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#571 bordjon   tastes good on the bun. CAGiversary!   1147 Posts   Joined 15.7 Years Ago  

Posted 31 August 2016 - 01:12 PM

I'm alive! Free time - now that's another story...

 

My older daughter just started kindergarten this year. She loves it!

 

I got her a 2ds and she's been playing mario kart and nintendogs a little. I have pulled some games from my ds collection and also picked up some rather junky throwaway games off ebay to add to her stash of games for her bday in Sept. She was cracking me up leaning and turning her whole body when she was learning to drive the karts!

 

I was able to get in on the Target pre-order of the NES classic edition system and am really excited to see what my girls think about that. (and I'm secretly hoping it might get my wife back in to some gaming too!)

 

As for me - I hadn't been playing anything until just a few days ago I decided to start playing Fallout 3. My nephew had given me a code for the digital version a while ago on xbox. I've never played a Fallout game. I'm enjoying it! I knew I would but I knew they could be time consuming games, which I don't have a ton of lately, but I still decided to give it a go.

 

Lastly - we've got a new addition to the family! It's not a kid (thank goodness) but rather a female golden doodle. She's insanely laid back. I've never seen a puppy like this. It's good though - not sure I could handle a super wild one right now!



#572 equistina  

Posted 31 August 2016 - 03:37 PM

oh cool!

I can't wait til mine is old enough to play. Right now all she does is button mash lol

Goldendoodles, I've always heard good things on. They're supposed to be super smart too.


I wasn't lucky enough to preorder the NeS Classic, but I'm going to get one, I'm hoping it gets my husband into gaming. I'm sure my little one is going to want to play it, and I think these will be easy for her to play, so if she plays, I know he will play.

#573 Rodimus   I'm Different CAGiversary!   12843 Posts   Joined 16.7 Years Ago  

Posted 31 August 2016 - 04:21 PM

We had an adventurous summer now it's back to school. My daughter started 1st grade and so far things are good. She's in a gifted class which makes me proud, but it's just 1st grade so I don't want to play it up.

 

I've been playing a little bit of No Man's Sky and Kingdom Hearts 2.5 HD. Both of which my daughter likes watching me play. But for No Man's Sky she tends to lose interest after 10 minutes and I don't blame her. But school comes first so not much time for games or tv.



#574 Condor80   Let's Go Mets!!! CAGiversary!   4474 Posts   Joined 16.4 Years Ago  

Posted 31 August 2016 - 08:23 PM

^^ Congrats man!  That's awesome!

 

We've had a really busy summer too.  My son started Kindergarten today but just for an hour.   His first full day is tomorrow.  My two year old is getting to be a handful.  He loves to climb on EVERYTHING so we have to watch him like a hawk.  

 

Gaming-wise, I've been playing mostly Nintendo stuff since that is what my 5 year old is into now.  My son and I have been playing Mario Galaxy 2 and have gotten pretty far.  He also loves playing Mario 3D land on the 3DS and actually finished the first 8 worlds.  It definitely helped to have the golden leaf power when he dies too many times.  I also got him hooked on Pokemon Shuffle.  He saw me playing it on my phone and he wanted to start his own account so I downloaded it on the iPad for him to play.



#575 thelonepig   Greasy Pork Pirates! CAGiversary!   6742 Posts   Joined 14.7 Years Ago  

Posted 01 September 2016 - 01:42 AM

He loves to climb on EVERYTHING so we have to watch him like a hawk. 

When my now four-year-old was two I woke up in the middle of the night because I heard some beeping. I went downstairs to see what was going on and the kid had climbed out of his crib, over the gate on his door, over the gate on the stairs, down the stairs, up to the kitchen counter and over to the oven where he was sitting and pushing buttons on the microwave. I caught him just as he started messing with the burner dials on the oven.

 

Good times.



#576 dohdough   Sum Dum Guy CAGiversary!   6860 Posts   Joined 11.2 Years Ago  

Posted 01 September 2016 - 01:43 AM

Thanks dude. If you're ever in Harvard Sq during the week, hit me up for lunch!

 

We totally weren't planning on having a second kid yet, but better now than later I guess...haha

 

I feel you on the climbing thing. We've had a few close calls! Like thelonepig's kid, we have to use the bolt on the door of our condo or else she might go looking for an ice cream truck in the middle of the night or something!



