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    Re: Open letter to parents

    Quote Originally Posted by M2 View Post

    IMO, a big part of it is parents who barely have any free time. Somebody really should have thought through how much sense it makes to need two wage earners in a family in order to make ends meet. I swear it's going to bring back polygamy just because it'll be the only sensible way to organize a household.
    My kids are eggheads--they entertain and organize themselves--I don't have to plot their lives out for them.

    They give us miraculous amounts of free time; and that's with my wife and me working. We are pretty huge workaholics, so we manage it with few hassles. We don't have fabulous social lives, but then neither of us cares all that much about that, to be honest.
    Last edited by Falls City Beer; 01-12-2007 at 10:43 PM.

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    Re: Open letter to parents

    I have 4 boys, all of whom are vastly different. It's made be very humble about my parenting abilities, and very sorry for being so smart about parenting before I experienced it.

    After the many books read, advice taken, and gut instincting, it all comes back to Randy's advice.

    Love them.

    I've never met a parent who doesn't love their little ones, but put it in action every day.

    Understand they are not going to be Michael Jordan, Ken Griffey and Tom Brady all rolled into one.

    Give them some of your undivided attention every day.

    Be a great role model.

    Listen to them when they talk about their interests, even if they're not the same as yours.

    Don't judge other parents.

    Be consistent.

    Let em know how much you love them and how proud you are of them. Don't ever withhold that for their own good.

    That's about all I got.
    Baseball is like church. Many attend, few understand

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    Re: Open letter to parents

    A very wise man once told me, "You can't put an old head on young shoulders." He followed that with this, "But as a parent, with a lot of time, and a lot of love, you can nurture it until it fits the shoulders." I understand that now.
    Talent is God Given: be humble.
    Fame is man given: be thankful.
    Conceit is self given: be careful.

    John Wooden

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    Re: Open letter to parents

    Quote Originally Posted by George Foster View Post
    It has been my experience in treating children that most bad behaving children are not spanked. Not always but it does trend that way. I also know some very well behaved children that have never been spanked. To say all spanking is wrong is well....wrong. To say not spanking your children is wrong is just as wrong.
    Whenever I got spanked as a kid, some other kid in the next day or two got the holy hell beat out of him. Obviously not every kid responds the same way, but I'll hazard a guess that spanking doesn't settle anything with most kids, it just opens the door to something else (could be something active, could be something passive).
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