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Earlier in the week, I posted a note on my facebook entitled “Internet Explorer Users.” It got quite a bit of commentary, both in facebook and in the form of people calling me up, telling me “HAHAHA I’M STILL GOING TO USE INTERNET EXPLORER.” Because the note is a little harder to find, I decided to just thrust it out into the open here, where it is far easier to find. There are a few minor corrections and additions, with special thanks (see bottom) to the people who made the effort to remind me that there are things I did not mention. Of course, if I were to talk about everything that was wrong with Internet Explorer, I could fill a large (think Harry Potter-long) book with all that is wrong with IE. But, I just have me and my good ol’ blog.

If you have parents, guardians or bosses who refuse to let you download another browser because “it is not safe to download stuff on the internet,” please at least direct them here or HERE in an attempt to fix the IE disaster. Remember, if you don’t try to stop something bad, you’re just as guilty as the person doing something bad (yea yea, collective responsibility, ect ect. You firefox users are just letting those IE fools get brainwashed! MAKE AN EFFORT, CHANGE THE WORLD. Freeze Ray. Tell your friends).


Dear Internet Explorer User,

Please stop using IE. As a concerned citizen of the net, I am disturbed by your choice of internet browser, and would very much like it if you moved on to bigger and better things. There are many options readily available and it does not take a rocket scientist to click a button and download an application.

Why, you may ask, should I use another browser? You might wonder, “Internet Explorer was what came with the computer, and I can certainly trust Microsoft, right?”

Wrong. There’s a reason why So people hope that Internet Explorer 8 will be the last release.

There are quite problems with using Internet Explorer. Here are just some below.

For one, many scripts do not work on IE. In lame man’s terms, Internet Explorer is not cannot read stuff that is written on a site. This is because the producers of Internet Explorer choose not to abide by all the coding standards that ALL OTHER MAJOR BROWSERS use. Although it is simple to say, “well just write code that is compatible with IE,” it is a grueling and aggravating task, and many web developers refuse to make their sites compatible with IE because it takes double the effort to do so. This leaves you with the problem of not being able to see the full beauty of a website, or not being able to see crucial information that could have been read from any other browser.

For two, Internet Explorer is a VERY slow browser. Speed is not all about your internet connection, and there are lots of things a program or picture has to go through in order to get from someone else’s screen to yours. A browser happens to be one of them, and IE is by far the slowest.

Of the top 4 browsers that are used (Firefox, Chrome, Internet Explorer, Safari), Internet Explorer is widely seen as the slowest browser. How is this found? Well, programmers and developers use benchmarks. For internet browser purposes, benchmarks usually test speed. How fast can a browser upload a page? How fast can a browser run a script (if it can even run the script)? How long will it take for you to see your pictures on your computer screen? Being that speed is, well, everything now on the internet, having a browser that is fast and reliably fast is important. I’m sure plenty of you guys know that, sometimes, it’s just a matter of seconds (yea, I’m looking at you ebay and woot users).

For three, IE is simply not a safe browser. The developers of IE8 have made many strides to correct problems with safety and, while they have made some effort, there are many other browsers that are as safe, if not safer, for usage. IE likes to claim that it is safer than other browsers such as Firefox, but it’s really not true. To take it a step further, Firefox also supplies add-ons (like a no-script extension), that works on top of its security, which IE does not have.

With all these problems, why is IE still in use?

Microsoft supplies IE with every operating system, which leads people to believe that IE is the “safe” choice, because it comes with the package. Many of these people are also afraid of downloading programs onto their computer and refuse to download browsers because they come in .exe files (not all online downloads are unsafe ones). Also, many people do not realize how painless and easy it is to switch to a new browser. You don’t need to uninstall a browser to download a new one (In fact, I really suggest you don’t do that with Internet Explorer because you’ll be removing things you need to update your computer and other files that you need to run your windows operating system properly).

And why can’t it keep up with its competitors?

“IE can’t ****ing get better, because they’re not LEGALLY allowed to look at the source code from other browsers! They’re so afraid of litigation for breaking the GPL, that the workers AREN’T allowed to fix things before they learn of security exploits! So IE’s only allowed to change things AFTER the damage has been done!”

In other words, IE is not allowed to improve from looking at other browsers, even though those other browsers may be open sources. The workers who develop for Microsoft Internet Explorer are limited to what they already have and cannot look elsewhere for ways to *prevent* things. All they can do is continually try to fix the many bugs they have (which they usually don’t do anyway).

