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Andrea Quintana January 8, 2014 at 07:06 am
Scotirish- this is a very current topic in parenting circles, and a valid one. I see nothing inRead More this article that is inflammatory and there is much that is factual. So I don't see where you are perceiving that it might be 'a trick' to stir the pot and not to start a valid discussion.
Scotirish January 8, 2014 at 09:10 am
"I see nothing in this article that is inflammatory" Insinuating that someone isRead More 'overprotective' immediately puts concerned parents on the defensive and now they have to defend themselves against a label that you threw out there from the jump. My daughter was propositioned by a church youth leader, she was also accosted by a driver in a car that I witnessed because I watched her walk the block from my house to the church. These are separate incidents. Now tell me your criteria for being over-protective?
Andrea Quintana January 8, 2014 at 10:08 am
I see a difference between asking 'are we being over-protective?' and 'insinuating that some *one*Read More person is being over-protective'. This article asks a question. It does not make a judgement. She even admits that she has not allowed her child to go to the park by herself yet, so I don't see where you see judgment in her article. If our society has reached a point where we can't ask honest questions about things and discuss different points of view without making someone getting defensive about their own choices, I wonder about our ability to learn and grow. Shutting down the conversation because you feel uncomfortable with a question and take it personally is not helpful. Maybe in the end, you decide you are making the right choices, but there is no harm in respectfully discussing it. That's all she is trying to do here. Oh - and *I* didn't 'throw out' the label 'over-protective'. It is the term that is being used in general for this concern in lots of places. And those on the other side use the term 'irresponsible'. I don't get worked up and take it personally. It's just a way of encapsulating different view-points.
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Jim January 1, 2014 at 09:36 am
The best meal of last year was one I prepared for my family at home, one that cannot be duplicatedRead More at a restaurant. It consised of caldo verde soup, a fennel prosciutto salad, and genovese spaghetti as well as homemade bread and butter. dessert was homemade orange sorbrt. A glass of good cabernet helped out. It took time and effort to think it all out, make lists, shop, chop and cook and coordinate. Not likely to reproduce that in any restaurant for a reasonable price.
Emily Stone January 1, 2014 at 10:35 am
That sounds delicious, Jim!
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