Category: Children

Sarah Palin was right about death panels

Former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin sent liberal heads spinning with the charge that Obamacare paved the way for “death panels” deciding who was worth the cost of keeping alive. Yet, she was right. Maybe not Obamacare, but about her larger point that government should not be in the business of deciding who was... Read more »

The real bullying at Fremd High School is spewing from the LBGT crowd

Even if your daughter doesn’t attend Fremd, this is a battle that is coming to your public school* Without surcease,  the progressive law-givers scold the rest of us about the evils of bullying. Much of it, they say, is the bullying of gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, transgender, questioning and gender fluid children by those ugly, ignorant... Read more »

A new term for killing an unborn baby: "Fetal demise"

When the criminal proceedings concluded against Dynel Catrece Lane who cut a 7-month-old pre-born child, Aurora Wilkins, from her mother’s womb, it was determined that Wilkins Lane hadn’t really killed the unborn baby. The authorities ruled that it was fetal demise, as if the child had died on its own, the result of a miscarriage. This bizarre legal straight... Read more »
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Helicopter parents: Your job is to put yourself out of a job

Because I’m an old guy, I’ve seen all kinds of different theories about how parents should raise their children. From children are not to be seen or heard, then through  Dr. Benjamin Spock’s use of psychodynamics to understand children (hug more, punish less) and to today’s “helicopter parents.” The pendulum, it is said, swings back... Read more »

Paul Ryan unfairly blistered for his maternity leave position

Politicians and pundits have been piling on Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), possibly the next Speaker of the House, for saying that he’ll accept the job only if he can spend time with his family. Some of the cascade of criticism is vitriolic, of the type that if voiced from the right would be called mean... Read more »

Kids' game of tag--the next victim of political correctness

If you ever were a kid, you’ve played a game of tag. Run around, trying to touch someone, who then becomes “it.” Harmless, unscripted fun; an antidote for today’s overly programed children. Except at Mercer Island School District in Washington state.  In a statement, it declared: The Mercer Island School District and school teams have recently... Read more »
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Kids left for college? Learn from an empty nester

I wrote this column years ago with the last of my two kids left for college and my wife and I were left with an empty, silent house.: For moms and dads sadden by their kids going off to college Visit my new website at http://www.dennisbyrne.net to see what freelancing writing and editing services that... Read more »

Chicago teachers cutting their own throats

In demanding that Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the  Chicago Public Schools fork over a $634 million contribution to Chicago’s teachers retirement fund, Chicago teachers are cutting their own throats. In one of the most amazing slights of hand yet seen in a city where hands move too fast to be seen, the $634 million appeared... Read more »

For moms and dads sadden by their kids going off to college

John Kass’ wonderful Chicago Tribune column (“Trip to becoming empty nesters went too fast,” Aug. 10) hurled me back to the time when my own kids left home for college. I wrote about it in my Chicago Sun-Times column back in 1992 when it happened: August 25, 1992 Departing Children Leave Quiet House By Dennis Byrne... Read more »
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