Monday, February 11, 2013

Doritos Has It All Wrong

I'm OK with being bribed to do somethings.  For instance if T really wants me to do something that I don't want to do, I'm OK with her bribing me to get the deal sealed.  I don't think that its a bad thing for wives and husbands to bribe each other to get what we want.

But when it comes to kids, thats a different story.  Take for example this Super Bowl Commercial..

Now this father is all set to play football with his guy friends.  No harm in that. I have done stuff with my friends before.  Basketball, gone to the gym, any of the kind of stuff. The problem is that his daughter is asking him to play with her and he has to tell her that he has plans to play with his guy friends instead......

....until she tells him that she has a unhealthy snack with dyes in it and bribes him.  A bag of Doritos.  So let me get this straight. Dad, going to play football with his bud's and then and only then when the daughter breaks out a bag of chips does he decide she is good enough for him to play with. ??

What kind of example is that setting?  That he can only make time for his daughter since she has food he likes.  How come he couldn't have made time earlier to play with her, or even offered to play with her for a little bit before he went out with his homeboys. Would he have been more willing to play with her if she was playing video games?  If she was a he?  Do?es gender even play a role in this

As a dad who gets very little time at home on the weeknights I love the fact that my kids get to stay up later than most (homeschooling allows that), I love that the kids like to go out and coach me and count my reps and clock me while I do CrossFit at night when I get home.  I'm glad that we all read books before bed.  I'm glad that we all play outside and have fun together.

And you know what?  I don't have to be bribed!

Example.  C3 is 6.  She loves having her nails painted.  Its about time that she starts learning how to paint her own nails.  Guess who has big toes? ME.  Guess who she got to practice on? ME.  And guess what?  She didn't have to bribe me at all.  She loved doing this.  This was something that she wanted to do and it took all of five or so minutes.

I got to at least pick the color.  She did pretty good too.  Now lets not pay attention to my ugly toes but look at how good she did.  Had to teach her to go up and down and instead of side to side.  But all in all, I think she did good.

She was very happy to do this and you know what this happened on Saturday....

...and I still have blue toes.

A simple five or so minutes made my daughters day.

Kiss The Baby



Brad Jenkins February 11, 2013 at 11:57 AM   Reply to

If we as men want our daughters to be confident and secure, we need to show them how much we love them *and* their mothers.

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