#577 bordjon   tastes good on the bun. CAGiversary!   1147 Posts   Joined 15.7 Years Ago  

Posted 06 September 2016 - 01:33 PM

Congrats on the new job and expecting no. 2 dohdough!

 

We are headed to the dr. this morning. My younger daughter just can't seem to shake the chest congestion she's had since Saturday. We are guessing it's pneumonia. It doesn't seem to slow her down too much though - she has wanted to go out and swing and scoot and such all weekend! It's just nights and naptime where it's keeping her (and us) up and it doesn't seem to be getting any better.

 

My kindergartner daughter has been enjoying playing a very low tech game recently - go fish! It's quick and easy and we'll all sit down and play it a couple times after dinner.



#578 soulvengeance   Beating dead horses CAGiversary!   4229 Posts   Joined 17.0 Years Ago  

soulvengeance

Posted 06 September 2016 - 04:40 PM

We just got back from visiting the in laws for a week and a half.  Little guy did pretty well considering it was close to a 13 hour drive.  How people drove that far without tablets in the past is beyond me.



#579 dohdough   Sum Dum Guy CAGiversary!   6860 Posts   Joined 11.2 Years Ago  

Posted 07 September 2016 - 12:15 AM

Congrats on the new job and expecting no. 2 dohdough!

 

We are headed to the dr. this morning. My younger daughter just can't seem to shake the chest congestion she's had since Saturday. We are guessing it's pneumonia. It doesn't seem to slow her down too much though - she has wanted to go out and swing and scoot and such all weekend! It's just nights and naptime where it's keeping her (and us) up and it doesn't seem to be getting any better.

 

My kindergartner daughter has been enjoying playing a very low tech game recently - go fish! It's quick and easy and we'll all sit down and play it a couple times after dinner.

Thanks man!

 

Hope your daughter has an easy and speedy recovery!



#580 ThunderChunky62   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   988 Posts   Joined 9.2 Years Ago  

ThunderChunky62

Posted 09 September 2016 - 09:32 PM

So about 5 months ago or so, I noticed my son was very social with other kids. Sure he would play around them but not with them. He would just go do his own thing. Also, he would never listen to us, like he would acknowledge he heard us but wouldn't obey when other kids would.

So I told my wife "Hey, I think there might be something wrong with Lincoln, like autism or something" and she blew it off as nothing. I figured she would just because she wouldn't want to face the facts.

Fast forward to a few weeks ago. I mention it again and this time she agrees with me (as she finally came to the realization). She also takes some tests online to see if he has any traits for autism and sure enough he did. So we make an appointment for our pediatrician so that she can refer is to a specialist.

So we go to the appointment and we tell the doctor we want to get him tested for autism. She does he small test and ask us questions aboutbhis behavior such as if he lines up things around the house, doesn't make eye contact or listen, how is he with other kids his age, and so on. She goes on to say that she also think he has some form of autism, possibly a small form of it.


Now that we have about 3 or 4 referrals from the doctor we can move further in the process. It's bittersweet actually. I love that we can find out what he has but on the other hand I'm somewhat worried for when he goes to school on how other kids will treat him. You see all these stories of kids bullying special needs kids and thats the last thing I would want.

Sorry for the long read guys well if you make it this far

#581 Rodimus   I'm Different CAGiversary!   12843 Posts   Joined 16.7 Years Ago  

Posted 11 September 2016 - 10:45 PM

@ThunderChunky I have a close friend who's son sounds very similar to yours. He's on the light side of the spectrum but it's there. They have been treating it with special classes and ways for him to express himself. Usually through colors, sounds and other activities. It surely paid off and he is now in a normal Kindergarten class and seems to be doing well. He still has issues of repeating himself over & over and sometimes almost obsessive talking about subjects that his classmates are unfamiliar with. Other than that he seems sociable with other kids and able to express himself.

 

The key is catching it early and it sounds like you did that. Good thing your wife didn't stay in denial about it. That would've made things harder down the road. Good luck buddy



#582 dohdough   Sum Dum Guy CAGiversary!   6860 Posts   Joined 11.2 Years Ago  

Posted 14 December 2016 - 08:00 PM

tl;dr: Should I teach my kid about Santa?

