Kids today are often considered too coddled when compared to how older generations were raised.
Everything from “participation medals” to “no score soccer games” to “teachers not allowed to mark papers incorrect” because it might hurt someone’s feelings are all a bunch of hooey for parents who had to endure the trials and tribulations of growing up themselves.
Whether it’s government interference or parents’ desire to truly protect their children to the extent of possibly going too far doing so, today’s parents have many things to worry about when it comes to raising their children.
Sure, it’s the cheesiest line you’ve heard all night, but considering you’re about to dive into a plate of nachos, it was not the cheesiest thing you encountered yet.
It’s odd that we’ve placed so much emphasis on the zodiac or horoscope sign we were born under, that there can be that much relationship between some made up calendar and the month that our parents just happened to have had a bit too much to drink.
How old is too old to have a child? How young is too young to responsibly become a parent?
Would you have your first child when you were 50 years old, after the majority of your career has been handled? Or would you like to have your first child when you’re fresh out of college at 21, putting your career on hold for a few more years until you can return to the workforce?
Web Watch has a number of friends who are just beginning the joy of parenthood. For them, this post is for you as your journey begins.
(For those of you considering children in the future, let this be a warning. For those of you who have already successfully raised their children, you may sit back and laugh, nodding your head with the knowledge you have gained over the years.)
Just like having a baby is a joyful, yet painful process, so can be sending out birth announcements after the event is over.
You’ve spent the better part of nine months (technically) telling people when your little Jellybean of Joy is going to join the party as part of the miracle of birth process — when all you really want to do is take a nap and catch up on some much needed sleep.
How many babies are circumsized in hospitals each year?
It can be a controversial conversation between new parents, to decide if circumcision is a procedure they want to put their newborn son through (if not for religious reasons). Some women say that they prefer men who have been circumsized, while other women prefer those that aren’t.
There used to be a myriad of health reasons that would default the answer to circumsize, but in today’s health-aware world, those reasons are becoming less important – and many parents are choosing not to have their children go through the circumcision process.
If you’re a normal, reasonable parent – chances are that you’re going to say, “no – my kids are not fat”. Perhaps they’re merely big-boned, or still are working off their baby fat.
Think we’re crazy for even asking? We don’t think so — One study published in the New York Times says that 10% of all children under 2 years old are overweight. That 12.4% of children between the ages of 2 and 5 years old are obese.
If your child is obese at the age of 5 years old — and if obesity doesn’t run in your family genetically at that age — then maybe, just maybe, there’s something in the manner you’re raising your child that is contributing to their lardness.
You can only imagine that there exists a Xerox sheet in the back of the bar that all new strippers go through, crossing off names as they become unavailable.
It couldn’t be as simple as this list of 700 STRIPPER NAMES, because some of the suggestions they have don’t seem to be very realistic: “Henry Poopdeck, the Sailer” is not a stripper Web Watch cares to see.
Sure, you may have replaced a “y” with an “i” (let alone decided that dotting the i with a smiley face would be “your thing”). Your parents may have given you a unique spelling of a typical name, in order to differentiate you as being “special” when you finally go off to school… much to the chagrin of those confused teachers, or the future ability for your child to every find a personalized license plate at SOUTH OF THE BORDER souvenir shop.
That’s a lot of mouths to feed, people to clothe, waste to process.
One could expect that the Earth — or our modern infrastructure — was not built to sustain this type of function. More people just means more needs: from power to water, places to live, medicines, beds, etc…
New parents often have a dilemma to decide, sometimes even before they try to have kids in the first place: are they going to be a “disposable” family or a “cloth” family?
More and more, the trend in eco-friendly parenting is to go with the cloth diapers. Technology has caught up to the absorbent fabrics being used, and they don’t have the stigma that going natural used to have in the past (“unexpected leakage” being the predominant concern).