This week the Australian Humour Studies Network is holding the 19th Colloquium at University of Newcastle. Experts from around the world are gathering to share their research into all things funny. The Colloquium grabbed my interest when I heard about the adversity topic they are looking at this year. Humour is such a significant part of how Australian’s deal with most emotions, including stress and loss. I use it with my kids all the time. Rest assured I’ll be paying attention to the research they review this week. If there is any science that can help me make these jokes worse I’ll be grabbing hold of it :)
Brushing teeth is a constant battle in my house so you can guess I’ve worn this joke very thin with my kids :)
It’s Back to School in our house today. My 9 year old son is feeling particularly impressed with himself being such a big man going into year 4. He’s showing off how responsible he is, packing his own School Bag, reminding us he needed to pack a raincoat after this weekends crazy weather etc. Needless to say now he’s such a big man he’s pretty sure he should be walking at least 20 meters in front of his mum on the way to school.
The pride didn’t stop there though. After my dismal Sheep joke last week, he is convinced he could come up with something far worse. So today’s Bad Dad Joke is actually a Bad Kid Joke, though he’d be insulted by the diminutive title change. Suffice to say this apple hasn’t fallen too far from the tree.
Can you do worse? Drop your joke in the comments or email it to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll publish it here sometime!
There’s nothing more rewarding than putting a smile on a customer’s face. This week we’ve been lucky enough to receive back a handwritten note from one customer telling us how great we made them feel:
Thank you so much for the great service your business offers. I can honestly say I have never had such obliging and prompt service from any business.
I work for a bank & I sincerely hope when I serve someone I leave them with the same feeling that you have given me.
Sharyn in Emerald, Qld.
Maya Angelou said “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” Feedback like this from Sharyn makes us feel pretty chuffed that we were abel to have that impact.
Once you get through the Australia Day Weekend it’s Back to School for most of us over the next few weeks. By this time of the summer holidays you’d have to be a Saint to not be looking forward to the return to School just a bit. For me it’s usually that first morning back when they walk away from the gate, hefting their bag over their shoulders, they look so little yet ready to learn to be so big.
This quote from Susan Gale captures that loss of them growing up, and reminds us to think about how exciting it is for them to develop. Every year I make my kids promise not to grow up anymore, but they never listen. If we can’t stop them we may as well enjoy it :)
It’s a week and a bit late but Bad Dad Joke of the week is back! As School Holidays come to an end, and all around the country the back-to-school activity is really picking up. We’ve had a rush of orders for Skorts, Shirts and Hats these past few weeks in particular.
We’ve had my niece and nephew the staying with us for the past few days. Whenever we visit them my kids get all excited about the Sheep paddocks they have around their place, so no prises for guessing the inspiration this week :)
Poor Shorn Sheep
Enjoy the Australia Day weekend, and the last few days of the summer holidays!
It’s the King’s 78th birthday this week. In honour of the King, our quote is taken from an interview in 1962 where he shared his thoughts on the value of preparing children for life.
Quote: Elvis for Kids
If you’re in NSW you’ll be hearing all about the annual Elvis Festival in Parkes that is kicking off. Each year a whole group of the King’s loyal fans dress up in honour of him and catch a train out to Parkes at the beginning of the festival, always a fantastic image. It’s a testament to the impact the King had on Australia that we end up holding one of the worlds largest annual Elvis festivals. It may be the other side of the planet but I guess Parkes isn’t all that far from the best of Memphis.
Can you feel the heat? What a way to welcome in 2013! With all of Australia’s School Kids at home to enjoy the heat I hope you guys have planned in some cooler activities over the coming weeks. Switch the Tennis Camp for Swimming Camp! If you’re getting really heated up – don’t forget to print out and make up our Water Bombs, perfect for heat control :)
Every day is starting the same around here, with the advent calendar countdown (today was a chocolate sleigh). By the end of this week every School Boy and Girl in Australia will be on Holidays: their School Bags and Uniforms all put away for what feels like an eternity to them at this age. I remember when I was in 4th class, it felt like you could found a rival to the roman empire in the time I had off from School. Bet it felt like that for my mum too :)
This week’s quote is from Burton Hillis, a pseudonym used by William E. Vaughan. This one rang out to me as my kids were watching their PNP videos from Santa last night. Their eyes were as wide as can be, jaws almost trembling as they waited to see which list they were going to be on. It reminded me just how Christmas morning wipes everything else away and you’re just there mesmerised by the ride your kids are on.
The Best Christmas Gifts
Merry Christmas & Happy New Year from Made For School – Can’t wait to see you in 2013!
So after a few weeks of tinkering with our display, our local school held it’s Christmas lights comp last week. We were lucky enough to come third for “Most Elegant” – wahoo! With that we’re down to the last days of thee School year and the most awesome part of being a kid, Summer School Holidays!
These past few weeks I’ve had a mate take pity on me for my shamefully bad jokes. He has texted me a new one these past two weekends, he’s a relatively new Dad himself and getting right into character with his own bad dad jokes. Al’s a kiwi if you didn’t guess it from his “Jungle Bells” joke last week. You can guess his career from this weeks Joke?
Bad Dad Joke: Who hides in a bakery at Christmas?
Enjoy the last week of School, and Merry Christmas!
This morning my daughter sat me down at breakfast to tell me all about how Christmas was just a few days away. I was only half paying attention until I realised how on the money she was. Any day now people will start breaking out all their Red Shirts & Hats, the kids will be home from School for the holidays from mid-next week. Here are a few ideas to keep them busy, this one will keep you cool too :)
Head over to Portable North Pole
With it so close I thought I’d share two of my favourite online christmas apps this year. If you’ve never got around to asking Santa to make a Portable North Pole video for your kids you are in for an awesome treat. Watching my daughters jaw drop to the desk the first year Santa sent her a video is an brilliant image I’ll never lose. Head over their now and kick it off – they’ve also done an amazing job with a new iPhone app for this year. Though if you’re like our house where we all share the one App Store account, remember to get over to your kids iPads/Pods to remove it again quick smart if you download it.
The second site is a brand new one I’ve just discovered today. You won’t be able to guess what these guys do from their name, but their are some creative guys for coming up with it – I wish I had. Head over to pusher.com.au for a real treat.
For the past few years the kids and I have made silly Christmas videos, we still might do it, but dropping out heads into a pre-canned festive clip on JibJab is pretty attractive. Go check it out to create your own Festive fun in just a few clicks.
Finally Merry Christmas from Made For School – see you next week!