No Means No…Period

An incident in Texas is getting a lot of press. The gang rape of an 11-year old isn’t causing an outrage because of the terrible thing that happened to the victim. Instead, the New York post ran an article suggesting the girl asked for it: Author James C. McKinley Jr. shows his true colors when…

Dinner Conversation: Grenades

Lately, dinner time in Kline Land has been strained. There’s a lot of grunting. And sniping. And snarling. I’m doing my best to maintain my Buddha Mom persona and haven’t gotten stabby yet. But we aren’t eating anything with sharp knives, just in case! Last week, I succeeded in getting Jeremy to speak, he shared…

Parents are We Raising Disagreeable Children?

Last week I wrote about raising praise junkies and apparently hit a chord. Everyone who commented agreed with me.  I thought I would take it a step further and address raising the disagreeable child. To me, this seems a logical counterpart to raising the praise junkie. If you’re constantly praising your child, even you are…

Thoughts On The Haircut Lawsuit

I’ve been thinking a lot about my post on the Haircut Lawsuit. Because I think I know why the parents did it. It’s time to impart some parenting wisdom. It’s my best guess that the parents are willing to sue over their son’s removal from the basketball team because they think he’s a wonderful player.…