Produced by Gary Drevitch
WHERE TO FIND FREELANCE DAD THIS WEEK
close watchers of our right sidebar are already aware, we've been
collaborating with Disney's juggernaut Family.com site for some time.
Starting today, we're going to be providing a new series of articles to
that site, as part of its "Comment Mania"
contest. Here's how it works: Nationally beloved parenting writers
rotate sharing stories both tart and sweet about life with their kids.
Family.com visitors read the pieces, then share their own comments on
the topics raised. Best comment wins a fabulous prize from the people
who brought you not only "Enchanted," but also this delicious Kool-Aid
we've been drinking here at FD.com HQ all week.
We urge all of our FD.com readers to hop over to Family.com right now (here's the link again) and share their own comments on this week's piece, which happens to be a heartwarming tale of middle-child neglect, featuring an all-new photo of Tiny Girl. OK, get going!
THIS ARTICLE HAS INSPIRED US TO TELL FELLOW THAT "LYCHEE" IS THE MOST VULGAR WORD THERE IS
Jon Ronson of the UK's Guardian recently wrote a hilarious column
about dads, boys, and swearing. Turns out, his son was pestering him to
share the worst "swearword" in the world,
so he fed the boy a nonsequitir, which the kid proceeded to use,
repeatedly and hilariously, until he made a discovery of his own. Go
ahead and read the whole thing: It's got the FD.com Punchline of the
NOW THAT'S WHAT WE CALL BURYING THE LEAD
Near the end today's Times article,
on the 10-year-old boy who apparently set one of last week's California
wildfires by playing with matches, was this chilling nugget (emphasis
. . . . “A 10-year-old boy is in a whole other psychic realm,” said Dr. Jeff Victoroff, associate professor of clinical neurology and psychiatry, at the University of Southern California. “At least one study suggests that if you take a population of boys between kindergarten and fourth grade, 60 percent of them have committed unsupervised fireplay, which is to say that fireplay is a common and absolutely normal part of human development.”
So, friends, where are you storing your matches these days?
BROOKLYN'S SYRIAN JEWS ARE REALLY ONTO SOMETHING—BY VIRTUE OF THEIR GENETICALLY-DETERMINED INTELLIGENCE, NO DOUBT
Everyone within screenshot should dig through their pile of unread Sunday Times magazines and fish out the piece on the city's Syrian Jewish enclave
and its iron-clad "Edict": Marry out of the faith and you're dead to
us. Period. Next question. The article digresses far and wide as it
tries to find out why—or even whether—the community is as wealthy as it
appears, but it's the ramifications of the Edict that make the feature
fascinating, especially inasmuch as members of the enclave, of all ages
and political persuasions, seem to embrace it, if begrudgingly, for
having kept their community united and loyal to the faith.
But according to Slate's brave and bold William Saletan,
the financial success of a wholly Jewish community should come as no
surprise, since the Jews, or at least the Ashkenazi branch (of which
the Syrians are, admittedly, not a part) may in fact be genetically
more intelligent than the average Joes, by as much as 15 IQ points per capita. But
our hay fever scores? Off the charts! Gevalt!