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Tis the season… so give!

Tis the season…almost.  As we enter the traditional gluttony of the holidays, we’ve been giving a lot of thought to what we want to get from our friends and family. Actually, the kids have been having this conversation for months already but now mainstream media has finally caught up. Shopping reminders are rolling in like the tides and “Black Friday” and “Cyber Monday” are raising their flags, preparing for the consumer wars soon to rage…

(My apologies. I don’t mean to preach. It’s Frozen. How many Elsa dresses does one girl need!!)

Anyway, as we enter this year’s holiday season, we also want to give thought to what we can give back. We consider ourselves very fortunate to have what we have and we know that there are many others who are not so lucky. With that in mind, this year, in addition to “Black Friday” and “Cyber Monday”, we urge you to keep December 2nd in mind.

December 2nd is #GivingTuesday (http://www.givingtuesday.org/), a day dedicated to giving back.

Seems the least we can do in this, the season of excess (I’m looking at you, 3rd piece of pecan pie! Why must you be so delicious!), is to give “giving” it’s own day. But let’s use it as just a reminder to start giving back more often rather than as a target in and of itself.  Even a little goes a long way to those who need it.

Below is an interesting, thought-provoking TED talk by Dan Pallotta on how we think about giving, specifically when it comes to non-profits. If you have 20 minutes to spare, it’s worth a listen.

Enjoy the holiday preparations. Be good to each other and don’t forget to give. Every little bit helps.

Happy memories!

Liad Spiro

Blinkbuggy COO, Husband to Founder and guilt trip of the day

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Who’s the child here, anyway?

My feelings have been hurt. You see, lately our kids have been very much into mommy. From wanting only mommy to push them in the stroller, to mommy putting them tman-crying-e1375385140592o bed. It often feels like I’m the 4th wheel in this family. The fight over winning mommy’s attention often leads to shouting, tantrums and crying. The kids sometimes get upset too.

Perhaps I am overly sensitive (I don’t deny this), perhaps I’m emotionally immature (my wife does not deny this) or perhaps I’m just a dad who wants a hug. Is that so wrong?

Did I write that out loud?

Well, damn it, it’s true and I’m only a little bit ashamed to admit it. Now that it’s out there, I don’t think I’m alone in this… am I? Do all father’s go through this? I hope so. Not because I want misery to love company but I would take some comfort in knowing that my experience is not an exception to the rule. I’m sure that one day the tables will turn (at least, I was until my mother told me that it only gets worse from here! Thanks Mom!) and I’ll be the one in demand by our kids (or at least not shunned at the door a` la the last scene of the Godfather) but the favoritism has lasted longer than I expected. I’m ready for my turn. I’m sure then I’ll complain about how I can’t get a break.

There’s just no pleasing me… but the least these kids can do is try!

Liad Spiro

Blinkbuggy COO, Husband to Founder and getting in touch with my feelings

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Perspective On A TED Talk: Science Is For Everyone, Kids Included

Our daughter just started kindergarten. I’m still trying to figure out how that happened so fast.

In the first week, we met with her teacher and at one point she asked us, “What do you want your daughter to get out of this year?” One of the first things that popped into my head was an appreciation for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

Don’t get me wrong.  I’m not expecting our 5 year old daughter to come out of Kindergarten with a PhD. It’s not that I don’t think she could. She’s brilliant, of course, but … oh, never mind… Continue reading

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Blinkbuggy Perspectives: Generations

Hello Blinkbuggy-ers!

It has long been our belief that, while Blinkbuggy is primarily focused on capturing our thoughts, experiences and moments as parents, it should not be limited to those perspectives.  We ask our own parents, family and friends to add their thoughts and experiences to our story which makes our story that much richer.

But since Blinkbuggy’s birth, another thought has been echoing around the cavernous space that is my head, and that is, Blinkbuggy as a “Retrospective”.  As parents, we are focused on looking forward, adding the new memories that happen to our family and us each day.  Then, every so often, we reach back into our own past to pull in memories that mirror something happening today.  For example, when I was 2 years old, my mom dressed me up in a pair of bright red overalls…corduroy nonetheless! (It was the 70’s so I should be thankful it wasn’t velvet).  Continue reading