Religion

Why Toni Braxton Is Wrong And Why It Matters

There are a few articles floating around the intertubes about Toni Braxton saying that she believes her son’s autism is due to the fact that she had an abortion.   I shared a link to the story and commented that her believing that God gave her son autism shows to me …

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Parenting Styles

Raising Girls – A Single Dad’s Experience

My daughter was 7 when her mom and I separated and I ended up with custody of her and her brother. Now, it is important to understand that she saw her mother all the time so it wasn’t like I was completely alone in raising her, but the bulk of …

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Religion

Stealing Our Children’s Futures: The Evils of Childhood Religious Indoctrination

An Apology: It was pointed out to me that this post that went up this morning was a duplicate of one that I posted last month, and so it is.  I must apologize.  I normally organize my writing projects into a “working” folder and a “completed” folder.  This article, obviously, …

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Parenting Fails

How Not To Find Out Your Mom Had a Stroke

My daughter, LV,  burst into my bedroom today and told me that she’s just found out that her mom had a stroke.  Her mother was in Massachusetts to visit her family there and she was due to fly back today.   Her mom has been in very poor health over the …

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Parenting Styles

Parenting Alone

I separated from my first wife in 2005.  The kids were staying with me because she was staying with her boyfriend.  When she threatened to take the kids back to Massachusetts, I contacted my lawyer and the next day had a court order for temporary custody. In the final divorce …

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Feminism

Get Thee Behind Me!

I just had a “Eww!” moment that actually made me feel really good. I just signed up for a money card and when setting it up, forgot to arrange to get a second card for my wife to use. My wife called them and they had her give the phone …

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Special Needs

How Bullies Gave My Son A Better Education

My son, AJ, was in second grade when he had his first encounter with bullies. As I’ve mentioned before, here and here, AJ was diagnosed with special needs early in life. We were lucky that he began receiving early intervention services even before he left the hospital because he was born …

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Religion

Stealing Our Children’s Futures: The Evils of Childhood Religious Indoctrination

Note: This was originally posted at Freethinking For Dummies. A while back, Surly Amy had a post on Skepchick.org giving advice to a reader who was working on a project in an education class. The issue is that the class is reviewing a proposal for an educational rights amendment, which included the notion that …

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Ages 13-17 (Teen)Parenting Styles

First Jobs

In the past week or so, both my kids have started jobs. For my daughter, who is 16, this is her first job. She took the initiative and got it all on her own. She’s working right up the street, walking distance, at a fast food place. She’s been putting …

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Health

Parenting While Depressed

It took me over a week to write this post. I would write a sentence or two and then I would be unable to write anymore. Perhaps later that day or a day or two later, a few more sentences would find their way onto the page. Or perhaps not. …

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