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Just think! We wouldn't even HAVE our daughter if my parents had done this with me.

Stop Your Kid From Making Out — Remotely

. This Buick ad is airing on the Olympics. It’s about a tracker for kids old enough to drive (the Buick). It shows a mom and dad realizing that their at-least-16-year-old daughter has parked on Lover’s Lane. Yikes! As the Taliban would say: Let us stop this whoring spawn of Satan! But, being Americans, they […]

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Now imagine if you'd had to wear one of these when YOU were a kid.

“It Is My Duty to Spy on My Kids”

. This comment came in response to the post by Mean Girls’ author Rosalind Wiseman about whether or not to spy on a child’s online activity: There are so many monitoring apps out there, and the aim of using them is to keep loved ones safe. I don’t think it is too controlling of me […]

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Forgot one, George: Safety is danger.

AGGGGHHHHHHHHHH!

. The paragraph below is from a press release about a GPS’ing service parents can subscribe to. When would you need this service? How about when your kids are — Walking to school solo.  Sure, you only live a few blocks from school, but letting your kids make the journey alone seems terrifying.  Freedom is […]

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Why does the fakeness of this ad rankle me so?

This “Sweet” Hershey’s Commercial is Making My Skin Crawl

. Please watch this 2-minute reverie on parenting, tweens and how many Hershey’s products two people can consume in one sitting, and then give me your reaction (because mine was visceral): . The spot shows a girl preternaturally sad because even though her (pathetic, doofus) dad is at home with her, he is tied up […]

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I'll never get to enter a sarcastic contest about me...for obvious reasons.

Predict This Year’s Even MORE DEPRESSING Nationwide Super Bowl Ad!

  . Remember last year’s collective jaw drop as Nationwide ran an ad on the Super Bowl that featured a kid dreaming about all the things he’ll never get to do — biking, sailing, having a girlfriend — because he’s DEAD? And not just dead for any ol’ reason. Dead because his parents just weren’t […]

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Because the outdoors is no place for kids!

Of Course Kids Can’t Play Outside Unsupervised!

. Mom’s too busy to go outside with you, kid? Then clearly the only option is a $159.95 indoor play system. Because you couldn’t possibly go outside UNSUPERVISED and play with FRIENDS, or even even ENTERTAIN YOURSELF, right? Mom must be right there! Always! And so we present: . . As commenter Judy C. wrote […]

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