And now that we’ve decided that IE is never a good choice for anyone, what browser should you use? Most browsers in use today are free, and they are very easy to download. Here are some great options you may consider:

Firefox (Mozilla) | Chrome(Google) | Opera | Safari (Apple)

Any of the four above would be great replacements for your Internet Explorer, and each of them have perks in their very own ways and you should look at each site to see which is the best for you (and if you happen to be looking for a replacement for Microsoft Outlook, I highly suggest Thunderbird). Certainly, if you want a slow browser that fills your computer with spyware and can’t upload pages properly, IE might be the way to go.

But if you’re like me, and you want a good, reliable browser with a developing team that consistently works for YOU, please find a different browser.

Yours in Service, Leadership & Fellowship,

Josephine
Concerned Citizen and Web Developer
lukito.cki@gmail.com // xoco.mint@gmail.com

For more information, please visit We Don’t support IE or google the information on your own. It’s right there people.

Also, something interesting picked up by a friend: LINK.

Thanks to Bill, Alex, Bonnie, Allen Yu, and all my web designing/development folks who understand my pain and suffering. Oh, and the IE-users who commission me to make websites (aka: the people who inspired me to stay in my lair of college-dorm-ness so I can spend an extra week trying to make my site compatible with IE).

Special thanks to Vince and Phil, for their wordy contributions.

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So I’m writing this on my way home from good ol’ New York City (and publishing when I get back to good not-as-ol’ Geneseo). We had our District Officer Training Conference (DOTC) for Circle K this weekend, so it has been a very hectic time for me. DOTC is when the newly elected Board of a District is trained (self-explanatory, I know), and it’s a big bonding time. It’s also when the first real board meeting takes place, so I had to sit in a board meeting for 7 hours (man, I seem to live just for parliamentary procedure and long board meetings). A great part of being Lieutenant Governor in CKI (that’s my position, if people are still wondering), is being able to work with multiple clubs and really seeing all the work they all do. Plus, you get to really meet and work with some really awesome people. But at the same time, there’s always a great chance of forgetting why you joined the organization in the first place. Circle K IS a community service organization, and it makes me sad that so much of that is thrown away when you take any position above the club level. There are so many officers who do less service because of all the work they have, or all the stuff they have to do. For example, I couldn’t attend the Kidney Walk or Ronald McDonald House because I had to go to this and other Circle K meetings.

The other problem is that it IS a high stress job. The people you work with are not just other officers, but your friends. I think, sometimes, people forget to play with the balance of both, and treat other people in some ways they shouldn’t. I know this week was especially stressful for me because one or more persons treated me like Lieutenant Governor, Josephine and not Josephine, Lieutenant Governor. I do have other needs outside of finishing deadlines.

Anyway, that’s what’s been going on. We also listened to a lot of Broadway music, which leads into the next thing. Every year, the board decides upon a “board theme” where everyone represents something from that theme (ex: I would be squirtle in a Pokemon theme). We went through a lot of ideas, including a Disney theme (we also considered Disney villains) and a Starbucks Theme (man, I would have been all over that Starbucks). Anyway, we finally decided upon a Broadway Musicals theme, and I’m Avenue Q (haha, course I choose the one full of porn, sluts and sex). One of my friends, Imran, chose Wicked (a very good choice), which we were singing a lot. Man, we almost had a Wicked board, which shows how much we were talking about and listening to it. But yea, that’s what’s been stuck in my head the whole day, so I’m listening to it on my way home.
And with regards to other stuff, I did NOT get any work done on my costume, which kind of pissed me off, but I should have known better than expecting work to be done during a district board meeting. Anyway, when I get back, I have to start hemming everything and sewing everything and finishing up my costume. It’s almost done, and going well, so I have high hopes to finish before Thursday. I’ll try to take pictures.

Currently Listening To: Defying Gravity (Wicked: The Musical)
Currently Drinking: Coca-Cola Cherry
Currently Playing: Yoshi Island, DS
Current Mood: Tired and Accomplished

One question I get a lot is if I know anyone who is truly altruistic. They think it’s interesting to ask me such a question since I am part of a community service organization (sometimes people fail to realize that Circle K is a service organization, a leadership training club and a social networking system all rolled into one). While there are parts of me that want to say that, yes, I know many altruistic people, the rest of me laughs at the question. Many of the people who do community service are not altruistic, or even kind, and while it’s nice to think that organizations such as Circle K, Roteract and Key Club are full of people who want to improve their homes, schools and communities, it’s not true.

