A man walks out to the street and catches a taxi just going by. He gets into the taxi, and the cabbie says, “Perfect timing. You’re just like Frank.”
Cabbie: “Frank Feldman. He’s a guy who did everything right all the time. Like my coming along when you needed a cab, things happened like that to Frank Feldman every single time.”
Passenger: “There are always a few clouds over everybody.”
Cabbie: “Not Frank Feldman. He was a terrific athlete. He could have won the Grand-Slam at tennis. He could golf with the pros. He sang like an opera baritone and danced like a Broadway star and you should have heard him play the piano. He was an amazing guy.”
Passenger: “Sounds like he was really something special.”
Most people today think it improper to discipline children,
so I have tried other methods to control my kids when they
have had one of those moments.
Since I’m a pilot, one method that I have found very effective
is for me to just take the child for a short flight during which
I say nothing and give the child the opportunity to reflect on
his or her behaviour.
I don’t know whether it’s the steady vibration from the engines,
or just the time away from any distractions such as TV, video games,
computer, iPod, etc. Either way, my kids usually calm down and
stop misbehaving after our flight together.
I believe that eye to eye contact during these sessions is an
important element in achieving the desired results.
I’ve included a photo below of one of my sessions with my son,
in case you would like to use the technique.
A farmer stopped by the local mechanics shop to have his truck fixed. They couldn’t do it while he waited, so he said he didn’t live far and would just walk home.
On the way home he stopped at the hardware store and bought a bucket and a gallon of paint. He then stopped by the feed store and picked up a couple of chickens and a goose. However, struggling outside the store he now had a problem – how to carry his entire purchases home.