Dimples is One Code I Can’t Crack

In an attempt to save myself from being struck by lightning for focusing too much on materialistic items – such as my Harry Potter “nativity scene” – I tweaked one of our family traditions this year.  Considering I was the one who started the tradition in our household, and the sole person responsible for the act of carrying it out annually for the last eight years, I felt that a slight change was my prerogative.

Like many families, we have a Countdown to Christmas.  One of my good friends crafted a mitten calendar for us one year, and we have used it ever since.  Beginning the first day of December, Dimples would find a small gift each day in one of the mittens.

Now that Dimples is getting older, it’s becoming a little more difficult to find small gifts that she will appreciate for under $1.  Gone are the days when princess stickers elicited cries of delight.

I thought this year that I would combine Dimples’ love of technology with a healthy dose of Christmas Spirit.  So, each day, I am putting two QR codes in her mitten.  One, when she scans it, gives her a Random Act of Kindness to perform that day.  The other one gives her a “coupon” for things like “make cookies with a parent” (hopefully, Cap’n Firepants will be “the parent” chosen when she redeems that one).

Scan This With a Smartphone or iDevice

Well, the QR code idea went over like a remote control helium balloon that is supposed to scare the bejeezus out of your bulldog and all the dog does is yawn.

The first day, Dimples was all like, “What’s this?” and when I explained the whole thing, how she could use her iPod Touch to scan the codes to see her surprises, she gave me a little half smile.  The one that means, “I don’t want to hurt your feelings, Mom, but this is the stupidest idea ever.”

Now I Think It's a Stupid Idea, Too

The second day was even worse.  She looked ready to tear up with disappointment, and I could tell she was really bummed.

The third day I forgot.

It was Saturday morning, so I was the last to get up.  Dimples looked at me accusingly, and I knew immediately what was wrong.  I didn’t think it was a big deal, though, since the whole concept wasn’t a hit anyway.

The fourth day I forgot again.

Dimples had two friends sleep over to celebrate her birthday, and the whole chaos of the evening, plus the shock of three girls constantly making jokes about passing gas, threw me.

I got the look again.  And a short lecture.

So, this morning, I dutifully restarted my dumb idea.  No reaction from Dimples.

This evening, Cap’n Firepants mentioned that Dimples was reading to Wonderbutt in the living room.

“Really?” I said, laughing.  “Why?”  Dimples hates to read out loud, even though she is quite good at it.

“Because her mitten said to read to someone younger or something?” Firepants said – not to sure about this whole QR code thing I had sprung on him without prior consultation.

So, I snuck in and got myself some evidence of Dimples doing her “Act of Kindness” – reading to someone younger.  It didn’t specify that it had to be a person.

Guess It Wasn't Such a Dumb Idea After All




Posted on December 6, 2011, in Children, Dimples, Family, Humor, Parenting, Wonderbutt and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 41 Comments.

  1. This is so wonderfully funny – really cracked me up. Children have the most fantastic cynicism. I think Dimples and Son have quite a bit in common in their attitude to the eccentricities of parents. Great post!

  2. That is the sweetest picture!
    It looks like Wonderbutt is saying “shh, you’ll ruin the moment!”

  3. Aww! I was worried throughout the post, but great ending! 🙂

  4. Wonderbutt’s expression is priceless. Looks like you’d better not forget those QR codes again.

  5. Wonderful post! Wonderbutt looks enthralled by the genius of Leonardo da Vinci! 🙂

  6. with all that education WB will change to Wonder Man and be the cleverest dog in the world!

    I can just see him flying around the world as the caped crusader

  7. What an enjoyable blog and idea for Christmas with a young person! I absolutely love the photo at the end!

  8. I am now used to my older children giving me the withering glare when I come up with something new.

  9. What a mod Christmas Mom you are!

  10. Wonderbutt is really paying attention. Of course, Master Leonardo was one of the greatest nerds of all time. 🙂

  11. I love this! Don’t give up on Dimples quite yet.

  12. Miranda Gargasz

    This was a great idea and I think she may be at that stage where she likes it but doesn’t want to lose her “Kid card” and let you know that. A lot of kids prefer to read aloud to a dog. Our local library has someone who brings their dog in once a month and the kids get to pick 15 minutes to read to her. It’s great for readers who struggle and for those, like your Dimples, who are good at it but hate doing it.

    • I don’t know what happened. She used to read The Magic Treehouse books to her class in Pre-School all of the time, and after that she started saying she hated it. Oh well, at least Wonderbutt gets to hear her.

  13. that’s adorable! I really like that idea 🙂 Especially since one of htem is something she should do for others, and the other is something you guys will do with her…

  14. That is so cute. I used to have one of the countdown calenders where you opened a little window and got a piece of chocolate…. I miss those…. 🙂

  15. writingandrecovering

    I think it’s a nice idea.

  16. I love this idea. I may add it to our traditions for next year. We do the candy calendar and every day the girls unwrap a Christmas themed book from a basket of 24. Then we read it. That is easily my favorite pre-Christmas tradition.

  17. This is beautiful. I am salivating over here. May I use this idea, please?

  18. Chancy, Mumsy and Crew

    I love this post and that last picture is just adorable! Hugs and nose kisses

  19. That’s a really cool idea. I should try that with Jake and Grace to see how they’d react.

    I love how Wonderbutt is looking at you as if to very sarcastically say, “You did this to me. I’ll get you back.” hahaha…

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