New YouTube Channel: Childishness Only

Jay Dee:

Tomoe’s got a new home on YouTube. That’s right, I’ll be making plenty of videos with her. They’ll focus on her language development, as well as some fun stuff. So please subscribe!

Originally posted on I Read Encyclopedias for Fun:

I’ve decided I needed to separate my daughter’s videos from the rest of my videos.  So now, my main channel is about books and Japan.  My new channel is all about my daughter, education, language, and just plain fun.  So, if you’re interested in my daughter’s videos, you can subscribe to that channel. And of course, for book and Japan related videos, subscribe to my main channel.

I made an introductory video, and here it is.

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When Should Children Be Left Alone?

Jay Dee:

This is a blog post I wrote for my main blog, and I thought I’d link to it here, too. This is for all you parents who have read this blog in the past. What do you think? I’d like your opinions.

Originally posted on I Read Encyclopedias for Fun:

My wife asked me a question today that I wasn’t sure about.  She asked what age children are allowed to stay at home alone, go out to play alone, or walk to school alone in Canada.  A quick search revealed that there is no law about this.

When I was a kid, I was able to walk to school alone when I was about 7 years old.  I also went out to play with my friend around that age by myself.  I’d walk or ride my bike to his house or to a park, and there was no problem.

Here in Japan, children are often seen walking alone or riding the train alone to go to school when they’re as young as 6.  And you know what?  No one cares.  In fact, the kids seem quite intent on going to their destination.  It is very common for children to be…

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A Day at the Splash Park

Yesterday, we went to a new park that’s near Shonandai Station, though it is about a 30 minute walk to get there.  It’s on the east side of the Sakai River, which means it’s in Yokohama.  It has a birdwatching area, tennis courts, soccer field, baseball diamonds, and an interpretive centre that shows all the kinds of birds and fish in the area, as well as how they created the park.  The northern portion, which is in Fujisawa, is still being built.  It’s a pretty extensive project, and is quite nice.  Looks great for both nature and sports.

We went to the splash park next to the baseball diamonds, and it’s Tomoe’s first time wearing a swimsuit and spending any amount of time in water outside of the bathroom.  The water was cold, but it was a hot and humid day at 31 degrees.  The water felt wonderful.  My wife and I got our feet wet, but Tomoe got her entire body wet.  Here’s a short video of her time.

After spending about 30 minutes there, we decided to go.  The sun was strong, so we didn’t want to spend too much time out.  However, Tomoe had other plans.  She protested and cried for about 10 minutes.  She was not happy.  But I’d love to go again.  That cold water felt wonderful.  There’s one nearer our home at Akibadai Park, a sports centre that has a regular swimming pool, but you have to pay to get in.  However, I want to go swimming.

Almost 2 1/2 Years Old

Here’s a little update with how things are going in Tomoe’s life.

She talks a lot.  Not just in English and Japanese, but also in gibberish.  But her gibberish sounds more like Japanese than English.  She’s learning new words at a very quick pace and understands how they connect with feelings, objects, and so on.

She also hasn’t been sick lately.  That’s a very good thing.  No secondary nursery since January.  She accidentally stole a toy that she forgot in her shirt (it was a toy thermometer) from that nursery, and we haven’t had the opportunity to return it yet.

Anyway, I’ve taken a lot of videos recently, and thought I’d share them with you.

Calling for mommy:

Singing:

She loves bread:

An interview with Tomoe:

Tomoe in the playground:

More playground with a slightly messed up video:

Part of my Japan vlog.  She appears in this video:

She loves to swing:

A future gymnast?

A future soccer player?

She loves airplanes:

Happy! Angry! Sad! Best video so far, I think:

This is how to play a piano without a piano:

Well, there you have it. Hope you enjoyed them all.  Please subscribe to my YouTube channel!

Happy Birthday!

Yesterday was Tomoe’s second birthday.  She had a strawberry and blueberry tart for a birthday cake, and she loved it.

Photo was created by my wife.

Photo was created by my wife.

Now that she’s 2 years old, she’s entering the terrible twos.  She says “no” a lot.  She fights against going to bed a lot lately, too.  Communication is getting better.  She can ask for things by saying the word or pointing at it.  She speaks mostly Japanese and gibberish with some English words, but she understand English directions pretty well.

I’m making a bit of an announcement with this post, too.  This is the last post I will write about Tomoe.  At this age, she is an increasingly individual person, and deserves her privacy.  I’d like to thank all of you who have followed her from being a tiny bean to a 2 year old toddler.  However, that doesn’t mean this blog is finished.  While it’ll be going into a kind of hibernation, I’ll keep it online, and occasionally write posts about raising children in Japan.  But nothing specific about Tomoe.  If we have a second child here in Japan, this blog will be resurrected.  But since we plan to move to Canada by the end of 2016, we may have our second kid in Canada.  But we’ll see about the future of this blog.

Thanks!

2013 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 4,600 times in 2013. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 4 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

Although I haven’t been very active in the last few months since deciding to make my daughter’s life more private as she approaches 2 years old, I’m still around.  But enjoy this report!

Merry Christmas!

Jay Dee:

Here’s a bit about Tomoe’s Christmas. Sorry about the lack of updates. I just want to remind you that I’m keeping most of our family life private now that she’s getting older.

Originally posted on I Read Encyclopedias for Fun:

In a few hours, it’ll be Christmas Day here in Japan, and despite it being a major holiday in my home country of Canada, it’s just another regular day here.  I’ll be working.  However, it is my second last day working this year (my last being this Saturday), and then I’m on holidays.

My Christmas is like this.  I came home from work tonight and got to see my daughter Tomoe open her presents (the ones that have arrived so far).  She got some purple pants and shirt, a book, and a toy rabbit from my aunt.  She loved the rabbit and jumped around holding it.  She also got an Anpanman book from my wife and I.  There’s a pen that will speak when it touches any of the pictures in Japanese and English.  There are a lot of pages, so she can learn a lot of words with it. …

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