Kids These Days

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I am fortunate enough to live in a large metropolitan area that has great libraries. Not only do they have almost any book I've ever looked for (all two of them), but they lend out DVDs. Recently, as I was perusing the rack of movies, I happened to hear something quite disturbing.

What I overheard was a conversation between a mother and her son, which went something like this:

What Every Parent Ought to Know About Milestones

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Milestones don't matter.

Parents spend a lot of time telling their kid's things like "you're special" and "I love you just the way you are." So why is it that during the early stages of life, parents put their child in a box? During the first month they must be able to coo. During the second month, the child needs to smile, laugh, and hold their head steady... and so on and so forth.

Daddy Can't Dance

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There is only one week left until the eldest starts dance class. I fear that the hummingbirds ballet class may be a gateway drug to much worse things.

It starts out innocently enough, just one pirouette, then before you know it she'll be doing more advanced maneuvers like a battement. Then she'll branch out in to completely different things like jazz dance. She'll be doing kick ball changes off of a table top in no time. If we're not careful, she'll be out on the streets learning hip hop and pop locking with any stranger that will give her the time of day! But I digress...

Who Is Raising Your Children?

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It is often said that people today are more 'connected' than ever. Social networks allow friends, colleagues, and a slew of others stay in contact and be continually updated as to what's happening. Some children's toys are able to chart the child's learning and provide a quick report on how the child is progressing. Books are multi-lingual and talk about anything from aardvarks to Zen. Yet with all the tools and resources, society seems to be growing more and more uninvolved and disconnected from it's most important members, the kids.

Top 5 Reasons for Disciplining Other People's Kids At Your House Edition

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When children are resistant to rules and guidelines, parent's often tell them something like "as long as you live under my roof, you obey my rules!" Or, "as soon as you start paying rent, you can start making some decisions around here!"

What about when other people's children misbehave? They are like transients who pop in just long enough to make their impact felt, and then poof, they disappear like a fart in the wind. So what do you do when the transient children start misbehaving?

A Lesson From Washington D.C.

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In light of the recent events in the United States, I've decided to make a proposal of my own. Keep in mind that it has to go before my wife, and pass her vote… but I'm pretty sure she'll send it on through. Instead of thinking of it as 'Big Brother' getting more power, I like to think of it as 'Big Father' doing what's best for his people.

My Daughter Has A Wiener

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My daughter has a wiener. When I first heard this, it was news to me. I began to question everything. How could God play such a cruel trick on our family? Am I a bad father for dressing her him in girls clothes for nearly four years? Is this how I find out I have a son? How much are the physiatrist bills going to be?

Treat A Kid Like Dirt

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Maybe you've heard the old saying "treat a girl like dirt, and she'll stick to you like mud." As a parent, you can tweak the saying, and apply it to kids. The result is as follows:

"Treat your kids like dirt, and they'll stick to you like mud."

I am not advocating that you treat your kids like dirt. However, there are some sad truths that can be found in that statement.