Happy freaking Halloween

By kenny friedman on Thursday, October 28, 2010

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I'm a fan of Halloween...I had so much fun trick-or-treating as a kid so I loved the idea of kids coming to our place and trick-or-treating.

I looked forward to kids ringing the door bell in their cool costumes and me handing candy out.

Unfortunately when we lived in Chicago we didn't live in a neighborhood that kids came around to. But when we moved away...to some burbs...I was crazy excited about trick-or-treating.

The first year I bought the best candy, because I don't want to be one of those houses known for the bad stuff. I got a lot of candy because I didn't want any chance of running out.

This is where you probably think I'm going to say no one came...but they did. Sure maybe it was only about 20 door bell rings but it was something. Since then traffic has gone to shit...but it started good...and that's not what this post is about.

Here's how that first night went down.

Door bell rings...I get it. Then I realize I had to interact with kids. If you've been reading for a bit you know kids used to (and kind of still) freak me out.

So there was some kid standing at my door. I panicked...I didn't wait until they said trick-or-treat. I just gave them candy and shut the door.

Then the door rang again...I made Staci get it. She was so good with the kids. It rang again...I made her get it. It rang one more time and she coached me on what to say.

I said "What are you?" Listened to the answer and said, "here."

Staci's good. She would say, "Oh look at that you're a cute little princess. What do you say?" "What are you? Wow you're a big strong super her."  I couldn't do that.

First off, I'm not going to tell some girl she's the prettiest princess I've seen when it's not true. I'm not going to ask a kid what they are dressed as when I know full well what they are. I'm not going to tell a kid he's scary, when he's dressed as that dude from Scream but he's only 3 feet high.

I realized the anticipation of trick-or-treaters was so much cooler than the real thing.

So while our house was known for good candy (Take Fives) we were probably also known for that weird guy that just gives you candy and says here...but barely looks at you.

But this is Miloh's first Halloween. He came to the party at my office. He got some candy but since he couldn't eat it I had it and promised I'd remember what I had so I can repay the candy loan when he's older.

I actually talked to the kids there this year...I'm not saying I deserve a medal, but I've come a long way from last year when I hid from them.

And Miloh wore his first costume...a cool skeleton body suit. I wish I could show a pic of it. But he was so happy to be able to crawl in such a large space that I couldn't get him still to get a good pic. Maybe I'll post one soon.

I did get one good shot...although I think it hides the costume a bit.


You can read about a couple actual horrors this Halloween in my revisited post.



Weekly Wednesday Wisdom: feed the wolf

By kenny friedman on Wednesday, October 27, 2010

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Here's another piece of wisdom learned from a tattoo...specifically one I saw on Fuck Yeah Tattoos. Really at the rate these wisdoms are going you should ignore every 3rd one and just check out the site because it seems to be where I get my stuff from.

Wisdom for Miloh: Don't feed the bad wolf.

As I said while checking out FYT I saw a photo of a woman's tattoo that said "Don't feed the bad wolf."

She explains that it comes from a Cherokee story that I think is pretty great.

An elderly Cherokee was teaching his grandchildren about life…

He said to them, “A fight is going on inside me, it is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One wolf is evil—he is fear, anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, competition, superiority, and ego.

The other is good—he is joy, peace, love, hope, sharing, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, friendship, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith.

This same fight is going on inside you, and inside every other person, too.”

They thought about it for a minute, and then one child asked his grandfather, “Which wolf will win, Grandfather?”

The Elder simply replied, “The one you feed.”



The day the color stacking rings kicked my butt.

By kenny friedman on Monday, October 25, 2010

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Here's a little quiz for the new dads, and new moms...what's wrong with the picture below?

Do you see it? 

While you could say things like "none of the rings are missing" or "there's no food, snot, spit up or poo on any of the rings" or even "there are no bite marks from our dog and/or kid" those aren't the answers I'm looking for.

I'm also not counting that they have an extra blue which they're considering indigo...that is wrong, because what the hell is it doing there anyway? I realize it's in the visual spectrum but I'm totally an old school primary, secondary and tertiary color guy. No indigo in those...so take it out of my color rings. Sorry for that but we have to stick up for our moral values. 

To tell you the truth it took me months to figure it out. 

See it yet? No, well I'll tell you...green is out of order. Yup, now that you see it you're probably realizing you were a fool. 

