Dear Wendy
Dear Wendy

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Yesterday was one of those days where I just sort of ran out of things to do with Jackson. We had plans to hang out at my friend’s house (her baby boy is a week older than Jackson), but her husband got sick and she needed to take care of him. Jack had already been out on a three-hour walk that morning with his babysitter, and the two of us had already spent a few hours playing with all his favorite toys. Drew has dinner with his dad every Wednesday evening, so without my usual late afternoon relief, Jack and I still had a couple more hours to kill on our own before bath-book-bottle-bedtime. Thank God there was Nina Simone to the rescue!

Now, Jackson doesn’t get to look at screens very often. We keep the TV off during the day — unless he’s in his room napping at which time I might take a peek at the “Today” show or something — and I usually shield him from the glare of my laptop. But yesterday I made an exception while we watched vintage Nina Simone videos for a few minutes. Like this one. Which should be a mandatory inclusion in the class of Everything That is Awesome that all children should be required to take, as far as I’m concerned.

What would you include in your course of Everything That is Awesome? Besides the entire series of “Breaking Bad,” because, I mean, obviously.

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    GatorGirl March 22, 2012, 3:11 pm

    Oh the School House Rock video’s are a must!! Educational, fun, catchy, not to mention cool retro graphics! Definitely a must when I have kids.

    Conjunction juntion what’s your function? Love it!

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      silver_dragon_girl March 22, 2012, 3:32 pm

      Every time I have to count by threes I always hum the little song in my head….THIRTY!

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      landygirl March 22, 2012, 6:54 pm

      Thanks to School House Rock I know the Pre-amble to the Constitution.

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        rachel March 22, 2012, 7:09 pm

        Haha, I definitely like recited it to a high school teacher once because of the song, and he looked at me like I was crazy.

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    ReginaRey March 22, 2012, 3:22 pm

    In no particular order: Oscar freakin’ Wilde and all that he has written (I love that genius, genius homosexual man), the entire series of Castle and Nathan Fillion in general, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Downton Abbey, White Collar and Matt Bomer (another gay man that I love to pieces) and CHEESE in all of its varied and wondrous forms. Also – classic Disney movies. And Harry Potter. Always and forever Harry Potter.

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      Kristen March 22, 2012, 9:00 pm

      I can’t wait to read the Harry Potter series to my kids before bed every night! I’m so excited, and I don’t even have kids yet, haha.

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    JK March 22, 2012, 3:28 pm

    For kiddies definitely The Wiggles. Nothing funner than dancing all afternoon with my girls to their music!
    When he´s older definitely LOTR. And Ghostbusters!

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    brendapie March 22, 2012, 3:35 pm

    The Phantom Tollbooth. Ender’s Game. From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler.

    The Adventures of Pete & Pete. I think Arthur (currently airing on PBS) is really well-written as well and has so many adult jokes that fly over the heads of children so it’s actually fun to watch it when you’re older.

    Oh, and I guess Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Ever boy I knew growing up could quote whole scenes from that movie.

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      brendapie March 22, 2012, 3:41 pm

      Every* Ooops!

      Also, I spent most of my time as a child in the backyard. The Dangerous Book for Boys (and the Girls version) are pretty awesome references in that regard.

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    silver_dragon_girl March 22, 2012, 3:38 pm

    The Hobbit, LOTR when he’s older, all the Harry Potter books, the Hardy Boys and/or Nancy Drew, the Chronicles of Narnia…ok, I’m having trouble coming up with “boy” books here, but other childhood favorites of mine were: the Babysitters’ Club, Tamora Pierce books, the Dear America books, anything by Bruce Coville (Into the Land of the Unicorns!), the Laura Ingalls Wilder books, Beverly Cleary books, Watership Down, the Wind in the Willows, Little Women, The Secret Garden, Alice in Wonderland, the Little Princess, Julie of the Wolves, My Side of the Mountain…

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      bethany March 22, 2012, 3:43 pm

      BSC Represent!! I love the babysitters!!

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      ReginaRey March 22, 2012, 5:06 pm

      Dear America was my jam back in 6th grade! Ha! I found whole boxes of those books in my parent’s basement recently, as well as all of the “Royal Diaries” written by Cleopatra and Elizabeth I, etc. God, I loved those books. My absolute favorite was “A Coal Miner’s Bride,” about this 13-year-old Polish girl who married a 26-year-old Polish American to gain passage to America…and then she ended up widowed and mother to 3 children barely younger than her!

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        silver_dragon_girl March 22, 2012, 8:22 pm

        OMG that was my favorite one too!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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        ReginaRey March 23, 2012, 7:02 am

        No way!!!! I feel as if this has given us a special bond.

