Wow, a couple of days of single parenting is apparently all it took to unleash Jason Kottke's inner uber-dadblogger. He's been en fuego recently with the highly useful tips. [Apologies to my ad guy for not turning this post into a 10-page slideshow]:
7) The kid loves baking anyway, but the How Croissants Are Made video now the kid wanting to go to France. Her French teacher is from Paris, and I must say, the kid has an insanely good accent: khwa-sanh.
6) Last week he sent me a link to Best Bathroom
, an iPhone app with a [supposedly constantly updated] directory of the best bathrooms in New York City, as designated by their team of city bathroom walkers. The app does not yet appear to track changing table data. Personally, we're in neo-post-toilet training mode, so our priority is proximity.
5) An even more essential-sounding app is Precorder, which continually caches and dumps several seconds of video and saves the few seconds before you hit record, so you won't miss whatever precious moment you're trying to shoot. Oddly enough, the inspiration for the app, a Planet Earth shark attack making of video, is one of our kids' favorites.
4) So it's unsurprising she was transfixed by the trailer for Human Planet.
3) Tiger Mom is laughing to my face, I know, but one of the biggest failings I feel as a parent is not exposing the kid to enough good video games. As it stands, we have to ration her 15-minute laptop sessions on nickjr.com's crappy, no-losing! Flash games with mind-numbing encouragement from characters I hate. So I wonder if World of Goo on the iPad is the way to go?
1) And the number one Jason Kottke Dadblogging Post of The Week is: Cameras for Kids. He has a detailed writeup about giving their 3.5yo son Ollie an older, grownup digital camera instead of buying some crappy, dumbed down "kids camera."
I couldn't agree more. A few Christmases ago, my dad wanted to buy the kid a camera, and we were hesitant, but she took right to it and takes great care of it. And it's fascinating to see a little bit how she sees the world. Jason's gone the extra step and set the camera to auto-upload to flickr.
Maybe it's time to organize a kid photography group exhibition.