Mardi Gras is a special time for the Doctor and the Dad, because it marks the anniversary of when (and where) we first met. Although it turned out that we were living in college dorm rooms about fifty yards away from each other at the time, it took each of us making a 1,000-mile road trip to New Orleans with separate groups of friends for us to meet on Bourbon Street.
We know what you’re wondering – did we exchange beads (wink, wink)?
Here’s what happened when a family of four waxed philosophical over the most cryptic lyric in children’s television.
If you’re like most parents of young children, you’ve been subjected to way more kiddie cartoons lately than you care to admit. As a result, your brain is now completely filled with shows and shows’ worth of simple, sugary and excruciatingly infectious theme song lyrics. This is why you sing “Doc McStuffins, Doc McStuffins, come on let the visit begin, the Doc is in” while shampooing your hair. And why your coworkers hear you belt out “Max and Ruby, Ruby and Max, Max and Ruby, Ruby and Max” when you think your phone is on mute during conference calls.
But there’s one theme song that sticks with a person more than any of the others – not because it’s the catchiest (it isn’t), but rather because it contains the single most enigmatic song lyric in the history of music.
Ah, Valentine’s Day. The sexiest, sultriest, most romantic day of the year for childless couples everywhere. For the rest of us, however, it’s a 24-hour period filled with just as many tears, tantrums and wet-wipe-necessitating messes as any other.
So what are a Mommy and Daddy who want to raise a family and get their freak on to do?
Whatever happened to Family Game Night? Did it go out of style right along with hair scrunchies and Hammer pants?
Or did we just get too old for our parents to force us to stay home and play games with them anymore?
Well, whatever the reason, now we’re the parents, so we get to force our kids to do all the super lame stuff we want. And as it turns out, playing games is totally not lame for your kids’ development – plus it’s pretty great for you, too!
So you may have noticed that the Doctor and the Dad have been writing fewer articles on our website than usual.
Or maybe you haven’t, since Facebook decided to stop sending out notifications of our new posts to most of our followers for some reason. (Anybody know what’s up with that? Weird stuff. If you want to make sure you get updates whenever we write something new, you should subscribe to our blog now, then add firstname.lastname@example.org to your safe list, so we don’t end up in your spam folder!)
If you haven’t seen the HBO documentary State of Play: Trophy Kids because you’ve been too busy reading to, playing with and generally showing love and respect toward your children, you should check it out sometime.
It’s a fascinating look into a parenting technique – or should we say over-parenting technique – that you probably want to avoid.