Happy Birthday, Grandpa!

May 19, 2011 By: erik Category: Family, Offspring, Videos 376 views

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Happy Birthday, Grandpa (video thumbnail)I spent a good part of my morning today trying to get my daughter to say “Happy birthday, Grandpa”. For the longest time, when I told her to say “happy”, she would shake her head and say “No!” It was appropriate, then, that my eventual success came by way of using behavior modification techniques my father taught me. I told her that if she wouldn’t say “happy”, then I would walk away and ignore her. I did this once, coming back a minute later to ask if she’d like to say “happy” and make me stay. She did, and I heaped praise on her. To add the second word, I had to temporarily abandon her once more in punishment. When I came back, she was happy to say the entire phrase to keep me in the room. I assume this is how Steven Spielberg directs his films, too.

Happy birthday, Dad. I hope you like the video.

  • Not only is she adorable…she plays a mean harmonica too! I see a definite future in show biz for her. 😀

    And Happy Birthday to your dad. 🙂

  • Paul

    Thank you Erik and Nora. I loved it.

    Tell Nora to turn the harp around. Low notes on the left; high notes on the right.

    • erik

      I knew you’d say that! That’s part of an upcoming music lesson which also involves pronouncing “pentatonic”.

      • Paul

        Actually, Paul Butterfield held it upside-down, and it worked OK for him, so no big deal.

        • erik

          Seems pretty arbitrary, really.

  • Jake

    Happy Birthday Paul! Look forward to seeing you in a few weeks.

  • Anonymous

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