Fridge Wisdom: Regarding the dog’s butt

April 5, 2012 | By Brent Almond | LESSONS LEARNED

I’ve found this phrase pretty useless in teaching my toddler just about anything. Yet it’s one of the top 10 (if not the #1) default commands parents use when trying to bring their wee ones in line. I know I’ve certainly spouted it at JJ in desperate situations, and always to no avail.

What was lacking? Specifics.
“Don’t poke the dog in the butt.”
“Bite your food, not your hand.”
“Those are Daddy’s toys. Please don’t remove them from their original packaging or they lose their value.”
“Buddy, no rocking the extremely large, expensive TV back and forth.”
“Stop touching that. It’s got poop on it.”

Niceness (like sharing) is nebulous and subjective. The dog’s butt is not.

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4 responses to “Fridge Wisdom: Regarding the dog’s butt”

  1. Bryan says:

    Haha! Love it, it’s like some avante-garde daddy poetry jam!

  2. Kevin Berry says:

    I was looking for blogs that featured fathers, and then I thought “let’s see if any daddy bloggers happen to dig good design, too.” I had no idea that, given those parameters, I’d also find a father who has experienced the dog butt assault phenomenon. You’ve a wonderful blog; I look forward to reading more!

    • Brent M. Almond says:

      Thanks for your wonderful, dog butt-related compliment! I’ll be sure and check out your blog as well.

      All the best,

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