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Baseball and Piano Lessons?

Noah Ezekiel Starr in Greeleyville, SC

I have got to do something about both of my sons Handy Mandy fixation. They keeps taking all of our tools to place in Stephen's Handy Mandy tool box. Geez, every time I turn around Stephen is trying to allen-key something open while Noah is lining up screwdrivers. They both are in Bob-the-Builder-Handy-Mandy-Realtor-Men-Of-Action mode and I have no idea what to do about it because the are trying to build houses. They are inventing construction projects with Lego's, the furniture, their bed linens and my free floor tile samples from BuildDirect.com

The boys have a thing for marble, slate and granite (LOL).

Between this and Sponge Bob, what's a Mama to do? Any suggestions to distract my boys who are insanely self directed?

What do you think about Baseball and Piano lessons?


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Comment balloon 36 commentsC Tann-Starr • October 12 2008 01:10PM



A long time ago I was a self directed boy. There is no hope, ;)

Posted by Richard Weisser, Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional (Richard Weisser Realty) about 12 years ago

Give them a safe place and tools they can use, and let them go to town I guess.  Baseball, soccer, anything that tires kids out I am a big fan of.  It's good they focus and are interested in something.  Rhiannon builds forts, the whole house sometimes is a big maze of different forts.  I hate to squash her creativity, but I need a house!  I just give her certain spaces where she can "build". 

Posted by Chris Fisher (Your Virtual Assistant) about 12 years ago

I got mine into soccer, at least they could use all that energy on the field! LOL

Posted by Jeannette Neerpat, e-Pro Coral Springs/Parkland Real Estate (CondoDomain.com) about 12 years ago

Get them a lot of sponges and have them build with them, then nothing will get hurt. LOL. Busy little boys will keep you young Carolyn.

Posted by Fred Chamberlin, Oak Harbor/Whidbeynulls, #1 Experienced FHA Mortgage Consultant (Guild Mortgage Co - Oak Harbor WA) about 12 years ago

Kids love to build!  Let them go.  I once gave piano lessons to my daughter, thinking it was a required girl thing.  Actually, I should have given them to my son, who loved music, and I never even considered it.  Son was a lego builder too.

Posted by Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR (RE/MAX Advantage) about 12 years ago

Baseball is and was my first choice, but learning an instrement would have been nice today!

Posted by William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No. (WHISPERING PINES REALTY) about 12 years ago

My son never had (and will probably never have) any kind of building inclination - although he enjoyed legos for a while.  So, I don't have any ideas about that.  However, I'm a firm believer in letting kids do what appeals to them (within reason, of course).  Also a big believer in outdoor anything - whatever has them running around and breathing deep.  My boy was a big baseball guy.

Whatever it is - enjoy it and relish it because the time goes by so very quickly.  I miss rooting for him and his team (he's almost 17).  He is a runner, so I get to watch him race for about 4 minutes on the track and, during X-country season, go in and then out of the woods.  Listen, I take what I can get!

BTW, you've got yourself a handsome little boy there!!!   :-)

Posted by Sandy Fenton, ABR, ASP, CDPE, GRI -Westchester NY - Condos to Luxury Homes (Keller Williams NY Realty * Licensed Associate Broker) about 12 years ago
Carolyn, Nothing wrong with kids learning to use tools! I have a sign over my workbench which goes unheeded by all my kids..."Don't even take it if you can't put it back"!!! :) Thanks, Fran
Posted by Fran Gaspari, "The Title Man" - Title Insurance - PA & NJ (Patriot Land Transfer, Inc.) about 12 years ago

I don't know C, but that kid does not look happy at that piano! 

Posted by Marie Meyer, Orange County New York Realtor (Keller Williams Realty) about 12 years ago

That face is not a happy piano man face, maybe mud wrestling?

Posted by Jane Page Thompson (Aiken Properties) about 12 years ago

Jane and Marie, that is the, "It's time for you to stop playing," "No, I don't want to," argument face when we adults can't take another minute of the noise and kill the fun. (LOL)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 12 years ago

Fran, my kids never put anything back, ever! (LOL) They will, however, put it somewhere else if you tell them to clean up. :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 12 years ago

Thank you, Sandy. :-)

William, I never had lessons but my sister did. I play by ear, program my keyboards and fix my mistakes with the computer. Noah is trying to learn. We have the "Teach Little Fingers To Play" series which is very good. I'm learning to play while trying to help him learn the proper way. :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 12 years ago

Barbara, I'm learning to watch them like a hawk to see what interests them. Music has their full attention. So does wrecking my apartment every single day (LOL).

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 12 years ago

Fred, we tried but Stephen kept eating them (ROTFL).

