So a parent stumbles over other kids' names before your own because he loves them — as he loves you.
You're all related on the memory map in the parent's mind. Interestingly, in the study referenced above, the scientists also found that the family dog was included in that list of misnamed family members. This simply indicates that for the people who make this mistake, their dogs' names are stored in the same semantic network as their kids' names — as part of the family.
Attempts to address these things in the comment section will be removed as unsupportive of OP. About Emma Johnson Emma Johnson is an award-winning business journalist, noted blogger, and bestselling author. Their refreshing irreverence. That helped me put things in perspective and I realized that we were both being selfish and the kids were not our priority. Thomas Minivanpip is currently reading it Jun 16, Resources : A visit from the political correctness police Six rules for allies. Yet this can be emasculating, or at least deflating, which makes him resent being involved on some level.
Which probably surprises nobody with a beloved family dog or two. It's due to the way the brain stores information. We all keep info about the people we know in a semantic network, which is then linked to places, other people and objects. When we recall something, even something as simple as a name, that network is activated.
And when enough related stuff is remembered, there's enough information to allow us to remember. And yes, this all happens very quickly. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Bell Goodreads Author. After his latest girlfriend becomes his wife, and his wife becomes pregnant, Tom Bell finds himself a first time father at nearly 50 years old. Over the years, he has shown only a passing interest in his nieces and nephews, and has never touched someone else's poo.
Now, with an eight month-old baby and two toddlers, he wracks his brain daily for any useful cross-over skills accumulated from a half-century of single life. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages.
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Sep 04, Scott Rhee rated it really liked it Shelves: humor , memoir , parenting , nonfiction. Between owning and operating a successful bar in the Tremont area and occasionally dating, Clevelander and long-time bachelor Thomas K. Bell somehow managed to do the impossible: find the right woman to settle down and have kids with. Not that it was easy, especially the latter part.
Bell's funny and poignant memoir "My Dad is a Freak" is kind of his ode to Fatherhood, a lifestyle choice he laments every waking moment but would not trade it for anything in the world. Bell's rants are, at times, Between owning and operating a successful bar in the Tremont area and occasionally dating, Clevelander and long-time bachelor Thomas K.
Bell's rants are, at times, hilarious, and, other times, deeply personal and moving, and they are probably complaints that every parent shares. As a father-to-be very soon, I read this with tears in my eyes from both laughing so hard AND weeping over the fact that any second of free time I have after the birth of my daughter will be devoted solely to her. The wit here is found in many observational comparisons Tom Bell has proved them all wrong in his hilarious memoir about middle-aged marriage and fatherhood.
A must read for all the men in your life, whatever their age. Aug 01, Rachel Najjar rated it it was amazing.