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        silver_dragon_girl March 23, 2012, 9:01 am

        I will always remember the part when she’s falling in love with the new (more age-appropriate) guy and she says his kiss stuck her feet to the floor. I thought that was soooo exciting and romantic at the time. 🙂

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    Budj March 22, 2012, 3:52 pm

    Wait hold on…am I missing out on being pampered whenever I get sick by being single?

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      Kate B. March 22, 2012, 4:11 pm

      Yes.

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    GatorGirl March 22, 2012, 3:53 pm

    Ooooo and the movies Little Monsters, The Neverending Story and the Goofy Movie.

    Also Boy Meets World and the Wonder Years.

    I think I have a thing for the Savage brothers.

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      silver_dragon_girl March 22, 2012, 3:57 pm

      The Wonder Years! OH! Every kid needs some I Love Lucy, I Dream of Jeannie, Brady Bunch, Petticoat Junction, Laverne and Shirley, and Happy Days!

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        brendapie March 22, 2012, 4:01 pm

        The Wonder Years and Life Goes On were some of my favorite shows as a kid. Loved it when they would air back to back.

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      ReginaRey March 22, 2012, 5:07 pm

      THE GOOFY MOVIE. I can’t tell you how much I loved “Powerline” and his music haha!

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        jaybro March 22, 2012, 9:01 pm

        I still sing “Eye to Eye” to myself and dance by doing THE PERFECT CAST!!

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    Samantha March 22, 2012, 3:03 pm

    The Holy Trilogies – Indiana Jones, (the original) Star Wars, and Lord of the Rings. Every kid should play Indy in the backyard or playroom at some point. Maybe throw in Jurassic Park (but only #1) for good measure.

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      silver_dragon_girl March 22, 2012, 3:08 pm

      And Back to the Future!

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        Samantha March 22, 2012, 3:13 pm

        Yes!

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      ReginaRey March 22, 2012, 3:16 pm

      Yes, a million times yes to everything you have mentioned.

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      brendapie March 22, 2012, 3:22 pm

      I’ve never seen those movies but there are enough pop culture references made to them that I pretty much have the gist of what they are about.

      I did know a girl in college who was so fascinated with Indiana Jones as a kid that she wanted to become an archaeologist. And she is! Probably not as exciting as the movies but she found her passion through watching that movie and went with it.

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      iseeshiny March 22, 2012, 4:39 pm

      I would wait on Jurrasic Park until the imagination has hardened up a little though – I saw it at six when it came out and am still occasionally convinced that there are velociraptors in the shadows. This is only at night when I’m alone, but I know that they prefer to isolate the weakest of the pack and that is me! I’m the weakest of the pack! Also the tenderest and juiciest! Um.

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        iseeshiny March 22, 2012, 4:42 pm

        Also, on a Star Wars note (which makes it sort of on-topic), people need to watch this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VgICnbC2-_Y

        It’s called What If Star Wars: Episode I Were Actually Good and anyone who is a fan of tight writing will enjoy the wistful feeling of what-could-have-been-if-Lucas-hadn’t-decided-to-coast.

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    missmetrodc March 22, 2012, 4:04 pm

    I just discovered Breaking Bad. It’s as addicting as…meth.

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    Chica4 March 22, 2012, 4:19 pm

    Did Jackson wiggle wiggle and purr like a cat?

    Gosh I love that song…

    I’m not sure what little boys are made of, but certainly for little girls: all the Anne of Green Gables series of books. In fact I think boys should read them too, it would help a lot!

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      Samantha March 22, 2012, 5:43 pm

      The Captain Underpants books are great for boys (and girls – I read them)! They have a lot of good vocabulary building words, and they have flip-book style animations in the middle! Tra-la-LAAAAAAAA!

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    bethany March 22, 2012, 3:43 pm

    Led Zeppelin.

    Growing up my parents listened to “OIdies”, and I wasn’t introduced to the glorious world of Classic Rock until College. If I ever have any children they’ll be listening to the Rockabye Baby CDs immediately after birth, then get to the real stuff shortly thereafter.

    For those interested:
    they’re “lullaby renditions of baby’s favorite rock bands”

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      NicoleMarie March 22, 2012, 4:06 pm

      LOVE THOSE CD’s!!! Just bought the Bob Marley for my beach-loving stoner friends who are having their first baby. I hope it will be the hit of the baby shower 🙂

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    iseeshiny March 22, 2012, 4:48 pm

    The Goonies, Doctor Who, the Magic School Bus, Arthur. My So-Called Life (unfortunately cancelled after one season but that one season is so worth watching).

    YA fantasy lit which your kid won’t realize is feminist (in a good way) until they’re older and have already internalized the idea that girls can be badass too: Tamora Pierce & Patricia Wrede.

