Every parent should be aware of this threat, and carefully consider whether to give your child milk.
Boy wakes up and finds a mess.
Pants are soaked and bed is wet.
Mother hears cries of distress,
enters and is less than impressed.
Bed and boy are stripped, reclothed.
Fabric piled, still damp and cold.
While at the laundy, to him she says,
“no more milk before bed.”
[Response to Weekly Writing Challenge: Fifty]
Admittedly, I came a bit late to the party on this challenge, but felt compelled to write one anyway.
- This will be the most important thing you read today.
- Most of you are not likely to do anything about it.
I’m pretty confident about #1. I’m really hoping I’m wrong about #2.
Here is my question. If your spouse was being held in a foreign country, regularly beaten, in horrible conditions, deprived of essential medication, and at constant risk of death due to disease, malnutrition, or murder, would you be sufficiently motivated to advocate for his/her release? What if it was your close friend’s spouse, or a neighbor, or a co-worker?
Continue reading Save Saeed – If He Was Your Spouse, Would He Be Worth It?
I work at a large, top-200 law firm in one of the ten most populous cities in the country. The hours can be grueling, there are constant deadlines, and the work is mentally demanding. Any partner in my particular practice area can assign me work, which means I have more than 30 potential bosses. At any given time, I am working on projects for three to five partners, all of whom believe that their assignment should take priority over any other work. As a result, there have been many long days (and long nights).
Moreover, being a lawyer at a large firm is a high-stress endeavor. Even small mistakes can have significant implications and, as a result, tensions can run high. And of course, because excellence is expected, partners are unlikely to give much positive feedback for a job well done; instead, the reward for good work is more work.
It doesn’t get much better when I venture outside my office. Lawyers are often the butt of jokes, and society, in general, has little regard for my profession. In fact, 34% of Americans say that “lawyers contribute little to nothing to society“?
I do not share this to complain or to engender any sympathy. I’m well compensated for my work and am grateful for the opportunity to work at my firm. My point is simply that the position of “associate” at a major law firm is generally regarded as a very difficult job. With that said, I make the following observation with great confidence: my wife’s job is harder.
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I’m all for Santa, stockings, cookies and milk by the fireplace, presents, a Christmas tree with lights and ornaments, and all the other traditions that make Christmas a magical time for children.
If you are a Christian, Christmas can be so much more.
My two-and-a-half year old son and I were at Target a couple days ago and when we went to check out, he said, “there’s Santa!” I could understand his confusion, as the Target employee was wearing red and, frankly, looked a lot like Santa.
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There is no shortage of advice on what it takes to be a good parent and, specifically, on how to help your child be “successful.” For example, a quick Google search for the phrase “being the best parent” revealed the following tips:
- “Give lots of hugs and some kisses.”
- “[A]llow ourselves to be the parent we inherently need to be.”
- “Be involved in your child’s life.”
Admittedly, this is not exactly earth-shattering in terms of its insightfulness. Nonetheless, it is advice we welcome, because it is vague and simple enough to not expose any of our shortcomings or selfishness.
Continue reading The Best Way to Ensure Your Children’s Success