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Daddy Daydreamer

It takes a child to make the man

A poem

Father, son playing at the park

It takes a child to make the man

Dandelion seeds
land on our noses.
Slide down the hill,
check out our poses!

Wiping out in the mud,
Ribbon Bear laughs
at J's mouthful of slop
and S's tumbling flop.

Let's do it again!
all three of them yell,
it's obvious to tell
laughter and friendship
are innate and true

and watching these
kids and a bear
make Dad . . .

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May 25, 2017

Dealing with the stigma surrounding lice

The critters are unsightly, but not a health hazard

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Our family dealt with head lice for the first time, back in March. Lice are unsightly but don't carry disease. Other than a bit of scratching, they're harmless and don't pose a health hazard. But there is a stigma attached to them.

When we found the critters in our sons' hair, I admittedly was digusted.

I did a lot of research . . .

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May 04, 2017

Fuzzy Bunny and Winter Apples

How a bunny learned to like apples more than carrots

Boy holding stuffed animal by crabapple tree

Fuzzy Bunny was not a bear.

He was a rabbit. He did have hair.

He did not like carrots as much as you'd think.

Oh, sure he liked them, but what he loved, were Winter Apples.

His friend, S, led Fuzzy out to the yard. They came across an apple tree. Not just any apple tree, but a crabapple tree.

"Do you want to try a crabapple, Fuzzy?" S . . .

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February 09, 2017

Ribbon Bear's Excellent Kindergarten Adventure

Ode to a stuffed animal

Ribbon Bear in plant

When my kids were in kindergarten, students took turns bringing home a stuffed animal from class. Parents contributed to a journal, detailing activities their families would participate in with the "stuffy." Below is a poem from that journal.

Ribbon Bear's Excellent Kindergarten Adventure

There is a bear
who travels everywhere . . .

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November 10, 2016

The Big Man With a Cold Heart

A story by youngest, as told to Dad

Kid at school

"Hey," I told youngest, aged 6 at the time, "we haven't written a story in a while."

"I know," he replied.

"Do you want to?"

"Not really."

"Aw, come on—it'll be fun. I'll write the first paragraph and you can finish."

"Okay," he mumbled, humouring me.

"Alright, let's do this!" I said, and began the story:

One day, there was a big . . .

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Posted in: kid stories

October 13, 2016

Ribbon Bear and the Encounter at Planet JS-4

To boldly go where no bear has gone before

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The following is an entry from Captain Ribbon Bear's log.

Captain's Log, Stardate 2016.10.06.We arrived in orbit of the planet JS-4, finding a pre-warp civilization thriving on the southern continent.

"Honey Bear, Chester, Jujube—you're with me," I commanded. "We'll form a landing party and investigate the temporal disturbance on . . .

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September 29, 2016

Fuzzy Bunny and the Baby in the Belly

Little brother wants to be a big brother

Stuffed animals: Fuzzy Bunny and Whasa Bunny

"Fuzzy," S asked, "do you have any gē-gē's or dì-dì's?"

"I don't know," Fuzzy Bunny answered. "What's a gē-gē and a dì-dì?"

"A gē-gē," S said, "is how you say big brother in Mandarin. A dì-dì is how you say little brother."

"Oh!" Fuzzy said. "Well I have one gē-gē and one dì-dì."

"What . . .

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August 04, 2016

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