So that's what it's for!
And here I thought my laptop was for surfing the 'net. I wasn't quite fast enough to get a picture of him when he first got up there and was dancing on it...
This kid has no fear. He is constantly climbing on things, standing on tables, etc. This morning we were at the park, and he scrambled up the playstructure and was running around on the highest platform (scaring the bejeezus out of me). Sydney has always been cautious - she's just now getting to the point where she'll go down slides by herself and climb up to the top of the play structure without screaming at me that I need to hold her hand. Not Owen - he just clambers right up there, no fear at all. I'm afraid. It's a good thing we're well-insured...
I don't have any new knitting to talk about. Still working away on the 2nd Y2Knit design. So, nothing to see here. I did want to tell all you parents about an amazing book I've been reading called Hold On To Your Kids. It is all about how in our current culture, kids above a certain age tend to be peer-oriented rather than adult-oriented, and this is what is causing all the problems our society is having with drug-use, promiscuity, violence/aggressiveness and just a general lack of discipline. The theory is that all humans, and children especially, have a very strong drive to form attachments. The idea is that they will attach to their parents, and the parents will act as guides and teachers for them until they are mature enough to function on their own. However, in our current obsession with raising independent, self-sufficient kids (and also the time-crunch that most parents are under, along with all the things that are trying to separate kids and parents), we're really turning their attachment drive from their parents to each other. So basically kids end up parenting each other, with less-than-ideal results.
It's an extremely interesting, eye-opening book and I'd recommend it to any parent, regardless of what your current parenting philosophy is, if you're interested in looking at new ways to keep your kid from getting into trouble when they enter those challenging teen years.
Okay, I was going to talk some more, this time about the new Al Gore movie An Inconvenient Truth, but the boy just woke up so you're spared.
Stay tuned for details on Sock-A-Month 2! Anyone up for making some buttons?