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Wednesday, November 1, 2006
By Dr. Steven Taylor @ 7:33 pm

Why do teachers assign homework to young children which manifestly has to be done by the parents in large measure?


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Saturday, August 26, 2006
Line of the Day
By Dr. Steven Taylor @ 9:07 pm

“Our house is like an endless parade of needs.  Just when you think its done, there’s one more float.”-My Wife (and mother of 3 boys).

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Thursday, July 6, 2006
By Dr. Steven Taylor @ 12:56 pm

Another DisneyWorld comment: whoever invented Fastpass is a genius. Also: many thanks to the folks who partied too much on the 4th, and therefore weren’t in the Magic Kingdom on the 5th.

We (meaning two families totally 9 folks) barely waited for rides at all during the trip. Indeed, upon arriving when the park opened we walked onto the Pirates of the Caribbean, the Jungle Cruise, Aladdin’s’ Magic Carpets, Thunder Mountain (thrice in two shifts-no everyone rode) and the Haunted Mansion sans wait (and without Fastpasses).

Indeed, after that via Fastpasses we only really waited for Autopia (or whatever it is called out here), Dumbo and the Rockets.

What I don’t get is all the people who did wait in 45+ minute lines instead of using Fastpass.

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Politics In Alabama » Blog Archive » Alabama Bloggers Roundup linked with [...] the fight against blog Spammers!! Alabama Improper has started her own Blogging Network. Steven Taylor talks about the beauty of FastPass at Disneyworld. This entry was [...]
By Dr. Steven Taylor @ 10:23 am

Children are amazing: they can spend all day at the Magic Kingdom at DisneyWorld and the next day be as hyper as ever, while the parents are still in serious recovery mode.

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PoliBlog: A Rough Draft of my Thoughts » Counts, recounts, and the Mexican election linked with [...] ) @ 6:53 pm I feel bad that Steven had to interrupt his vacation (or rather his post-Magic Kingdom recovery vacation-within-a-vacation) to report on Mexico, all because his guest-blogging e [...]
Sunday, June 18, 2006
Happy Father’s Day!
By Dr. Steven Taylor @ 7:10 am

A happy Father’s Day to all the Dad’s out there-especially my own, who is almost certainly on the golf course at the moment. However, as a faithful reader, I trust he will get this message today. And, I even think that his card should have arrived on time for once!

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Friday, May 26, 2006
Another Season in the Books
By Dr. Steven Taylor @ 9:45 pm

From last night:

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Thursday, May 18, 2006
A Pic from Mother’s Day
By Dr. Steven Taylor @ 7:46 pm

Well, I have been otherwise occupied since this morning, even though I have been at the computer much of that time.

No news commentary at the moment, so here’s a picture of my lovely wife and the boys from last Sunday:

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Sunday, April 16, 2006
You Know You are the Parent of Small Boys When…
By Dr. Steven Taylor @ 9:12 am

…the question “why is their underwear on top of your fan?” comes out of your mouth (a ceiling fan, for purposes of clarification).

The answer, invariably, is “I dunno.”

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Tuesday, March 7, 2006
ER’s Suck
By Dr. Steven Taylor @ 12:39 am

And I don’t mean the TV show (although it ain’t what it used to be…).

Middle son had a little spill on his bike this evening, that resulted in the need for a 911 call and a trip to the ER. Aside from a splint on his left arm and a likely mild concussion, he is well.

I will say that there are better ways to have spent five and a half hours…

Hopefully his arm will be ok, the poor thing just stared baseball on Saturday and was supposed to have his second practice tomorrow. They aren’t certain it is a fracture, so let’s hope it isn’t-the x-ray didn’t show a break, but rather a “fat pad” (?) that might indicate a fracture, and so we have been referred to an orthopedist.

Update : a point of clarification-our initial concern was a concussion, and he probably had a mild one (he’s fine now). He was unusually lethargic after the incident, fell asleep at one point (very, very unusual for that time of day) and was extremely difficult to awaken, and we had a hard time keeping him awake later, hence the 911 call. I realize that the post (written after the ER and pharmacy trips) made it sound like I called 911 for an arm injury, which wasn’t the case. It was the keeping the kid conscious issue that was of issue.

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Sunday, February 19, 2006
Things You Don’t Want Your Parents in Court Over…
By Dr. Steven Taylor @ 1:50 pm

AFPCircumcision battle lands parents of eight-year-old in US court.

And by 8 years of age, I am thinking it is best to leave things as they are, so to speak.

