Parenting Tips

Parenting Tips

On Dad's Watch Duh! PirateAt times there’s irony associated with parenting a child with Tourette’s. In certain situations a realization emerges that either the basics don’t apply or there needs to be modifications to fundamental parental axioms. Of course every parent has child-rearing agility with some possessing a few side steps while others are Olympic gymnasts. I’ve become the Nadia Comaneci of parenting, if you can withstand the visual, when it comes to contorting innovative ways to motivate our son.

“And the judges give Dad a 10 for paying $67 to take out the trash!”

Motivation is often not the biggest problem, however. The challenge is to drive our son towards avenues that will increase his social interaction and develop skills he’ll need to basically stop p***ing people off! So towards that end, I’ve spent a lot of time teaching him the fine art of instigating and winning a political discussion…just kidding.

The truth is, things that parents normally try to throttle for their kids, we’ve encouraged. Four hours of Facebook today? No problemo…a few more hours of TV? Good job! Not recommended for all kids, but for our son, this has been fruitful. Of course the drawback is, we have to deal with the wise cracks he learns, which are written by high paid Hollywood sitcom writers.

On the plus side, Facebook shows friends online and offline, AND, friends voluntarily tell what music they like, what sports teams they follow, the books they read and what movies and TV shows they watch. If he’s searching for something to talk about with any of them, he can say, “Boy, that sure is an ugly picture of your Mom!” Well, we’ll have to coach him on that, but you get the point.

Eventually, we’re hoping he reads some of the same good books, watches movies with reasonably redeeming messages and follows sports figures that haven’t slept with New Jersey

Time will tell, “On Dad’s Watch.” Boy, I ended that just like a soap opera 🙂 See you next time.

Authored by: Michael Malgeri

Michael lives in Redondo Beach with his wonderful wife and their beautiful children, the stars of "On Dad's Watch." He makes a living in the software industry and pursues writing in between fun family events. Along with "On Dad's Watch," Michael believes there's a need to teach young people about the morality and practicality of Capitalism as well as provide them with an alternative perspective on environmental issues. His books on these topics can be found at

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