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You Need Kids Like A Hole In The Head

I don’t mean to make anyone here feel real stupid or anything but I’m a certified college graduate. That’s right, I have a bachelor’s degree in psychology so I know a hella lot about human development. I’m more than a little proud to say that I took no less than …

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Ages 10-12 (Tween)DisciplineEducationParenting Styles

#SorryNotSorry — The End of The Forced Apology

I got an email the other day. My son’s teacher wanted to discuss my son’s strong emotional response that day in school. My first thought was — uh, could you please define strong emotional response? Did he burst into tears? Did he throw a table? Did he yell? Ah, the joy of …

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Ages 2-5Parenting Styles

Stuff Parents Say

This morning I realized that I have officially become my mother. This is not a bad thing. Like many parents, I often find myself repeating the phrases that my mother said when I was young, some of which she still says today. There are the sweet things that she said, that make …

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Parenting Styles

On Lessons Learned

There was is an article circulating among the social media about a man in Sweden who took his children to Israel, Syria, and the West Bank to teach them just how truly terrible real war is and how fortunate they were to have the lives that they did.  There was, …

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Parenting Styles

Radiohead At 37,000 Feet

Listening to Radiohead at 37,000 feet is pretty relaxing.  It keeps me focused and energized.  I need that to get my writing back to where it should be. This past summer has been pretty relaxing.  Well, except for the unexpected car repairs, wage garnishment for a debt my ex-wife promised …

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Alternate Family ArrangementsParenting StylesReligion

Full Circle

It’s funny how things come full circle. I was raised as what I might call a “devout agnostic.” Religion really wasn’t an issue in my house. My parents didn’t go to church, we didn’t discuss religion… it just wasn’t a thing in our home. So I grew up with a …

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Ages 10-12 (Tween)Ages 6-9HouseholdParenting StylesWork

So What about Allowances? Or, Putting My Kid on Salary

Maybe your parents were like mine. When I was coming up, we didn’t get paid for work we did around the house. When I say work, I don’t mean we made our beds and maybe helped Mama dust.  I mean work. From the time I was eight, I was doing …

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Ages 2-5BabiesHouseholdParenting Styles

Take This Baby

Soon after my son was born, we found ourselves doing this little dance with the baby. Parental Unit 1: “Do you want to hold him?” Parental Unit 2: “Sure, if you don’t want to.” Parental Unit 1: “No, I do want to. I just thought you might want him.” Parental …

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Parenting Styles

A Skeptical Parenting Anthem – Part 2

(Non-mobile users, if you’ll permit me a nostalgic pop-punk indulgence, this article is best read while listening to it’s namesake. Hit play and come back, if you’re into that sort of thing.)       Part 1 Part 1 of this article, a history of things I don’t like, proved …

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Parenting FailsParenting Styles

Parenting Without A Tribe

I wanted to write a post titled In Defense of Helicopter Parenting but then I realized that I’m actually not much of a helicopter parent. I only hover when safety is a concern, and my goal is to avoid homework supervisory duties as much as possible. Still, I wanted to …

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