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Parenting: the good, the bad, and the ugly

This was suggested at last week's Discussion.  We've all had parents, and some of us have been parents.  What was the best part?  The worst part?  What was the hardest to learn?  The most intuitive and natural?  Is it difficult for you to not provide parenting advice to those who appear to need it the most?

 

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You can find a map of exactly how to get to 95 Summit street by clicking here. Note that much of Summit Street is Resident-Only parking, even on Sunday.  The police may ticket your car even if the street is completely empty, with 100 available parking spaces.  Silly wabbits.

You may find parking on Maple between Summit and South Union, or on Willard between Main and Cliff.  I understand that Champlain College does not enforce their permit-only parking in their parking lots on the weekends.

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  • Jonathan S.

    This meetup works much better with 12 or fewer people

    March 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry if I get a bit pushy about that instinct stuff. One, it's a useful clarification of terms. Two, and more importantly to me, is how I feel on the victim-creator continuum regarding instincts. If it's instinctual, I have no control over it (part of the biological definition). If it's a choice, then no matter what I think or feel about it, it's happening because, at some level, it's me doing the choosing. Feel the same way about being straight/gay/other. If it's biological, then I'm not at choice. If it isn't, then it's all a choice. I find my life a lot more interesting (albeit a very good reflection of the chinese curse) if I'm at choice about everything. But, that's just me. I understand that there are very many people who don't want to have a whole helluva lot of things in their life be about their personal choice, conscious or otherwise. They would reather have it be about something making it so. Doesn't necessarily make it so, however great the desire.

    March 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    http://drbeetle.homestead.com/mindrules.html
    I'm still stuck on the "instinct" thing. I like the above link as a way to describe it.

    March 24, 2013

  • Alina

    other duties are holding me back today

    March 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    From the guy who suggested putting Velcro on kids PJs and the wall to act as a temp babysitter when you're busy, and not having any kids, I'm going to skip this one because my potential parenting skills have been questioned.

    March 18, 2013

    • jon b.

      Well, we did say "the bad" and "the ugly", so it would seem that you clearly were invited! And we do need a counterpoint to all of those wonderful parents!

      March 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Just for giggle's sake (no, it's not her Japanese alcohol), I'll try to find a link or two to culturally different parenting styles.

    March 18, 2013

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