As many of you know, I am a faculty member of Fishful Thinking—a Pepperidge Farm-sponsored program, focusing on positive parenting. My favorite part of my role is the downloadable activities on the fishfulthinking.com website.
Recently, the site launched Story Book—an activity where you write a story with your child as the main character. These stories can then be designed in books and printed for your child. I chose to have my children write their own stories. Here is my youngest son's masterpiece. If you are interested in doing this activity with your child(ren), click here to create a story book and enter to win a $10,000 college scholarship for your child.
When I Grow Up
Hi! My name is Connor. When I grow up, I want to be a dad.
I am going to be a good dad, because I am going to go to work and make money.
I want to be just like my dad and have my very own family just like my dad.
I will be funny just like my dad.
When I come from work, I will go get the mail with my kids every day just like my dad does.
I will play trains with my kids. I’m very good at building train tracks (not real ones, just toy ones).
I used to think I was a train. My name was Thomas. (Can you believe my dad made these Halloween costumes just for us? When I grow up, I will make Thomas Halloween costumes for my kids too! I'm very good at art. My mom says I'm creative.)
I can also play Ninja Turtles with my kids. I’ll be Leo. My name used to be Leo too. My brother and all my friends still call me that. I’m great at being Leo.
After we play, I will give my kids a bubble bath. And, if they want to be Ninja Turtles in the bubble bath, I will let them just like my dad did.
When it’s dark, I will read my kids a story to put them to bed. In fact, I will read Calvin & Hobbes and make up different endings just like my dad did with me every night.
If my kids want to have goldfish, I will let them name them after Calvin & Hobbes just like my dad did.
I will be best buddies with my brother just like my dad is with his brothers.
And, I'll love my mom just like my dad loves his mom!
When I grow up, I want to be a dad just like my dad.