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Jonathan Black

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Confessions of a Failed Parent: I Promised a Dog

Posted November 29, 2010 | 09:38:49 (EST)

My boys did not grow up on a farm, where they'd milk cows, feed chickens and exercise the horse. This might not be an issue if 99 percent of their early reading did not consist of stories that featured owls, bears, cows, kangaroos, bats, pigs and little red hens. I...

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Confessions of a Failed Parent

Posted October 4, 2010 | 13:56:00 (EST)

I stopped boy scout camping when the weather got cold.

For a while, I prided myself the boys were even in boy scouts. I was not a rabid fan of scouting. I balked at the militarism, all those salutes and uniforms and hierarchy. I didn't like the God stuff...

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Confessions of a Failed Parent

Posted September 8, 2010 | 15:00:00 (EST)

I never had the talk.

I blame my wife for this even being an issue. For years, our conversation followed classic lines:

"When are you going to have the talk?"

"Which talk are you talking about?"

"You know very well which...

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Confessions of a Failed Parent

Posted August 13, 2010 | 00:02:21 (EST)


For years we sailed along innocently with "The Land Before Time." The boys went into a Scooby-Doo phase. We rented John Candy movies. We rented my all-time favorite, "Airplane." We did The Pink Panther. We escaped, largely unscathed,...

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Confessions of a Failed Parent

Posted August 4, 2010 | 17:44:49 (EST)

It's no longer enough to build nests and bring worms -- not in the era of raised expectations. The bar is set sky-high. We need Ph.D.'s in scheduling, dating, Facebook, lacrosse, nutrition. Add the onus of guilt, and it's a miracle we survive. But confession is good for the soul....

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So Many Books, So Many Friends

Posted June 22, 2009 | 19:08:08 (EST)

It started innocently enough. An email from "Dan" read, "Hi, Jonathan. Let's connect on Goodreads and share recommendations about books," and there was a link to ""

Wonderful, I thought, because like half the country, I've done time in a book group, but sharing is tough if you're a...

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