Protecting Our Kids From The Beatles

Ever since the Internet came along, there have been horror stories of children being lured away from their homes after developing an online relationship with someone. Whether it was through MySpace, Facebook, SnapChat, or any of the other social media that have popped up over the years, it has certainly been a cause for concern from the very beginning, and has been the main consideration in allowing our kids to freely access social web sites.

Yes, we all agree. There are plenty of dangers for kids on the Internet. But if you think any of this is new, then think again. Continue reading

The Electric Shave

My first experience with shaving was trimming a few chin hairs with a pair of dull safety scissors. I was 14 or 15, and my cheeks were slow to start growing any kind of facial hair. The scissors sufficed for a few months, but eventually the 5 or 6 stray hairs turned into dozens, and then hundreds. I found my brother’s old electric shaver in a bathroom drawer and started using that to groom myself. 30 years later, I still value the speed and efficiency of an electric shaver.

Now, my son has signaled that he’s ready to join the long line of electricians in his family with a request for a shaver of his own. Luckily, Philips Norelco was willing to set him up with their new Click & Style. It’s an all-in-one shaving and grooming tool and, quite frankly, it’s the best shaver I’ve ever seen.

Norelco Click and Style

The beauty of the Click & Style are the three separate attachments. First, a shaver attachment, with rotary blades. Second, a beard trimmer. And third, a foil style shaver/trimmer. That really covers all the bases for whatever body hair needs to be groomed. All three attachments give you ultimate control and precision for a clean, smooth shave.

My son is finding it much easier to “manscape” with the Click & Style. So easy, in fact, that he can even multi-task while using it. Apparently, this is a thing. People don’t just stand at the mirror and shave anymore. They eat, brush their teeth, read, text, and play video games while grooming themselves. Continue reading

5 Ways To Communicate With Your Teen

You know the stereotype of the uncommunicative teenager.

The indifferent look, the rolled eyes, earbuds firmly in place, off in their own little world while mom and dad try desperately to find a way in.

It’s not impossible to communicate with your teen. There are five guaranteed methods for getting through to them.

And by guaranteed, I mean they work for me.

Sometimes. Most of the time. Hey, they’re better than nothing. Continue reading

Cute Girls

My 13-year-old son attended a writing workshop last week. When I went to pick him up, and peeked into the classroom, I noticed that he was at a table full of girls around his age.

So, a bit later in the car, I teased him a little.

“I see you were sitting with all the cute girls.”

I expected some sort of bashful reply, but heard this instead:

“That’s kind of creepy.”

“Creepy? Why?” I asked.

“A grown man shouldn’t be calling teenage girls cute,” he explained.

Yes, he has a point, I guess. Men have to be careful with their adjectives.

Women can say whatever they want about kids, especially girls: “Your daughter is so beautiful!” or “That blouse looks great on her.”

No, men can’t say those things for fear of it being misconstrued. Even with the most innocent of intentions, it’s best not to make any aesthetic statements about children, whether you know them or not.

When my daughter was a toddler, a woman in the store said to me, “Your daughter is a beautiful little girl. She’s going to be a real heart breaker some day,” and I took it as a sincere compliment. Not long after that, a male clerk at Lowe’s said pretty much the same thing and it made me angry and suspicious. I didn’t shop there for years after that.

So, not wanting to appear to be a dirty old man, I suppose I’ll have to stay neutral on appearances. It might even be a good idea to raise the age limit to cover women up to 50. You never can tell who might take offense.

I’m still not convinced that “cute” is a strong enough word to qualify as creepy. To me, “cute” is something that is charming or amusing. Such as, “That new Jim Carrey movie was cute, but not worth paying $11 at the theater.” Or, “What a cute little restaurant, too bad the food is awful.”

Next time, I’ll say, “I see you were sitting with the smart girls,” which I hope he does. Or, “I see you were sitting with the loud girls,” because sometimes they can be.

Or maybe I just won’t say anything at all about girls. That would please my son the most.