It should go, blue, yellow, green then orange...at least that's what I was convinced of one night.

I must have puzzled over it for 5 minutes before I realized I was totally exhausted...then I felt like a complete idiot...nothing is wrong, green of course goes between blue and yellow...I just needed sleep. 

So this is my little warning to the new dads (and moms) out there...there will come a time, when you think you finally have everything in control, when you're able to sleep like you did before baby, when you no longer have bags under your eyes, when you've gone 3 weeks in a row knowing the correct day of the week (but not necessarily date because that's just to hard) that you'll realize you're not immune to hitting a wall of total exhaustion and stupidity.

My exhaustion came from a weekend in Dubuque. It involved a 6 plus hour drive there, 2 nights of Miloh being not too happy about his new surroundings in which I had to basically lay on him each night until he slept before placing him in his pack and play. Followed by a 6 plus hour drive home. Oh, and there was a great wedding somewhere in between.

When we got back home, unpacked, fed and put Miloh to sleep I should have known I was exhausted. I shouldn't have done anything as dangerous as trying to put rings on a piece of wood.

I should have but I got cocky...I thought the worst was over...and I was wrong.



Week 39 in Numbers

By kenny friedman on Sunday, October 24, 2010

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Weekly Wednesday Wisdom: Say something

By kenny friedman on Wednesday, October 20, 2010

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Hey Miloh, let me start by saying I'm a bit disappointed with you. Yesterday you totally dropped the ball in meeting a cute girl.

Sure she was about three and a half times your age, which could have been intimidating, but dude...she was totally interested in you. I realize you gave her the Miloh "how you doing" eyes but you need to follow that up with something. Some kind of line, an opener, whatever but just say something.

And that's my wisdom: Say something. Say something smart. Say something clever. Say something honest. Say Something scary. Say something painful. Say something meaningful. Say Anything. (I totally didn't plagiarize that*.)

I won't be able to pass along any good lines to pick up women...although I did pass along some bad ones.

However the one thing I can pass along is that if you say nothing you will get nowhere.

And, to fully understand the advice I'll force you to watch Say Anything because not only was it a great "semi-awkward, yet charming, guy gets the girl" movie but the main character Llyod Dobler was ahead of his time. He said "Kick Boxing. Sport of the future." And while kickboxing alone isn't super popular MME is...which is semi close-ish.. So all the folks who were thinking Llyod was a fool...looks like you were wrong-ish.

I'll also make you watch The Graduate, my roommates freshman year of college made me watch it when I liked a girl but hadn't yet talked to her. That one is a 'semi-awkward guy gets the girl' movie. I omitted  'charming' because Dustin Hoffman as Ben Braddock...not so charming.

Last I'll give you one extra piece of advice: There is a super short window of time that you will be able to make eyes with a girl, then try to feed a Cheerio to your mom (but miss her mouth), and still have the girl interested in you. That window is closing really fast...so think about taking that out of your repertoire.

Ladies and gentlemen...Llyod Dobler.



*OK, maybe not totally



Nighttime through the eyes of Miloh

By kenny friedman on Tuesday, October 19, 2010

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I'm super fascinated by brains of kids at the age Miloh is (9 months-ish). He babbles a lot and it's hard to tell if he's content with his babble, and our smiles that it gets, or if he's trying to communicate.

Later you can see that a kid is trying to communicate and gets frustrated because he/she can't. Now is a weird sweet spot where I just can't figure what's going on in their brain.

So I thought I'd write what Miloh could be thinking from when I get home from work until he goes to bed.

This of course he he has mastered the English language...at least in thought...here goes:

Oh, there's that dude that lives here. Hey lady, did you see that? The dude that lives here just came home.

Hah, the dog is going nuts, she's funny. Look at her, she can't stop wiggling. Am I the only one seeing this? Hey folks are you seeing this? This is cracking me up.

Why did the dude pick me up? I'm sitting here watching this dog and having a good time when this dude decides to pick me up.

Oh...this is nice, I like when he holds me...but seriously why did you pick me up dude. Eff this I'm done, put me down. You know I can wiggle out of your grasp.

Oooohh...I'm going in the orange chair. Dinner. I've been sitting for 3 seconds...where are my Cheerios? I'm gonna bang on this thing til I get me...oh good, Cheerios.

What's for dinner? Goody, the orange stuff...I also would have accepted the pale green stuff.

