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Parenting in the Post Apocalypse: The Walking Dead

2321659-81t-lqagnsl-_sl1500_Over the winter, I played a succession of three video games that involved characters in a parenting or protective role: Fallout 4; The Last of Us; and The Walking Dead. And if parenting in today’s world is hard, it’s even worse once the world goes to hell.

Today I’m writing about my parenting experience with The Walking Dead.

Spoilers for the game follow.

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Parenting in the Post Apocalypse: The Last of Us

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Over the winter, I played a succession of three video games that involved characters in a parenting or protective role: Fallout 4; The Last of Us; and The Walking Dead. And if parenting in today’s world is hard, it’s even worse once the world goes to hell.

Today I’m writing about my parenting experience with The Last of Us.

Spoilers for the game follow.

Continue reading

Parenting in the Post Apocalypse: Fallout 4

fallout_4_cover_artOver the winter, I played a succession of three video games that involved characters in a parenting or protective role: Fallout 4; The Last of Us; and The Walking Dead. And if parenting in today’s world is hard, it’s even worse once the world goes to hell.

Today I’m writing about my parenting experience with Fallout 4.

Spoilers for the game follow.

Continue reading

Temporary dog

IMG_1049For three months we had a visitor in our house; a little 6.5 kilo being that worked his way into the fabric of our family as though he’d always been there, and now he’s leaving to go home. He came to us by way of my mother-in-law, who fell ill and couldn’t care for him. Arriving on a Friday night, it was a good excuse to make the girls clean up their toys so he wouldn’t eat them. My wife went to see her mother in the hospital, and left us with the dog and his food. He was cute, but he also smelled a bit. I wondered how this would go, and how long we’d have to keep him.

I’d only met Seamus twice before. Both times he came over with my mother-in-law and managed to escape his leash and cause much consternation and fussing from her. She also fussed and fretted when the girls played with, making me wonder what kind of wild animal we’d allowed in our house.

The first thing Seamus and I did was take a walk. Not knowing when he last went out, and not wanting an accident, I bundled up against the cold and took him out in the snow for a walk; the first of many over the next 3 months. He took to walking fine, which defied my expectations. Since my mother-in-law never walked him, and since he’d escaped both times he visited, I was wary. Down the street we went. Seamus explored his new environment, finding lots of new things to sniff and behaved himself well. The next day we went farther and he explored more territory. Morning walks were my responsibility, and I enjoyed them, especially as the weather turned warm. Every morning he was excited for me to take him out.

When it was time for bed that first night, we put him in the cage my wife brought from her mom’s and left him in the kitchen for the night. And then he started to cry and bark. So we moved him to the basement and let him out in the morning. The next night he was just as upset to be alone, so I relented and we brought his cage to our bedroom. The night after, he slept in our room on his dog bed without the cage. A week later he was sleeping in the girls’ rooms, alternating between them to keep things fair.

We followed the same pattern during weekdays. He started out in his cage every day while we were away at work and school. Before long he earned enough trust to have the run of the house all day (except bathrooms, since he has a tendency to eat tissues).

Seamus went from visiting stranger to family member in a very short time. Today he goes back home to my mother-in-law’s and his departure will leave us all missing him.

 

The Good

Though it’s Valentines Day and many on my LJ friends list don’t have good feelings about it, I got something that was the bright spot in my day; a home-made valentines day card from my little girl! (Made with some help from her mom) I took it in to work and have it on my desk. *grin*

And also, I had my interview yesterday for a new job (just in time too I think) within the same company. It was four on one, which was a bit intimidating, but I received a follow up today and they’re interested. I may be near the top of a short list. I’m crossing my fingers that it works out.