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Being a parent isn't easy. If you're anything like me, you know it's hard to find enough hours in the day for working, sleeping, and raising the kids. But leading psychologists agree that taking an active role in your child's burgeoning interests is crucial to their development. So, regardless of how busy your schedule gets, it's important to take an interest in the bullshit your kids care about.

Remember: That stupid crap matters to them, and they need to feel like you give a sh1t about it.

Kids grow up so fast. Before you know it, they'll be teenagers, and you'll wish you had paid closer attention to the junk they waste your money on. So, while you still have time, strengthen your relationship with your growing son or daughter by making an effort to become engaged in whatever it is they think is so goddamn interesting.

Now, you may be thinking, "But I already bought my daughter a buttload of that Dora the Explorer stuff she's always running off at the mouth about." Believe me, I know. But just purchasing the items necessary to further your child's interests isn't enough. You actually have to sit down and let them go on and on about it for a while.

You'll be building trust and openness in your parent-child relationship, and you might learn the names of some of those lousy brats they hang out with.

And it doesn't have to take that long, thank God. Studies have shown that as little as five minutes a day can go a long way toward conveying your concern about their little hobbies and what have you. As an involved parent, you should make an effort to nod your head every now and then, so your child will know that you care deeply about whatever they're blathering on about—you might even consider saying something as they yak away. You'd be surprised how much monosyllabic grunts like "hrrm" can do to enhance your quality time.

The important thing is to be aware of and talk about all that stuff with the toy trains, and the hiking, and model-making, and the knitting, and the rest of the garbage they spend time doing.

Children are into all kinds of stupid stuff—bird-watching, stamp-collecting, those miniature thingamabobs for dolls—and our role as a nurturer should be to foster their dumbass hobbies. Does your child like dinosaurs? Fine. Dinosaurs it'll have to be. Learn some of those fuckers' names. Quick tip from me to you: Most of them end in "saurus," so you can fake your way along pretty good by just adding that to the end of a word you already know. You could look some of that dinosaur stuff up on the Internet, if you absolutely have to. Then, talk to your child often about these prehistoric things and how they walked the earth millions of years ago, laid eggs, hunted down prey, and kicked it to death with their back legs or whatever it is they did.

Maybe you have a daughter who likes to draw unicorns or elves or some sh1t like that. Doesn't matter what it is. When she approaches you with her latest picture of a dolphin jumping over a rainbow or whatever, don't just slap that son of a bitch on the refrigerator with a magnet and pat her on the head. Actively tell your little girl you appreciate her unique talents as a developing young lady and, for good measure, tack on some bullshit about how much her little crayon chicken-scratches mean to you.

But that's not all you, as a parent, should do. Ask them if they play any sports yet. That ought to take up some time. On special occasions, maybe even do some sh1t with them, too. Go to the museum or something. Look at a bunch of that ancient medieval armor. Kids love that warrior nonsense. Or take them to the park and kick a ball around or do some of that other rigamarole they think is so fun.

And for Christ's sake, would it kill you to ask about their schools?

Taking the time to learn about the crap your kids like will not only bring you closer to your children, but will foster a bond that can last well into their teenage years—when you'll really want to know just who the hell those stupid ***** they're hanging out with are, and what the hell they're doing all day and night.† If you set an example by putting up with the boring-ass stuff your child likes doing, the whole family will be better equipped to pay attention to each other's crap in the long run. And that means everyone comes out a grade-A, No. 1, goddamn cuddling  winner.

http://www.theonion.com/content/opinion/take_time_to_talk_to_your_child


 

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« Reply #1 on: 26/01/2009 17:50:01 »
Not quite got into the spirit of this idea has Mr. Gregory

But good for a laugh!
 

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« Reply #2 on: 26/01/2009 18:03:33 »
You should also take your children to one of my shows and learn about stuff and make some crap science toy together too.
I can always tell the hands on parents from the hands off. The hands on don't let the kid make the toy as they are having too much fun themselves. The hands off ones tell their child that they are thick because they can't follow simple instructions and shout "GIVE IT HERE!" when the child starts crying. They then tell them to stop crying and then begrudgingly hand back the toy they have just destroyed because they didn't read the instructions either.
Striking a balance is always good. Kids do have to learn that Mum isn't going to be interested in WWE or PS3 games that involve mass slaughter but I do want to know what happened today and if they are happy.
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« Reply #3 on: 02/02/2009 06:12:20 »
I am afraid I don"t think much about Simon Gregory and if he meant that as a true take on how you should treat your children he has a long way to go! The DUMB ^*&%*%&$$#%^#^$*&%
 
I really dislike people who treat children's learning as if their interests were stupid or DUMB! I hate when people refer to their children as Dumb arses, etc etc etc...!!!

   He made out that everything they do  is ridiculous etc, but Children learn more then you can imagine doing those things that people like him think are stupid! He says, just some well place nods of the head etc will be good....BULLSHILT!!!!!!

Makes me mad..!!!!

He needs to stay away from kids with that attitude!

Is he for real?
 

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« Reply #4 on: 02/02/2009 10:39:55 »
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Is he for real?

Shouldn't think so. The link is to The Onion.
 

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« Reply #5 on: 02/02/2009 11:32:12 »
Karen The Onion is a 'news paper' that runs on satire.
 

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« Reply #6 on: 02/02/2009 11:43:56 »
Karen The Onion is a 'news paper' that runs on satire.

a sort of "perpetual notion" machine....
 

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« Reply #7 on: 02/02/2009 23:34:18 »
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Is he for real?

Karen The Onion is a 'news paper' that runs on satire.

Shouldn't think so. The link is to The Onion.

Karen The Onion is a 'news paper' that runs on satire.

a sort of "perpetual notion" machine....

Oh Like the enquirer?

Well that's good to hear!

Thank you for the explanations!
 

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