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      Sell plasma. I could make 60-120+ bucks a month going down to the plasma center a few times a month. There are usually bonuses available if you maximize the number of times you go a month. Also, they quite often have drawings for prizes each week. It can take around 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 hours depending on how busy it is but it can be a great time to study, read, play games on your phone or derp around on social media. Plasma donation is not for the faint of heart though. I never thought it was painful, but those phlebotomy needles are not small. Going with a friend really makes it go fast or go alone for some “me” time.

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      A string walk into a bar and orders a drink. The bartender says, “We don’t serve strings at this bar”. The string is promptly thrown out. So the string goes around the corner, ties itself in a knot and scruffs the fibers on its end. The string walks back into the bar and orders a drink. The bartender asks, “Aren’t you the string I kicked out earlier?” The string replies, “I’m a frayed knot.”

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      You are never “ready” to have kids. “More prepared” or “less prepared”? Yes. But no one is ever %100 ready to have kids.  No matter how well prepared you think you are, you will reach a point where you say, “I didn’t sign up for this!” Wether it’s colic, projectile vomiting, medical problems or disabilities, or when your kid was treated crappy by the other kids at school- there will come a time when you can’t fix it. There will be a you want your own mommy and you’ll wish you could be a kid again for just an hour. There certainly are things you can do to optimize the environment in which you plan to parent, but if you’re waiting until you feel like you are %100 ready to be a parent, you could be waiting a long time. The two most important things I’ve found that make being a parent possible for me is a strong, committed parenting partner, and a genuine desire to be the best dad I can be. (father of 4 boys married to my wife of 15 years)

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      Not sure I’m the only dad reporting in. Just wanted to say that I loved this well thought out, self assessing piece. My wife of 15 years is so much more compassionate and empathetic than I am. I have never sworn at or abused any of my four children, but I was raised in a no-nonsense, I’m the parent your the child way and it can be a real challenge not to unthinkingly replicate that.Not sure I’m the only dad reporting in. Just wanted to say that I loved this well thought out, self assessing piece. My wife of 15 years is so much more compassionate and empathetic than I am. I have never sworn at or abused any of my four children, but I was raised in a no-nonsense, I’m the parent your the child way and it can be a real challenge not to unthinkingly replicate that. Good parenting doesn’t always come naturally. It takes conscious effort and forethought. There have been so many times where I’ve had to ask myself, “why did I do that?” or “how can I handle that differently next time”. Sometimes, parenting actions that come naturally to me during conflict scenarios only escalate the problem. As stated before, there’s no one like your kids that know how to push you to your very edge and this is when it’s the most important to model your best behavior.  To the “no kids” people. I don’t think anyone should be made to feel bad about that decision. Kids aren’t for everyone. What I can say is that no one is ever “ready for kids”. Sure, there are choices you can make to better prepare you, but I can guarantee you that no matter how prepared you think you are, you will reach points that no amount of training can fully equip you for. I will say that having a spouse I’m committed to and who is committed to me makes the challenge worthwhile and doable for me. Absolutely couldn’t function as a parent without their mother. She’s my support group and role model when it comes to parenting. My heart goes out and my hat goes off to every single parent shouldering the burden alone.  I know that the most important things I will ever do in this life will be to give the very best of myself to loving my wife and being a dad to kids.  I’ll never be perfect at it. The perfect parent doesn’t exist, convinced. But I can be better if I choose to be and consciously work at it. Good parenting doesn’t always come naturally. It takes conscious effort and forethought. There have been so many times where I’ve had to ask myself, “why did I do that?” or “how can I handle that differently next time”. Sometimes, parenting actions that come naturally to me during conflict scenarios only escalate the problem. As stated before, there’s no one like your kids that know how to push you to your very edge and this is when it’s the most important to model your best behavior.  To the “no kids” people. I don’t think anyone should be made to feel bad about that decision. Kids aren’t for everyone. What I can say is that no one is ever “ready for kids”. Sure, there are choices you can make to better prepare you, but I can guarantee you that no matter how prepared you think you are, you will reach points that no amount of training can fully equip you for. I will say that having a spouse I’m committed to and who is committed to me makes the challenge worthwhile and doable for me. Absolutely couldn’t function as a parent without their mother. She’s my support group and role model when it comes to parenting. My heart goes out and my hat goes off to every single parent shouldering the burden alone.  I know that the most important things I will ever do in this life will be to give the very best of myself to loving my wife and being a dad to kids.  I’ll never be perfect at it. The perfect parent doesn’t exist, convinced. But I can be better if I choose to be and consciously work at it.

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