 

So I'm sure by now that a bunch of y'all have heard about the Santa actor that had a kid die in his arms, which has really messed with my head. As an atheist, I couldn't care less about the holiday, but the whole thing has really gotten me thinking about the harm of The Illusion. Up until now, I've tried to keep it 100% with my daughter when it comes to cultural/religious myths, but philosophically speaking, is there really a difference between Santa and Thomas the Tank Engine? They're both fictional characters that, at this age and for the sake of argument, she thinks are real. For instance, when we went to the Thomas theme park, she thought that she was actually seeing the same Thomas from the tv show and we pretended that it was. When I relate that to the news story, I can't help but wonder if it's better to have that illusion as a source of wonderment.

 

A more cynical person would say that the kid dying in Santa's arms instead of the parents was fostered by society and the parents themselves...that if the parents didn't socialize the kid about christmas, then the parents would've been in the room instead of in the hallway watching a stranger pretend to be someone else being the last one to hold their child. To be quite honest, that person wouldn't be wrong. Then again, the child dying could've just as easily happened if the parents went to the bathroom or get a drink...you just can't predict these things and I'm not judging anyone in the story.

 

I certainly know that I'd want to be holding holding my child in that situation, but at the end, it's really about them, right? If cheap consumerist garbage can make the kid happy for a moment when they're at death's door, why should it be a problem? I just don't know how to square that circle and it really makes me question myself in regards to how I build relationships between her and certain things.



#583 dorath  

Posted 15 December 2016 - 12:00 AM

tl;dr: Should I teach my kid about Santa?

 

 

My wife and I are not teaching our kid about Santa, per se, but we are not telling him that other kids/teachers are wrong either.  We play along because that's the norm.
I do not think it harmful either way, so long as when the kid is old enough, you gently tell them.
He's smart enough he will figure it out sooner rather than later, but, if he believes til he's 8, I probably wont care.
There is only so much a time a person can believe in the improbable that I wont take it away just to soothe my conscience.

It's like the spouse that admits to cheating because they felt guilty but now feel better.  They were also being self-centered.



#584 Rodimus   I'm Different CAGiversary!   12843 Posts   Joined 16.7 Years Ago  

Posted 16 December 2016 - 07:12 AM

@dohdough I'm in a very similar situation as you. We're not a religious family but we still enjoy the holidays and celebrate X-Mas. She will eventually grow out of Santa but for now she is enjoying the idea of a Santa, so I let her enjoy. But I also don't want her to think all the presets under the tree are from him. So we visit Santa every year and she asks him for one gift. That's the one gift form Santa, the rest are from mommy and daddy. Last year she asked him for a harp. That wasn't happening so we compromised with a keyboard saying, "the harp is probably to big for Santa to carry." This year it was something much easier, Animal Crossing for 3DS.

 

All in all I don't see the harm in it as long as you take the time to explain there are families who don't celebrate X-Mas and some who don't believe in Santa. And there's nothing wrong with that because every family is diffrent. She's already encountered the "spoiler" kids in her calss who are telling her he isn't real, but she ignores them and chooses to believe. 

 

But that story you mentioned about the kid dying in Santa's arms was absolutely heartbreaking. I was chocking up yesterday as I explained the story to my wife. Stories like just destroy me and I realize how fortunate we are.



#585 Rodimus   I'm Different CAGiversary!   12843 Posts   Joined 16.7 Years Ago  

Posted 18 December 2016 - 02:47 AM

Just learned the kid dying in santa's arms was most likely a hoax. 

 

EDIT - Most definitely a hoax.



#586 equistina  

Posted 10 January 2017 - 08:44 PM

Hey guys! How are you all?

Checking in, my little one is gonna be 3. Pretty much didn't go through terrbile 2s, but I have yet to be successful in potty training womp wompw

#587 Rodimus   I'm Different CAGiversary!   12843 Posts   Joined 16.7 Years Ago  

Posted 10 January 2017 - 08:59 PM

Our daughter struggled with potty training up until she was 5. No bed wetting, but her issue was to stop what she was doing to go potty. She'd rather pee her pants than stop playing. I remember having dozens of long talks with her about it. I do not miss that.

 

Schools back in session which is a good and bad thing. I'll miss her since I won't see much of her, but at least we get a breather.



#588 Billytwoshoes   Perpetually behind the times CAGiversary!   1824 Posts   Joined 8.2 Years Ago  

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Posted 11 January 2017 - 04:52 PM

Yeah that's basically the best advice for potty training, don't rush it and be patient with temporary relapses.  I think my first daughter was trained at around 3 and a half, and my second daughter was closer to her third birthday, but that's not including incidents like Rodimus mentioned (rather play than pee).

