Paying someone to raise your children - 07/10/14

I'm a little fired up about this morning.

We've had a couple of stories recently about new business concepts.  I'm all for innovation and entrepreneur opportunities but these two - in my opinion - are just a small part of what's wrong with family dynamics these days.

There's a company in Canada that you can hire to teach your children to ride a bike.  I'll start by saying some parents argue this is no different than hiring someone to teach your kids to swim or learn gymnastics.  I say that teaching your child to ride a bike is an important bonding moment for parents and kids.  I personally couldn't imagine missing that moment when my husband let go and Zach took off on his own for the first time.  The smiles and amazement on our faces; the pure joy, excitement and nervousness on his face.  You couldn't have paid ME to miss that.  No way.  That experience was priceless.

There's another company, this one in NYC, that will potty train your child.  They claim to be able to do it in 2 days for a small fee:  $1,800 for 2 days.  Are you kidding me?  Now I will say this:  potty training is not an easy process.  I've done it twice.  Does it take time?  YES.  Is it messy?  YES.  Will it test your patience?  YES.  Last time I checked, those are all pieces of the parenting puzzle. 

Some of the parents interviewed for the story say they don't have the time or energy to potty train their kids.  I'm not one to judge because I would love to have more time and energy to do A LOT of things, but come on!  Any parent can tell you that it 1.) takes more than 2 days to do ANYTHING and 2.) requires follow up and consistency and accidents for weeks maybe months after that.  So what exactly are you paying for? 

This outsourcing for parenting is getting out of control.  Parenting is a JOB.  It's the toughest job we'll ever have.  It's also the most rewarding.  You'll never realize that if you pay someone to do everything for you.

 

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DRUNKEN BANK ROBBER

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BASEBALL GIVEAWAY

UNDATED (AP) -- Spring training -- a time for baseball teams and their fans to be optimistic. But the Houston Astros are balking over a planned promotion by one of its minor league affiliates. The Fresno Grizzlies of the Triple-A Pacific Coast League feel so confident the 'Stros will win a title soon, they planned to hand out replica 2017 World Series rings as a promotional giveaway this summer. But once the big league club heard about the pitch, they asked the Triple-A team to bench it. Grizzlies officials say they don't want any issues with its parent club.

POLICE HORSE ON THE LAM

CLEVELAND (AP) -- You've heard about the occasional rogue police officer. But a rogue police horse? A spokesman for the Cleveland police department says a horse with the department's mounted unit was tied up at a cemetery -- but got loose and started roaming the downtown area. Police finally caught up with Jack and got him back where he belonged. Police say there were no reports of injuries or property damage. Officers say Jack stayed on the street during his escape -- but didn't stop at red lights.

GOATS CAPTURED

SEATTLE (AP) -- You've probably heard the phrase: "getting someone's goat." In this case, police in Seattle got someone's goat -- times 10. A herd of 10 goats got free from a yard in the Beacon Hill neighborhood -- and began chasing a group of children. That led police on a chase of their own -- after the creatures. The police website says officers were able to wrangle the goats into a pen. Animal control officers were called to reach the goats' owner.

 
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