I have to say, this is one of the best things I've done in years as far as parenting goes. My daughter is actually excited about working in the garden. Amazed by the miracle of getting food from the earth (it is amazing after all). I'm overjoyed to see her so excited about something that doesn't involve a screen. Even though we're just getting started, she's already proud and wants to show it off.
Before the flaming starts I should acknowledge that I'm aware there is an obesity problem in the U.S. and that our children are greatly affected by this. That is truth, and I get it. BUT, this kind of stuff doesn't seem like the solution.
I'm pretty far from a perfect dad, so I don't often dish out advice on how to be one, but there is one thing that I learned from my dad that I think will pay out in the long run. Always remember that the person you see as your ex, your child just sees as Mom.
First, "Dry Clean Only" means wear it until it stinks, then hand it down to your cousin...we're not "Dry Clean" people. Second, complaining about the laundry is a great way to inherit the chore of doing your own laundry.
Usually this is not a holiday that I partake in, but this year I've been debating whether or not to prank my daughter. She's taken to the habit of scaring me lately e.g. sneaking up behind me and saying, "Hi daddy!" in a loud voice. Pretty mild as far as pranks go, but it still gets under my skin. The last time she did it, I warned her that April Fool's Day was coming soon and I might have to work up some elaborate scary prank.