A response to John Oliver’s segment on public schools

John Oliver did a good segment on public schools, however it doesn’t address a fundamental underlying issue and that is that public schools should be ended. Make parents be responsible for their own kids education and increase competition, it would guarantee you’d see a change in US education.

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Four great kids shows and two annoying ones

The beauty of netflix and hulu is that it is much easier to watch decent tv shows and I can also monitor what it is they watch. There is a lot of brain rot on tv but there is also a lot of great tv that I am more then happy to let them watch. Here are a couple of shows that I have really enjoyed watching with them and a couple that are annoying

Bob the Builder.

BTB is a great tv show. It is all about a man that has a working crew. His crew consists of Wendy a female construction worker and an assortment of various alive construction vehicles such as a loader, a dumper Street paper and so on. The episodes for the most part are pretty formulaic, but fun to watch because they deal with people working together, obstacles they run into and having fun together. Furthermore the show is in in British English, thereby kids who watch it end up using the term lori and various other english terms which can be rather amusing.

Daniels tiger neighborhood.

Daniels tiger neighborhood is a show which is based on Mr. Rogers neighborhood which was a show that was featured in the 80s and the 90s. Daniel’s neighborhood is very similar to the show it follows. Daniel walk inside and puts on his sweater and talks about things that are going on. It’s a bit of an update to the show as it moves faster and it is a cartoon. It teaches kids about other cultures, animals and so on. I like the show because it could go to being a rather cheesy show and get annoying but it walks a fine line between being engaging and not getting annoying.

Sesame street

Obviously Sesame Street had to make the list. I mean honestly who has not watched the show? It is a great show and the content manages to stay fresh even being on the air for forever. They also have changed from having Bert and Ernie and Big Bird as the main characters to having Elmo, Abby Gadabbie and so on as the new main characters. Which helps keep the show fresh. They also know that parents watch this show and they bring celebrities on the show and parody other tv shows such as Glee, NCIS and so on to introduce a letter or concept. Its definitely worth watching even as a parent.

Wild Kratts.

My youngest son loves animals and anything nature and if your child loves that stuff too then this is the show for. The show is about 2 brothers, the Kratts, who are nature scientists and they start each episodes off by talking about the animal of the day. Once this concludes they are then turned into cartoon characters and end up using the power of that animal to fight the bad guys. What makes this show pretty impressive is that they use a lot of complicated terms such Crysalis, pupa and so on. Trust me when I say your jaw will drop when your kid busts out one of those terms when talking about an animal.

Dinotrux.

Having been a fan of Transformers this show appealed to me and my kids. The episodes are about a t-rex and his buddies. They live in the desert and deal with various issues such as sand storms, bad dinosaurs, drought and so on. What makes the series good is that it focuses on team work and friendship. All the different little dinosaurs add a piece to the puzzle of getting things done. There is also an over arching story going on which is surprising for a kids show. Oyeah and there are 5 minute long episodes if you want to treat your kids.

The annoying….

Doc Mcstuffins.

I am not saying I dislike this show. I do like it. However the songs are very catchy, infact so fatchy that they will be stuck in your head all day long. Now having said that the show is very positive, it shows a little who imitates her mom who who is a doctor. She goes of and fixes and heals her toys. Also her parents are married and have a good marriage. It’s a show that conveys a lot of messages and I recommend it heartily (one episode at the time).

and then the really annoying

CAILOU

Cailou is a Canadian kids show about a little boy. It is absolutely atrocious to watch. Here is why. The little kid is annoying and has a very annoying voice. He whines about everything. In fact after I let my son watch it a couple of times he started talking and whining like Cailou. I thought it might have been a fluke, but my other son started doing it too and when I googled it this was a trend. In fact there has a been an online petition launched to have this show taken of the air because of how whiny it is. Good call other parents. Please avoid this show like the plague.

Libertarian site of the week: The Tuttle Twins

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I have not read these books but this is a great niche field that has largely not been addressed. Its libertarian fiction for younger kids (8+) where books by Rothbard, Mises or other such writers are a bit too tough. These books are good introductions to libertarianism and Austrian economics. If you are looking for a good place to start when it comes to introducing them to these concepts this is a good place. Link: TUTTLE TWINS

PTSD in adult survivors

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I recently ran across this article. Its about child abuse and the impact it has on the individual as an adult. A child never really gets over it. Its very insightful and very sad that parents can do this to children. I hope that any parent with young kids will read it and think about how they are raising their kids.

http://www.naasca.org/2011-Articles/081411-PTSDinAdultSurvivors.htm

The image is from WIKI media and the photographer is: D Sharon Pruitt.

Its not you, its me

Jeremy_Hunt_S4C_October_2010_DearJohn_01I’ve been married for about eight years and there’s definitely some conclusions that I’ve come to. The biggest one thing I came to realize is that it doesn’t matter who you’re married to. You can be married to Jim Carrey or Channing Tatum and even though they might be funny or good-looking at a certain point you are going to be sick and tired of being around them. This goes both ways. This is a hard concept for many people to realize because they are with that person so much, but that is kind of the reality.

Within your marriage there are two people two distinct people who have their own set of issues. The other person is not going to complete them, there is no fairy tale ending because this is not what marriage is all about. It’s two people bringing all their issues, insecurities and life experiences into a relationship. All these play massive factors in how they behave towards one another. I know people say the number one reason for divorce is finances but I would argue it’s that you get tired of being around the other person.

Once you accept the fact that you’re going to get tired of being around the other person or that you’re not always going to like them, then you can move on. But unfortunately that’s a very difficult issue to deal with. I’ve discovered this in my own marriage and I’ve seen this so often other people’s marriages too. People will say things like, “Well they’ve emotionally checked out” or “They don’t want to be around me.” That’s true, however a lot of times that’s on them and you are not the one that’s causing this. When you initially got married there were reasons that you got married, you enjoyed being around each other, enjoyed talking with each other, enjoyed going places with each other and so on. This person has not inherently changed and if you accepted that then you’d realize that you still enjoy that about them. But you’ve done a lot of the stuff together, 24 hours a day and you are bored and kind of tired of being with them. How do you overcome these pitfalls within a marriage?

So before you decide to run off and get divorced or have an affair or whatever it is you want to go do. Please think hard about this concept, is it you or is it the other person that’s causing this? Most likely the reason is you, you don’t want to be around this person because they’re boring and being around for 24 hours a day in dealing with them every single day is just not exactly conducive to having a good relationship. Even, your best friend would not want to be around you over 24 hours a day. Unfortunately, we have this expectations of marriage and now you’re going to bed together, your grocery shopping together, your eating together and so on. This relationship is difficult to keep up how do you deal with this is largely up to you. But it is very important to sit down with the other person and have an honest discussion about being around them all the time. Tell them, I grow tired of being around you 24 hours a day, it’s not you it is me who is dealing with this. Once they accept this even though it might hurt it may make them realize that they may feel the same way towards you. This may provide you with the ability to start dealing with the other issues that arise out of this central issue.

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