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Thursday, April 30, 2009

Photo Story Fri.: When I Grow Up...  

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.

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16 bits of juicy gossip: to “ Photo Story Fri.: When I Grow Up...

  • Wayne
    April 30, 2009 at 4:44 PM  

    great photo friday The 4th pictur really made me laugh

    thankyou for sharing your pictures

  • Melissa, Multi-Tasking Mama
    April 30, 2009 at 5:19 PM  

    How sweet is that? He must have a very good example :-)

  • Erika
    April 30, 2009 at 5:41 PM  

    That's sweet! What a great "story". I must say, he does have a fun dad...no wonder he wants to be just like him!

  • Erika
    April 30, 2009 at 5:44 PM  

    OH...and what a great father's day gift that book would make!

  • Cecily R
    April 30, 2009 at 5:46 PM  

    I love that there are such great dads out there to be good examples for their sons. Looks like ALL of your shorties have great examples in you both!

  • Chris
    April 30, 2009 at 5:58 PM  

    A terrific story. I'm glad he's got a wonderful dad to emulate, and a wonderful mother to write about him.

  • Izzy 'N Emmy
    April 30, 2009 at 7:29 PM  

    Super sweet!!! He'll have no trouble finding a wife!

  • Carrie and Troy Keiser
    April 30, 2009 at 8:35 PM  

    What a great story he wrote about the wonderful example his father is to him!

  • Krista Parry
    April 30, 2009 at 10:31 PM  

    This post literally brought me to tears thinking of what a huge influence dad's play in their son's life (it's the pregnanacy hormones, I swear).

    Thanks for reminding me what powerful, positive parenting can do!

  • Emily
    May 1, 2009 at 9:17 AM  

    Love the story! Reminds me of the cute Little Critter story "Just Like My Dad" (or something to that effect). Very cute!

  • Robyn
    May 1, 2009 at 1:19 PM  

    That was a great story.

  • Amber!
    May 1, 2009 at 8:38 PM  

    Great idea. Haven't heard of fishful thinking but love helping parents switch to positive frameworks!

  • Ryanne
    May 1, 2009 at 10:43 PM  

    Oh how sweet to se the world from our kids eyes!

  • Judy
    May 3, 2009 at 1:48 AM  

    Jyl...this is such a sweet post...I am so glad you and your family are happy and growing together. Life is good!!

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