Wait, hold up...where's the dog? I can't eat unless the dog is...what's this strap do? I can't reach it...hey lady I'll take a bit but then hold on...there's a strap on this chair and I need to figure out where it goes...oh shit, I forgot about the Cheerios.

Someone needs to make these easier to get in your mouth. I mean it's like I have one in my hand, bring it to my mouth then everything goes to hell. I'm batting 500 getting these in my mouth and I know it's not my fault. What does batting 500 even mean?

Hold up...ok one more bite...now hold up. There's another strap on this chair. This one's between my legs. I...can't...get...it...in...my mouth. Too far away. What if I bend like this?

I see you do have that pale green stuff. Can I have some? Awesome, thanks...this shit rocks...I'm gonna scarf it down...where's my water? No seriously where's my water? I'm not going to ask again...where is my freaking...oh thanks. This is some good stuff.

Wanna see this? I'm gonna throw the water cup on the ground and you'll pick it up. Here goes...see, you picked it up...oh Cheerio. I love these Cheerios...cup's on the ground, pick it up..hah. Hey doggy, lick my hands off...hold up, why are you wiping my hands? Don't you know their mouths are clean?

Cup's on the ground again, cup's on the ground, it's on the ground, hey...cup's on the ground.

Yeah lady...A shut up stick...I love these because they get you and that dude to shut up.

Hey lady want some? Do you? Here...no, c'mon why can't I get this in your mouth? Do you even know how to eat? Oh, there, good. Now bite down. Oh my god. Oh my god. This is awesome. You're eating. This is seriously good stuff. Let me try it again.

Haha...you're still eating. Hey, hey, hey dude did you see this? The lady's eating...freaking hilarious. I'm not kidding this is the funniest thing I've ever seen...I can't breath, no really I'm laughing so hard I can't breath...am I the only one seeing this? Why is no one laughing. This is some funny stuff...I can't control my self. Do you understand how funny this is? This lady, the one right here is eating stuff I'm putting in her mouth. Epic.

I'm done. No more. Don't try to push anymore food in my mouth. OK, maybe I'll grab a Cheerio but that's it.

Dude's picking me up again..don't you know I can crawl? Still, not a terrible way to travel. Sweet...bath time.

I'll just climb into the tub. Hey, why are you pulling me down? I know we're going in there. I'll assume it was a mistake and climb back in...DUDE...seriously why won't you let me climb in. I'll just go over to the toilet...hah...I knew that would get you moving....now get me naked and toss me in.

Yeah...that's what I'm talking about...warm bath...splash splash splash...where's that little rubber fish, no not the orange one I wan the purple...I think I can grab that whale on the faucet. I took it off once and if I stand up I should be able to get it. What does "we sit when we're in the tub" mean? You keep saying that. Every time I'm about to do something cool you say that. Does it mean "Sorry but I won't let you do anything cool?" because it kind of seems like it.

Oh...I like that lathery stuff....yeah...now I'm getting out. No, I'm getting out. I don't know what you mean by "we sit when we're in the tub." OK just get that lather off me quick, I'm getting out. I'm halfway out. Dude I was halfway out...yeah I know I'm all clean...why do you have to tell me I'm all clean...there it is again..."we sit when we're in the tub." Do you get paid every time you say that? Because you say it a lot.

Yeah we're out...I'm mean I loved the bath and all but I was done a bit ago...it's freaking cold...still I'm not gonna let you dry me off. Oh, well that's kind of nice, being wrapped like a burrito (whatever that is) so comfy...now I'm over it...let me crawl.

I'm so freaking tired...no really i'm tired. Where's my bottle. Thanks. Really? Are you really going to try to out me up there and get a diaper on me? Have you now been paying attention the last few months. OK, you got me up here but I'm just going to grab that bin of diapers...if I can just grab that bin...I'm going to flop over to grab that...got it. Oh man, don't flip me around I had that bin...oh, bottle I forgot about that. Damn, you got the diaper on...nice job distracting me with the bottle.

Now you want to take the bottle? Are you serious? You gave me the bottle and now you want to take it...oh, I get it you just wanted to shove my arm into the PJs...that's cool. I thought we were doing just one arm. We're doing both? no one told me.

Let's go over what has happened in the last 5 minutes. you gave me a bottle, you took away my bottle to shove my arm in the PJs. You gave me back my bottle, you took away my bottle and now it's back. I know I was crying before the bottle but there must be another way.

