I talk to a lot of my friends who like me grew up in the ‘70s. Our parents worked hard and expected the same from us. My parents did not want us to have part time jobs during the school year because they believed school was our job. We were expected to do well. Our parents did not hover over us asking us what was due and when was it due. We simply did our work and we asked our teachers for help if we needed it. So what happened? Now we have the teacher’s number on our speed dial, we are in constant email contact with teachers regarding our child’s progress or assignments. We call ourselves “involved parents”, but are we too involved? At what point do you make your child responsible for his work? As a parent of teenagers I still have a lot of interaction with my children’s teachers. I think parents should know what’s going on. I remember when my child was in elementary school and had to do her first book report I read the book too. I wanted to assist her but I wound up directing her and one my friends said what are you doing? It was my first wake up call that I was trying to control a process that was not mine to control. But I can’t say I have stopped, but I do at least recognize the signs of being over the line. I also wonder are we so afraid our child might fail that we hover to prevent it? The reality is every human will and must experience failure. There are lessons that have to be learned and sometimes we as parents attempt to shield our children from these lessons. I write this post as my children enter the final marking period for this school year. It has been a scholastically challenging year, but lessons were learned and more will be learned because my children are growing up, and with growth comes responsibility. So I have to step back to let them become the people they are destined to become. So for now I will fold up the parachute.
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Why do we even know the Duggars? They have 19 children and they have their own reality show. Does that mean their personal choices should be subject to mocking? Evidently PETA feels it does. Their latest billboard shown above takes dead aim at the Duggar’s lifestyle. It is just the latest in PETA’s mean spirited advertising . They have taken swipes at the overweight, they have used the image of the First Lady without her permission so this is just the latest in their ill-advised strategy. The Duggars made a choice to have the reality show and by doing this they have made themselves fair game. PETA’s response: “The reproduction debate’s heating up as TLC prepares to air the fourth season of its Duggar Family hit, 19 Kids and Counting. This season, the Duggars have upped their clan size from 18 to 19, and it has some arguing yay or nay about the ‘Duggar-style’ approach to reproduction. We say, as long as Jim Bob and Michelle are able to keep a roof over their family’s head and modern-modest clothes on their backs, there’s a far more important reproductive issue at hand. So, we’re offering to run this billboard in the Duggar’s hometown of Tontitown, Arkansas, as well as in nearby Springdale and Fayetteville.” So PETA can use this approach, but having the right to do something does not make it right.