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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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Last Update on December 18, 2014 08:09 GMT

FAT BIKES

SHERIDAN, Wyo. (AP) -- Cold and snowy? To some it's perfect bike weather. A new style of bike is gaining traction for winter use -- it's the so-called fat bike first developed in Alaska. The bike gets its name from the 4-inch wide tires that can get a grip in snow or sand. The tires are about twice as wide as those on a conventional mountain bike. Jeff Stine is the co-owner of Backcountry Bike and Mountain Works in Sheridan, Wyoming. He tells the Sheridan Press a fat bike buyer can get two sets of wheels, for summer or winter use. But a winter bike could give your wallet a chill. Prices start at about $1,500.

WREATH THIEF

WESTERLY, R.I. (AP) -- The wreath thief has been busted. Police in Westerly, Rhode Island, report Christa Bradley turned herself in after a home security video was posted on Facebook. Police Chief Ed St. Clair says the video shows a woman walking up to Mary Sullivan's front door and walking off with her homemade wreath. The Westerly Sun reports Bradley is now charged with larceny under $1,500 and is due in court in about a month.

PISTOL PACKING HANDBAGS

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) -- Paula Summers has the purse -- for ladies who are packing. She's a Washington state private eye and found it difficult to carry a gun. Summers did some research and found a number of purses designed to carry concealed pistols. But she felt there had to be a better way to market them. So, she's created gun-packers.com -- "for women who pack heat." Her handbags range from $45 to just under a-grand. But there's more to carrying a gun than the right handbag. Summers tells The News Tribune potential gun-owners need to be trained and licensed according to their local laws.

MOOSE FRIENDS

GWINN, Mich. (AP) -- Sunshine and Jumper have some human buddies. Sunshine and Jumper are male moose in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Food is short, so some people pals have been putting out healthy snacks, like alfalfa, apples and carrots for the moose. The animals have become regulars at an area cabin. The cabin owner asked not to be named by the Grand Rapids Press, so no one will come around to bother the moose. Their human buddies say the moose now eat out of their hands.

 
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