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KIDS HAVE GREAT TIMING April 2013


ment of embarrass- ment for dad before throwing


M a tantrum


or having a melt- down. And what is it about the phone? My kids must be reincar- nated prize-fighters. They hear the phone bell and they just come out fighting. I think of all the times some other parent, in trying to keep her kids quiet while on the phone, inadvertently ended up yelling into the receiver (and thus my ear) and now I’m one of those parents. And forget about trying to watch anything on TV I don’t really care much for sports but, at least, they have replays. If regular TV programming had replays I might get to see


by Gabriel A. Fraire of Healdsburg, CA ~ gafraire@comcast.net more of it.


My kids have great timing. They


always


wait until the optimum mo-


My oldest daughter’s cur- rent favorite phrase, as soon as she sees me trying to get comfortable in front of the TV, “What’s more important


Dad,


watching televi- sion or playing with me?” She’s right, she always more im- portant and knows how to use it.


Gabriel A. Fraire has been a writer more than 45 years. He has written fiction and non-fiction books, plays, po- ems, music lyrics, and news articles. But, he writes about his children exclusively for the Upbeat Times.


Publisher’s Note


We decided to print re-runs of Gabe Fraire’s favorite columns!


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