Yeah, book...I like the dog book. One question though. What dog eats beets? I doubt a dog would eat spinach but I know a dog wouldn't eat a beet. I'm done with the book. I'm so tired...no more book.

I'll finish my bottle...just a bit more...I'll...zzzzzz. Why are you moving me? I was asleep in your lap and now you move me. You get a minute of tears for that one. Waaaah...oh, so sleepy. Can't stay awa.....

Did you not think I'd here you leave? That door is squeaky. Weren't you going to fix that? Well...now I'm up. Put me in my bed but it won't work...I'm up.

Lying next to me does nothing...watch this...I'll crawl over you...see...hah...so sleepy...zzzz.

C'mon. Why couldn't I sleep half on you half on the bed. Isn't that the point of this crazy floor bed? I get independence or something? I want to sleep on you.

One second...there's a book over there I wanted to read...no "ssshhhh" I gotta get that book. Don't hold me back...ahhh...the book with the rabbit I can touch...zzzzzz.

For your information I know you're moving me but I choose not to fight it. I'll get you tomorrow. Good night.



Week 38 in numbers

By kenny friedman on Sunday, October 17, 2010

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Open Letter to Moosejaw

By kenny friedman on Thursday, October 14, 2010

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I was on Moosejaw's site and I saw Cottage Cheese in the secondary nav so I clicked it. Not sure why because it's well known that I hate all things cheese and that cottage cheese in particular is really gross looking.

On that cottage cheese page I saw a thing called Moosejaw Humans of Influence in which they will name a piece of clothing after you. So since I'm batting 500 with my open letters I knew this situation called for another.



Dear People of Moosejaw (with some extra love towards Sam)

Let me start by saying you look fantastic today. No seriously. Did you cut your hair? No, that's not it...maybe that's a new shirt you're wearing. I'm not really sure what it is but I gotta say you look amazing (some may say "fantastic") today.

I saw that Humans of Influence page on your site and I thought to myself "this is a great way for me, out of the kindness of my heart, tell folks about Moosejaw while getting a hoodie (or something else) named after me (or more specifically named smonk you)."

To be honest there are couple things I don't know about the whole contest...is it still open? Well if it isn't you'll want to reopen it. Also are we talking just influence to Moosejaw, because while I do talk you up a lot I probably haven't added much value to you.

But if we're talking influence in general, well...my influence is as broad as something that is quite broad. And I'm not just blowing smoke up your ass because I don't smoke and your ass is no where near me.

You're probably saying to yourself "wow, is Kenny from smonk you really emailing me? This is the best day of my life." or if you don't have the internet and are receiving this email or reading this post via a print out from a friend you might be asking "who the hell is this Kenny guy from smonk you?"

Well in the unlikely case that the latter is true I'll tell you of my huge influence:

  • When I was a barista and was 2400 miles away from where I worked some dude recognized me on the street and told me I made the best mochas he's had. Bonus points there because I was in Seattle at the time.
  • My other blog has 2 posts about the great texts you used to send. It would have driven a ton of traffic to your site had I linked to you. I apologize that I didn't. But to be honest I'm not sure you can handle the traffic from the 20 people that go to that one each month.
  • I'm BFFs with Kristen Bell...okay maybe not BFFs but we're definitely BFs
  • I popularized the fake retweet and recently sold 3 retweets for $3.25 in an incredibly heated ebay auction battle. That's almost a $1.10 each. 
  • I need to be honest Kristen Bell and I are just Fs
  • When I asked my twitter followers how they think I've been an HOI. Here are just a few of the answers I received: (this is where you'd hear crickets chirping)
  • I have had a number* of people come to my website through a search for "a picture of someone being adventurous." Your brand is about adventurous people. *that number is 1
  • A large number* people come to my site looking for instruction on how to swaddle a cat *size of number varies depending on the font size used.
  • I feel like I may have mislead you about my relationship with Kristen Bell...we might not technically even be Fs...but we did trade tweets a few times #BeatThat
  • Oh, and I invented pump toothpaste. Remember that? Yup I invented it as a child...seriously. Then before I had a chance to shop the idea around it went to market but I was a year ahead of that (at least). And we know how huge of an influence pump toothpaste has been in the daily lives of all humans.

