Monday, January 7, 2008

Parental Responsibilities

Damn, Britney Spears is responsible for this blog. Thursday night, while I was focusing on Iowa, she had another meltdown, and had police haul her kids away while she got a trip to the hospital. What an idiot.

But, this just crystallizes the difference between good parents and selfish bastards. Right now I am in a similar, though not quite as crazy and public, situation. I won't go into details here, but I will share with you the differences between good parents and the aforementioned selfish bastards.

Good parents put their children ahead of their loathing for their ex. Selfish bastards use the kids as tools to manipulate their ex.

Good parents work their lives to accommodate their children. Selfish bastards fit their kids into their lives.

Good parents better themselves to better their children. Selfish bastards better themselves to better themselves.

Good parents ring in the new year, or whatever, at home while their children sleep. Selfish bastards get drunk, stoned, coked out, or whatever and hope the kids don't wake up

Good parents love their children. Selfish bastards love their children, more so when someone is watching.

Good parents seek consistency and stability for their children. Selfish bastards should look those words up in the dictionary.

The problem is that there are far too many people who like to fuck, but can't be bothered to take care of the children that result. Read through the list and see which side you end up on. And be honest. If you come out as a selfish bastard in any way, don't rationalize it, fix it. After all, most of us good parents occasionally slip into the selfish bastard category on occasion. The key to doing right by your children is to strive for the best for them, and for yourself for their sake. Anything less, you'd be better to play chicken with a freight train until some unlucky bastard has to hose what's left of you off the front of the engine. Your children would thank you for it.

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