I've been a parent for 13 years now, and just recently discovered a trick that I wish I had known before. We're trying a new type of discipline in my household, basically listing out all the chores and responsibilities that the kids have, and when they must be done each day. There are morning things, after-school things, after dinner things, and before bed things. They have to do what they have to do, and they can't do anything else until it's done. Oddly the one thing that seems to really get them are the before-bedtime chores. We're making them straighten up the living room, put away clothes, tidy up the bathroom, and keep the dining room table clean. If they don't get it right, they don't go to bed until they're done. I've been a real hard-ass about it, which turns out to be a lot of work. But there's nothing like telling them they can't go to bed yet to make them really, really want to go to bed. So far, it's only ever delayed bedtime by 20 minutes or so, but the house is staying remarkably tidy.
Saturday night, we'll be covering roller derby again. "Silence of the Jams" will be a double-header, featuring Hooligans versus the Muertas. We'll try to have video up on Sunday.
I continue to get emails from a lot of people regarding candidates in the Republican primary election, and wanting me to look into something about them. I've received them, I want you to know, and I'm looking into them. But I'm about to travel on business, and I'm low on time. Hopefully I'll be able to get one or two more fact checks / investigations done prior to election day.
From the "you've got to be kidding me" department: George W. Bush plans on publishing a book on economic growth. In other news, I'll be publishing a book on how to be an NFL quarterback and fashion supermodel.
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