J2 Content – Perspectives

A varied collection of thoughts on education and parenting

Harry Who?

Wait a minute. This Harry Potter movie is going to be the last one? Why didn’t somebody say anything? I need to hurry and make plans to NOT go see this movie just like I did the other Harry Potter films. While I’m at it, I should find some time in my schedule to NOT…. read more

A Most unScientific Study: Your Child’s First Car

An informal survey of twelve families with school age children revealed the following results. 9 of the 12 families said they planned to assist their children with the acquisition of their first car. Of those 9, 4 expected to pass on or sell to their child a vehicle the familiy currently owned. 3 planned to…. read more

God Bless the Child

One of the favorite shows of my kids is Tru TV’s World’s Worst. In case you haven’t seen it, it’s a clip show where low level celebrities make “funny” comments. I’ve watched it with them once or twice and that was all I needed. The most interesting part of the show is the collection of…. read more

Adventure Time

A couple weeks ago ABC premiered a new reality/competition show called Expedition Impossible. Basically, it’s ABC’s version of The Amazing Race with a few changes. The biggest change is the grand prize. The first place team of three people wins $150,000 and they each get a new car. Read that again. To put things in…. read more

A Most unScientific Study – Back to School Shopping

An informal survey of thirteen families revealed the following data about how families shop for school supplies for the coming year. 4 of the 13 families are done with their back to school shopping 6 of the 13 famlies have begun shopping but are not finished yet 3 of the 13 famlies have not begun…. read more

Dad, You’re Killing Those Hot Dogs!

My kids are wise beyond their years in so many ways. At 5 and 8, they view the world with wonder and creativity. They seem to want the most fantastic explanations to be the true ones, and as such it should have come as no surprise when my kids yelled out “Dad, you’re killing those…. read more

The Sun Always Shines on TV

When television first started showing original programming, all families were pretty much the same. The Cleavers, the Stones, the Nelsons and the Andersons were all happy, well-adjusted folks who supported each other, had great jobs and were well-educated. When the 60′s came around, people wanted something more real on television, so they were given less…. read more

Pop Culture Required Reading

Last week, I took my kids to see Mr. Popper’s Penguins (they liked it).  During the previews, we saw this trailer… My kids laughed and became excited for the new Chipmunks movie, but I had to wonder – did the studio really expect fans of the Chipmunks to be familiar with Titanic? It turns out…. read more

Kids Have Bad Taste, What You Can Do About It

If history has taught us anything, and I don’t think it has, it’s that Justin Bieber is a thing kids today are going to be embarrassed about later. Think N-Sync, New Kids on the Block, or for a littler international flavor, Menudo, which is actually a kind of soup. That’s just the way it is….. read more

A Most unScientific Study – Fireworks

An informal survey of nine families revealed the following data about how families spend the Fourth of July holiday. 8 of the 9 families plan to view fireworks between July 2 and July 4. 3 of the 9 famlies plan to view fireworks between July 5 and July 10 (2 of the families will be…. read more

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