March 28, 2006

Smart Ass Comment Permissibility Graph - DRAFT

Smart_ass_safety_graph.jpg, courtesy of daddyzine.typepad.com

If only I'd seen Garrett's graph a day ago. As readers of Daddyzine know, Garrett's got four years of parenting experience under his belt; a full 100% more than I do. And he's distilled it all into one simple graph, explaining when it's fine to make smart-ass remarks to other parents and about what topics.

I went ahead and added a couple of other datapoints myself [note to would-be funny guys: ix-nay on the, um, episiotomy-say.]

This brings us one small step closer to a parental nirvana: a definitive guide to the glories, challenges, and action items of modern day fatherhood, conveniently presented in PowerPoint format. Have at it, cube farmers!

5 Comments

So let me get this straight. Are you saying that there are actually times when it's inappropriate to be a smart ass? If that were true, it sure would explain a lot.

[remember, it's just a draft at this point. -ed.]

I would actually put sleeping much higher up on the y axis. I find that the whole "cry it out" versus "attachment parenting" divide is hard to cross with humor and better left alone.

[lol, how quickly I forget. I was just remembering my own favorite second question when I meet dads w/newborn, which is, "How's the sleeping?" and then something about how they never sleep. And since men are excluded from AP, well, that subject never comes up... -ed.]

I agree with Kate - could you do some really cool 3D graphics and get the whole Attachment vs. Babywise plotted too? That's where I always (fall into the pit.

now i'm not the most ignorant father in the world but i hadn't heard the word episiotomy until you mentioned it here. maybe it had to do with the fact we knew we were having a c-section from the get-go due to health complications.

so here's a tip to any other dads out there who don't know what that word means.

don't google search it at work. that's all i'm saying.

[you can use the search box on DT; the search results have excerpts and no images. -ed.]

I haven't learned this much from a graph since economics in college.

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