• Tue, Apr 9 2013

Bad Mom Advice: So Your Kid Has A Minecraft Addiction And You Love Your Pitbulls, Cool Story ‘Bro

largeWelcome to my weekly Bad Mom Advice column where I attempt to answer all of your parenting questions as only I know how — with zero degree in early childhood development, but with the experience of raising four kids and not having any of them in prison – yet! Plus, I back all my advice on numerous scientific research, which may or may not include me making fun of your dumb kid behind your back and drinking a bunch of wine! Welcome to Bad Mom Advice!

i hated what you wrote about pit bulls i have two they are the best dogs how could you write something so irresponsible? pitbulls have enough bad media as it is. oh and I have two kids and a baby and my pit always licks my baby. 

Yeah yeah I know, your pit bull is the best dog ever and would never, ever hurt anyone and I’m irresponsible because I said no dog, much less a pit, be left alone with a baby. I even said that people who have pits should not have them in homes with young children. We live in a free country. People can do anything they want. I think the majority of pit owners realize that their dogs require a lot of care, exercise, and training, and that is sort of hard to do with a dog when you are devoting the majority of your attention to a baby. I appreciate all of the passionate replies I have received from pit owners, but I still don’t agree with people having large numbers of dogs, leaving their dogs unattended, and breeding dogs. There are enough homeless dogs in the world. Hopefully your dog will never bite you, or attack a cat, or bite your baby. If it does, don’t come crying to me. Oh, and if you haven’t done so, get your damn dogs spayed or neutered.

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  • http://twitter.com/TwAlexLee Alex Lee

    In the spirit of full-disclosure, we contacted the guidance counselor who then had discussions with his teachers. My son is now seeing an after-school tutor for his homework difficulties.

    It’s so responsible and so unlike me. So I’m taking that .png file to Kinko’s.

    Thank you, Bad Mom Advice!

  • Ipsedixit02

    Animals in general require attention, exercise, discipline and care…not just pits. Ill never forget the ad in the local paper that some twit wrote that said they were giving away their bunny because their son wanted a dog. Not because something was wrong, but because their snowflake changed his mind. It took everything in me not to call the number and tell her what a poor excuse for a human she was. Pets arent disposable. If you don’t have the time to take care of a pet, don’t get one.

  • SusannahJoy

    I always got A’s and B’s in school, despite rarely doing my homework. Then I went to college, where you had to do the homework in order to actually learn the material, and yeah. That didn’t go so well. I ended up dropping out for several years, and then finally got an AS when I was 27 because I was sooo unused to having to actually do the work the teachers assigned. I’m pretty mad at myself now.

    • Ordinaryperson

      Yea, it doesn’t take much effort for a smart kid to get good grades in school, but if that smart kid never learns any work ethic or study skills to go along with their brains they’re worse off than a slower kid in the long run, because at least the slow kid learned how to work for their grades.

    • Lawcat

      You and me both, sister. The first couple years of college were OK, but senior year was not fun. Law school? Awful. I am still amazed I passed the bar on the first try. am totally making sure my kids have good study habits when they hit school age. There’s nothing worse than trying to learn basic study skills in your twenties.

  • Tea

    My husband was an A-B student, who never did homework, seriously. It actually kind of pissed off his teachers. Then he went to college and dropped out, twice.

    Then again, he has the real job and I’m the one with a degree who makes next to nothing, so I’m in no position to judge.

    And if anyone finds a cure for minecraft, let me know. I’ve been a sufferer for 7 months and I fear my partner has nearly succumbed. Now if you’ll excuse me, I have a dwarven underground city to build under my true to scale castle, then we can start the airship.

  • Marge

    Cool story, bro….applies to everything you write. Ever heard of editing? Is pit bull one word or two because I notice you’ve kept using both? And what’s with the misplaced ‘ before bro? I enjoy reading your posts simply because it’s like being unable to look away from a crash on the freeway. I can’t imagine how this absolute drivel was recognized by Time magazine.