Posts in category "Children"

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 »

13 most idiotic parents

My Halloween candy "tastes like poop!"

What would happen if Obamacare were put in charge of Halloween candy It’s a Crest toothpaste ad that has gone viral. Subscribe to the Barbershop.  Type your email address in the box and click the “create subscription” button. My list is completely spam free, and you can opt out at any time. America’s worst war? You... Read more »
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A loving response to Deb Mell’s beautiful homage to her wife

UPDATE: Read additional thoughts on Illinois’ approval of same-sex marriage in a later post. Who could not be touched by Chicago Ald. Deb Mell’s moving essay (“Perspective: Make marriage equal,” Chicago Tribune, Oct. 21, 2013) describing the love she has for her wife, Christin Baker? In revealing the details of their life together, their marriage in Iowa... Read more »

Next: A little boy in your daughter's kindergarten bathroom

It’s an accommodation for transgendered kids that’s permitted in a few, but increasing numbers of schools. It could end up as the latest civil rights issue: Children who are born with a boy’s or girl’s plumbing but who believe they are respectively a girl or a boy should be allowed to use the bathroom of... Read more »

Full frontal nudity could be the future of network TV

The Federal Communications Commission in considering relaxing its rules on indecency on over-the-air, commercial television stations. Said an FCC circular: After the Supreme Court’s decision [here and here] in FCC v. Fox Television Stations , Inc., 132 S.Ct. 2307 (2012), in September 2012, Chairman Genachowski instructed Commission staff to commence a review of the Commission’s broadcast indecency policies... Read more »
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MSNBC's Melissa Harris-Perry questions whether your kids "belong" to you.

I have trouble believing that she really meant what she said: “[W]e have to break through our kind of private idea that kids belong to their parents or kids belong to their families, and recognize that kids belong to their communities.”  ”[We] haven’t had a very collective notion that these are our children.” To give... Read more »

Join me today on SiriusXM radio

At 3:05 p.m. (CST), I’ll be the guest of SiriusXM radio’s POTUS program to discuss my column on “Getting kids to school–alive.”  The article has drawn much favorable comment, including posting on RealClearPolitics, where my columns occasionally appear. I’ll be on POTUS ”On-Call” which the satellite station describes thusly: “Rebroadcast 10 pm ETEach day POTUS delivers the news,... Read more »

Getting kids to school — alive

Do punks and gangs run Chicago’s schools? You’d get that idea listening to parents and activists protesting the closings of 61 school buildings by Chicago Public Schools. The schools should remain open, protesters say, because kids will be caught in the crossfire of gang harassment, recruitment and warfare if they are forced to attend another... Read more »
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Superb reading for both adults and middle-school kids

Wonder by R.J. Palacio My rating: 5 of 5 stars My sixth- and fourth-grade children loved this book. My wife said I would too. And so I did. Feeling sorry for yourself? Thought that middle school was thought on you? Then put yourself in the place of young Augie as he entered 5th grade with... Read more »
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