Wednesday, August 26, 2015

The list of things dad ....

I can't speak for other families and other dads, but in our house I have a list.

The list was created within a couple of months of the birth of our first child and has steadily grown since then. Each of my children has contributed to the list and all are aware of at least some of the items contained within. However, until today the list had never even been written down.

In most cases, making the list has a direct correlation to at least one or more of the following:

- The parent to child assistance ratio;

- The sharing (or lack of) quota;

- The clothing replacement equation;

- The jealousy factor; and

- The clean up / messiness parameter.

I recognize the controversy that this list will undoubtedly create within the parenting community and I understand that by releasing it, I am opening myself to the wrath of my fellow parents.

I also realize that by publishing this list, I am drawing a line in the proverbial blogging sand and am likely making a statement about the marketability (or lack of) of my blog.

However, sometimes one is compelled to take risks and this is one of those times. So, without further ado, I present:

The list of things this dad hates

1. Balloons

2. Rocks

3. Markers

4. Stickers

5. Make-up

6. Toys with no off apparent off switch

7. Beads

8. Play-doh

9. Stamps

10. Paint

Do you have a list and if so, how does your list compare to mine?

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  1. Oh yes, I think a few of these things are on my list too! The thing I hate about balloons is the horrible squeaky sound they make when they rub against things - sets my teeth on edge! Toys with no apparent off switch are very high on my list too.

    1. Thanks for reading. It's funny with balloons, I love water balloons but the minute we have a regular one in the house, my kids a just can't seem to share and it creates a fight. Thanks for reading.

  2. Haha, love this! Number six is definitely top of my list - my husband's ex got our youngest a singing frog that doesn't have an off-switch...I hear it in my nightmares, and I'm sure she knew exactly what she was doing when she bought us that!


    1. My brother pulled a similar stunt on us with a toy that never turns off and makes the most annoying sound. (Usually they are really good with toys but this one.....) Thanks for reading.

  3. Yes, I can certainly empathise with a number of these - I think my top one is play-doh, my son absolutely loves it, but it inevitably gets stuck in the carpet and I have the scrape the thing to get it out again.