Tag: parents

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Subconsciously, we know that no one knows everything.  Despite this knowledge, we tend to expect this of the people we look up to most, whether it’s our parents, teachers, or the other adults in our lives.  We create this idea that they are flawless superheroes, as though they never grapple with much of anything, except […]

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Bubble-Wrapped Americans: How the US Became Obsessed with Physical and Emotional Safety

 

Bubble-Wrapped Americans: How the U.S. Became Obsessed with Physical and Emotional Safety“In America we say if anyone gets hurt, we will ban it for everyone everywhere for all time. And before we know it, everything is banned.” — Professor Jonathan Haidt

It’s a common refrain: We have bubble-wrapped the world. Americans in particular are obsessed with “safety.” The simplest way to get any law passed in America, be it a zoning law or a sweeping reform of the intelligence community, is to invoke a simple sentence: “A kid might get hurt.”

Almost no one is opposed to reasonable efforts at making the world a safer place. But the operating word here is “reasonable.” Banning lawn darts, for example, rather than just telling people that they can be dangerous when used by unsupervised children, is a perfect example of a craving for safety gone too far.

Emily Zanotti is back 6 weeks after having twins—and she’s got a little feedback on all the advice she was given before giving birth. Kelly Maher and Bethany Mandel join to share the hacks they couldn’t Mom without… and the advice they never actually took.

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America are pleased to see pathetic levels of voter enthusiasm among Democrats in Texas and Georgia and they dissect the substantial personal debt afflicting the party’s nominee for governor in Georgia.  They also fire back as California Rep. Eric Swalwell argues for a ban on military-style semiautomatic rifles, a buyback program aimed at those who own such weapons, and criminal prosecution for anyone subsequently caught with one.  And they shake their heads over the 30-year-old man who took his parents to court for insisting he move out of their house.

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America have fun with three different headlines, starting with the news that Florida GOP Gov. Rick Scott will run for U.S. Senate this year, possibly giving Republicans their best chance of winning that race.  They also scratch their heads as Twitter CEO and supposed free speech champion Jack Dorsey describes a Medium article as a “great read” after it calls for all of America to follow the progressive path of California, says that conservatism must be thoroughly defeated, and labels Republicans as “bad guys on the wrong side of history.”  And they fume after former First Lady Michelle Obama likens the presidencies of her husband and Donald Trump to parenting children.  They also get a kick out of Mrs. Obama saying we shouldn’t look to make someone president just because they give a good speech.

The Call

 

Well, I made “the call” today. It’s the phone call most children dread having to make: “Hello, I want to set up an appointment to tour your facility.” The “facility” in question is an assisted living facility for my mother.

She moved into our house a little over a year after we adopted our three daughters what seems like eons ago. She had sold her house in Morehead City, NC, and had built a self-sufficient wing onto our house — bedroom, kitchen, living room, two-and-a-half baths. Her reasoning? “I don’t want to live a seven-hour drive away from my new grandchildren!” ‘Nuff said.

David French of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America applaud President Trump for aggressively rolling back burdensome federal regulations.  They also wince at new Census Bureau data showing more Americans aged 18-34 live with their parents than with a spouse, a major shift from 40 years ago.  And they brace themselves for Barack Obama’s first public appearance since Inauguration Day and discuss how active Obama is likely to be in policy debates.

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Next Friday, November 25th, my parents will celebrate their 50th anniversary.  In those 50 years, they have been rewarded with 3 children, 8 grandkids, and 4 great-grandkids.   Next week, for the first time in a very long time, our entire family will come together to celebrate my parents.  So let me tell you a […]

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My arrival in early 1974 was inauspicious . I have photographic evidence of this humble beginning. I see a pink-faced sleeping newborn swaddled in a hospital blanket, assigned with a small placard designating me as “13.” The Thai nurses attached no significance to that number.  They were focused on some lack of reflex in the five pound, four ounce infant, and were trying to bottle feed […]

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Does anyone else feel in their daily lives like each and every conversation topic is a minefield?   I am a stay at home dad and spend a lot of time around other parents as my primary form of adult interaction.  This is badly needed since I have 3 kids under age 8.   Preview […]

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Why Would a 43-Year-Old Man Like “Married at First Sight”

 

My wife and I don’t watch much TV. Last year we cut the cord and now use Roku and Apple TV to occasionally watch movies and shows through services like Netflix and Hulu. This past fall, missing out on NFL broadcasts, we bought the cheapest cable package just so we could get our local D.C. broadcast channels and ESPN.

The cable package comes with a handful of other channels that we never watch. This past Tuesday, after watching the one show we both love (“Jeopardy” — yes we’re nerds) I started randomly scrolling through the other channels.

On Uzis and Accidents — Lessons in Responsibility and Stupidity

 

The private ownership of guns — and the attendant culture of gun owners — is virulently opposed by a significant portion of the country. Such anti-gunners are disproportionately represented in journalism and entertainment, fields populated by people skilled at speaking, acting, and writing; people, moreover, who have all the resources necessary to make their voices widely heard.  

I’ve said it here before and it bears repeating: Gun owners must be tougher on themselves than their opponents are. Every mistake we make; every arrogant boast; every garbled, ineloquent defense we attempt; every misplaced criticism of our culture will be parsed, dissected, analyzed, and stored for future use.