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30 December 2016 @ 12:19 pm
At what age do you let your kid stay up until midnight/see the ball drop on New Years Eve?
 
 
16 December 2016 @ 10:11 pm
At what age, if any, do you stop allowing sleepovers where your child shares a bed or a bedroom with a member of the gender they are attracted to?
 
 
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
Meds  
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
pr0n  
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?