    Neil Gaiman. I cannot plug the awesomeness of American Gods and Good Omens (written with Terry Pratchett) enough. So amazing.

    Playing with play-do.

    Does anyone remember a TV show called Ghostwriter? Early 90s, I believe. Involving a group of kids with pens they wear around their necks who solve mysteries with the help of a ghost. Who writes.

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      silver_dragon_girl March 22, 2012, 4:54 pm

      Patricia Wrede!!! I knew I was forgetting someone!!! And I totally remember Ghostwriter!

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      rachel March 22, 2012, 5:08 pm

      Yes, I totally remember Ghostwriter! I think it was on PBS

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      jlyfsh March 22, 2012, 8:35 pm

      ghost writers was on pbs and i definitely watched it. i pretended it was because my little sister wanted to but it was all me, haha.

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      brendapie March 22, 2012, 11:18 pm

      I was obsessed with Ghostwriter! I even had a notebook and a pen like Jamal’s and would follow along with the show and write down clues trying to solve the case. I think I actually still have that notebook in my room!

      Do you remember Lenni’s music video?!
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wODIc8ohbg4

      I also vaguely remember Tina and Alex kissing in a dumpster and finding the whole thing soooo romantic.

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      lumpie March 23, 2012, 9:00 am

      Yes to My so-called life! I would have loved more of it.

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    silver_dragon_girl March 22, 2012, 4:54 pm

    Also, I know everyone’s going to be all healthy and stuff, but at some point kids need a Happy Meal.

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      rachel March 22, 2012, 5:09 pm

      I don’t know if they still do it, but I remember when I was a kid and the boxes for the Happy Meal had like little doors you could punch out and stuff, so you could like drive your little matchbox happy meal toy through it. That was awesome.

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      lets_be_honest March 22, 2012, 5:30 pm

      IN keeping with the McDs theme of the day, did you know they skimp the crap out of your fries now when you order a happy meal and force you to get apples? BS I say. But my kid prefers the apples (weirdo!).

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    Caris March 22, 2012, 5:51 pm

    Queen

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    WatersEdge March 22, 2012, 7:19 pm

    Not that you asked, but FYI bath-book-bottle can lead to kids learning to fall asleep by having a bottle. This is problematic because they will then need the bottle to return to sleep in the middle of the night, meaning they have to cry and wake you and get themselves all worked up (by which point they are sometimes too upset to go back to sleep) to get the bottle and go back to sleep. Try moving the bottle to after bath but before book, and always put him down drowsy but awake, to promote good sleep.

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      Wendy March 22, 2012, 7:36 pm

      We haven’t had any trouble with nighttime sleep yet. Jackson’s been sleeping through the night (7PM to 5AM) for almost three months now. It’s awesome!).

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        sarolabelle March 22, 2012, 8:31 pm

        5am is a little too early – I’d have to get my kid on a 9pm – 7am schedule to have any sanity.

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        Wendy March 22, 2012, 9:06 pm

        We feed him at 5 and he goes back to sleep for two more hours. It’s nice to have evenings to ourselves, but I can definitely understand wanting to sleep in!

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        JK March 22, 2012, 9:16 pm

        You are so lucky. Both of mine slept through the night until 5 months. Then they started sleeping terrible. The 4 y.o. finally started sleeping through the night again last year (form time to time she still comes to us), the 10 month old usually falls asleep around 9 30-10, by 2 she´s in bed with us. And yes, we co-sleep, I´m way too exhausted at that point to get her back to sleep and back to the crib!During the night she wakes up a couple of times to feed, then she is up by 7 30, weekends included.

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        GatorGirl March 22, 2012, 10:58 pm

        One note of caution- my little sister went to bed every night with a bottle of apple juice from about 1.5 to 2.5 and ended up having to get almost all of her baby teeth pulled. Our dentist assured she was fine and there was lots of teeth brushing, but the acid just ate through her teeth. So…no apple juice bottles.

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    Leroy March 22, 2012, 7:49 pm

    Breaking Bad lost me when they killed Kristen Ritter’s character by having her asphyxiate on her vomit.

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    lumpie March 23, 2012, 5:13 am

    I’d definitely have to have Goonies, LOTR, Labyrinth, Star Wars( the original 3!) and Ewoks- battle for Endor, Princess Bride ( LOVE that movie!), Lion King, The little Mermaid,Aladdin and musicals – lots and lots of musicals because they are awesome. I’d also start reading Pratchett and Gaiman to them as soon as possible. I’d also want to read to them from a big, colorful illustrated children’s Bible.

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      JK March 23, 2012, 8:00 am

      Yes to the musicals… Kids love The Sound of Music, especially (Lonely Goatherd is one of my 4y.o´s favourites!)

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