And I’m not saying that they don’t exist. There are people join these organizations for other reasons and then grow to love doing community service and helping others. For example, I joined Key Club because they did the AIDS walk and I got free food during the AIDS walk (I never thought in four years that I’d be building dollhouses and getting pied in the face for this damn club). But many of the people who join these organizations are doing it to say they’re in a community service organization in a resume or in an interview. That’s one huge reason why Key Club in high school is so much larger than Circle K in college (both are community service organizations sponsored by Kiwanis International, an adult organization that specializes in student leadership and community service). Some high schools mandate community service and Key Club is already a very easy solution. And even if service isn’t mandated, many students do it anyway to put it on their resume for college. I know when I was in Key Club that was the easy trick to drag the freshmen into our club.

And I’m not saying these people shouldn’t be allowed to do community service (but the jerks that just joined and never did any service project… I’m going to beat you with a metal bat). Just, Key Club is part of a world where you have to do community service. Circle K has far fewer members, but many to most of them actively participate and want to build a community. In CKI, you want to do community service, despite the classes and the hell and the work.

Where am I going with this? Well, after being in both organizations, I keep seeing more and more people become disinterested in community service. It was great back in Key Club, because so many of them felt they were obligated to do it, but even there, more and more advisors are putting less emphasis on a well rounded application and more emphasis on grades and exams. Yes, getting a 4.0 or a 95 is great, but doing well academically is not a good marker of a well rounded person. In fact, a person receiving straight As without curricular activities lives inside a bubble, and when they realize that it takes more than just grades to make a man, they’ll crumble.

I get many reactions when I mention that I do community service and that I’m part of a community service organization. Mostly shock or some sort of (hopefully pleasant) surprise. Perhaps I don’t fit the image of someone who would do community service. And it goes back to this image of community service being something that’s not normally liked. I mean, criminals and juvenile delinquents do community service, and it’s probably weird to hear that on a Saturday night, I’d pick doing a Relay for Live over partying. But community service is not picking up garbage by yourself on the side of the street. It’s fighting for a cause, or for many causes. It’s doing your part to make someone else’s life a little easier. It’s the smile on a poor, single mother when you give her a Thanksgiving feast, or the eagerness of children when they carry 5 books back for you to read out loud. It’s cleaning up a camp for underprivileged children to have a good summer, or shipping video games to kids in hospitals so they have something to do.

There’s so much immeasurable good that is done through community service. You can’t calculate the amount of people who will enjoy a park after you clean it, or the glowing feeling an oversea soldier gets from a care package.

To give a very personal example, I used to be part of a Head Start pre-school program, which is a government-aided program for children in underprivileged areas (Oakland being one of them). Many of the people who work with Head Start (like teachers and librarians) are volunteers who take the time to stop and teach some kids a thing or two. I enrolled into Head Start at the tender age of four and, I believe, I only stayed a year or two (in my mind, it feels like I spend years there). Head Start was where I developed a very young love for reading and learning, socializing and growing. And yes, it was a long time ago, but the volunteers that came and read to us encouraged me to want to learn, and want to leave Head Start to go to school. My parents were always working or taking care of my brat kid of a brother, and I can only imagine what other things I would be doing if I wasn’t in Head Start (probably staring at cartoons on TV). 14 years later, I still contribute a lot of my love for reading and writing to Head Start (you never know, I might not be blogging if it weren’t for Head Start). My elementary school teachers in Oakland were unmemorable and, I mean, Oakland is already notorious for their bad school system. Were it not for Head Start, I may have just been like “forget learning, I’m going to go pull more heads off of Barbie dolls” and where would I be now?
Anyway (wow that was a long anecdote), the volunteers who read to me will probably never know that they changed the life of a 4 year old girl. The high school student who sent my cousin a care package while she (my cousin) was in the navy will never know how much that care package meant to my cousin, and how uplifting it was for my cousin.

