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  • don bosch 7:19 am on 03/26/2015 Permalink
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    How Do I ‘Honor My Father and Mother’ if They Were Abusive?

  • don bosch 10:20 am on 03/04/2015 Permalink
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    “Hell no.” Curt Schilling takes on his daughter haters:

    I look at it like this. If someone walked into your house and punched your daughter square in the face, what would your reaction be? You and I probably are thinking the very same thing. How is that different than what happened to my amazing Daughter?

    Here’s how.

    Those bruises on your daughters face? They’ll heal over time and go away. My daughter? She was bruised and battered every bit as bad as that punch. Her scars are there forever.

    For you “men” trying to somehow side with these guys? Go for it. You don’t have far to go in life, in fact you may already be at your finish line.

    Ladies? I don’t care if you’re 7 or 70. There is no time, no place, no reason in your lives ever that anyone, most especially a man, is allowed to talk to you, or treat you, this way.   99.9% of the tools that continue to rant didn’t even read the article, and they most assuredly didn’t click on the links.

    Young women, and men, are KILLING themselves after being cyber-bullied.

    You have a son, daughter, sister or brother? Niece, nephew, cousin? One that you would go to the ends of the earth for? Think about it for a second. Phone rings and that person has died, hung themselves because they were bullied. How are you doing? What’s your reaction?

    Let me be very clear again. I have no issues with people ragging other people. It’s been a part of my life for 40 some years. Ask an athlete, soldier, fireman, policeman, locker rooms might be the most uncivil places on the planet. We say things to each other in there no one else is allowed to say to us. It’s how you express your love to your teammates/co-workers/brothers in arms. I am just about 100% sure no one, and nothing, in that environment brings that outside, and for good reason.

  • don bosch 11:05 am on 03/03/2015 Permalink
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    Widower sues after father-in-law fires him for finding new love:

    Jeronimo was married to Irene, his first wife, for 20 years before she died from kidney cancer in 2008 at 39. Last year, Jeronimo entered into a serious relationship with his new fiancée, and, in December, he told Casimiro, the suit says. Jeronimo said he would take his girlfriend to Portugal to introduce her to his family because he planned to marry her, the suit says. “[Casimiro] seemed OK, like nothing was wrong,” Jeronimo recalled. But when he returned on Jan. 12, Jeronimo called Casimiro to tell him he was ready to go to work the next day, the suit says. 

    Casimiro screamed, “You are fired because you are going to get married!” the suit charges. “I felt really betrayed. I give to him over 25 years and now [my career is] destroyed,” Jeronimo said. “He just throws me on the street.” 

    Jeronimo, who had worked for the company for 27 years, filed the Manhattan Supreme Court lawsuit on Monday. His lawyers, Matthew Blit and Justin Clark, say they’re seeking unspecified damages for past and future economic loss, emotional distress and humiliation.

    He’s probably got a case.

  • don bosch 6:34 pm on 02/10/2015 Permalink
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    Alcohol redefined as ‘weapon’ in sexual assault cases by prosecutors, military officials.

    Alcohol for years has been seen as a contributing factor in rapes, and it is thought to play a role in nearly half of the almost 6,000 sexual assaults reported across the Defense Department last year. But the role alcohol plays has been succinctly redefined.

    “It’s a weapon,” said Katharina Booth, chief trial deputy and chief of the Boulder District Attorney’s Office sexual assault unit.

    Booth said the change comes from the realization that perpetrators are more likely to use alcohol to subdue their sexual assault victims than guns, threats and fists.

    Alcohol’s ties to sexual assault came into focus again in January with the arrest of Air Force Academy junior cadet Daniel Ryerson. He’s charged in state court with sexually assaulting an inebriated female classmate after a night of party-hopping in Boulder on Nov. 1. Ryerson, 21, who police say is linked to the case by DNA evidence, is due in court this month.

    In a December Pentagon report, the military calls alcohol a weapon in its latest sexual assault prevention guidance for commanders, echoing a statement made by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel in May.

    If you have kids in the military or at college, don’t fail to make them aware of this.

  • don bosch 9:07 am on 01/19/2015 Permalink
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    Research: Victorian fathers were great Dads.

    Dr Julie-Marie Strange, a social historian at Manchester University, has written a book, “Fatherhood and the British Working Class, 1865-1914”, which looked at scores of accounts by ordinary people of life in the period, The Daily Telegraph reported.

    “There is a stereotype of the Victorian father which has become a bit of a joke, he is meant to be very strict, completely humourless, a little bit of a hypocrite and definitely not fun, in fact rather severe,” she said.

    “With working class fathers where there is an added dimension of the stereotype being extremely negative, sometimes alcoholic and often rather brutish.”

    However Dr Strange said most children described their experiences in a positive light.

    “The vast majority talked about fathers who were fun, who spent time with their kids in their spare time, fathers who taught their children to be interested in politics, history, religion and how things worked,” she said.