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Tuesday, February 7, 2006
I Actually Find this Headline Amusing…
By Dr. Steven Taylor @ 5:16 pm

Via UPI: Depression might be part of being a parent

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Thursday, January 26, 2006
The Life of Ouroboros
By Dr. Steven Taylor @ 8:38 pm

I started the morning trying not to lose my patience while trying to get Oldest Son out of bed and ended the evening trying not to lose my patience to get Oldest Son into bed.

That’s just not right.

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Saturday, December 24, 2005
By Dr. Steven Taylor @ 8:48 am

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Friday, December 23, 2005
James Dungy’s Death an Apparent Suicide
By Dr. Steven Taylor @ 10:30 am

Son of Colts coach Tony Dungy found dead of apparent suicide

I cannot imagine, as a father, having this happen.

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Wednesday, August 17, 2005
On Being Purposefully Childless
By Dr. Steven Taylor @ 3:03 pm

Michelle at ASV points to this column by Albert Mohler, President of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville in which he argues against deliberate childlessness (in the context of marriage).

Obviously, I am pro-procreation; after all I have an average-busting three children, but I find myself rather unimpressed with Mohler’s piece and his argument. For one thing, he seems to inflate the movement towards childlessness and calls it an “epidemic.” This strikes me as clear hyperbole. Further, I think he makes some dubious theological and logical claims.

Let’s consider all of this.

Would life be easier without children? Yes.

Would life be cheaper without children? Heck yes.

Would my life be as rich? No.

Would I be the person I am now? No.

Might I be an idiot who thinks that having pets is the same as having kids. I suppose.

Still, having said all of that, I don’t accept the argument that one is required by the Christian faith to procreate

Yes, in Genesis 1:28 there is a commandment to “be fruitful and multiply�? but that is “in the beginning” (i.e., there are just the two people at that point in the story). The command is again given to Noah and his family post flood in Genesis 8:17. I don’t think you can take either as a generalized command. Context matters, you know. Even if it is a generalization command, in the current context, the human race is being fruitful and multiplying, but I do not see that the command could be construed as being specific to each human being.

Even the verse that Mohler cites doesn’t contain a command:

“Behold, children are a gift of the Lord, the fruit of the womb is a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, so are the children of one’s youth. How blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them; they will not be ashamed when they speak with their enemies in the gate.” [Psalm 127: 3-5]

Just because something is a blessing, doesn’t mean that God has commanded something to be. Although I am aware that some (incorrectly in my view) interpret this verse as to mean that we should all have a large number of children.

Heck, Paul writes that it is better not to marry in 1 Corinthians 7—so does that mean that we should aspire to that state? And was Paul ignoring the injunction to “be fruitful and multiply�? in Genesis?

Mohler states:

Couples are not given the option of chosen childlessness in the biblical revelation.

I don’t accept that conclusion, as there are childless married couples in the Bible, and there is nothing that I am aware of that directly commands all couples to procreate. It is often noted that being barren and wanting children was a sorrow, but I don’t see any condemnation on these people for their lack of children. Further, while he says the following “[t]hey rely on others to produce and sustain the generations to come�? he is ignoring the fact that the same charge could be leveled at people who remain unmarried and have no children. Given that Christ Himself never married this is a difficult argument to maintain logically, given that Mohler seems to want to argue that every human being has the responsibility to reproduce to help support the race. And even if you put Christ in a special category, you still have to explain the Apostle Paul and his statements in 1 Corinthians 7 (not to mention his life in general, which was childless).

Indeed, despite being a Baptist, Mohler’s arguments sound almost Catholic, insofar as taken to their logical extremes, contraception should be banned, and my wife and I are wrong to have stopped at only three children.

No, it seems to me that Mohler is allowing other views other than purely biblical ones to color his thinking. Indeed, Mohler seems a bit hung up on the idea that sex might be considered an end of itself, rather than a route to procreation. First, his assumption that such thinking is only a modern, post-sexual revolution phenomenon is simply false (read some history or literature pre-1960 and oddly, one will find that people have been having sex for the pleasure of sex for some time). Second, is he suggesting that once a married coupled has passed beyond child-bearing that sex ought to be shelved? I expect not.

His position doesn’t seem all that well thought out—indeed, it is more a response to what he sees as some shallow reasons not to have children than a very well constructed logical or theological argument against purposeful childlessness.

And yes, I do think that many people choose not to have children for selfish reasons, but I also think that if one doesn’t want children, better not to have them. As Mohler himself says “Parenthood is not a hobby�? so if one really doesn’t want to be a parent, perhaps it is best for all involved that one not become one.

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