“A man should always consider how much he has more than he wants.” – Joseph Addison
Talk To Me, Goose
Having a kid really forces you to reevaluate how you communicate.
My son is two, so getting him to understand what I’m trying to convey can be quite challenging. Instead of just saying something, I have to point at what I’m talking about so he can connect my words to a tangible something. I have to emphasize the syllables so he can pay attention to sound structure. When I read a book, I use inflection of my voice to express emotion and excitement.
And, instead of saying, “what the FUCK?” I now say, “what in the ACTUAL fuckity fuck?”
Yeah, I still cuss.
You see, I’ve given up a lot for my son. I’ve given up my body, my mental health, and my finances for this kid, so I’ll be damned if he’s going to take away my curse words, too. When you’re a parent, you reserve the right to curse. If there has ever been a valid reason for dropping the F-bomb, it’s raising a kid. My son can take my curse words when he pries them from my cold, dead hands.
The point is, understanding the power of verbal cues is important because they have a HUGE impact and lasting consequences on how we view life, objects, emotions, and each other. Even things that seem inconsequential can leave lasting impressions on how we see the world.
In this episode of TED talk, Lera Boroditsky discusses how subtle language profiles can impact awareness, moral, and a sense of responsibility.
Father’s Day is coming up and, if American consumerism has taught us anything, it’s that it’s never too early to start planning for a holiday.
Getting your dad a gift to celebrate his big day always seems less stressful than when it’s Mother’s Day. Maybe it’s because we don’t seem to make as big of a deal about Father’s Day as we do Mother’s Day. Maybe it’s because dads tend to be less picky about material things. Or maybe it’s because we have this underlying guilt that we “couch surfed” mom’s uterus for 9 months, then banged up her “door” on the way out. No amount of flowers can make up for that shit.
Usually, most dads just want a card and some alone time to play golf for Father’s Day. But, if you are looking to get your dad a really unique gift this year, here are 15 cool ideas.
Who says church can’t be funny? These hysterical church signs prove that God might have a good sense of humor, after all.