So yeah...if you're looking for more Humans of Influence you need look no further. I am Human. And I have influence.

I'm cool with grabbing naming rights of the Leonard Smalls Hoody and changing it to the Fabulous Smonk You Hoody (or you can name it after my son and call it the MC Friedman). While Mr. Smalls is a great character I think we both know I could kick his ass.

Oh, and if my super impressive resume of influence (half of which wasn't even influence) doesn't seal the deal I think the video below will.

Because if you don't name a hoody Smonk You (or MC Friedman) my son Miloh will cry...and could you really live with yourself making this kid, who giggles like crazy, cry?




Even though you should be thanking me I will end with the a courtesy thank you and say I can't wait to be hearing from you.

Thank you
Kenny Friedman

Update:
Yeah, you could wear me. The lovely folk at Moosejaw named a soft shell jacket after me. And totally unbiasedly it's the best soft shell I've ever worn.

Updated update:
It's no longer for sale because the season is up... Sad



Weekly Wednesday Wisdom: Life's short

By kenny friedman on Wednesday, October 13, 2010

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I'll eventually get somewhere with this but I'll start with don't get a tattoo...well at least wait until you're 25. That might seem like an arbitrary age, and it is to an extent, but there are a ton of bad tattoos out there so waiting a bit is a good idea. Although by the time you're 18 you will probably be able to have them lasered off at a cart in a mall.

Also if you do get tattoos you need to vet them with me first...because like I said there is a bunch of crap out there...someone you know, not me, thought of getting a Smurf on a mushroom when they were 18.

I have one I don't dig...it meant something at the time but it's so abstract that it kind of means nothing...but I kind of see some tattoos as scars, or remembrances of things, and that's why I got that one so I'm cool with it...until the day comes that I think of something kick ass to cover it up with (sorry mom.)

Which (kind of) brings me to my latest tattoos, the one's I said I'd write up a bit. The idea came to me a few years ago. I wanted a tattoo on my forearms but I couldn't think of what to get so I wrote FPO on my arm where the tattoo would go.

Still healing so it's a bit flakey looking.

FPO stands for For Position Only (or For Placement Only) and it's a design term that basically says an image or empty space is just temporary. I can go into the whole thing but Wikipedia does it simplest.

I was rolling the idea around in my head for awhile but it wasn't working...then I saw an FPO with the bounding box (the X) and it clicked.

I dig them for a few reasons...I'm an art director, it's permanently temporary and I see For Placement Only as a bigger thing.

I think we're all FPO...I don't mean that in a crass way, like we don't count, I just mean we're really only around for a blip of time when you look at the history of the universe (that is if you believe in science and that crazy idea of the Big Bang or perhaps The Big Bang Theory.) And the Earth will (hopefully if we don't screw it up too much) out last us. So I see it as an environmental idea too...since we're only here for a bit (and borrowing the Earth from our kids) we shouldn't fuck it up.

And life seems short anyway...it moves so fast...so like I said in last week's post do things, have fun and make the most of the time we'r on this rock.

Unfortunately some people's lives are really too short and that makes our time here more precious.

I wanted to let my readers know about a girl that one of my first readers told me about. Her name is Getty and she's super cute and just over 7 months old. She has SMA which you can read about here. Children with SMA rarely live longer than 2 or 3 years of age.

There are a lot of upcoming events in the Bay area to help raise money for her care so if you're from there please check them out. One event coming up this weekend is a Craft Fair in Fremont Park in Sacramento (October 16 from 10-2) There are a lot of great vendors that will be there so if you're in the area please check it out.



Week 37 in numbers

By kenny friedman on Sunday, October 10, 2010

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Opening scene to Miloh's episode of Cribs

By kenny friedman on Thursday, October 07, 2010

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This is is pretty much how every morning goes when we walk into Miloh's room. I had to cut it short short because a stray roach was walking around.

Update: to answer Lauren's question. This is the Cliff Notes version of how this started happening.

First thing is the floor bed should actually be called a bed floor. He often crawls out of his bed to sleep. Less now but he did a lot in the beginning.

And at first he'd crawl towards the door wanting to get out and he'd fall asleep right at the door. There were a couple clunks until we started opening the door super slowly.

Sometimes it took us awhile to open it. He could be right at the door and we had to nudge him out...slide a hand through and move him.

Then as he got older he tried to open the door...but sadly he often shut it. He'd open it ever once in awhile but it was a fluke.

