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20 October 2016 @ 09:27 pm
You discover your teenager and three friends are planning to throw a party in a local wooded park. They are charging $5 per person and alcohol will be served. What do you do?
A - prevent your child from going and not call the other parents
B - prevent your child from going and call the other parents
C - nothing
D - something else, please explain

Corollary question: If you were the other parent, would you want to know/be told?
30 August 2016 @ 04:33 pm
Let's say your kid, who we will call S wants to change instruments. They tried the viola at a summer orchestra camp, but rather than play it for the school year, would rather try drums in the school band. Would you let them switch, or have them stick to one instrument for the year?
27 August 2016 @ 03:05 pm
Your tweenager has a friend over. Your kid takes their regular medication for their behavioral/emotional/developmental/chronic condition. The friend says "[condition] doesn't really exist. I don't think you should be taking those pills."

Do you punch the kid in the face before or after you down a glass of wine?

But really... How do you respond?
26 August 2016 @ 03:30 pm
Okay, so you've surely seen this video on facebook by now, so what are your thoughts?

25 August 2016 @ 03:44 pm
There is an HPV ad out which has a woman, then a man, explain that they have cancer that was caused by HPV.  Both of them get progressively younger until a 12 year old version of themselves says, "did you know, mom?  dad?"

Do you find that such an ad is an effective way to get people to vaccinate their children against HPV?
05 August 2016 @ 10:51 pm
You discover that your 12 year old has been staying up late watching mature videos on YouTube that have a decidedly sexual nature. He/she doesn't seem to have discovered where the actual porn is on the internet, but that time is quickly approaching. How do you proceed?
10 July 2016 @ 05:50 pm
You are a divorced parent with primary but shared custody of an elementary school aged child. Both you and your ex have remarried other people and you each have a child with your new spouses. You and your ex aren't super friendly, but you get along well enough and you each get along with the other's new spouse.

So... what relationship do the two new kids have to each other? They share a half sibling, but will rarely if ever spend time with the other family beyond being there at handoff time, because the families don't live near each other. Would you encourage or discourage a relationship between them? If one talks about the other as their brother or sister, do you nod and smile, downgrade it to cousins, or something else?

Now assume you are an aunt or uncle in this situation. Your kids grew up calling your sibling's ex their aunt or uncle and still do. Would you refer to the new baby as their cousin? Their cousin's sister/brother?

Brought to you by my 2 year old nephew who thinks he got a new baby brother when his half sister's half brother was born and my kids thinking they have a new baby cousin.

How does this work in other families? How do you think it should work?
01 June 2016 @ 06:17 pm
One day a child falls into a zoo enclosure and is threatened by a large, dangerous animal. The animal is shot to save the child's life. Some people blame the parents, some people blame the zoo, some people claim it was just a terrible accident and no one is really to blame. Where do you fall? Will you still take your family to zoos?
11 April 2016 @ 06:49 pm
Taken from my real life.

I recently moved in to a 2700-home planned community in the suburb of a mid-sized city. There are single family homes ranging between $175,000 and $2million, as it's a lake front community. Think "big HOA" amenities - multiple pools, fitness club, kids' activities, pontoon boats for rent, local 5k races, etc. It's a massive community and the people who live here (many of whom have lived here since the first section was built 25 years ago) live and breathe this place. Think "aging stepford community."

About a year ago, after some major HOA fallout from our previous board, our community hired a new Community Manager. This person basically runs the HOA, and is paid a hefty sum out of our dues to do it.

It quickly leaked that she is a published author of erotic literature, and a quick google search yields all of her stuff including blogs, twitter, etc. of her erotic literature. She seems to update her blog quite often during the work week, but she does a good job managing the community.

The community is divided over this - half of them couldn't care less, and the other half are horrified that a family community would hire this woman and they want her fired immediately as they believe it will negatively impact this very family-focused, positive-PR community.

What do you think? As parents, would you care that the woman running your neighborhood very publicly/vocally authors erotic novels?