Just to prove that my dad really does believe in the power of a good lecture (and that I get my sense of humor from him and mom equally), I have to share the following email we got from my dad after he read my last blog.
"Chase, congratulations on your lecture complete with flow chart as seen on Anna's blog. A couple of suggestions:
- Make sure you save the material. I always used manila folders but that was before computers were in wide use so you may want to do it electronically.
- Start a numbering system. You can simply number them sequentially or you may want to develop categories for your lectures using alpha characters and then use numbers as you have to issue subsequent lectures within the category. For example, S-1 could be the first lecture in the series related to behavior at school and so on.
If you are diligent, you will not have to do nearly as much preparation when Miles, Sophie and subsequent children are in need of the same lecture.
The numbering system will not only enable rapid recall of the lecture material when needed, but when one of your children requires repeated re-issues of the same lecture (as Anna did) you will eventually be able to simply ask them to reflect on the required lecture by referring to its number and save both of you a lot of time.
You are becoming a very efficient father. That's a good thing. Keep up the good work."
And it should be duly noted that Chase's reply to this email was, "Thanks for the "Pat" on the back."
I can't tell anymore where he ends and I begin.