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Teaching Our Children How To Love

In 1910, the psychoanalytic therapist, Sigmund Freud, coined the term “Oedipus Complex” in reference to a general observation he had made regarding the relationship between a child and their parent of the opposite sex. Freud believed a child subconscious harvested sexual and emotional feelings for their mother or father (respectively) and thus, harbored resentment toward the other parent that prevented ...

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How To Treat Daycare Teachers

There’s no nice way to put this: every time I walk through the doors of my toddler’s daycare and round the corner to his classroom what is certain to ensue is pure chaos. Don’t get me wrong – it’s a beautiful kind of chaos – the kind filled with a cacophony of kids yelling and deserted toys haphazardly strung across ...

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Teaching Children Liberal Bigotry

My son is too young to comprehend the subtle and not-so-subtle differences between people. He understands that there is an inherent difference between boys and girls or little kids and adults, but his grasp on things like race, skin color, sexuality, and cultural differences is non-existent. My nephew is a bit older than my son and remarkably in-tune with characteristic ...

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Make America Spank Again

I can’t put my finger on when exactly spanking went from being an effective means of disciplining your child to suddenly being a corporal punishment of epic proportions that perpetuates violence and emotional stunting. However, I’m going to go out on a limb here and say it probably happened around the same time kids became self-entitled brats with zero sense ...

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8 Seemingly Small Things Every Kid Needs To Know

I’ve received a LOT of parenting tips over the years – some provoked, others completely unsolicited. Some of the parenting tips I’ve acquired have proven to be very useful in structuring my relationship with my child and helping guide him into a well-rounded human being. Others… not so much. Among the countless pearls of wisdom bestowed on me, one of ...

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How To Talk To Your Child About Suicide

There have been more high-profile suicides in the last year than in a few decades combined. While that number is skewed by the fact that accidental overdoses and other random deaths are unverifiable, it would appear that blatant suicides in recent months have left no doubt as to the intended purpose. As an admirer of Anthony Bourdain, Kate Spade, Chris ...

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The Internal Hell That Is Postpartum Depression and OCD

My postpartum depression hit me almost immediately after delivering my son. It came on like this wave of inexplicable fear; like some invisible force was dragging me underwater. The first few days I chalked it up to exhaustion and hormones. By the second week of being in what I can only describe as a perpetual state of paralyzing anxiety, I ...

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Why I Won’t Take My Kid To Gay Pride

I have always supported the gay community. As a Christian conservative, I have repeatedly encountered like-minded people that balk at my acceptance of homosexuality. If being gay is a sin, that’s between them and God. It has nothing to do with me, just like people that succumb to infidelity, lying, greed, and divorce have no impact on my life. It’s ...

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