Wow this has gone into a gazillion different directions. The core of this blog post is supposed to be about me being discontent with how other people perceive community service, not about how I get warm fuzzy feeling after reading to a group of kids. One of the problems with community service is there’s no material sense of gratification. When you eat, you get a full stomach. When you study, you get a good grade. When you get money, you buy things. The thing people seem to forget( and I could write a whole other post about this) is that the more instant the gratification, or the shorter work time you give yourself, the more negative consequences there are. The faster you eat, the higher the chance of a stomach ache. The less time you give yourself to study (and, thus, more work in a shorter time), the more stressed you become and the less you retain. The shorter time it takes for you to think about buying something, the higher of a chance you’ll regret it.

Community service, on the other hand, does not give much in the way of real instant gratification. You’re throwing money and time into some work you’ll probably never see the result of. And it doesn’t have to be that way. And here comes the second part of why I’m complaining about this shit. Community service clubs have to actively work to encourage their organization as more than just a place where people throw in time and money. The view of community service as this boring chore is only pushed on by the service clubs that organize them (and this mostly pertains to community service clubs that do service on a broad scale rather than concentrating on just cancer or AIDS or babies. Not saying they’re bad, but the approach to bringing people is different AND because I’ve never actively led one, and I don’t want to comment on something I don’t know about). We literally go up to people and say “Welcome to *so and so* club. We’re a club that goes out and takes your time to do things for other people. Then, we take your money to do other things. You’ll probably never see any results, but that’s what we do!” For us college students, time and money is everything, and we’re not going to give it away that quickly.

If you want something to change, change it yourself. Time doesn’t wait for an Obama of Community Service to come in from the heavens and convince all the college students of the world to change lives.
Which brings me back to why I joined Key Club. I didn’t join it to make a difference in the world, and I know many people who didn’t. I also know many people who went to various events and fell madly in love with community service. Many people (myself included) learned through these organizations are not just about raising money for AIDS. You can do that on your own. It’s about being part of a community that works together. It’s like being a part of an international family, all working for this common goal. Many of my most successful events were social ones, where people got to know each other during a picnic or ice skating fund raiser.

To be continued… on Thursday.

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Haha, so happy post-April Fool’s Day everyone. For anyone who was still/is still confused, the April Fool’s Post was cyphered from ro13. You can find a translator here. Thank you everyone who was frantically trying to decipher it. I had a lot of fun watching you guys struggle.

What’s been going on… what’s been going on. Well, most of you know that I was the 2008-2009 Lieutenant Governor of the Central Lakes Division in NYCKI (Circle K), and that I am the 2009-2010 LtG. That’s been pretty much keeping me busy. For those who do not know, Circle K is an international community service organization, the largest for college students. We do all sorts of charity work, ranging from working with homeless to fund raising for wells in Africa.

If you don’t have a Circle K in your college (yes you college students, I’m looking at you), I encourage you all to consider starting one up. I know, I’m just advertising a club I’m part of, but it’s really a great community to be a part of. You meet a lot of new people, get to go to a lot of new places, and it’s an experience you’ll never forget.

For any of you Geneseo students, JOIN. You already have a club made, NO EXCUSES.

Besides that, the weather is getting be be rather nice now. I’m really glad too, because it means I get to wear skirts again (I used to be all hating on skirts, but I really like the air between my legs *hur hur*. Well it’s kinda true, I don’t feel as restrictive in skirts. PLUS, I’m a girl. I can wear both skirts and pants, so I may as well make use of that freedom, right?

For anime-related news, Tora-con is quickly coming up, and that’s a 1-day anime convention hosted by the Rochester Institute of Technology Anime Club. I WILL be cosplaying (hurrah). I’ve been really worried about what I want to cosplay just because I wanted something simple and easy to do, yet easily recognizable. I do have a couple back ups, if the weather gets cold, but I decided on cosplaying Rinoa. I’ve cosplayed her before (Otakon 2007), but this is an altered fan-art Rinoa (picture). I’m currently working on the wig, so I’ll be posting pictures later. :]

This post comes a little delayed. I wrote this a couple days back, so I apologize if some of it is not relevant now. At least I’m keeping up?

Currently Listening: Gothic Sanctuary (Nightwish)
Currently Watching: Dollhouse
Currently Drinking: Pepsi Cherry
Currently Reading: Nothing… please suggest something!
Current Mood: Sunny

Recently (all of a sudden, even), there has been discussion on Bernanke’s role in the crisis and questions about the Federal Reserve’s power and what Bernanke is doing to solve the crisis. He is the first (or one of the first) Fed Chairmen to accept an interview, and has been playing a more public and prominent role in the media as of the late.