 

My son just turned 2 and I haven't even thought of training him yet.  In the short term it is much easier keeping them in diapers, especially for errands / family events.  They'll all learn eventually...



#589 dohdough   Sum Dum Guy CAGiversary!   6860 Posts   Joined 11.2 Years Ago  

Posted 11 January 2017 - 04:58 PM

Oh man, potty training. I hope my second kid will be easier than the first! My goal is to have her trained before the next one is due...don't think that's going to happen though.



#590 equistina  

Posted 11 January 2017 - 10:15 PM

Mine will tell you after she's gone, but now that Rodinus mentions it, I think I have the same thing, a little one who would rather play then stop.

#591 Rodimus   I'm Different CAGiversary!   12843 Posts   Joined 16.7 Years Ago  

Posted 11 January 2017 - 10:36 PM

Besides the stop playing issue our daughter was potty trained at 3.

 

It gets frustrating since you sound like a broken record after the 7th time.

 

The only time she wet her bed was the night before we went Japan. We were all excited. I guess she got really excited.



#592 J-Squared77   CAG Veteran CAGiversary!   93 Posts   Joined 13.7 Years Ago  

J-Squared77

Posted 19 January 2017 - 07:44 PM

Haven't checked if with this thread in ages but glad to see potty training is being discussed. My son turns 3 next month and we just had a baby last month. I would really like to start potty training mainly because changing two sets up diapers is getting old real quick. He's so big now that changing tables out in public barely hold him.

But we just seem to busy to really try to tackle the task of training, due to more focus on the newborn. But I think he might be ready. I make him watch me pee in the toilet, which sounds crazy but I read it online and he finds it fascinating lol. He has one of those plastic playhouses in his play room that he runs into to poop. He doesn't even play in the house...just poop. So that tells me his #2s are planned.

He does however leak out of his diaper a few nights a week, despite me trying to limit his evening water intake (very little 1 hour prior to bed)

So I guess we just need to buckle down and do it. I just need to remind myself not to get stressed if it doesn't work right away.


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#593 dohdough   Sum Dum Guy CAGiversary!   6860 Posts   Joined 11.2 Years Ago  

Posted 19 January 2017 - 08:18 PM

Haven't checked if with this thread in ages but glad to see potty training is being discussed. My son turns 3 next month and we just had a baby last month. I would really like to start potty training mainly because changing two sets up diapers is getting old real quick. He's so big now that changing tables out in public barely hold him.

But we just seem to busy to really try to tackle the task of training, due to more focus on the newborn. But I think he might be ready. I make him watch me pee in the toilet, which sounds crazy but I read it online and he finds it fascinating lol. He has one of those plastic playhouses in his play room that he runs into to poop. He doesn't even play in the house...just poop. So that tells me his #2s are planned.

He does however leak out of his diaper a few nights a week, despite me trying to limit his evening water intake (very little 1 hour prior to bed)

So I guess we just need to buckle down and do it. I just need to remind myself not to get stressed if it doesn't work right away.


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Congrats on your newborn!

 

We let our daughter watch too(I'll sit) and sometimes she'll take off her diaper and sit on the potty next to us. Sometimes she'll even break out the toddler adapter for the regular toilet after we're done and want to flush the toilet herself. One of these days, maybe she'll even do #1 or #2 before flushing. Chances are that we'll just use a weekend to hopefully get her trained by the time the second one arrives. I ain't about that 2 diaper life either...haha



#594 Condor80   Let's Go Mets!!! CAGiversary!   4474 Posts   Joined 16.4 Years Ago  

Posted 23 January 2017 - 10:05 PM

Haven't checked if with this thread in ages but glad to see potty training is being discussed. My son turns 3 next month and we just had a baby last month. I would really like to start potty training mainly because changing two sets up diapers is getting old real quick. He's so big now that changing tables out in public barely hold him.

But we just seem to busy to really try to tackle the task of training, due to more focus on the newborn. But I think he might be ready. I make him watch me pee in the toilet, which sounds crazy but I read it online and he finds it fascinating lol. He has one of those plastic playhouses in his play room that he runs into to poop. He doesn't even play in the house...just poop. So that tells me his #2s are planned.

