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By Daddy Clay Thursday, May 10th, 2012
Sooner or later kids have to have their own accounts. Whether it’s email, Google, Amazon or iTunes, kids eventually grow up and need to begin accumulating their own digital goods in their own inboxes and libraries. The question is, at what age is this appropriate?
The standard answer here is pretty easy. Because of the provisions of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998 (COPPA), any site that collects personal information cannot offer services to customers under 13 years of age. As a result, almost any popular web site has clear terms of service that state that nobody under 13 can have an account — notably Facebook, Google, and iTunes. Read the rest of this entry »
By Daddy Clay Wednesday, August 24th, 2011
If you are experiencing a midlife crisis, I have a strong recommendation: have or acquire a seven-year-old. I am grateful to have to explain my various 40-something compulsions to my second grader. Kids of this age are keen observers and quite curious. Under the barrage of their questions, the crisis-haver is forced to formulate elaborate rationalizations for kooky behavior which can prove very useful in subsequent conversations with a spouse.
For my specific mid-life crisis, I have chosen running through which to express my lunacy. After a lifetime of being borderline obese, I decided that I never wanted to be called “Big Guy” ever again. I also decided that running makes you immortal. So I run a lot. Read the rest of this entry »
By Daddy Clay Tuesday, August 16th, 2011
Adolescence has had more side effects on my oldest than just a lowering of the voice. There’s also the tonsurephobia. While not strictly pathological, Bubba’s aversion to getting his hair cut arrived swiftly and with great force about six months ago. No amount of coaxing nor any denomination of bribe could get him into Wes’ barber’s chair this summer.
This was disheartening because for many years, getting his hair cut was no more complicated than telling the lady at SuperFantasticCuts which guard to put on the clippers (#2 for him #1.5 for me). I blame lacrosse, but that’s an issue for another post.
But after months of struggle, conflict, and not being able to look Bubba in the eyes, I think I have solved the haircut issue. Brilliantly. Read the rest of this entry »
By Daddy Clay Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009
The great thing about running is that all you need is a pair of shoes and the open road. Then why is it that, of late, my runs have been plagued by a whole host of technical glitches and gadget meltdowns? The culminating bug actually interfered with a significant father/son moment. Outrageous!
Although I run most mornings well before the kids wake up, my oldest son has been curious about my running and has been asking questions. He’s also taken to announcing that “he’s going out for a run.” He comes back sweaty and describes his route. He’s gotten more serious about his sports lately, so it kind of makes sense. I support his impulse, but he is only in the 6th grade, so it’s really important that he only exercise in a way that is healthy and age appropriate. Read the rest of this entry »