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How about parenting 101 before leaving the hospital?

Sometimes I joke that parenting should require a license, but it's not funny when I read accounts such as the recent story about a New Port Richey mom who left her 22-month-old at home to go to a bar.

The complexities of such neglect can't be solved by requiring moms and dads to pass a test before leaving the hospital with their newborn. It would be wise, however, to use every opportunity to remind parents that caring for a child is both an awesome experience and an immense responsibility. The news routinely reminds us that it's a mistake to assume common sense will guide every parent.

So, can we at least have every mom or dad watch an inspiring video laced with cautionary tales before they leave the hospital? …

Regardless of the outcome of the sexual assault allegation against Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston, let's hope the episode brings about real change on how police departments and universities handle all student rape investigations.

The delayed justice in this case has been a disservice to both the accuser and Winston. …

Seen on a bumper sticker: My Other Car Is A Tardis. …

Outgoing St. Petersburg Mayor Bill Foster says Major League Baseball lost faith in the Tampa Bay market, but the Rays have made improvements to Tropicana Field. Couple that with a strong marketing campaign and maybe we can reverse the downward attendance. …

Ken Walters is banking that after turkey overload, his Seaboard Seafood Festival (seaboardseafoodfestival.com) Saturday and Sunday on Harbour Island will be just the ticket. It sounds like the perfect complement to a holiday stuffing.

That's all I'm saying.

How about parenting 101 before leaving the hospital? 11/24/13 [Last modified: Sunday, November 24, 2013 7:35pm]
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