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Thoughts From a Second-Time Father

Michael Margolin with daughter Alexa and Jake

Thoughts From a Second-Time Father

am very proud to say that Alexa has perfected her routine. “Trick or treat? Thank you. Happy Halloween!” Not only do my wife Enjoli and I find this adorable, but I also see it as Alexa being well on her way to functioning in society and interacting successfully with other people. She is only four and half years old, but she is doing something right.

And, since her younger brother Jake only wants to do what Alexa is doing, she is setting a good example for him.

At 18 months, Jake certainly has his own way of doing things that is nothing like his big sister's ways. Jake, for example, eats his food as if he is being timed. When the bites are small enough, he has a contest with himself to see how many bites he can stuff into his mouth. Or, if I happened to take a cracker or blueberry from his highchair tray, he extends his arms to defend his food, and then eats them quickly so I cannot have any more. Alexa shares her food more.

Not always willingly, but she does. I have written several times about the eating habits of my children and how the desire to eat and the curiosity to find out what that bag was that just opened in the kitchen is, all comes so naturally. Trick or treating, dancing or eating. I suppose it is best to lead by example.

Michael Margolin is the father of two young children. He is an avid sports fan.



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