    The idea of distant Victorian fathers with too much stiff upper lip to express love for their children was largely created by later generations who wanted to show themselves in a good light compared to their ancestors.

    What also followed was a ruling class who largely believed that traditional fatherhood was no substitute for the benevolent State, and the loss of millions of good fathers in several wars.

    Myths are sustained by those who benefit from them.

  • don bosch 8:49 am on 01/19/2015 Permalink
    Tags: drug abuse, parents   

    “I went to all of his football games, videotaped them. I spent a lot of time throwing the football around with him. We worked out together. We fished together,” said Darryl Rodgers through tears as he describes his relationship with his son before drugs.

  • don bosch 11:46 am on 12/01/2014 Permalink
    Tags: elderly, parents   

    ‘If We Left, They Wouldn’t Have Nobody’

    When an assisted living home in California shut down last fall, many of its residents were left behind, with nowhere to go. The staff at the Valley Springs Manor left when they stopped getting paid — except for cook Maurice Rowland and Miguel Alvarez, the janitor. “There was about 16 residents left behind, and we had a conversation in the kitchen, ‘What are we going to do?’ ” Rowland says.

    “If we left, they wouldn’t have nobody,” the 34-year-old Alvarez says.

    Their roles quickly transformed for the elderly residents, who needed round-the-clock care. “I would only go home for one hour, take a shower, get dressed, then be there for 24-hour days,” says Alvarez. Rowland, 35, remembers passing out medications during those long days. He says he didn’t want to leave the residents — some coping with dementia — to fend for themselves.

    “I just couldn’t see myself going home — next thing you know, they’re in the kitchen trying to cook their own food and burn the place down,” Rowland says. “Even though they wasn’t our family, they were kind of like our family for this short period of time.”

    Good for them, making the best of a bad situation.

  • don bosch 2:23 pm on 09/25/2014 Permalink
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    Listen: Our children naturally need a lot of instruction from us. But when was the last time you just hung out with your child and listened to them? Chuck Swindoll recalls such a time

  • don bosch 9:13 am on 09/10/2014 Permalink
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    Science: Children raised by married parents ‘are better behaved’

    A study published by the [U.K.] Department for Education shows that early education, family income and parents’ marital status has a significant bearing on children’s behaviour and exam results at 16.

    Children raised in stable marital homes are better behaved than classmates brought up by unmarried parents, according to a major government-backed study.

    An analysis of 3,000 children from the early years to the age of 16 has shown those with married parents are more confident, kind and responsible while showing lower levels of anti-social attitudes and hyperactivity.

    The study, led by academics from Oxford and the University of London, said there was a “significant tendency” for poorer behaviour management among children from single-parent families and those brought up by unmarried mothers and fathers.

    Researchers said it suggested married parents were able to provide a more stable domestic environment to nurture children’s social attitudes.

    You don’t want to be a science denier, do you?

    • girlwithadragonflytattoo 12:30 pm on 09/10/2014 Permalink | Reply

      Its honestly so much easier to have my husband active in parenting – I can’t imagine how hard it must be for single parents… they have no back-up, no help day-to-day from another responsible adult in the house. It is infinitely better having both a mom and a dad active in parenting 🙂 way less chance for burning out in trying to do it all on your own.

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  • don bosch 9:01 am on 09/02/2014 Permalink
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    Unexpected Dad: Life In 3-Hour Increments

    At the most recent doctor visit, our daughter weighed in at 6 lbs. 3 oz, so whatever stress or fatigue we feel as a result of the feeding schedule is worth it. Our daughter is gaining weight and growing, playing catch-up from her initial small size. There are nights where shifts go well, but she just refuses to calm down and go back to sleep; most nights all 3 of us get very little sleep. The thought now is that she has colic, that vague, nebulous diagnosis that apparently has no treatment and we must deal with for at least another month.

    So for now we live our lives in 3 hour increments, squeezing in sleep where we can, and looking forward to the time when baby will sleep through the night, or at least for 3 or 4 continuous hours.

    Good on ’em! When our first came along I quickly realized how little compassion I had for our pink screamer at 2 a.m. Went better when I took the late-evening shift (tuck-ins are fun for dads!!) and the 5 a.m. I-have-to-be-up-anyway-so-come-hang-out-with-me-kid shift. The Missus got a good night sleep on either end. 

    Every couple – and baby – benefit when they work as a team.

  • don bosch 10:11 am on 08/29/2014 Permalink
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    Patricia Dickson: Michael Brown’s parents responsible for his demise.

    It is clear by the video images showing Michael Brown grabbing a much older and smaller store clerk by the throat that the young man did not have respect for authority. The fact that there was some kind of confrontation with a police officer reveals that this young man had issues with authority. The first authority figure in a child’s life is the parent. If parents do not teach and demand that children respect them, there is a good chance that the child will not respect any other person in authority (e.g., teachers, police, and other adults).

    Honor your father and mother, that it may go well with you, that you may live long on the earth…

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