There wasn’t much parenting in that house. Sarah doesn’t cook, Todd doesn’t cook—the kids would do it all themselves: cook, clean, do the laundry, and get ready for school. Most of the time Bristol would help her youngest sister with her homework, and I’d barbecue chicken or steak on the grill.
He also chatted up the rumor that Mrs. Palin asked him to hide Bristol's pregnancy so she could adopt their son. A case of "he said, she said," we'll likely never know what actually. While the former governor is not currently in the political limelight, these accusations may come back to haunt her should she make a bid for the White House in the future.
Do you believe Levi Johnston or think he's just trying to make a buck off of Sarah's fame?
"Back in the old days, we used to throw you all in the car without seat belts!" Thankfully, we've come a long way FOR baby. What's old may be new in terms of wooden toys and mod furniture, but there are a few aged parenting tricks that many be frowned upon if used today. Do still employ any of these tactics?
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If mama always knows best, then why send her tot off to school? Or nursery school at least? During one of my many preschool tours, a gutsy mother asked a bold question to the director. She said, "Why do I even want to send my child to preschool? Is it necessary?" The head of the school stuttered a bit and then said, "Many children don't need preschool. Your child will be fine without it if you choose not to attend." She then followed it up with the significant fact that there was only one opening for the Fall. Too bad she didn't tell the room full of parents that before we all donated $50 to her funds.
Many folks send their toddlers off to preschool with the hope they will flourish socially and educationally with their peers. For others, the play-based versus academic environment question doesn't come into play because they keep their babies (and cash) at home and teach them the ABCs at the breakfast table. Are you a preschool or home-school mom?
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If spandex, high heels, and major hairspray are part of a mother's daily wardrobe, she may relate best to Peg Bundy from Married With Children. Women who like to wear the same outfit day after day may liken themselves to Marge Simpson while apron wearing, apple pie baking subservient mamas might align themselves with Kitty Foreman from That '70s Show though she is known to voice her opinion on occasion. One of the more realistic portrayals of family life comes with Everybody Loves Raymond as Debra and Ray Barone are often caught canoodling and arguing in the same episode. Her bouts with the in-laws make for hilarious and relate-able fodder, too. Choose from the list below and tell us which boob tube mom you relate to most and tell us why in comments.
If Mister Softee was consistently parked in front of your child's hot spots, would you be upset?
Many couples vow 'till death do they part before becoming parents. When the baby arrives bringing bliss and hope, many duos unexpectedly find themselves at odds in the parenting department. A mom may believe in Montessori education while her hubby is a staunch boarding school supporter.
Before committing to each other as life partners bound together by offspring, many couples discuss the concept of parenthood and realize their compatibility or lack thereof. Those who skipped the conversation or missed out on the opportunity to have one may have a tough road to travel if they don't see eye to eye. Did you and your partner discuss parenting styles before having kids?
When it comes to protecting children from harsh words or unfair treatment, many parents step up to the plate. Evidence of this can often be found on the little league or soccer field where a mom or dad feels their child has been cheated. While those games tend to have "officials" monitoring the fairness of the event, some folks feel it is their duty to inject themselves into the refereeing.
Such was the case with talk show host Larry King at one of his son's baseball games. The television icon watched from the stands as an oblivious umpire missed a play and called for a "do-over." Furious that his son didn't get the out, King and the official got into a shouting match that ended with the celebrity's ejection from the field. Watch the passionate pop tell the story to Conan O'Brien. What would you have done?
Many factors come into play when it comes to shaping a person's parenting style. One's own youth and primary role models typically have a major impact on what kind of parent someone will be. Dads who attend every soccer game and offer a shoulder to cry on will be revered in their child's eye, as will mums who pack lunches and lend an ear for listening to problems. Parenting is a way of life to adults and also a lesson to their offspring. While my dad and I have a wonderful relationship, it is my mother's style that I strive to emulate with my own kids. Which parent has influenced your parenting style the most?