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Fathers Who Harm

Father's Day has become a more highlighted day of celebration than when I was a child. My father was born in 1927 and lived a pretty long life: he died in 2013, a few months into his 86th year. He was not a bad father. He did struggle with alcohol addiction and was imperfect in other ways, but he was basically loving and kind. He was a workaholic, so we did not have access to him for emotional affirmation, but he told me in his old age that he always loved everything about us kids and felt sad that he had not been a better parent, and he was sorry he was most of all that he had not spent more time with us.  Other men in my family– my grandfathers, my husband, son, uncles, brother– have all shown themselves to be good guys and have adult children whom they love(d) and who love them back.  But I think to myself, having been a social worker to women and children who fled lives with men who put them and their children through Hell, that there are probably a fair number of children, te

S*am Jobs To Avoid

When you, or your teen offspring, decide that the time has come to get a job, to make some cool cash, Rockin in the Free World  (or maybe that would be your grandparents?) -- a job offering a LOT of cash can win the day. Unfortunately, the ads for these jobs can be quite misleading, for the young people reading them, and for the parents hoping they will have a fun first job experience.  Before being tempted to go all out and apply for a big money job-- and the money is a big lure for any  of us, face it-- a little research is not a bad thing.  Here are some examples of "jobs" that are often actually scams to watch out for: Money Mule/Reshipping Jobs - Getting paid to receive and reship packages/money from others. This usually involves laundering money from theft/fraud. Social Media Promotion - Jobs asking you to artificially inflate social media metrics through fake accounts, bots, etc. This is considered spam. Free Product Testing - Having to pay for certification or purc