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For 3 years now, I’ve been (and still am) a happy parent. I remember vividly the day my daughter was born. It was the happiest day of my life!
Aurora is a sweet girl, my first child. She likes books, dinosaurs, toy cars, jigsaw puzzles, various games with colors, as well as playing outdoors.
Little did I realize how stressful would a parenting be when a child turns 3. You have to be on the watch. Every. Second. And answer questions!
Love, happiness, fear, stress, tiredness - everything interconnects in such a way it might overwhelm you. And still, you'd never wish to reverse things.
Giving is a key to being a good parent. You have to give your love, your support, your knowledge, your time. You don’t take anything, you only give.
Using this significant date to me as an opportunity to give something to the community as well, I would like to invite everyone to my party train.
You can punch your tickets here. There are 6 stations overall.
Stay vigilant, it’s an important skill you’ll have to exercise upon becoming a parent. Rain may fall, guys, if you know what I mean (I hope you do; always keep boots for a rainy day - kids love those.) Good luck!
UPDATE 1. To find something that is hidden one must boldly go to a place that is not hidden.
UPDATE 2. Don’t overthink it, there is no sophisticated deciphering involved; only a riddle with some kind of literature device to solve.
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Are you a parent/guardian yourself?
I've completely forgot to mention: all the games here are the one's I would like to play myself but give them away instead. Have fun.
Did I mention there are 6 stations?
Family time > Game time :D
Exactly! It's not like I don't have time to play at all but I'm definitely don't have enough time to play everything I'm interested in, there are other priorities now. :D
Family time = Game time ;)
We play all the time, just not the games this site is all about. As far as I know, it might be like that a bit later - kids at this age could not play sophisticated co-op games just yet. I'm waiting when she reaches 8-10 y.o., that's when the formula might be true. ;) But again, I want to spend time with her more than I want to play games. Seems like a natural feeling to me.
Same goes for me with my child.
If you have the formula family time = fun time and game time = fun time...
And of course gaming also means analog gaming ;)
OK, SO I'VE PUT ONE LAST TIP FOR THOSE WHO SEARCH FOR SOMETHING BUT CANNOT FIND IT.
That's it, guys. You have three more days to solve it. I may land some more tips for those who will ask me in Steam but I won't promise anything. Good luck! :)
I fully understand the parent thing, but the problems at age 3 only get bigger as they get older. Good luck. Duct tape does solve some problems. I am looking forward to starting all over again with the grand-kids soon (maybe soon)
Oh boy...I'm terrified even to think about it remembering my rocky teen years.
Happy 3rd birthday to Aurora and it's nice to hear that you are enjoying so much being a parent!
Books, dinosaurs, toy cars, jigsaw puzzles, various games, AND playing outdoors? Already an amazing child, congrats, and happy birthday to her as well!
Yeah, she likes to ride a scooter, travel by bicycle (in a children's seat), play ball, swim in a pool, walk in the woods, and many other things. She's equally attentive and active. A little bit too much if you ask me - keeping her out of boredom could be really demanding for a parent who's used to sit at the desk. :D
Bump and thank you.
Thank you, Tovstonoh, and...
Wow, sweet. Thank you very much!
Congratulations for you and happy birthday for your little daughter! :)
Very pretty picture. Actually, I have a funny story about dinosaurs. Yesterday, we were at an event where there were large dinosaurs which moved their heads and made angry sounds. Aurora was so scared she refused even to look in their direction. Anyway, she decided we have to comeback with a blanket so she could be a ghost and scare them as well.
She seems to be a very smart girl. Now she has an excuse to come back there. :D
Happy birthday Aurora! ^^
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What are you talking about, we will be playing co-op games and enjoying our time together. In my dreams
Do you like riddles though?
I don't know for sure but maybe you might enjoy some games here even if you haven't enter any of the six giveaways I've created. Or maybe not.
You can PM me in Steam if you want. I will give you a more straightforward answer about what I mean. It's about riddles, obviously.
For sure! My youngest just turned 18. Time flies too!
Happy 3rd Birthday to your daughter Aurora! :)
Positive vibes your way and thank you for the giveaways.
Thanks for the vibes, I'm feeling them already. :)
Happy 3rd Birthday to your Daughter!
Well, happy 3rd birthday to her :) I only just became an aunt, my nephew is 1 and a half, so I'm just watching parenthood up close, more or less :)
Thanks! Well, it might look a little bit different from an aunt/uncle perspective...it's not that awful! :D
Happy 3rd birthday to Aurora!
And yes, being a parent is as exhausting as it is rewarding. Enjoy every bit that you can!
Thank you very much!
Thank you, happy birthday Aurora!
Happy Birthday to your daughter. Her name is so pretty!
Thanks! We decided on the name long before we decided to have a child. Everyone in our family was against the name (especially elder people) because it is not a common name and reminds of communism in our side of the world...Nevertheless, we liked it, we chose it, and are happy with it. It reminds us of Aurora borealis, not some old cruiser ship.
Happy birthday to Aurora!
Happy Birthday to your daughter!
She likes books, dinosaurs, toy cars, jigsaw puzzles, various games with colors, as well as playing outdoors.
She likes books, dinosaurs, toy cars, jigsaw puzzles, various games with colors, as well as playing outdoors.
My kind of kid! Happy Birthday Aurora and Tov, good luck with the next years ;)
The only extended experience I have with kids are with my nephew and niece and I remember their 4th and 5th year with fondness but I was glad to bring them back home to their parents after they had drained me lol
But I can tell you've already done a great job so keep up the good work ;)
You get used to being constantly drained. It's psychologically easier with your own kids. And a good excuse to keep the body and mind in shape. xD
thanks for sharing your story :)
There might be not only a story but something else. If you look closer. ;)
Happy birthday to the daughter!
