Dad Days of Summer signing off

Dad Days of Summer: While Momania’s Theresa Walsh Giarrusso has been on vacation, local dad and sportswriter Andy Johnston has been filling in.

Well, this is it.

This is my last post, and it’s been a fun and quick month filling in for Theresa, who will be back tomorrow.

Andy and his son Ty.

Andy and his son Ty.

Like I said in my first blog, I wasn’t sure I wanted to do this when she first asked, but I quickly learned to love the challenge of finding new topics and stories to share with you on a daily basis.

I hope you’ve been able to glean some tidbits and insight of parenting from a dad’s perspective because I know I’ve learned plenty from your stories, your advice – to me and each other – and even your rants (or manifestos for the more lengthy ones).

Having been a columnist for three daily papers, I’ve experienced and dealt with overzealous sports fans throughout my career – somebody always has a different opinion than you — but I don’t think I’ve ever met a more passionate group.

And for most of you, it’s because kids are the focus of this blog and community that Theresa has built and maintained through the years.

We might lose track of that from time to time. Disagreements happen. Topics go waaaay off track and personalities clash, but our children are the constant.

This is a great community, one filled with loving and caring parents. Even though some of you don’t always agree on the methods, all of you want the best for your children. That’s evident in the emotion behind your words.

Thanks for letting me give you a month-long glimpse into our lives.

- By Andy Johnston, for the Momania blog

35 comments Add your comment

Jeff

July 27th, 2011
5:49 am

Good job Andy.

djm_NC

July 27th, 2011
6:03 am

its been fun andy…hope you enjoy the rest of your summer!

motherjanegoose

July 27th, 2011
6:07 am

Thanks for hanging out with us and I wish you and your family a wonderful year in Kindergarten.

shaggy

July 27th, 2011
6:28 am

“manifestos”

Yes, I like that description of some of the more “lengthy” posts.
Good Luck Andy, it’s been a good change of pace, and -

GO DAWGS!
WOOF! WOOF! WOOF! WOOF!

motherjanegoose

July 27th, 2011
6:59 am

shaggy…while my posts CAN be long…I have had a bit of competition lately…dontcha’ think?
I am off to talk for four hours now and get it out of my system….NOT!

Me

July 27th, 2011
7:35 am

Good job, Andy!

Kathy

July 27th, 2011
7:43 am

Andy….you have been a breath of fresh air. Thank you for the great blogs. Hopefully you will be back! Good luck with Ty in Kindergarten. Enjoy every minute…..it goes WAY too fast.

Father Jane Goose

July 27th, 2011
8:21 am

Good job, Andy. Now it’s back to the neurotic, helicopter parent, Theresa with Mother Jane Goose’s smug perfect comments again….. You did a good job.

TuckerMom

July 27th, 2011
8:22 am

Anj,

A job well done, as always. Aunt Bea would be proud. :-)

See ya,

Barn

Becky

July 27th, 2011
8:36 am

Andy, you did a great job..Hope to have you back as a guest some…

Keep up the good work with Ty..

homeschooler

July 27th, 2011
8:52 am

You did a great job, Andy. Good luck with kindergarten. Ty is lucky to have such an involved father.

Funny, I’m more familiar with you than I am Theresa since I didn’t start actively reading this blog until this summer. I’ve done absoulutely nothing constructive since spring but the blogs and comments have been fun to read. School starts soon and we’ll be back to the grind. So we are kind of signing off too. Hope you think about returning next year.

  

July 27th, 2011
9:16 am

Now it’s back to the neurotic, helicopter parent, Theresa with Mother Jane Goose’s smug perfect comments again….. You did a good job.

+1

ssidawg

July 27th, 2011
10:20 am

I’ve enjoyed your blog posts! I like the sports angles. Hopefully we’ll see you back next summer! Or maybe the AJC could let you do a separate “Dad Days” blog. :-)

mom2alex&max

July 27th, 2011
10:44 am

Father Goose: I don’t have the same issues many do here with Theresa’s eagerness as a parent (I think she’s just trying to do the best she can, as most of us are), but golly I can sure see what you mean on the 2nd part of your comment. +1

JJ

July 27th, 2011
11:02 am

Farewell Andy. I’ve enjoyed your topics. I wish you much success in your future endeavors!!!!

Tina

July 27th, 2011
11:12 am

Paulo977

July 27th, 2011
11:18 am

Bye and all the best!!

Denise

July 27th, 2011
11:34 am

Thanks so much Andy! Really enjoyed you.

penguinmom

July 27th, 2011
12:09 pm

I enjoyed the fresh perspective you brought to parenting. Thanks. Hope you can pop in as a guest columnist again.

Scooby

July 27th, 2011
12:17 pm

shaggy

July 27th, 2011
12:41 pm

“shaggy…while my posts CAN be long…I have had a bit of competition lately…dontcha’ think?
I am off to talk for four hours now and get it out of my system….NOT!”

MJG – I didn’t direct at you or anyone in particular. Why reply to me and not Andy?

HB

July 27th, 2011
12:53 pm

Nice job, Andy!