He does however leak out of his diaper a few nights a week, despite me trying to limit his evening water intake (very little 1 hour prior to bed)

So I guess we just need to buckle down and do it. I just need to remind myself not to get stressed if it doesn't work right away.


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Congrats on the new baby!

 

We took our kids to see Sing a couple of weekends ago.  We regretted it a couple of days later when all my 2 year old was saying was, "oh my gosh, look at her butt".  I want to take them to go see the new Lego Batman so we'll see how that goes.

 

Is there any way to tell if youtube videos have profanity in them?  I sometimes watch video game review videos on my TV while the kids are playing, but there are quite a few that will drop F-bombs, which has caused me to promptly turn the TV off.  I'm talking about watching reviews on Mario games and the like, not even CoD or GoW.  It would be nice if they had some kind of warning telling you the video contains profanity, kind of like how itunes podcasts show a little E in the corner letting you know there is explicit content.  



#595 Rodimus   I'm Different CAGiversary!   12843 Posts   Joined 16.7 Years Ago  

Posted 23 January 2017 - 11:56 PM

@encendido5 - I don't think youtube has any kind of rating system for things like dropping an f-bomb. I guess just check out a few reviewers and find someone clean and just stick with them.

 

But we saw Sing too. Cute movie but I'm glad my local theater serves beer. That helped me get through it.



#596 Gden   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   3237 Posts   Joined 17.1 Years Ago  

Posted 28 January 2017 - 03:19 PM

Ugh, potty training, Art (my son), it wasn't hard to get him to pee in the toilet, but pooping was a big problem.  We were trying for over 6 months, and even had bought him some Transformers Rescue bots to give him (basically he would get one for each time he pooped in the toilet), and we still couldn't get him to do it.  Finally, I just said hey let him watch me do it, and that apparently was the trick, because he almost immediately started using it.



#597 Rodimus   I'm Different CAGiversary!   12843 Posts   Joined 16.7 Years Ago  

Posted 17 April 2017 - 08:51 PM

For the past few weeks my daughter and I have been playing Zelda BotW a couple days during the week. She mainly watches. But we just beat it last week and I must say it was a cool experience to play through a long game like Zelda with her.

 

She really got into it and with her great memory would help me with recipes. She even helped me with several puzzles. She made me promise not to beat it without her, since she knew I play after she goes to bed. Funny enough my wife didn't mind it so much since we were having so much fun and some genuine daddy/daughter bonding time.



#598 Billytwoshoes   Perpetually behind the times CAGiversary!   1824 Posts   Joined 8.2 Years Ago  

Billytwoshoes

Posted 21 April 2017 - 06:15 PM

The most (semi) recent story I had like that was where my kids watched me play Luigi's Mansion, they really got into it back seat playing, telling me all the things I need to try sucking up.  Luigi's humming in that game is just too charming, and my daughters loved it.

 

Just this last Christmas I gifted my oldest daughter my DS, and got her a copy of Nintendogs.  Now I'm paying for it because she is obsessed with dogs now and wants a real one...



#599 Rodimus   I'm Different CAGiversary!   12843 Posts   Joined 16.7 Years Ago  

Posted 21 April 2017 - 09:34 PM

The most (semi) recent story I had like that was where my kids watched me play Luigi's Mansion, they really got into it back seat playing, telling me all the things I need to try sucking up.  Luigi's humming in that game is just too charming, and my daughters loved it.

 

Just this last Christmas I gifted my oldest daughter my DS, and got her a copy of Nintendogs.  Now I'm paying for it because she is obsessed with dogs now and wants a real one...

I did the same and gave my daughter my old 3DS with Animal Crossing. If I let her she could play it all day long. I was thinking about Nintendogs+ cats but she's fine with Animal Crossing for now.



#600 kdiddy1989   I make average CAGs look rich. CAGiversary!   2186 Posts   Joined 8.1 Years Ago  

Posted 04 May 2018 - 02:59 PM

What's going on gamer parents?  It's been a year since this thread has seen any activity.  That means our kids are a year older!  My oldest (4) is now in Pre-K so it's changed the gaming time I have every day.

 

How's everybody balancing their gaming life with kids?  Personally, I've trained myself to get used to a 5am-7am gaming schedule before my son wakes up for school.  I work a night schedule so this requires a sacrifice of sleep, but I get a serviceable 6 hours each night, and that allows me to put some work into my game backlog.