Our Little Dr. Horrible

What does my son ask for when he’s had a week of acceptable behavior and it’s reward time?

Not candy.

Not a toy.

My son? He wants bright yellow latex dishwasher gloves so he can perform science experiments.

P.S. I promise he’s never seen the very funny Neil Patrick Harris webshow Dr. Horrible. I pinky swear. Clearly it’s just genetic. From Bryan. Not me. All Bryan.

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  1. Velma

    OMG – I swear, our boys on on the same wavelength sometimes. We’ve been having “experiment” issues around here, like the night last week when I found a bunch of screws and wires and batteries covered in soap suds in the bathroom sink. I found a great toy, though – bought him this to celebrate the end of kindergarten last week, and it has provided hours of absorption.

  2. Aimee Greeblemonkey

    Velma, I can’t click that link – I wanna see!!

  3. laughingatchaos

    Seems normal to me. Then again, my house ain’t all that normal! LOL! My son’s idea of a great afternoon is either science experiments or taking apart electronics to create new beings.

  4. amy turn sharp of doobleh-vay

    love his coolness! He is rad! Way better than candy!


    Now he needs a lab coat.. and an assistant named Pinky.

  6. thecheekofgod

    Every kid’s dream . . .

    Growing up, I was the same way!

  7. The Bug

    This was my brother when we were young – he used to take all my mom’s cleaning products & mix them together (I know – yikes!) to make an uber cleaner… Funny – I don’t ever remember him actually CLEANING anything though…

  8. Sizzle

    Can you get him to do the dishes too?

  9. Aimee Greeblemonkey

    Adam, some of it is just overall age-appropriateness and there are some web sites out there that provide some good guidelines to help – like Common Sense Media. And of course, the movie ratings themselves, like movies are rated PG-13 for a reason! But in our case, Declan has always been more sensitive and we really need to watch what we let him see. He is JUST getting around to understanding “character arc” – and the fact that someone may be kinda mean in the beginning and they have a life lesson and turn around, etc. And we have always shielded him from violence, although recently we let him watch Harry Potter (1) because he is an advanced reader and was reading the book. My point being is, there are good sites to have as an initial guide, but then you just have to know your kid and what they will handle and/or understand. In the case of Dr. Horrible, I just don’t think he would get it.

    Probably way more than you wanted for an answer, huh? ūüėČ

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  11. Adam

    Aside from some choice language (“The hammer is my …”), and the fact that Penny dies, is there any reason NOT to show him Dr. Horrible?

    As a new dad myself, I’m sure I’ll find it hard not to share things like that with my son when he’s old enough to watch tv. (Only 6 months, now) I still have no idea how to decide what is or isn’t appropriate for kids…

    I once told a coworker that Spider Man was ok for her kids, and then she yelled at me the next time she saw me. How do you know?

  12. J at www.jellyjules.com

    You got the “Mr. Horrible” song in my head now, which I don’t think has anything to do with the show…but I don’t watch, so I don’t know.

    Lyrics here: http://www.lyricsdepot.com/they-might-be-giants/someone-keeps-moving-my-chair.html

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