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14 New Year’s Resolutions from a 5-year-old

By on Jan 4, 2013 in Productivity | 0 comments

My five-year-old son sat down yesterday and created 14 goals for the New Year. Some are innocent, some are inspired by the moment and some … shoot for the moon.

Alex vs. Disney

By on Jun 5, 2012 in Food & Drink | 0 comments

My son, Alex, has taken on a new cause: fighting the Disney Channel’s decision to ban junk food ads. At least that’s the tact Rod Decker took with this news piece. Conflict is essential, right? Luckily, Alex delivers a stellar performance, including an improvised sipping of a soda while he proclaims his love for all things sugar. Rod: “Alex, who is five, does not agree with the Disney Channel decision.” (Cut to Alex): “I think they should put soda pop on TV. Because … well, because it’s just good.” Rod: “Despite Alex, the Disney Channel announced today that beginning in 2015 that Disney Channel will not accept advertising for foods that are not healthy.” Later in the two-minute-plus segment — in which a doctor is quoted about the obesity epidemic and Michelle Obama is mentioned as a strong backer of Disney’s decision — Rod ramps up the conflict between my Utah preschooler and the massive all-things-kid corporation. Rod even ropes Alex into a statement that could haunt us as parents: Rod: “Some kids seem determined to do as they please, even against an advertising ban.” Alex: “Candy isn’t very good for kids.” Rod: “You see that?” Alex: “Yeah.¬† Rod: “Do you believe it?” Alex: “Uh-huh.” Rod: “Do you eat candy?” Alex: “I eat candy a lot.” For the record, we feed our two children quite healthy. A trip to McDonald’s is a somewhat rare treat (1-2 times per month), we seldom have candy or soda in the house and we make Alex eat all of his vegetables. Hell, the kid loves broccoli, artichokes and will even eat Brussels sprouts on occasion. Not that I care — Alex carried the spot, and has made me very proud. You can watch the whole thing...

Old Joke

By on May 24, 2012 in Philosophical | 0 comments

Alex: “Knock knock.” Jane: “Who’s there?” Alex: “Jane.” Jane: “I hate Jane! Go away.”

Stars/Heaven

By on Mar 22, 2012 in Philosophical | 0 comments

Conversation with my 5-year-old son while driving home tonight¬†about my grandmother, “Nana” Zola Snarr, who recently died: Alex: “There’s a star blinking at me in the sky. It’s following us. I think it’s Nana Z.” Me: “Maybe she’s saying good night.” Alex: “Good night, Nana Z.” (Pause) “She’s gone.” Me: “She probably went to bed.” Alex: “They don’t have beds in Heaven. They just have really soft floors. That’s where they sleep.”