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#1 Jan 06 2014 at 2:46 PM Rating: Excellent
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Why do they always want what they can't have?

It started with the pet. What do we get? Dog? Cat? Hamster? Other? Well the oldest wanted a dog. Ooo, pricey, well lets see what we can do. In the end the problem wasn't that she wanted a dog, it's that all the dogs she was interested in were big dogs. Dalmations, Golden Retriever, etc. Nice dogs to be sure, but all over the weight limit for our apt. complex. Well darn it all. On the plus side though, the Guinea Pig is surprisingly popular and entertaining. Watching him "popcorn" in his plastic house thing has got to be about the most amusing thing I've seen a pet do in a while (seriously the whole house bounces around the cage, both cute and hilarious). Smiley: lol

Hasn't stopped the constant requests for the dog though, "Once we get a bigger house, then I can get a Shadow? (Homeward Bound reference)" is the daily inquiry. Smiley: rolleyes

Next was the activity. We're trying to find some kind of sport or something for the oldest to be interested in. Maybe gymnastics? Soccer? Violin? Something like that? Naw, of course not. After a long drought she finally found something she wants to try. What is it? Ringette...

Smiley: confused

Googles stuff...

Ahh okay, I can work with that...

More google...

Nice, the closest place in our country that offers it is in Michigan. That's only like 2,000 miles away. Smiley: glare

Well, back to the drawing board.

Then it was the youngest's turn this morning. I'm getting ready for work and she gets up all groggy, rubbing her eyes. I go over and give her a little hug "Good morning sweetie, how are you? Did you sleep well? Can I get you anything?"

*rubs eyes for a minute* "Square banana"

Um, you want a banana? Smiley: confused

"Square banana"

One of these? *holds up a banana*

"No!" tears are welling up now "square banana!"

"You mean the banana chips mommy made?" while showing her the jar. (dehydrated banana slices, not bad at all).

"NO, I WANT SQUARE BANANA!"

Sorry, we don't have any square bananas, how about you just eat this one? *hands her a pealed (it has to be pealed) banana*

"NO! SQUARE BANANA..." and the meltdown starts. Smiley: rolleyes

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So yeah, they don't call them the terrible twos for nothing.

Kids these days. Smiley: rolleyes

Edited, Jan 6th 2014 12:50pm by someproteinguy
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#2 Jan 06 2014 at 3:19 PM Rating: Decent
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My wife would cut the banana into squares...
#3 Jan 06 2014 at 3:36 PM Rating: Excellent
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Smiley: lol

Mine came out of the bedroom this morning upon hearing the wailing and was just as flustered as I was. I guess she spent some time trying to get the details out of the little one today. Apparently "square bananas" are simply sliced bananas in a bowl, but neither of us had any clue. Of course the 5 year old, when asked if she knew what square bananas were, enlightened us and said she knew all along what her sister wanted and what the problem was. Smiley: rolleyes
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#4 Jan 06 2014 at 3:53 PM Rating: Excellent
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And yet somehow you still like the **** kids at the end of the day.
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someproteinguy wrote:
Smiley: lol

Mine came out of the bedroom this morning upon hearing the wailing and was just as flustered as I was. I guess she spent some time trying to get the details out of the little one today. Apparently "square bananas" are simply sliced bananas in a bowl, but neither of us had any clue. Of course the 5 year old, when asked if she knew what square bananas were, enlightened us and said she knew all along what her sister wanted and what the problem was. Smiley: rolleyes

Oh boy. 2 and 5. Take it from someone who raised two daughters and has the scars to prove it, 5 is still cute. By 8 they've learned that they have super powers, but don't yet know how to use them to take over the world.

By 10 they've learned how to direct those powers but they still don't have the ability to truly harness them. By 12 they've begun to harness the powers and are having fun making the adult male humanoid in the house drive them places and purchase them electronic items that they "need." By 13 they begin to see that the adult male in the house is akin to a lesser species. By 14 they realize that the piddly little amounts of money they've been forcing the adult male to part with is chump change.

By 15 they've learned how to confuse the adult male and cause him to lose the ability to speak clearly. By 16 they've learned how to remove all semblance of resistance to their requests for money and gifts from the brain of the adult male. By 17 they realize that the adult male at home serves one function - an ATM machine that they can empty without ever having to refill (my 23yo still "borrows" money from me). It really only gets worse from there.

Good Luck my friend. Take a bit of serious advice though and avoid the dating issue for as long as you can. When my daughter first asked me about going on a date with a guy she liked, I told her "Sure. Where are the three of us going?" She thought I was kidding.

