Welcome to Room 4 Eight

We mainly have this website to publish the silly things that our children say and do - but maybe we'll have some interesting thoughts along the way.
Apr
27

On Travelling

This weekend David and I travelled to Toronto with Anna and Charlie.  I thought it would be fun to use up a via rail voucher by booking train tickets and chose the most fun destination we could reach inexpensively with this voucher: the city that is only 2 hours away from us.

It wasn't all "me" doing this choosing and booking, my attempts at input from the other half were met with the predictable "that sounds good".  "okay". 

"Do you want to stay at this hotel?"

"Does it have a pool?"

"yes."

"okay."

Apr
24

Parenting Tool: Repeat-a-Tron 3000

On the car ride in to work I designed the perfect parenting device, the Repeat-a-Tron 3000.

The concept is simple - an audio recording device with external speaker and a shoe-lace. 

You tie the Repeat-a-Tron to the chlid and then speak a command into the Repeat-a-Tron. The device then repeats what you said every 1 minute until the parent enters a key which disables the repetition - and then the device will be available to accept a new command.

Apr
23

Comments / User Registration

For those of you that have visited the site and attempted to register or post comments, we've made some changes. First, anonymous (not logged in) users can post comments without needing to be approved provided they can solve a simple math challenge question - I THINK this is easier than trying to see images in those annoying image challenges.

Apr
23

Childhood Dreams 2: Become a Jedi

In my last post - Childhood Dreams - I discussed an overview of my Childhood Dreams, and why I thought it was important to consider them. I ended up with some interesting comments from my cousin who, like me, shared the dream of becoming a parent. I would say we're both successful in that regard (she has 4 children of her own)!

Apr
22

Television

With turn off the screens week coming up next week I decided I would post about TV.

Apr
22

rtraction needs a street name for the www.iluvlondon.ca board game. Please vote on your favourite:

Great Web Way
18% (2 votes)
Web Your Way
27% (3 votes)
On Line
0% (0 votes)
Information Highway
9% (1 vote)
Design View
0% (0 votes)
Hard Drive
27% (3 votes)
Short Circuit
9% (1 vote)
Billson is Awesome Drive
9% (1 vote)
Total votes: 11
Apr
21

Childhood Dreams

I recently watched - well, listened to at work (it's over an hour long) the seminar/lecture Randy Pausch Last Lecture: Achieving Your Childhood Dreams. In many ways, the reason that this website exists in its current format is a direct result of watching this lecture.

Apr
21

A Good Start

If this is the new home to my blog, I once again need to face the task of starting.  Where to start?

Apr
20

We are testing a little bit now

I am curious as to how this will work....

Apr
20

Does using screens (TV, computers) after kids go to bed on "Turn off Screens Week" make you an evil parent?