Last week I asked whether or not it is appropriate to give our 22 month year old kids time-outs. This must have been a pretty divisive question because the result was a tie! Forty-five percent thought the kids were too young for a time-out, and forty-five percent thought time-outs were perfectly fine. Since I still have no opinion about time-outs, I will follow the poll results and only give half of their body a time-out.
We have tried giving the kids a time-out a few times to unsuccessful results. For example, Emma got a time-out because she was at a town hall meeting and called Senator Specter a wrinkled bastard. We explained to Emma why she was sitting in the corner of the room, but she thought it was a game. She was laughing and giggling the whole time she sat down. As a matter of fact, later in the day she would voluntarily sit down in the corner of the room as if to mock our feeble parenting skills.
Time-outs will be used in the future, but not now. For the time being, we will use other standard parenting disciplinary methods such as scolding with a firm voice, repetition of proper behavior, and medieval torture devices.
Crazy Grandma Ichikawa is not crazy for Crazy Grandma Ichikawa Storytime. But not for the reason you may think. She's fine with me ridiculing her Japanese accent. She's okay with me commenting upon her malapropisms. And she has even accepted me posting embarrassing videos with her dancing. What she is NOT fine with is her Crazy Grandma Ichikawa Storytime picture.
That's right. Crazy Grandma does not like the picture I used for the graphic. A few days ago, I was talking...well, to be more specific...listening to my mom on the phone. She ranted that she hated her picture on the blog. My mom can be very particular about the way she looks. One time, she took an awful Costco membership card picture because it was a windy day and her hair ended up looking like cotton candy on steroids. So she went through the trouble of going through the photo albums, finding the right sized picture of herself, cut it, and then carefully glued it to the back of the Costco card. Yes, that's right. She's crazy.
So being the good son, I decided that I would create some different graphics for Crazy Grandma Ichikawa Storytime. There are a total of four choices: three new pictures and the original picture. Go ahead and vote for your favorite!