But now that he's super old he gets how to open it. Most mornings he wakes around 6:20 and plays in his room for 15-30 minutes. We hear him clunking toys and talking.

Then when he wants us to get him he goes to the door and either kicks it or hits it. We hear the knocking head to his room and open the door a bit.

Then I think he backs up for us to open it...or on a lot of days for him to get the door.



Good Night

By kenny friedman on Wednesday, October 06, 2010

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The other day after Miloh chomped on his Cheerios while Staci and I ate dinner I through my hand up to him and said "high five."

He reciprocated.

I smiled...probably ear to ear and put my hand up again for another. He smiled and gave me a second high five.

We'd never done that before...I think one might have been offered when he was super young but I haven't tried in months. It was great.

Then I went to put him to sleep...I laid on the floor next to him (in case you didn't know we have a floor bed.) He was there hanging with his pacifiers, he only gets them when he goes to sleep and now he can only sleep with at least 2. One in his mouth the others in his hands or around the bed...he switches around a bit.

So there I was and he takes the one that isn't in his mouth and he tries to put it in mine. When he finally got it in my mouth, as opposed to my nose, cheek or eye, he smiled big.

Then he took it out and tried to put it back in...and smiled. This went on for a good 15-20 minutes.

I know he was stalling but it was kind of magical...something I never would have expected would happen.



Adventures in Floor Beds: Someone left me a comment

By kenny friedman on Monday, October 04, 2010

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I'm fortunate that I haven't gotten many negative comments on this blog. And when I do I have to decide if I just want to ignore it (most are probably from trolls), respond in another comment (what I would usually do) or take the time to write a whole post about it like I did with an anti-formula comment months back.

Well this one was pure gold so it gets it's own post. The comment was on a post that was basically just a picture of Miloh as we found him one morning...about 2 feet from his bed sucking his thumb.

Said comment was a little rant about how horrible it is that we are allowing him the independence of a floor bed. Seriously that's what it's about...independence = bad.

Here's the deal...I don't pretend that I think that there is a best way to raise a kid...I'm open to whatever works for others...so I get kind pissy when other people tell me what we're doing is wrong...because the floor bed is working for us, safe and great for Miloh

I thought I'd publish the comment and then rip it a new asshole...please join me in this journey.

You young parents are so excited about how fast you can get your child to be independent. My children when they woke up (in their cribs) they just picked up their "safe" toys and played with them. The giggled and oogled and spoke to them, but at least they were safe in their cribs, when I would go in to check on them, that's the way I found them and either I could pick them up and play with them or leave them until they had had enough. What happens when the baby is a little bigger and he's already bored with discovering everything their is "inside" his room. He ventures out into the kitchen? Heaven forbid their may be a stray roach or worse something falls on his head. And then the baby is a teenager and he is used to all this "independence", he wants to go out in the middle of the night, cause he's just bored;only satisying his curiosity, what is he or she going to find? What can you tell him or her? You don't go out in the middle of the night? Where are the boundaries? If the "baby" has been doing for himself for so long, don't say, we didn't see that coming. It is all cute when they are small, but they don't stay small and they grow up faster than you will ever believe, just remember the boundaries; there MUST be bounderies. Margie
OK...I'm going to take this point at a time...

You young parents... Well Margie...you struck out on the first three words. I wouldn't call us young parents...not that we're old. But seeing that I'm 37 and my lovely wife is 35 I'd have to say you are wrong. From what I could find in the U.S. the average age that a woman has her first child is 25. We're 10 years over that.

You young parents are so excited about how fast you can get your child to be independent. We're not excited about how fast we can get our kid to be independent. We're excited about his development in general. Yes he is independent but we're not trying to push him out of the house on his own any time soon.

My children when they woke up (in their cribs) they just picked up their "safe" toys and played with them. If you bothered to read any of my posts about floor beds (you can find a convenient label on all my floor bed posts that will filter only said posts) you would have learned that his whole room becomes his crib. It's a safe area with "safe" toys in it.

We opted for only safe toys at his reach as our original plans for having broken glass, loaded guns, sharp knives and explosives at his reach just didn't seem right.

The moral is he crawls out of bed and every thing he can get into is safe and baby proof.

