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August 10, 2013

‘Strictest Parents’ have returned


(When this column originally ran in August 2002, our son Anthony was a 17-year-old senior at Duncan High School, while Chris was 14 and in eighth grade. Over the years, several readers have asked I run this again and the start of a new school year seems like the right time.
Dear Anthony and Chris:  Another school year has started. No doubt, it’s caught your attention the Strictest Parents in Duncan have resurfaced and they live at your house.
That’s right, fellas, the education ogres are back! The rules are reinstated, the demands and standards are in place. Summer’s over.
Shouldn’t come as a surprise, and because your mom and I are the Strictest Parents in Duncan, we do not apologize for any of this. In fact, we delight in the role. We relish being the ones who push you forward in the pursuit of knowledge and maturity; we gleefully prepare you for the adult world.
This covenant we have with the rest of humanity is not just a, uh, “character flaw.” Long ago, we decided it was our job to mold you into responsible, productive, caring and thinking members of the human race.
Are we doing it right? Who knows. We’re all still learning how to do this parent-child thing, which probably takes a lifetime to master. But so far, so good. We probably don’t tell you enough, but you guys are developing into wonderful people.
Let me confirm your suspicion: There are others involved in this conspiracy.
Your birth father is part of the scheme. So are your grandparents, your uncles and aunts and cousins, and the huge “extended family.” Heck, we went outside the family to recruit people like your teachers, school administrators, counselors, daycare supervisors, coaches and countless others.
Folks you don’t yet know are part of the vast conspiracy to help you be the best Anthony and Chris you can become.

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Should the date for The World's Largest Garage Sale be changed from the third weekend in July to sometime in October to take advantage of cooler weather like we had this past weekend?

No. It's better in the summer cause kids are out of school.
Yes. More shoppers would come during nice fall weather.
Either time is fine.

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