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Quick rant here... I'm currently pretty steamed at our medical benefits provider. We're in our Annual Enrollment period right now. Only 3 days left to decide which of 3 options isQuality Control Rant

Recently a North Carolina man named Tommy Jordan posted a video on Facebook in response to a letter his teenage daughter, Hannah, had written on Facebook. The video was intendedTommy Jordan: Parenting and Instant Fame in the Internet Age

The movie lived up to the hype. And that's saying quite a bit. Jamie Foxx did an unbelievably good Ray Charles. By the end there were literally a couple of scenesReview: Ray

Easter is here! Aside from the obvious (and vastly more important) message, there are three notable things about church this morning: As a member of the choir, I have to be atHallelujah!

Cheap trick. No, not the band. Seems like Deanna has the same sense of humor as Brother Cavel. But... we get another week of voting in, and everybody's back in play!BSG: The Last Cylon... not so revealed

Informal Learning » Blog Archive » The Weirdness of Wiki Wiki's are full of potential for learning and communication, and yet for the most part they aren't being used within corporationsWiki's in a corporate environment

Diabetes breakthrough Before you get too excited, let me say this: from my read of the article, it's a long time before humans could benefit, and even when they can, you'llA cure for Type I diabetes?

My kids have been watching Signing Time on our local PBS station here for over a year now. They love the show so much that we got them one ofTuesday TubeWatch: Signing Time

To get us through the winter repeats, some shows are giving us webisodes. That includes Battlestar Galactica and Heroes. In both cases, the short series are meant to provide a lead-inWebisodes and commercials

Here are a few Science Fiction/Fantasy tidbits I picked up on the smoke-signal network recently. Like a ship wandering through the seas of Hollywood, it looked like Narnia sequel The VoyageSci-fi news roundup

Well... "reviews" might be pushing the definition of the word. It's more like a couple of self-proclaimed geeks talking about the movie, which, as it turns out, is kinda fun. IfOld movies, new reviews

The preview makes it look like Roslin is the last Cylon, but is that just trailer-trickery? Get your vote in now, before all is revealed next week! (A few names onBSG: The Last Cylon Revealed!

[update: I've since started using the Anarchy plugin, which also makes standard hyperlinks playable, and though I'm on the fence about which technology I like better for audio (I gotMaking MP3s playable on a website, the easy way

It's hard to do better than the Bible for your source material, so this movie had an edge already. In some ways it lived up to (and exceeded) expectations; inReview: The Prince of Egypt

(Grab your pacemaker, it looks like I'm making two posts in two days! Will the madness ever end?) A few things came to my attention today that I just couldn't waitWatchmen, Star Trek, and Star Wars (sort of)

Bad parenting confessions

finslippy: Give me your worst parenting stories

[Found through ParentHacks]

Holy cow, this is the funniest and saddest thing I have read or seen in the last year. It’s a good thing I’m alone, because the howling laughter at times would have freaked everyone out. I couldn’t see the screen because of the tears from laughing so hard at times.

The blogger asks for the worst parenting stories to help her get over screaming at her own kids. She got back a huge response, and many of them are well written, too. Seems that a lot of parents screw up. Shocking.

Here is just one of the posts:

I’ve only been a mom for 11 months, so I’m pretty new to crappy parenthood, but I’ve had a few bad situations in this short period of time. The most recent was a few weeks ago. My daughter has just learned how to walk and naturally it follows that she is interested in ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING she shouldn’t be. When I was making dinner she followed me into the kitchen and while I made sure to install cabinet locks a few weeks prior, I did not install locks on the silverware drawers, foolishly believing that she couldn’t reach them. Apparently she can reach everything, even things that appear to be 17 feet above her head because she reached up and grabbed the drawer handle, which caused the drawer to go flying open for some reason, smashing my daughter in the forehead, which knocked her down onto the kitchen floor as steak knives flew through the air and gently landed around her like freshly fallen snow (she was fine).

10 minutes later she’s still in the kitchen with me (BECAUSE I DON’T LEARN) and I realize she was being awfully quiet (BECAUSE I DON’T LEARN) and I look over and she’s eaten the entire contents of the cat’s food bowl (Iams Weight Control, for those interested).

My husband now watches her while I make dinner. Because I am clearly incapable of keeping my child alive while doing so.

I’ll add my “favorite” stupid explosion of my own:

I was helping my 2-year old (at the time) brush her teeth. She was sitting on the sink and we were having a pleasant experience, mostly, until I told her to say “eeee” so I could brush the front of her teeth. She just sort of let her mouth go slack and decided this would be a good time to test how serious I was about getting her teeth brushed. I don’t know why (she was 2… even she probably didn’t know why). After some “ha ha, come on, say ‘eeee’” kind of talk escalated into “stop screwing around and go ‘EEEEEE’”, and she got progressively less willing to cooperate, I slammed my fist, and the toothbrush, down on the sink as hard as I possibly could, rattling everything in the room, making her paralyzed with fear while yelling at the top of my lungs something to the effect of “WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH YOU?!” At that point, she was wailing and inconsolable, and my wife kicked me out of the bathroom. Apparently, I have some anger issues. While it’s not gotten quite that bad since, it’s come close more than once. She still seems to like me though, and the guilt will fade, I’m sure, some time before I die.

It looks like most of the comments on the linked site are from mothers. I’d be interested to hear about major screw-ups from fathers, too. I think, maybe because kids spend more time with their mothers, that fathers’ interactions can be more impactful at times – which isn’t always helpful.

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