“We all know that a good dad is no joke.” ~ Heidi Higgins
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Speaker 1: This is Thomas. What is in the refrigerator of a haunted house? Ice cream.
Heidi Higgins: Thank you, Thomas. We are going to have some fun today celebrating fathers. Even though you'll hear some dad jokes, we all know that a good dad is no joke. I'm Heidi Higgins and you are listening to K12 On Learning. There are fathers, a noun, and those who father, a verb. To father is to teach children in many ways, through example, direct counsel and everything in between. Our fathers, stepfathers, grandfathers, and uncles may teach us to ride a bike, tie our shoes or cook a meal. Many teach us how to have fun and how to laugh and more importantly, they can be influences for good, who teach us the value of learning and education.
Speaker 3: I always looked up to my dad. He really loved working. He really taught me how to work and not just work, but to work with ethic. And everything that he did, I remember being a kid standing beside him as he would work on homes and build things. He would get it done and I'd think "Great, we can go home and have dinner." And then he would undo all of it. He would rip something back off the wall and he would redo it because it wasn't right. And he had to get it done right. And he had to get it done to the standard that he felt he was being paid for. He taught me honor, and he taught me hard work that way. And he's always just been very service oriented. He serves people and he loves people and he shows it by the things that he does for them. I really enjoyed growing up with that influence.
Speaker 1: What do you call a fish wearing a bow tie? Sofishticated.
Speaker 4: If a child refuses to nap, are they guilty of resisting a rest?
Speaker 5: I was about eight or nine and it was actually my first experience at a funeral. And my dad said, "What did the big casket say to the little casket? Is that you coffin?"
Speaker 1: What did the ocean say to the beach? He said nothing, he just waved.
Speaker 6: As far as first memories, my dad was, when I was younger, was always working. He had two to three jobs all the time. My parents came to this country in the 70s from South Korea. They didn't speak any English. So yeah, my father worked two to three jobs all day. Early on, my memories of him were just kind of him working all the time. He drove trucks and he also worked at a car wash and as a butcher on the weekends. My dad was a military man. He was in the Army in Korea. So he was very strict, but I love that he could also be the silliest guy in the world at the same time. He would be very stern, but at the same time, he had really silly part of him where he would just act crazy around me and my brother.
Speaker 7: What do a tick and the Eiffel Tower have in common? They're both Paris sites.
Speaker 8: I spend a lot of time, money and effort childproofing my house, but the kids still get in.
Speaker 7: Well, once he got us Firehouse subs and he took us to this dock near really pretty lake.
Speaker 1: How does a penguin build its house? It glues it together.
Speaker 3: It's humbling. It's a lot different than I expected. I thought I'd know what I was doing and I'm still just that same little kid that watched my dad do things and I still look for examples in my life to know how to be that example for my son. I do have those great examples around me, thankfully, and I really enjoy trying to make time for my kids and just play with them. Show them the things that I loved, but also try to pay attention to the things that they love.
Speaker 4: I once got fired for a can juice company. Apparently I couldn't concentrate.
Speaker 3: How do cats like their steaks? Rare.
Speaker 9: The other day, my husband and I went to one of those chicken restaurants, like a Zaxby's or a Kentucky Fried and there was a sign there. And do you know what that sign said? It said, why do chickens not plan the future? They just wing it.
Speaker 10: Elijah, how are you and your dad the same?
Speaker 7: We both are Korean and we like the same shows.
Speaker 11: Why do melons have weddings? Because they can't elope.
Speaker 12: Which superhero is a pro at hitting home runs? Batman.
Speaker 3: They blow me away. And the cool thing about them learning new things is it's I feel like I learn new things too. There's so much to know out there and life is different. The things we have at our fingertips now it's so easy to learn. All we have to do is look or they have questions. I love that we get to just explore on a whim things that they have curiosities about. They're very inquisitive. It's just a joy to see their faces light up. When I come home and they tell me the things that mom has been working on with them or the cool thing in history and the names and the places and I learn a lot and I realize how much there is. It's kind of daunting how much that there is to teach them, but they catch on so quickly. It's neat.
Speaker 1: Shout out to my fingers, I can count on all of them.
Speaker 13: What did the hat say to the other hat? You stay here, I'll go on a head.
Speaker 14: Why did the baseball player bring a ghost to practice? Because his coach told him to bring some spirit.
Speaker 11: What rock group has four men that don't sing? Mount Rushmore.
Speaker 1: Why can't a nose be 12 inches long? Because then it would be a foot.
Speaker 15: I'll be honest, I was terrified at first. I didn't know what to expect. Cause you can read all the books about being a parent for the first time and read all the articles, but it doesn't really, I mean, it prepares you, but doesn't really prepare you all the way. So I was really scared. From the time that we found out to the time that Elijah was born, it was like the blink of an eye. It happened so quick. But yeah, the first time I held him, that's when it really kind of hit me. I was like, "Wow, I'm really a dad." Just having him, he held onto my finger, I'll always remember it. With his little hands, he held onto my finger and looked at me and that's when it really hit me.
Speaker 1: What happened to the mouse when he fell into the bathtub? He came out squeaky clean.
Speaker 4: Have you ever tried to catch a fog? I tried yesterday, but I missed.
Speaker 16: What kind of car does an egg drive? A yolkswagon.
Speaker 17: I'm reading a book about anti-gravity. It is impossible to put down.
Speaker 18: All right, what kind of tree fits in your hand? A palm tree.
Speaker 3: When we're working on certain things, we have strong emotions when we're young, but we have strong emotions when we're old too. And I remember recently trying to teach Bowen that he has control, and that he is in charge and he didn't want to hear it. And I just remember, I lost control of my emotion for a minute and I scared us both. And then thankfully I realized right away, I said, "You know, Bowen, it's kind of funny because I was just asking you to control your emotions and your dad just did the same thing that he was telling you not to do."
We're both working on it and it's been wonderful to be able to recognize your weaknesses and show your kids your weaknesses, but also show them that there's a way past our learning difficulties because we're always learning whether we like it or not and the lessons aren't always fun and the answers aren't always what we want them to be. All the time they're showing me that I can be better, I can be kinder, I can be more patient, I can be more involved. It's always a balance to make sure that I'm providing, but that I'm also present and they're always fighting for my attention and I love that. That's always humbling too.
Speaker 1: What did one eye say to the other? Something smells between us.
Speaker 11: When I was a kid, my mother told me I could be anyone I wanted to be. Turns out, identity theft is a crime.
Speaker 14: How does taco say grace? Lettuce pray.
Speaker 9: What is the smartest type of insect? A spelling bee.
Speaker 8: I'm on a seafood diet. I seafood and I eat it.
Speaker 16: What do lawyers wear when they go to court? Lawsuits.
Speaker 15: Just try to do things that they're interested in. They're so different. Elijah is really into computers and video games and things like that. Declan is the more active kind of outdoorsy physical type. So just trying to do things that they're interested in and as a family, which can be difficult first, but it's great just finding different things to do that they're interested in and going from there.
Speaker 16: What is a pizza's favorite type of jokes? Cheesy ones.
Speaker 10: What did the dog say when he bought chapstick? Put it on my bill.
Speaker 9: What is a trees least favorite month of the year? September.
Speaker 14: What word starts with E and ends with E and only has one letter in it. An envelope.
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