Zacharie Learns To Skate

Over at DadCAMP we have a category for posts labelled “best day ever.” You can rest assured this entry will be added under that header over there.

The greatest gifts children can give are their “firsts.” The first solid food. The first smile. The first crawl. The first step. The first word. The first bike. You get the idea.

For a Canadian dad and son, one of the greatest firsts happens with two strips of steel and some frozen water. This weekend Zacharie took his first skate.

He loved it. Didn’t want to come off the ice. Didn’t want to take a break. Was excited the moment we suggested it as an activity and wouldn’t stop talking about it after we left. The kid is hooked.

There’s not much more that needs to be said other than it was the best day ever.

20091226 skating - 12 20091226 skating - 09 20091226 skating - 08 20091226 skating - 04 20091226 skating - 01 20091226 skating - 15

Without the Olympics this beautiful setting for this life milestone never would have happened. Robson Square used to be an outdoor rink every winter for people to use. Then the money ran dry and it sat vacant.

As the Olympics come to Vancouver in February 2010, GE saw the opportunity to gain some good will from their sponsorship and funded the rink to be reopened as the GE Ice Plaza. Skating is free, rentals are $3 and it’s open from 9a – 9p everyday.

Let’s hope it continues from 2011 and beyond so other dads and sons can experience their own best day ever.

The Blog According to Buzz. Spread the word, ya heard?

Merry Christmas

Christmas traditions are merely habits that turn in to meaningful repeated rituals. For us that means celebrating Jen’s Ukranian heritage on Christmas Eve with borscht, perogies, cabbage rolls and sausage. It means taking a walk on the West Vancouver and checking out the Christmas trees at Dundarave pier. It means laying out milk and cookies and carrots for Santa.

20091224 christmas eve - 12

20091224 christmas eve - 03 20091224 christmas eve - 06 20091224 christmas eve - 10

20091224 christmas eve - 22

20091224 christmas eve - 18 20091224 christmas eve - 16 20091224 christmas eve - 20

20091224 christmas eve - 24

Whatever rituals, habits and traditions you have this weekend, may they bring you as much joy as our simple ones do for us.

Merry Christmas.

The Blog According to Buzz. Spread the word, ya heard?

I’m Proud To Be An iParent

oh hai! i no break gadgets, see? so I can haz iPhone now?

This morning’s Globe and Mail features an article on kids and technology. I was interviewed by the author, Dakshana Bascaramurty, about Zacharie and how he’s turned into Toddler 2.0 by grabbing at the iPhone.

Zacharie Bishop wriggled around in his booster seat, gawking at the flurry of activity around him at a Vancouver restaurant.

As the two-year-old repeatedly stood up and sat back down, his mother, nibbling on an order of French toast, tried to distract him with crayons and scribble pad. No dice.

“Hey, do you want to watch a cartoon or play a game?” his father, Buzz Bishop, recounts asking.

“Yeah!” Zacharie chirped.

And then, as Mr. Bishop had done countless times before, he whipped out his iPhone and handed it to the toddler.

With ease, Zacharie used his nimble little fingers to navigate his way into the National Film Board application and play The Cat Came Back video. Captivated by the animation, he sat quietly in an iTrance for the rest of the meal.
[Globe and Mail]

The commenters have gang tackled at the end of this article preaching about how technology and iPhones have no place with children. Sure, it’s an expensive toy to give a child, but to have on hand to momentarily distract? It’s a lifesaver.

On the weekend I made a holiday visit to a colleague and while he was collecting some paperwork for me, I entertained a 2, 4, and 5 year old for 15 minutes by dazzling them with iPhone apps.

Wood blocks, arts and crafts, songs and books are staples of my son’s playspace, the iPhone is just a convenient addition to make life a little easier in this modern world.

The Blog According to Buzz. Spread the word, ya heard?

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...