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Questions From An Overprotective Father

by on November 28th, 2008

I just returned from my first parent-teacher conference ever for my daughter, and it was a humbling experience. It is odd to see the child that you have spent the better part of 5 years molding and developing reduced down to a couple of strengths and weaknesses (not the words they used but that’s really the point). Overall, there were no surprises, but I was prepared to fight tooth and nail to make sure my daughter wasn’t unfairly criticized. Of course, I’ve already known for some time that I’m going to be a pain of a dad…That being said:

1.    Who are the people in your life that you would fight to the end to protect? Is there anyone on that list who isn’t family?

2.    Just so I can prepare myself, what is the appropriate age for kids to date nowadays? My background in juvenile corrections has left me with a skewed and cynical perspective on teenage dating. Please center me…

3.    What’s the best age for kids? Is it when they’re cute babies, rambunctious toddlers, functional youth, or when they’re 18? I kinda like the whole 4-7 age period.

4.    If someone gave you a chance to go back in time and relive your entire childhood, would you do it? I’m talking from 3-18….You couldn’t pay me enough…

5.    So much of what we do is teach our kids with a reflection of our own values, biases, and interests. That being said, if you knew that your child would develop a passion for only one band or singer that you love, which band or singer would that be?

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