Archive for the ‘Parenting’ Category

Environmentally Correct Nutjobs

Friday, November 23rd, 2007

The Daily Mail has a fine article on women who won’t have children, for fear of the negative environmental impact of a newborn babe.

Why don’t these people just kill themselves?

(via Drudge, with the great headline, “ECO WARRIOR STERILIZED TO PROTECT THE PLANET: ‘Having children is selfish’…” )

Why You Have Kids

Friday, August 10th, 2007

Why you have kids:

so they’ll take care of you when you are old and infirm.

(No, that’s not me and my son, Jack. I drink my beer from a bottle.)

Are There Children On Violent Acres?

Wednesday, July 25th, 2007

I like the site Violent Acres.  It’s funny and witty and well-written.  As the author herself points out, the Internet is generally too nice and her wit is acid enough to burn up a few sacred cows.  Her philosophy is basically common-sensical libertarian, with a strong streak of self-reliance and distrust of arbitrary authority.  The author maintains her anonymity, so I will refer to her as Ms. Acres in the context of this post.

Ms. Acres writes frequently about child-raising, often with acerbic astuteness, but like her spiritual and philosophical soul-mate, the science-fiction writer Robert Heinlein, I wonder how much of her experience is first hand, from start to finish, with children of her own?  What is clear is that she has stepchildren from her husband’s previous marriage whom she supervises occasionally.  She also has shown justifiable disdain for the moral supersession of absent biological fatherhood over a good step-dad.

Her most recent post speaks of the humiliation of being an adult waiting in line for the latest Harry Potter book.  Given her frugality, and the high cost of competent baby-sitting, and her complete silence on the matter. I find it hard to imagine that Ms. Acres has children of her own that she watches on a full time basis.

I like Ms. Acres writing.  I like a lot of what she says about child-raising and wish more parents had her point of view.  I am not so dull as to assert that those who observe rather than participate in an activity are incompetent to comment thoughtfully on it.  I just look forward to the day when Ms. Acres bitch-slaps herself, admitting that dealing with her own kids full-time is nothing like she imagined, and that her idealistic notions are like tattered tissue paper in the face of one’s own screaming infant child.

It’ll be just my foot-in-mouth luck that Ms. Acres has some serious biological bar from bearing children, allowing her tragical immunity from my existential barb.

Horseback Riding in Forest Hills

Thursday, June 28th, 2007

A lot of hoopla was given to the recent closing of a Manhattan riding school. Fortunately, for us mortals in Queens, there is still plenty of opportunity to ride locally.

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Seven Parenting Links to Drive You Crazy

Monday, June 25th, 2007

Here are seven links related to parenting that will drive you crazy and help explain why parenting is driving other people crazy. Hopefully, just hopefully, a parent’s reaction is to shrug in disgust, not worry so much, just do the best they can, and not cave into peer pressure.

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Poisoning Children

Tuesday, June 19th, 2007

RC2, the company that poisons kids with lead paint, is apparently hoping that no-one will notice the slipshod standards they applied to their outsourced Chinese toy manufacturing partners-in-crime.

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Product Recall: Thomas the Tank Engine

Thursday, June 14th, 2007

A bunch of Thomas the Tank Engine toys have been recalled for containing lead in red and yellow paint on wooden products. This makes me absolutely sick. My son and daughter gnaw on their toys, like all toddlers. The crap was imported from China, where consumer protection and product safety regulation are lax and unenforced. I hope that people hang for this, including the scumbags who imported the offending toys without testing them. They wanted to save a few bucks, so let them pay the price now. The products have been on sale for over two years.

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Sex Education and the Farm

Friday, June 8th, 2007

“Mommy, where do babies come from?” It is a question that parents dread. My own parents smartly answered the question before it was ever asked. Not too long ago, it was also easily answered, if it had to be asked at all. The culprits of this sorry state of affairs are our separation from our agrarian roots, increased individual privacy, and perversely, the growing openness about sexuality and promiscuity.

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The Perfect Newborn Stroller for First-Time Parents

Thursday, June 7th, 2007

Here is a perfect newborn stroller (and car seat) solution for newbie parents. It’ll save you money, time, and trouble and keep your baby safe and happy.

There are a lot of choices of strollers for newborns. The problem is figuring out which one works best for you. A good stroller can cost a several hundred dollars. And however much you spend, you will be using it constantly. The choices are confusing. This is your first baby and you don’t know what features you will need. At best, the wrong choice will require a return to the store, at a time when you have a screaming, unhappy baby, and both you and your spouse are exhausted from no sleep and the constant worrying of new parents. At worst, a bad choice will be costly, because you can’t return the ill-fitting stroller, and you’ll have no idea if the new choice will fit your needs.

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