Parenting Styles

Meet The Parents

My son, AJ has had more girlfriends in the past few years than Led Zeppelin had groupies. The comparison to Zeppelin doesn’t end there though. He also pretty much treated these girls like groupies. They were good for a few short days, maybe a week or two at the most, …

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Parenting Styles

He Has a Huge What?!

So many people, it seems, put a premium on looks. This is especially true for teens and young adults. There is this idea that good looks somehow makes someone better than someone who isn’t as good looking. Teenagers are particularly prone to this preoccupation with looks, probably because they are …

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Special Needs

Socialization Issues In Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder

I have written here before about my son, AJ, and how at 3 years old he was diagnosed with PDD, later refined to Autism Spectrum Disorder, or ASD. Like any boy of that age, he loved to play with the other boys in the neighborhood. Most of these kids were a …

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Religion

Scaring The Shit Out Of Your Children For Jesus

NOTE – This was originally published by the author at Freethinking For Dummies. “We can be timid as parents to explain the wrath of God to our children because we’re afraid they’ll be too frightened and want nothing to do with him. But we are forgetting that the fear of …

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Ages 13-17 (Teen)Parenting Styles

Why Valentine’s Day Sucks For Teens

They say that being a teenager sucks. If so, then it certainly sucks even more around Valentine’s Day. Romance is hard enough at any age, but when your teenage hormones are raging and you have hardly any experience controlling the emotions you are feeling, it becomes a cruel, harsh slave …

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Religion

Religion Weasels It’s Way into My Kids’ School

NOTE – This article was originally posted at Freethinking For Dummies and is posed here by the original author. Tonight was open house at our kids’ Middle School. As we walked in the door, we were greeted by a woman handing out blue flyers about a before school program for …

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Special Needs

He’s So “Special”

We always knew AJ (not his real name) was a little different.  He was born 8 weeks early so we started our lives as parents with a son who wasn’t quite the same as other babies. When he was a little older and would play with his toys, we knew …

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Parenting Styles

Give Me Some Sugar, Sugar!

I found an interesting article about subjecting children to unwanted affection, mainly kisses from strangers, but also kisses from relatives as well. This is something I’m sure we have all experienced, if not as parents, then certainly as children. The title of this post is taken from something my granny …

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Pseudoscience

Daddy, I Think I’m Drunk

My 10 year old son was staggering around. He was babbling like an idiot (not unusual, but this was way more than normal). He was slurring his speech. If I didn’t know better I’d swear he was drunk. He wasn’t; I knew better. He, however, did not. He’d been given …

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Pregnancy & Childbirth

The Birth Experience and “Real” Moms

Trigger Warning: This post contains images of real surgery. Both my children were delivered by c-section. Whenever people heard this, as often as not, someone would make some disparaging remark about how terrible c-sections are and how a woman who has one didn’t really give birth and imply that she …

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