Go Kick Rocks Daniel Tiger

danieltigerDaniel Tiger’s Neighborhood is a PBS kid’s show that takes our beloved childhood memories of Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood and gives them the full Michael Bay treatment - If you aren’t sure what that means go watch the aboniminable Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, or any of the Transformers movies; Bay is basically the Terminator of sacred childhood memories. Anyways, Daniel Tiger is a pretty accurate representation of the modern day child: selfish, whiny, and needs everything explained in full detail before they’ll even consider going along with it. While this doesn’t automatically put the show on the do not watch list, its advice for how kids should deal with being told “no” does.

In one of the episodes Daniel Tiger is upset with his mom for telling him no and not letting him get his way. But instead of teaching Daniel to respect authority or that selfishness and ingratitude are vices, they sing a song about how to throw a tantrum when you don’t get your way. Their brilliant advice is simple, just stomp three times and you’ll feel better! Here’s the chorus of the song Stomp Three Times:

 

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Follow Your Arrow! Wherever that leads?

Follow Your HeartLately, I have spent a lot of my time reading philosophers, mostly of the atheist persuasion. I am a bit of a philosophy nerd, but tonight I took a break from it to try to advance my kindle progress bar in Dostoevsky’s grand Russian novel The Brothers Karamazov. Dostoevsky’s book is basically philosophy in story form-excellent story form. In the book, one of Dostoevsky’s characters comes to the brutal realization that without God everything is morally permissible. The question that arises is, if God does not exist, then on what basis do we say that an action is morally good or evil? As I was reading, I heard a song coming from the TV that I had never heard before titled Follow your Arrow, by Kacey Musgraves. As I listened to the lyrics, I realized that the song is a perfect representation of our culture's full embrace of moral relativism. 

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Parents, are you a wimp or a tyrant?

parenting 1zRaising children is one of the most difficult jobs on the planet, at least that is what I have heard and am only beginning to experience myself with a 9 month old daughter.  I have had numerous conversations with parents who seem to be frustrated with parenting, as it seems raising kids today is much more difficult than in past generations. From tantrums, to fighting with siblings, to blatant disobedience, parents seem at a loss for why their kids won't go to sleep when it's bed time, won't eat their food, and act like a deranged maniac in public.Why does today's generation of children seem more "strong willed" (whatever that means) than when we were kids? 

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The Skeptic's Creed

SkepticWe believe in Marx, Freud and Darwin.
We believe that everything is OK
as long as you don’t hurt anyone,
to the best of your definition of hurt,
and to the best of your definition of knowledge.

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