Glad to hear that people are still making new people. Because I'm certainly not. :P
It looks like a wise decision in these frightening times. Her future scares me more than anything else.
And I have friends in the antinatalist movement, they even plan to make a political party someday.
I've never even heard of that movement!
It is a philosophical position which says humans should abstain from procreation because it is morally bad.
Aurora, what a sweet name. Happy birthday!!🍰
Thanks! Yes, it reminds me and my wife of Aurora borealis. We decided on it long before we decided to have a child.
As for me, I am my own child.
You mean like in those prominent Netflix series? I thought it's impossible but more and more people say it's possible, you can even invert the entropy if you're on the blue side.
Any parenting tips you can give? I'm not sure if i'm ready to be a parent myself, but it is definitely gonna be helpful if i do become one :)
Also, happy birthday to Aurora! It's nice to see that you're so caring to her. She must be lucky to have you.
Actually, I don't believe there are many tips to give. Kids are so different. The only thing you might should think about is, what kind of person you what to send in this world. Patients and love are more requirements than tips ;)
Thanks! It seems i need to think a lot about that :)
It all comes down to be ready to give your love, support, knowledge, time, and share this feeling with another person you're in love with. If you're ready to give it all, it would be really easy to be a parent. Of course, you'll still be able to do what you want (just not all the time); a child is happy when a parent is happy. Everything else could be really individual for a particular child.
i see. I thought becoming a parent won't allow me to have freedom anymore. That's interesting. It sure is taking a lot of energy though, both mentally and physically. I'm so proud of parents like you who are dedicated to do that.
The freedom question kinda answers itself. Of course you change your life, because it is all about the sweet and beautiful little life you are taking care of from that point on. But the thing is: you really want to do all that :). I guess the difficult time will come, when they get rebellious...
If you're male, I might also suggest to attend the birth and share with family every possible time you have in the first months. It builds up for a healthy relationship afterwards.
I heard the first few months are kinda hell for taking care of a baby. This will be really helpful in case i have a baby in the future. Thanks for letting me know! :)
Love your kid(s). Thats the most important thing.
Nearly all other build up on that.
Don't read a lot of books and magazines what you should do, i done that and stressed myself a lot with it because the books and magazines tell you often complete opposite stuff (to my luck had the mother of my son 3 other kids and were much more relaxed about him and the birth), because each kid are different, each parent are different, each interaction between them are different.
It will "magical" work very well and you will know mostly very good what to do or not to do is correct.
The only real advice i can give (for all ages of the kid) are:
Set borders/rules and demand them each day the same and not one day this way, one day different.
It cost sometimes a lot of energy but it lowers the stress extremly and saves a lot of energy in the long run :o)
Don't get me wrong, kids test from time to time if the rules are still the same but only half hearted if they don't expect that they have changed and much lesser as without clear rules. And on the other side if you haven't clear rules you will have a little monster that fight like the devil to get the sweets, not need to sleep, want to look TV now and so on
Wow, so true about borders/rules. Sometimes, it works out in unexpected ways. My daughter really likes to walk the dog with me (it's a little dog, shih tzu) but she can't understand just yet how to control it right. So we made a rule: she might walk the dog herself but only after the doggy did all of the toilet procedures. She's happy, dog's happy, and I'm at ease during the walk.
Whoa, i didn't expect that. I thought it will help you to prepare when you have a children later on. I guess learning and doing is the best method, huh?
Also, thanks! I'll keep that in mind. :)
My advice would be: don't stress about it. Especially at the start, everything will be new and you will worry about everything, and everyone (personally, on internet articles, TV, ...) will tell you what to do.
Parents of a first child always stress. On a third child you'd be like "oh, there's a cut", put some bandaid on it and it'd heal. On the first child it's like "oh, my God, she cut her head! Rush her to A&E!"
Anyway, my point is, yes, it's worth looking after a child, giving them attention, making sure that they're okay, have friends, learn things, are active, etc. On the other hand, it doesn't really matter in the long run if you give them specific developmental toys or how many, obsess about what kindergarten they'd go to, etc.
Sure, you need to make sure they're okay. If some caretaker isn't taking good care and you see signs on your kid, act. If you think that your child isn't learning much, you can teach them, direct them, get them extracurricular activities if they're interested. But don't micromanage them.
As I see it, in the end the parent's job is to make sure a kid grows up to be happy and someone who makes the world a better place in their small way. It doesn't really matter if they attend the most prestigious school or grows up to do a specific job.
haha, i can imagine that it's so hard to expect anything if you haven't experienced it before.
I see. So you just need to look after them and support them, huh? Got it! Thanks :)
Good points! Thanks.
Your kids will reflect what they see in you. If you are anxious and afraid, they will likely grow up the same way. If you are angry and yell a lot, they will consider that normal. They are sponges-- not just for knowledge and info, but also for outlook, attitude, and how to treat others. Whatever issues you have will come out in trying to raise a child. So try to get as many of your issues resolved as possible (or at least identified and contained) before projecting it upon your child. Given that you aren't sure if you're ready to be a parent, you appear to have an intuitive understanding of this, which puts you one step ahead of the game.
Finally, my favorite parenting quote (may not have the wording exactly right)-- "Their inner voice will be yours." If you tell them they're stupid, they'll tell themselves that in moments of doubt. If you tell them they're no good, they'll feel that way deep inside. If you love them and tell them they are deserving of love, they will feel deserving of love.
That's a good point. I can understand how you meant by that. I absorbed a few things when i was a child until now.
Now i know why parents always say that their child are handsome and beautiful even though they look normal, hahah.
Thanks for the advice!