Tag: kids

Your Most Embarrassing Parenting Moment?

 

ObamaTantrumThe Moser family had a rare opportunity to visit the White House and meet President Obama. In what must be every politically connected parent’s worst nightmare, their toddler chose that once-in-a-lifetime moment to fall on the floor and throw a tantrum.

The image began attracting attention when the girl’s uncle, a columnist for the New York Times, posted it to his Twitter account.

As the parent of two girls, I have suffered my share of public meltdowns and the dirty looks from strangers. The businessman loudly grumbling “oh, great” when I walked down an airplane aisle only to park my crying infant behind him. The mean girls at the college coffeehouse rolling their eyes as my toddler rolled on the floor between tables. The haughty Vacation Bible School parents scandalized that instead of singing “This Little Light of Mine,” my kid glared at the audience as she yawned and picked her nose.

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My parents I spent three nights collectively building the Lego pirate ship back when I was a little scamp, because they were good parents. But, during the day, they had jobs. And friends. And lives. I certainly respect the skill and dedication, but only an upper-middle/upper class white mom with means and excesses in both money […]

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Welcome to Park Slope Brooklyn, the Berkeley or Cambridge of New York City? Where the Food Coop’s double NO FRACKING signs in the window tell you where you are (and for me to STAY AWAY); where, for cheap thrills, to annoy people, I sport a Fox News Channel t-shirt, which may soon be joined by […]

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Don’t Come Home ’til Supper

 

Earlier this week, CNN broke the story, “After letting her 7-year-old son walk from their home to a park to play, a Florida mother was arrested.”

Coincidentally a while back there was a picture on Facebook called “Opening Day of Trout Season at the Spillway, 1956.” The spillway was a shallow pond at the base of Conn Lake, the water supply for the City of Napa. The old photo is black and white. Kids are shoulder to shoulder and milling around like skeeters on a pond.

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I will be coaching my son’s 10/11-year-old soccer team again this year.  The league is co-ed, which drives me nuts and pushes a lot of my buttons, so to speak.  I do not think boys should play competitive sports with girls.  Last year, we had one girl the team; she was terrible, and cried all […]

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I really enjoy watching videos of kids doing cute and funny things on Youtube. When I come across one that really grabs me I’ll post it here. Here’s the first one. It’s one of those Songify videos. Super cute.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U3XZfYVKkXo Preview Open

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Can Republicans Sell Child Tax Credits?

 

Jim Pethokoukis recently put up a post on the child tax credit proposal, which is recommended in the recently released compendium of reform conservatism, Room to Grow. He covers the economic angle and argues that the tax credit qualifies as pro-growth, supply-side economic reform because children are future human capital and because younger societies tend to be more “dynamic, creative and entrepreneurial.”

None of our Ricochet regulars will be surprised to hear that I’m in favor of this. Obviously I have a vested interest because I have three children already and could have more. But I’m pretty sure I’d be in favor in any case. I don’t think it’s unfair because families will still be shouldering a substantial financial burden in order to supply the country with an invaluable resource: future workers. And taxpayers. On average, it costs about $250,000 to raise a child to 18. It can become more economical if you strip out day care fees and whatnot, but then the opportunity cost is higher. One way or another families are still a great “bargain” for the country even if we slightly diminish the average “profit” per child. We invest our national resources in cultivating scientific research, infrastructure, energy, our military, and other valuable projects that we expect to have a future payoff. So why shouldn’t we invest a little more in “cultivating” children, who also bring us future benefits?

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With an ever increasing array of on-demand TV services, parents have never had so many options for selecting their children’s entertainment. In addition to new programs like Blue’s Clues and Wild Kratts, many shows from previous decades are now available for streaming. Some old favorites, like Scooby Doo, have even been refreshed with new episodes.  […]

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