Tad Jackson

July 27th, 2011
12:57 pm

Andy,

Yes, kids and young folks and young adults are important people … a focus like no other for us … sometimes clear and bright and sometimes a little fuzzy. But always the focus of the most important work we do as parents and pesky teachers!

Great job, Andy … great fun, too, and all the best!

http://www.adixiediary.com

Mark

July 27th, 2011
2:59 pm

Great work Andy! Sad to see you go as the journalism here definitely was taken up several notches. I guess tomorrow it goes back to TWG “phoning it in” again. Oh well. It was great having you!

motherjanegoose

July 27th, 2011
3:07 pm

I am home now and was JOKING with you Shaggy, as you made the comment. As I have said before, voice inflections and facial cues do not always come across here. I have seen some very long posts recently and they are not mine. Bummy Bummerstein yesterday at 1:29? Sheesh! Sorry if I offended anyone. I always try to remember that while some here do not like me, others do. I will never get talking out of my system, as I love to talk and talk to lots of different folks. Learn some interesting things too!

BlondeHoney

July 27th, 2011
3:19 pm

Echoing everyone else in saying great job, Andy; enjoyed the time you spent with us and like another poster said enjoy kindergarten with Ty cuz the time will fly by. Seems like yesterday mine were in kinder and now my youngest turns 25 next week. I am still the same though ;)

Sk8ing Momma

July 27th, 2011
3:19 pm

Great job! Enjoy the rest of your summer and your son’s year of kindergarten. Best advice for kindergarten: READ! READ! READ! Read to your son. You can’t read to him too much. Skip titles of the basal variety; dig in on chapter book classics (ex. The Mouse & the Motorcycle, Charlotte’s Web, Stuart Little, Trumpet of the Swan, Mr. Popper’s Penguins etc.).

While you’re at it, pick up a copy of The Read-aloud Handbook by Jim Trelease. IMO, it is a *MUST* read for every parent, as reading aloud to one’s children cannot be overrated.

motherjanegoose

July 27th, 2011
4:29 pm

@ Sk8ing…I mentioned Jim Trelease to TWG at the beginning of the summer. He has some fascinating information on literacy!

shaggy

July 27th, 2011
5:55 pm

MJG,

OK…Cool. It just seemed weird, because Andy made the analogy. I just liked it.

motherjanegoose

July 27th, 2011
6:35 pm

@ shaggy…glad we are good!
I know that some consider me long winded and full of %^&*. That is fine.
I have just been fascinated that a few of the relatively new posters have had longer posts than I typically have. Andy has not been reading my posts as long as perhaps you have. Maybe you don’t read them at all but you might know that they can be long. That is why I mentioned it to you.

I find it interesting that some people can hop on here to cut others down and really have nothing else to contribute. To me, that is not terribly creative. I have been hanging out here for over 5 years and probably would move on, due to the ages of my own two but I have made some delightful friends and still work with those who teach children ages 2-7 most weeks of the year. Spent the day with them today. I see, hear and learn a lot that I try to share. I am also blessed to be able to speak, in person, with some posters here who really have shared insightful things that made me think.

BlondeHoney

July 27th, 2011
7:21 pm

MJG, the way I figure it, no matter how old your kids are you are stil a Mom and never stop being one. I think those of us with grown kids have a different Mom perspective to share and that’s about the parent-child relationship we have with our adult children. Please keep pn sharing; I may not agree iwth everything you have to say but I defend your right to post it :)

catlady

July 27th, 2011
8:01 pm

Good work, Andy! God bless you and your family. Be cool about kindergarten; the teacher will let you know if there is anything special you need to know. Be there to help if needed, but stand back and watch the magic that is kindergarten happen! And be prepared for changes!

Becky

July 27th, 2011
8:05 pm

@MJG..I’m in agreement with BlondeHoney, once a Mom, always a Mom..That is unless you are like my sister & once the welfare money runs out, you’re over being Mom..Her loss though, because now I have two really great “grandkids” and she doesn’t..

For me, it’s all about learning about what other parents have done ‘wrong’ and that still have happy, healthy and fairly good kids.. It’s nice to learn something new from parents that had kids and wanted to be parents to them..I love reading what the Dads on here have to say..

We don’t all always like what everyone says and most of us get over it real quick..Some do post on here just to be ugly, but all in all most of us just brush it off and go on with life..

shaggy

July 28th, 2011
7:22 am

MJG,

We don’t agree at times, but yes, you are a mom, and an educator. Both are very hard jobs that I couldn’t do. I can teach some things, however not to a class full of “little darlings of today”…maybe if schools of today were like when I grew up and times still had a magic feel…astronauts were heroes, stars mostly kept their mouths shut, and science & fiction were really joined at the hip.
As for being a mom, you women can have that job. I don’t want it.

motherjanegoose

July 28th, 2011
7:49 am

@ Shaggy…thanks! I don’t ALWAYS agree with anyone…even my own family ;) Does anyone?
I love what I do and since I teach children and teachers who teach children ( many who are Moms too) perhaps my ideas are useful to some here.