While the twins were at my place on Sunday Ellie decided to do her homework!
Its theme was ‘mythology’. She didn’t know what that meant so she asked me and I explained as best as I could.
She then went onto google on my PC (under my supervision of course!) and came up with the story of King Midas. I showed her how to click on the link she wanted and before too long she had written 2 sides of an A4 page with the story of King Midas & his ‘golden touch’. It was in her own words too, and not just copied, showing that she had understood the story. I’m a proud Dad!
She needed some help with some of the pronunciation and spelling – I mean how the heck do you pronounce ‘Phrygia’ or ‘Dionyssus’ anyway? I don’t know! It’s all Greek to me!* – but her comprehension and written account of the story was excellent.
* sorry, couldn’t resist
Yes, it does seems a little strange her choosing to do her homework during the limited time that she has with me. She does love spending time here with her Daddy – that’s what she tells me anyway – but I think I understand. We were still doing something together, which I was enjoying & I which I think she was too. She & Jake however often don’t enjoy the same things, and even when we do all do something together they more often than not compete with each other rather than play together cooperatively. I often find myself having to break up a fight. I imagine that’s not unusual for young boy-girl twins!
When they’re with me they each mostly just want to do something with me and so are competing for my attention. I only see them part of a day on a weekend and one evening after school so we all try to make the most of our time together. It isn’t easy!
And to be honest Jake and I were engrossed in a series of intense one-on-one Minecraft battles that day, which he’d been preparing and planning for and looking forward to for some time. I said to both of them before they left that next time I was going to spend much more time with Ellie to compensate.
So Ellie was being ‘a good girl’, and she is that, in doing her homework here – but she had also put some thought into her reasons for doing so, which actually makes me think even more highly of her. She explained it to me:
When she’s at ‘home’ (or as I prefer to call it “her other home”) with Mummy she likes to play on the green outside with nearby friends of around her own age. More often than not, she explained, she gets called in from playing to do her homework, which obviously doesn’t usually go down too well in Ellie land! She thought then she’d take advantage of my little home office set-up to do her homework at my place, and then she’d have more time to play with her friends.
Oh, and my Minecraft battle with Jake? 2-2. We are planning a rematch!
Now there is of course only one way to end this post:
This is guest post by Alex Johnson
LEGO Company is on the mission of ‘inspiring the builders of tomorrow’, while many dream to work for their offices full of slides and wonder.
The LEGO Company are no strangers to allowing people to see what goes on inside their organisation. With the hit LEGO movie released in February 2014 and their new ‘Brickumentry’, the LEGO group are bigger than ever. While their gender neutral playsets has been developing since 1974, LEGO has reached a peak of their gender neutrality with their new playsets of female scientists.
Most recently they allowed Channel 4 into their head offices and factories in Denmark in a documentary called ‘The Secret World of Lego’, a programme that showed millions of viewers how the LEGO brick has changed the lives of many children and adults.
For the first 2 years of your lives we all lived together in our big house in the Midlands. The “big old house”, with the big old garden.
You don’t remember it. I do.
I remember how I was your full-time, stay-at-home Daddy. For your first year with Mummy, and for your second year by myself when Mummy went back to work, with reduced hours.
I remember it all so well. You don’t.
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This is from a trip to Cardiff’s Techniquest last week. Playing with Water! And with Buttons! Sounds a bit like 3-year-old Heaven to me!
But can you come up with a witty, profound or just plain silly caption for the picture? I’d love to hear it! Just leave it in the comments below.
Then click on the little boy’s head here & you will be magically transported to the funsome Mammasaurus’ blog for many more pictures crying out for a witty / pithy #satcap caption.
Jake has invented a game!
Everyone else has to close their eyes while he goes away to find a toy which he then hides under some paper.
Once hidden away we’re allowed to open our eyes. Next he tells us the sound that the object’s word starts with, & what colour it is.
We then have to guess what it is, asking questions if we’re not sure:
“Is it soft or hard?” “Can you eat it (in real life)?” and the like.
Once guessed it becomes someone else’s turn to find & hide a toy for the rest to guess.
He came up with this completely unbidden, all by himself, with no help at all from anyone else.
I’m proud as punch!
I wonder if there’s time to get the board game out for Christmas? Mr Hasbro?
By the way, games marketers: it’s copyright already, so don’t go getting any funny ideas, OK?
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Chemical weapon attacks on city suburbs.
A school bombed with napalm.
Horror almost too great to contemplate.
It’s trite, yes: but someone, somewhere has to do something, don’t they?
- Activists: Assad bombs Damascus in renewed chemical attack, injuring 20 (jpost.com)
- Is Assad now using NAPALM on his own people? Pictures reveal horrific injuries of Syrian civilians also feared to have been targeted with phosphorous bombs (laurelbabeblog.wordpress.com)
- Syria: New Horrors!! (thetruthseeker.co.uk)
- Syria: ‘napalm’ bomb dropped on school playground, BBC claims (theguardian.com)