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March 23, 2007
Some of my sonís friends are the embodiment of the failure of permissive parenting.

I sometimes get to watch the parents engaging the kids in what Iím sure they see as a sensitive and thoughtful manner, their reluctance to employ the iron hand obvious in their strategy.

This one boy is a sullen little shit who wonít smile for a photograph. Worse, he intentionally puts on the most miserable face that he can manage (the kid must practice in the mirror). Class pictures, pictures from scout camp, candid shots, heís a sourpuss in every shot of him Iíve ever seen.