Our cofounder, Ed, and his kids, Emily and Cooper, keep us all entertained for hours with their adorable stories and family hijinx. Now we’re sharing some of the best of them with you, written by Ed himself…
My son Cooper—what can I say. He’s sort of a clown. He’s one of those kids who is always doing something either really funny that, as a parent, I cannot condone (but can’t help laughing at secretly) or really infuriating. His latest thing? He’s anti-school.
Cooper is three and a half. He’s pint sized for his age, but he has a vocabulary of a six year old (it’s the advantage of being a second child) and he uses it as his arsenal. Here is a common conversation you would hear if you were a fly on the wall in our home on a weekday morning these days.
Cooper: “I don’t want to go to school.”
Me: “You’ll love school! Your teachers are wonderful and you have so many friends waiting for you!”
Cooper: “What if I [fill in the blank]?” This is his latest thing. He starts every sentence with it.
Me: “You HAVE to go to school, Cooper.”
Cooper: “What if I won’t eat breakfast if I have to go to school.”
Me: “We’re calling the police if you keep this up…”
You see how things get out of hand really fast? So, why am I writing about this on the Tiny Prints blog?
I had an idea about a week ago. Cooper had just started school and our morning routine. He loves to give things to people—I think it makes him feel important—so I decided to take one of our teacher greeting cards and use it as an about me card for Cooper to give to his teachers (he has three). I had done this for my daughter for her first grade teacher as a way for her to get to know Emily, so I thought maybe if he had something to give to his teachers in class on that day, he would look forward to going to school.
It was brilliant!
I chose my personal favorite greeting card design and personalized it to look like this:
It says, “I want to be Batman when I grow up.” This kid is Batman crazy, and sometimes spends the entire day in a Batman costume my wife got him—mask and all. So when he saw this card, he loved it! And since we print and ship greeting cards lightning fast, he had these cards ready for delivery on his second day of class. On that morning, did he really really want to go to school? No…
But he went and I am told that he actually really enjoyed handing these out. Plus, the teachers loved them, so it was a happy ending after all.
Ed is one of the founders of Tiny Prints, and our current CEO. True to what you’d expect from one of the masterminds behind Tiny Prints, Ed sincerely loves not just the fresh look and stylish design of social stationery, but the heartfelt message behind it that motivates our customers to get together, keep in touch and send little rays of sunshine to each other’s mailboxes. He currently resides in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife, Polly, and his two beautiful children, Emily and Cooper.