I’ve been feeling a bit prolific lately so you’re getting some bonus #comics as i work out some ideas… and some #creativeanxiety about where i’m taking these #toons as the kid grows up and starts aching for #independence …and this thing called #fatherhood and #parenting enter the #teenagergirl phase… rife with #stories and #adventures I’m certain, but territory I’ve not intersected with for a few decades!
I’ve been thinking a lot about my role as a dad, lately, and how it is becoming less about saying and doing, and more about being… setting an example, being a role model, and just choosing good behaviors that I want the kid to emulate.
This means I do less hands on parenting these days, and more introspective self-evaluation. I have a feeling this is going to manifest in the comic as conversations with magpies… well… maybe more than a feeling.
Dad: The kid had a big fight with her friend last week.
Magpie: That’s too bad.
Dad: It’s tough for anyone to find a balance, but kids have it particularly bad. They spend all day together at school, go to each other’s birthday parties, and they’re sending text messages all weekend.
Dad: But how do you explain that balance to a kid … how to be there at the right time…
Dad: … but not wear out your welcome. That everyone needs space, even yourself.
Magpie: Isn’t that what video games are for?
Dad: They play those together now too!
Magpie: Seriously? I would go nuts if I spent that much time with you.
The power of #incentive based #parenting lays purely in figuring out the area of strategic advantage … he who controls the #wifipassword controls the power! ….. #screentime #fatherhood #daddydaughter #threehourtour