Children: A Social Experiment

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So, my son let’s me put things on his head. Books, toys, cups, bowls, it really doesn’t matter. He sits there as still as he can with a big, fat grin on his face and waits for me to do it again. I’m not sure if he really enjoys balancing things on his head or whether he’s jus t responding to the fact that I get such a kick out of it, but it’s become one of our favorite games to play.

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I love how he alternates between a look of concentration when he’s trying to balance it and a look of triumph when he does it successfully. Notice the way that his grin gets progressively bigger with each successful attempt. I think we should all have such joy at the small victories in life.

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It’s my goal in life to make this kid laugh as much as I possibly can. Fortunately for me, this is not a hard task. The other game of ours that gives endless entertainment is the high five game. Most of you should remember this from your school days and it goes something like this: “Give me five…up high….down low…TOO SLOW!” Parker thinks the too slow part is just the funniest thing ever. He will intentionally miss your hand just in case he wasn’t slow enough just to play the part. What a good sport!

Food/Exercise Log, July 30th:

9am: Kashi trail mix breakfast bar

11am-1pm: Ran 3 miles, taught a 60 minute spinning class

1pm: Cliff protein bar

2pm: 2 slices homemade pizza, 1 cup baby carrots

4pm: Homemade guacamole and baked tortilla chips (if you don’t feel like making your guac from scratch, just mash up an avocado into a 1/2 cup of your favorite store bought salsa and viola!)

6pm: Smoothie (8 oz. vanilla soy milk, 2 Tbs. peanut butter, 1 banana)and a mixed greens salad with almonds, raisins, diced pears, and a raspberry vinaigrette.

July 31:

9am: 40 minute run (speed workout)

10am: Kashi breakfast bar, coffee with hazelnut soy milk creamer

1pm: Smoked salmon sandwich with olive tapenade and waffle fries from an excellent french restaurant

5pm: Romaine salad with olive oil and vinegar, an apple and watermelon

6pm: 1/2 cup 2% cottage cheese with fresh pineapple

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