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Sunday, March 1, 2015

Are you a parental despot?

Here's my WND column for this weekend, entitled Are You a Parental Despot?

I took the advice of many of you and revised the blog post I put up on the issue.

By the way, if my blog posts have been few and far between lately, I apologize. Not only has it been a busy week, but I've been transitioning to a new laptop since my old one is dying. I'm slowly moving over files, reestablishing bookmarks, and getting used to an updated Word program and operating system. I'm a slow learner at these kinds of things, so please bear with me!


  1. Ahhhh! The joy and pain of a new laptop. At least you have the luxury of some transition time between laptops. That is the best way. I also use two different 1-terabyte backup drives for all of the essentials. They can be a little pricey but the relief in knowing that my digital photos, music, videos, etc. are safely stowed away is worth a lot to me. I keep both of these in a fireproof/waterproof safe. Also, when my laptop begins to act odd or make too many noises, I do a quick Ctrl-PrtSc to capture what my desktop looks like and then I do one for my favorites. Then I paste them into a Powerpoint file for later viewing or printing. If I can see what it should look like, I can rebuild it more comfortably. 8-)

    God Bless,
    Janet in MA

  2. Using Dropbox on both computers may speed up the copying process. Drop files into Dropbox on one computer, open Dropbox on other computer and drag and drop to hard drive as needed. Hope this helps!

  3. Your speaking of parents' comparing their children with one another brought back a memory of a boy I taught in 9th grade. He came in after school to complete an assignment that he had missed due to illness. After he finished the work, we talked about what we were doing in class. Finally he burst out with something that bothered him very much: His father was always talking about how talented his brother was in music, in athletics, and in academics. He said "I'm never as good as him in anything". I assured him that he did quite well and that he was an individual and thus could not be compared with anyone. Several years later I encountered the father and asked how this son was doing. He replied that the boy was in his first year in medical but the father didn't expect him to finish. He volunteered that the other son was taking a hiatus from college to get greater inspiration for his next step. Needless to say the "less talented" son is doing very well in his medical career. The "talented" one is on his fourth career and will probably discard this one before long as not really fitting his interests. The father died a few years ago without realizing that his obvious favoritism damaged both of his sons.