Personally, I feel this is a terrible thing to do, to shower the media with falsified facts about the Federal Reserve. For one, people are unable to understand what the Fed actually does. It’s all good and fine to say that the Fed increases interest rates. And by controlling the interest rates, the Fed controls the money flow in the economy. But does America really know what the Fed does?

Most of them can’t even distinguish between monetary and fiscal economic policies.

To take a step back, let’s explain what the Fed does.

The Fed is a decentralized central bank. It loans money out to the government (most of our public debt is actually due to ourselves. Yes, we owe ourselves money), it acts as the lender of last resort to banks (this is to help banks stay afloat during times of need), it manages the flow of money (through the use of interest rates) and it attempts to control inflation.

Now, what is the difference between what the Fed does and what the government does?

The problem with government policy is that whenever something needs to be passed, it takes a long time to go through the system. There is a lot of debating about anything and everything. Because of this, all the stimulus packages and economic plans will take a long time to get through the senate. The Federal Reserve, on the other hand, can act immediately, calling its own emergency meetings and doing things like decreasing interests rates as it pleases.

To do things, the Senate must borrow money from the Federal Reserve, and the Fed is the banking system of the Senate. The Senate uses this money to do things with it, including stimulating the economy. The Fed does not stimulate the economy by literally giving people money. Instead, the Federal Reserve increases and decreases interest rates.

What are these interest rates people speak of?

The interest rates that the Federal Reserve speaks of are one of two rates (The Federal Funds Rate and the Discount Rate). Both rates allow banks to reach the Reserve Requirement, which is the amount of money a bank should have by the end of the day. If a bank cannot reach that requirement, it can do one of two things: borrow from other banks (with interest) or borrow from the Fed (with higher interest). The Federal Funds Rate is the suggested rate for banks to loan out money to each other overnight. The discount rate is the interest rate that the Fed uses to loan out money to banks. Usually the Discount Rate is higher than the Federal Funds Rate.

Yes, I am aware that the Federal Funds Rate is used by banks and that the Discount Rate is higher than the FFR. There is a whole historical background to the names of the rates and I don’t want to get into it.

Anyway, the Fed usually uses the Federal Funds Rate to control the money flow. When they say they are increasing the Federal Funds Rate, they are changing the suggested price. When the Board of Directors (headed by Bernanke) does this, they’re not just changing the rate by demanding it. Bernanke calls his secretary, who calls New York City’s Fed HQ (The two big Fed branches are in NYC and Washinton DC, and the Fed meets up in DC while all the real work is done in NYC) to start buying or selling bonds (this happens on the 9th floor… please don’t ask how I know this). If the Fed buys bonds, the Fed is trying to pump money into the economy. If the Fed sells bonds, it takes money away from the economy.

And what does this have to do with the rate? The point of selling and buying security bonds is to pump money into banks, making it easier for them to match up to the federal reserve requirement.

THAT is what the Fed does. The Fed is not a magical system that magically creates money for no reason and should just continually pump dolla dolla billz into our economy.

Since this is getting pretty long, I’m going to stop here and let my next post be about the second job of the Fed: Taking care of inflation.

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Bah, so I’m sorry for not posting. As always, I’m up to my neck with work. I had a NEACURH conference last weekend, and this coming weekend is the District Convention for NYCKI (all these acronyms!). It’s been a lot of organizing and planning and last minute work, so I really apologize for not being able to post as often and as long as I’d want to.

Also, I’m wearing glasses! I don’t have any contacts left (I’m getting them shipped up to me), so I’ve been roaming around with glasses, which has been very odd for me. I’ll try to take a picture or two when I remember.

Ahh. So something to blog about… *tries to think about something that’s been bothering her lately*

I’ve been really running a blank about thinks to complain about (economics, politics, women and bad hair are consistently on that list). If anyone has any new ideas, feel free to tell me ( ;D ). This post will act as my Sunday post.

Currently Listening: Love Song (Sara Bareilles)
Currently Watching: Dollhouse
Currently Playing: Trauma Center
Currently Drinking: Pepsi Cherry
Current Mood: CKI-mode (aka, stressed)

I’ve been taking a look at myself recently (I know a lot of people have been in that self-reflective state), and wondering what it is that has made me the way I am. And not the good aspects, or the bad ones, just… me being myself, I suppose.