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 12 years ago

Oooo Jeannette, Stephen loves kicking stuff! That may work very well for him. They have peewee teams here...

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 12 years ago

Chris, we really do need more space. We're looking forward to having a game room when we build our house in FL.

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 12 years ago

Richard, I don't know what to say to that (LOL). Seriously! ;-D

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 12 years ago

C - why not let them try both and see which one they like the best.


Posted by Tanya Venable, SEO, Mobile SEO, and Internet Marketing Consultant about 12 years ago

Just let them build things.  Try to find a builder that will let you pick up some scrap lumber on the job.  Give them a little space, and let them go at it.  So long as they won't nail each other the wall you should be fine.

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) about 12 years ago

Tanya, good point, why not just do both... I think I'll try that.

Tammy, the visual of them with nails has me internally screaming! (LOL)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 12 years ago

Hey C: What about basketball or soccer? A lot of Baptist churches here offer the Upward basketball & Upward soccer programs for children starting at kindergarten age. The price is reasonable and they allow everyone to play, plus the children begin to learn the fundamentals of the sports.

If you are looking to allow them to build things you could check into Lowe's Home Improvement. I know they offer classes for children to make things. Maybe Home Depot does the same thing...

Keep us informed of what you decide!!

Posted by Teresa Harris, Denver . Lake Norman . Charlotte (Lake Real Estate, LLC) about 12 years ago

Hey C.  I have a boy and know all about it.  Piano lessons and baseball require a lot of sitting or standing around so I suggest a martial art or a sport that requires running.  My son loves football and track and gets all his energy out.  He is so tired when he comes home!  It certainly keeps him out of mischief!

Posted by Cristal Drake, Realtor - Fullerton Real Estate (Prudential California Realty) about 12 years ago

Baseball, building, hot dogs and apple pie!!  Now you're talking.  Forget the piano get them boys outside. ;-)

Posted by Don Rogers, Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes (Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield) about 12 years ago

Morning C,

Build is what lil boys do, be thankful they aren't fixated on demolition. As my Mom always said,

"This too shall pass!"

Posted by Harold "Hal" Place (A1 Connection Realty, Inc.) about 12 years ago

Teresa, I didn't know that about Lowes. I shall have to check it out. Thanks! :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 12 years ago

Cristal, will look into the more vigorous options (LOL). Stephen and Noah usually sit side by side and bang away on the ketboards together. Sometimes, Stephen gets so excited about the noise he climbs up on top and walks across the keys or does his trademark three step happy dance. Geez, what a ear splitting sound... He loves it though because he is controlling his little world of "music." ;-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 12 years ago

Hal, Stephen is the demolition expert in my home. All he does is throw items. I can't sit at my keyboards without being beaned in the head by a block, sock, pillow, shoe or what ever the little minion gets his hands on. That's why I haven't posted a Seesmic videoblog yet. They race around in the background having a grand old time yelling throwing and giggling. One two minute spot I was working on, Stephen walks by with clothes on. 30 seconds later Stephen walks by naked... That was the end of that clip (LOL).

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 12 years ago

Are you kidding C Piano?  I think we will have to wait a few years for those tiny fingers to be able to work on it but if it ever replaced Lion King for top rating we might be looking at the next great piano player (focused attention to detail) As for the building things they need a set of tools of their own and let them build.  So what's a few tent cities in the LR as long as they don't try to construct a castle with a real water moat you should be fairly safe.

Posted by Paddy (Patricia) Pizappi, Real Estate Associate Broker Hudson Valley NY (Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty) about 12 years ago

Paddy, placed in moat perspective, what can I say? (ROTFL) Auntie P knows what's best for her minion nephews. :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 12 years ago

C I remeber those days well. I wish I coud be a kid again:)

Posted by Bill Gassett, Metrowest Massachusetts Real Estate (RE/MAX Executive Realty) about 12 years ago

Bill, I'm with you! Sometimes I feel as if I am having my second childhood (LOL).

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 12 years ago

C-What a cute picture. He is adorable. I don't know if you have a Lowes any where near, but they have a Saturday thing where kids actually get to make things with wood here. My grandkids have made several things and love it. If you have one any where close by, check it out and see if it is available in your area. Your boys will love it. They also get a patch for everything they build and a little apron to put the patches on.

Posted by Laura Watts (Positive Properties, LLC) about 12 years ago

Cute picture and comment on the 'self directed'.  Its great that your little men want to be builders - think of all the listings you will have one day!

Posted by Lisa Friedman, Central New Jersey Real Estate (Alliance Realtors) about 12 years ago

Laura, I am scoping them out to see what I might be able to cook up for the little minions (LOL).

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 12 years ago

Thank you, Lisa. I hope your trip went well. I shall go visit your blog and catch up with you later. :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 12 years ago

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