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Fowl Language Comics: Showing Your Kid Useless Crap

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FROM THE ARTIST, BRIAN GORDON:
This dad thing is a challenge on so many levels. Getting the kids to brush their teeth. Begging them to eat their meals. Convincing them that the new thing on their plate isn’t poison, all the while knowing they’ve gleefully attempted to eat actual, inedible things in the past without the least bit of concern. (I’m looking at you, Play-Doh.)

One of the biggest challenges for me, however, has been getting my oldest kid interested in reading. It’s just not that interesting to his five-year-old brain. I mean, I get it. Trying to understand why the letter O makes different sounds in different words has nothing on launching birds from a slingshot which then turn into a frickin’ bomb, mid-flight. Hell, just the thought of explaining letter sounds to him again makes me want to pick up my phone and procrastinate.

Still, I want my son to be able to enjoy great works of literature. Or at the very least, follow in his dad’s footsteps and spend too much time reading cartoons on the Internet.

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4 Responses to “Fowl Language Comics: Showing Your Kid Useless Crap”

  1. Jo says:

    Birds…Bombs… RAD!!! I can totes relate!! My kids both read before kindergarten, but we read to them while they were still in-utero, and then we read to them constantly as infants and toddlers. Plus, my kids are geniuses!! ;)

  2. Jill C. says:

    My kids favorite thing to eat is dog kibble.

  3. Christina says:

    Not to extoll my parenting brilliance or anything, as my attempts to get teeth brushing and reading accomplished are paired with somewhat questionable rewards… but…

    Teeth brushing – my son had a fascination with candles. Loved to blow them out. I’d light a candle next to the sink, and after satisfactory brushing (either by me or himself), he’d get to blow out the candle.

    Reading – he likes video games. Some of them that we thought he’d really enjoy (Zelda, Kingdom Hearts) actually require him to read… and mom & dad refuse to read for him more often than not. As a result, we look forward to reading lessons every single night before bed. He chooses between a story and a reading lesson – reading lesson wins more often than not. He’s 4.5 and just started on letter blends (Sh and Ch).

    So… yeay for encouraging pyromania and video game obsession!

    Food = fail for the oldest. He’d rather not eat =p

  4. Dads Make says:

    Andy, I feel ya on this one. Thankfully, we started early on the gaming as learning track with “Endless Alphabet”. Our son really enjoyed the game and he picked up the idea of phonics pretty quickly. Might be a bit boring for a five year old, but what better way to get them ready for a lifetime of standardized education? http://www.dadsmake.com/app-review-endless-abc/

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