Within this self-reflection, I realized that one of the big reasons why I feel such an urge to do community service, especially with kids, is because I’ve always felt that I’ve lacked some kind of childhood. A good one, anyway. I always had to take care of the home, take care of my brother, and take care of living to the point where I had become an adult at some obscenely young age. I guess it’s personally upsetting to think that other kids have to live the same way I did.

It sucks to know that kids are growing up faster and faster each day, and sometimes not in the right way. There are far too many kids with parents who are either too strict or too lenient. The ones who are too lenient are scared about becoming strict because their child would grow away from them. The ones who are too strict are scared that their child is going to stick their toe out of the god damned line.

Perhaps it was a good thing that I grew up too fast. I knew the ways of right and wrong by learning them myself.

But anyway, the immaturity of teenagers, students, kids (whatever you call them) is not due to parents being too strict, or too loose. They’re simply just WRONG about taking care of kids. They’re scared that the child is going to be “molded” the wrong way. That’s not to say that I think I’m an expert on taking care of kids. Far from it. I just think there are a lot of things that parents, mine included, do wrong. Then they blame the school, or the surroundings, when in fact, it is their inability to listen to their child’s need and inability to see their child as a person (rather than as their child).

Your child is not an extension of yourself.

Yes, your child is your family. Your flesh and blood, and you are his/her caretaker. But the child is not you. By pushing your desires onto your child, you’re not teaching him/her. You’re choking your child. You’re essentially forcing yourself upon your child (mind rape?).

The children who are products of bad parenting can be easily categorized. Here are some examples (there are mixtures of them):

The Brat – Sweet 16-type kids who are spoiled beyond belief and think they can have everything their way
The Rebel – Kids who decide to completely stray away from their parents and do things because their parents don’t want them to.
The Closet Case – Kids who are socially isolated from society and will not know how to deal with “going out into the world” (I always think of college students who can’t do laundry)
The Clinger – Daddy’s Little Girl or Mama’s Boy -type. I separated them from Closet Cases because I think of Clingers as not “socially unaware,” just clingy.
The Dream – Children who are forced into an occupation (singer, lawyer, doctor) because that was their parent’s aspirations.

And beyond just being categorized, there are simply tons of problems with bad parenting, and they go from one end of the spectrum to the other. For example, a child may be so angry with her parents that she will choose to never speak to her parents. In that situation, family bonds are completely severed. On the other end, there could be a child that is so dependent on his parents that he’ll be living with them till he’s 35… and then some.

One of the bigger reasons why I complain about the parenting and not the child himself/herself is because not all bad parenting results in bad children. I know plenty of beaten and abused kids who turn out to be wonderful people, and plenty of spoiled kids who are aware of how spoiled they are and appreciate how their parents love them (AND learn to take responsibilities in other fields, like in extracurricular activities). But I also know that all these kids could have turned out terribly were it not for good friends, a good environment in school, or plain luck. Besides, it is the parent that worries about parenting at the age of 12, not the child.

I’m no parent, but at least I know some rights and wrongs of taking care of children simply by being around kids, and parents and mixes of both.

And, off topic, I don’t intend on being a parent for many a year.

For a topic like this, I feel like I can’t rant without giving some solutions to how you can avoid bad parenting (although I doubt any of you readers are parents anyway! *haha*):

– Don’t judge your child based off what he or she does. Just because your child got a 65 on his exam doesn’t mean he’s a bad or rebellious student, and that you should beat him.
– Learn to say no. The kid has to learn that there are some things he or she simply cannot have.
– Teach responsibility. Have the child take care of chores (or a pet) and give them good and bad consequences for responsibility (or lack of).
– Balance work and play. Your child is not a robot who can work on dance steps, vocals and math all the time.
– Don’t feel bad taking away things. This goes along with the “Learn to say no” and “Balance work and play.”
– Punish bad behavior. The whole fucking world is obsessed with “Award good behavior” and all that stuff, but people neglect punishing kids for bad behavior. It’s the forever-forgotten other side.
– Listen. This applies more and more as your child grows. A child does not simply mature in body (breasts, periods, deeper voices), but in mind. It is important to let that child develop his or her own ideas.

I mean there are tons more, and there are tons of (badly written) books on parenting. One of my biggest suggestions is to take a look at your childhood, and how you’ve grown, then reflect on what you took away from such a childhood.

And, for all you college students, DON’T EVEN THINK ABOUT GETTING PREGNANT. ;D

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