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#7 Jan 06 2014 at 5:31 PM Rating: Excellent
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I hope to barter dates in exchange for having the boyfriend come over and lift heavy objects and such. If the boy ain't bright, he still needs to be useful.
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#8 Jan 06 2014 at 6:21 PM Rating: Good
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I'm pretty sure I had most the rodent pets. Guinea pigs were probably my favorite, but the white rat I kept for the school for a couple summers was really a nice pet. Hamsters and gerbils were mean.

Best thing about guinea pigs is they really make pig noises.
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Ringette is an awesome sport to get into. Move to Michigan, you'll get used to the smell.
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#10 Jan 07 2014 at 7:51 AM Rating: Good
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I love guinea pigs. They're adorable.

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I had a pair of ferrets growing up, and constantly disappearing items. They also liked hiding in socks, and an inability to escape after hiding. So freaking out ferrets are funny to watch for a good five minutes.

Edited, Jan 7th 2014 9:40am by lolgaxe
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I had a pair of ferrets growing up, and constantly disappearing items. They also liked hiding in socks, and an inability to escape after hiding. So freaking out ferrets are funny to watch for a good five minutes.

Edited, Jan 7th 2014 9:40am by lolgaxe


How are ferrets for cleanliness, ease of care etc?
#13 Jan 07 2014 at 10:00 AM Rating: Good
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Generally clean, though you need to bathe them occasionally. Bad eyesight so they run into things a lot, but their skulls seem to be thick enough so it doesn't bother them too much. Really picky eaters, so you kind of have to work on feeding them and hard to medicate because of it. They like to hide and steal things, so keep little things out of reach and cover places they can get stuck in unless it's kind of funny. Ridiculously playful and social so best if you have two or more. Pretty affectionate. Horrible homing sense so if they escape they're pretty much gone and they've essentially lost their wild instincts so they'll die of hunger so keeping an eye on them is crucial. They like to jump around a lot and with their bad eyesight they have a tendency of falling off couches and beds.
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#14 Jan 07 2014 at 10:02 AM Rating: Excellent
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Ringette is an awesome sport to get into. Move to Michigan, you'll get used to the smell.
It looked like fun, but Michigan is out. I'll fill out the paperwork and go steal some Canadian's job before I'll get anywhere near that rust belt.

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Goodness, this, all morning. Someone's learned where his food comes from. Smiley: lol
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Been looking for a pet for the family but I'm severely allergic to cats and dogs (suffocating hospital visit severe). Need something clean and reasonably easy to care for (easy as in not complicated, I understand pets are work.) From what I'm reading they're not good to have with little kids though so might not be an option. I certainly don't want to jump in feet first and find out I have to get rid of the poor thing so I'm doing my research pretty thoroughly.
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Does it need to be cute and/or fuzzy? Things like frogs and lizards are pretty low maintenance.
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Cute, fuzzy, feathered might do but nothing aquarium based. Something with decent interaction.

Edited, Jan 7th 2014 1:05pm by Yodabunny
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The aforementioned guinea pigs are a possibility. They're less breakable than the smaller guys (hamsters, gerbils mice), but themselves smaller and easier to care for than rabbits. Ferrets may also be an option, but I'm no expert on those and their workability with small children.

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#19 Jan 07 2014 at 12:42 PM Rating: Excellent
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Allergic to guinea pigs, apparently there's some sort of relation between cats and guinea pigs. They're completely different entirely unrelated animals so I'm not sure what that is but that's what the "I don't want to suffocate" doctor said so I'm going with that.
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Get a hypoallergenic guinea pig.
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Get a hypoallergenic guinea pig.


Get someone to shave a regular Guinea Pig for you, it's much cheaper.
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#23 Jan 07 2014 at 1:04 PM Rating: Excellent
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Naked Mole Rat. Smiley: nod

Are those dogs and such that are easy on allergies an option, or still bringers of insta-death?
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Uglysasquatch wrote:
Get a hypoallergenic guinea pig.
If you go that route there are also hypoallergenic cats and dogs.
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Uglysasquatch wrote:
Get a hypoallergenic guinea pig.
Get someone to shave a regular Guinea Pig for you, it's much cheaper.
And one step closer to tossing it into a pot and cooking with with some chopped carrots and celery.

Edited, Jan 7th 2014 2:17pm by lolgaxe
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The furthest up the food chain I let my kids go with pets was a hermit crab.

They're non-furry and non-noisy and don't leave poops around. They do reside in an aquarium or terrarium - but you can take them out and play with them.

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