteryear. Of course the book concludes with an image of an iPhone.

Remember to ASK this Thanksgiving holiday

email_Brady-center-logoToday in America, one in every three households with children have guns. At the same time, nine children and teens are shot every day in gun accidents, often with a parent or relative’s gun.

This Thanksgiving, before you gather around the table with loved ones and friends, we at Brady encourage you to ASK the life-saving question — “Is there an unlocked gun where my child plays?”

This one simple question has the power to prevent unintentional shootings and is the centerpiece of Brady’s groundbreaking ASK (Asking Saves Kids) campaign which continues to gain momentum across the nation.

Through ASK, Brady is inspiring a new national conversation as we work to achieve a future where no child is killed by a gun in the home.

As we head home for the holidays, we should all be thankful that we have the power to keep our children safe from the dangers of unsafe access to guns.

Inside Out

pile-of-clothesNow that LTD is learning about chores, one of his tasks is to put his clothes in the hamper, which is something he remembers to do (after I remind him). However, one thing he has yet to master is turning his clothing right side out. You see every article he and BB take off by themselves is inside out. Everything. I know what you’re thinking? No big deal right. Wrong. When every single article of clothing needs to be flipped back it falls upon me to do it. Long time Beyond the Car Seat readers know what a clothes horse LTD is and will soon learn that he is passing the habit on to BB, with mountains of clothing needing to be correctly turned I’m getting carpal tunnel disorder.  Oh, and since it has gotten cold out, LTD has been wearing pajamas under his pants and shirts which results (with underwear) in a three layer inside out sandwich. If you ever wonder why I don’t post more your answer is, that I’m fixing his and putting away the boys clothing.

Book Review – Charlie Brown

cbrownIn honor of the Peanuts teaser trailer’s release we have been exposing the boys to Snoopy and his friends. Three new Peanuts books cover great explorers, heroes and inventors.

What’s the Big Idea, Charlie Brown? focuses on the gang throwing a party to honor history’s greatest inventions. Of course while everyone comes up with a favorite, Charlie Brown has trouble since he can’t think of any big ideas. Don’t worry it works out (sort of) for him in the end.

Where Did You Go, Charlie Brown? deals with a day of adventuring by the Peanuts in the great outdoors. We learn about Lewis & Clark, Columbus and Neil Armstrong plus a female explorer. The book shies away from small pox and slavery, but keeps things more fun.

Who Cares, Charlie Brown? delves into civil and human rights told through the prism of a baseball game. Thankfully, Charlie Brown is manager so we don’t see him miss the ball. We learn about Martin Luthor King and Rosa Parks and that Charlie Brown doesn’t actually have to take the field to be a hero.

Each books features activity pages at the end.And yes the books maintain the traits we have come to expect from the Peanuts characters especially, Lucy and Peppermint Patty. (please note it is possible that since I have rediscovered these guys that Lucy may have borderline personality disorder).

Book Review – Rock & Roll Highway

9780805094732Occasionally, when in the car, I flip on the tunes and see if LTD digs the song. I have the station set to classics from the 60s,70s, and 80s. He requests the Beatles since it is one of the only bands he has heard and remembered, but I tell him that I can’t control the radio’s playlist. However, my quest to have the boys not listen to One Direction and Miley Cyrus now has a cool new book. Rock and Roll Highway: The Robbie Robertson Story by his son Sebastian Robertson with illustrations by Adam Gustavson provides a great gateway to get LTD to listen to some cool tunes. The simple biography follows the Canadian musician and songwriter on his journey to legend. The tale features some really interesting tidbits that I had no idea about including how young he was when he started and his work with Bob Dylan. The highlight of the book was then showing clips of The Last Waltz to LTD so he could enjoy. Of course he enjoyed them for only so long before wanting to watch what we normally watch on youtube, which is Batman cartoons. The good news is that now when we listen to music in the car he asks, “is the Robber Robbyson?” instead of the Beatles. 

Father sings to his dying newborn son

Good luck not rolling a tear on this one. here.