The Best of the Internet Fathers Day 2007

Michael Haislip debunks 5 blogging myths. I’m not sure I agree with everything he says, but I love his strong voice and he makes some valid points.

Scott Adams gives powerful simple advice at the Dilbert Blog – The Day you Became a Better Writer.

This is the best article on children losing the freedom to explore and be independent that I have read. The map gives it visual meaning like never before. This issue has been bothering me for years. Now I have a 2 and 4 year old. What will I do? I’m afraid like the rest of them, but I know we need to give them independence. No one else does. So let’s say I allow my sons to ride their bikes miles from home when no other children are allowed to, doesn’t that make them the only targets available? I’m stuck. Maybe I’ll take them to the middle of North Dakota and let them roam. But them they might get run over by a heard of Buffalo. What’s a dad to do?

One of the best new parenting blogs around… husbandhood.

J.D at get rich slowly tells us the power of saying yes. This is the kind of post that changes the world.

John Wesley – who’s writing and posting just keeps getting better – just posted 11 multiple positives. What’s a multiple positive? You can read about them here.

Trevor gives us ideas on becoming a writer. If you write you are writer. What do you desire, to write, or to be read? Are they the same?

I just found the Brave New Traveler Blog today, and am I glad I did. Read this powerful, well written, inspiring post.

Steven gives us 5 ways to appreciate your children. On Father’s Day it is good to remember why we are fathers – to raise children. And to raise them well, we must remember to appreciate them.

I have the same problem as Michael. It’s stupid, but it keeps coming back. Listen… Listen…

9 thoughts on “The Best of the Internet Fathers Day 2007”

  1. The story on the loss of independence was really interesting. I have 2 year old and a 4 year old too. We were just at the park today and I was thinking how crazy it is that so many children go missing each year. Maybe I would be willing to extend my oldest’s boundaries if he had a black belt in karate. Until then, he’s just too precious to let out my site.

  2. The FBI estimates that 300 children are abducted by strangers each year in the US. That’s only 1 in 200,000. And the rate has been steadily falling since the early 90s.

    The typical kid is more likely to suffer long-term harm from all the high-fructose corn syrup he eats than from a kidnapper. But that won’t get big ratings on the evening news…

  3. I read the original article about letting kids out of your sight and I have been thinking about this a lot. My biggest concern is that – by keeping our kids close so that we can see them, and driving them to places and picking them up – when they do have to stand on their own two feet how prepared will they be?

    When my daughter left home to go to University I spent some time trying to instill in her a sense of personal safety without freaking her out. She laughed and said that she was far more sensible than we gave her credit for. But by that age I had been travelling widely on public transport on my own and went to meet friends from school in other towns.

    So as well as losing out on the freedom of the childhood experienced in the past there is less chance to develop – and practice – an ability to assess risks and – should the worst happen – get out of trouble.

    I don’t know what the answer is though. When my grandchildren come along I expect I will be ultra cautious about letting them out of my sight.

  4. Hi Steve,
    This article hit home with me. I have 2 kids too & I know how little freedom our children have these days. We are fortunate to live in the country so our children have a little more freedom, but we still have to worry when they’re out of our site. I also addressed this topic in one of my posts at where I discussed why we are trying to force some freedom on our teenager after he’s lived a very scheduled life.

    Thanks for visiting my site!

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