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.

 

Dear Bad Mom Advice,

I have a son in the 6th grade.  His latest report card is full of A’s and B’s.  He’s known and liked by the neighborhood kids.  He keeps his room clean.  A real problem-child. Despite all this, my Honor-Roll-achieving son has, in fact, *not* been doing his homework. This has raised quite a few questions.  I recognize that he has his own distractions (e.g. Minecraft) and, up until now, felt great that he could independently balance his studies and his recreation.  But now I’m faced with the dilemma of wondering how much of those A’s and B’s are actually his.  For the time being, I’ve taken away the network connection to his computer.My question is:  How does a bad mom get this trainwreck back on track?
Sincerely,
Dad-who-got-played-like-WoW

Wait, do you think your kid has forged his report card to reflect A’s and B’s? if so, that is pretty badass for a 6th grader! Good job kid!

I am not sure how much homework accounts for his total grade, so it’s hard for me to determine if his grades are indeed legit (2 legit 2 quit, yo) so you would have to ask his teachers about this. Listen, homework is boring and Minecraft is fun. I get that. Think about the stuff you like to do and how you would rather be doing it then going to work. Work sucks. Well, my work doesn’t suck because I get to write about Courtney Stodden all day but most work sucks. What is your homework schedule like? I’m a jerk mom so I make my kids do their work right when they get home. They sit at the kitchen table with me, I give them a delicious snack, and we do homework before anything else. Now, I know certain people will disagree with me (My own mother included) and a lot of people feel kids need some relaxing downtime after they get home from school and get back to work. For my kids, I know if I let them chill and play outside or watch TV or play video games that getting them to do homework will be next to impossible. So we get it over with, and they know when they are done and I have checked their work they can do whatever the hell they want until bedtime. And you can also hang these up all over his bedroom.

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Your kid sounds pretty awesome. I suggest maybe homework before video games and that way you can be positive he is getting it done, plus, there is some nice built-in bribery right there.

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