The giggled and oogled and spoke to them, but at least they were safe in their cribs, when I would go in to check on them, that's the way I found them and either I could pick them up and play with them or leave them until they had had enough. I don't charge for vowels. You could have added the 'y' to 'the' but don't worry I figured out what you were trying to say. I pretty much dealt with this a second ago (opted for no guns and broken glass and instead offer age appropriate toys and books) but we don't really have a problem finding him when we go into his room in the morning.

Yes he does have a large room but as you can see from the photo in the original post he's not super hard to find. We're lucky that his floor isn't covered with grass and that the only PJs we can find are grass camouflage.

Also we have the ability to pick our son up and play with him or leave him to play on his own...not sure why you thought a floor bed would be any different but...whatever.

What's actually really nice about using a floor bed is we can also lay with him as he goes to sleep...that's amazing.

What happens when the baby is a little bigger and he's already bored with discovering everything their is "inside" his room. When Miloh is bigger and is "bored" with discovering everything in his room we'll switch things up in his room. We don't keep all his toys out. That's actually one of the things you're supposed to do when you follow the Montessori method...change things up so the child isn't bored.

Plus we have things here that they may not have where you are from. I'm talking about safety devices that make it so a kid can't open the door. That will keep him from getting outside when we don't want him out...you know...so he's safe.

FYI I think you meant "there" not "their." Don't worry we all make mistakes.

He ventures out into the kitchen? Heaven forbid their may be a stray roach or worse something falls on his head. You should be glad I'm the one writing the response and not my wife. If she was writing you would get some more hard facts about why a floor bed can be a good thing for childhood development...that would be good. But you'd also get ripped a new asshole by suggesting we have stray roaches.

Seriously what's with the stray roach comment? Yeah I've lived in places with roaches...it happens...they were old places in Chicago...but in our area there just aren't any in a clean home...and we keep our place clean.

Also, if we had a stray roach and it fell on Miloh's head I'm not really sure what harm that would be. Not sure if you've seen a roach but they don't weigh a lot. It's just a bug...if it fell on your head you would hardly notice. Plus roaches don't bite...yes they can carry diseases but they aren't crazy contagious with any.

As far as the something else I'm not sure what that something that will fall on his head. We don't have huge chandeliers, mounted deer heads, ceiling gargoyles or anything else weird that would randomly fall on his head should he explore the house. We have tried our best to keep it child proof.

Oops...it happened again. You meant "there" instead of "their" you might want to work on that. Here's a link that might help.

And then the baby is a teenager and he is used to all this "independence", he wants to go out in the middle of the night, cause he's just bored;only satisying his curiosity, what is he or she going to find? What can you tell him or her? You don't go out in the middle of the night?  Okay...a couple typos there  but I'll forgive you. I'm not sure why Miloh changed from him (or he) to "him or her." Do you know something we don't? Will he get gender reassignment when he's a teenager? That would be odd.

Here's one of the biggest things you aren't understanding. Independence doesn't mean lack of boundaries. He has boundaries...right now it's the door to his room. Like I said his room is kind of like a really large crib.

He will have rules. We already set boundaries...so if he wants to go out in the middle of the night because he's bored we will in fact say you don't go out in the middle of the night.

Do you think we are freaking idiots? I mean that's common fucking sense.

Also, not sure how old your kids are, but I have a surprise for you. If they want to go out in the middle of the night they will probably find a way to do it where you don't know...unless of course you keep your kids in some super high crib until college. Here's an old post that shows an illustration of how that will work.

Where are the boundaries? If the "baby" has been doing for himself for so long, don't say, we didn't see that coming. I pretty much covered this already. Independence does not mean no boundaries. Did you really think it did? Or were you just bored and instead of walking into your kitchen, because a roach or something worse might fall on your head, you decided to troll on blogs? Also not sure who the "we" is...I think pretty much everyone who's read my blog has been supportive of the floor bed...if not very intrigued or thinking of trying it themselves.


It is all cute when they are small, but they don't stay small and they grow up faster than you will ever believe, just remember the boundaries; there MUST be bounderies. Margie This is where you sound like you care a bit...like maybe you weren't trolling and were maybe concerned. But like I said a few times here...we have boundaries, always will have boundaries and independence is not the lack of boundaries.

Anyway A big thank you for giving me something to write about this week. Also I'm always open to comments that agree or disagree with my views...just keep in mind the way they are delivered.



Week 36 in numbers

By kenny friedman on Sunday, October 03, 2010

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