ON FATHER’S DAY, I was walking along South Street in Philadelphia with my 9-year-old son, Solomon, and my 12-year-old daughter, Eve. A woman passed by in shorts that were so small they showed much of her buttocks. “Eeeeww,” Eve said. I was glad my daughter responded that way, because it means she has internalized the…

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ELECTION DAY is one of those days that every parent should have circled on his or her calendar because it’s one of the most important days for your kids, whether you know it or not. You do want to make sure that kids aren’t being dragged down the street for several blocks, right? I guess I…

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A COUPLE of weeks ago, I found myself at 30th Street Station, eating a pretzel and drinking some much needed coffee. Because it was 9 a.m., and I had just gotten off of the 5:30 a.m. Megabus from Washington, D.C., I was bleary-eyed, kind of incoherent, and not really paying attention to the people around me.…

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ON SATURDAY, I came home to something I don’t often experience as a man with a wife and kids. I came home to an empty house. My 12-year-old daughter, Eve, was at my mother’s for the weekend, and 9-year-old Solomon was out with my wife, LaVeta. The only one at home was the cat, Styx.…

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IN MY years as a father, I’ve learned one simple truth: Parenting never gets easier. If your life coach says there’s a surefire parenting method, tell her she’s wrong. Then ask, “What the heck is a life coach?” If your doctor says the Spock method is certain to work, he must mean Spock from “Star…

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THE CANDY RING is a short produced by Solomon Jones and optioned by NBC. It is based on a Philadelphia Daily News column. Oh, and one more thing. The Candy Ring is hilarious. Solomon Jones is an Essence bestselling author and award winning columnist. He is the creator and editor of Solomonjones.com, and the true…

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Dear Housewife:  How do you handle the sweets battle? In essence, one parent is ready to introduce the child to sweets and the other believes in a more holistic lifestyle and feels sweets should be rationed. – Taking candy from a baby Dear Taking Candy: I would probably be labeled as a bad parent after…

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Dear Housewife: Should the step-parent and biological parent have a relationship with one another? – Having Blended Family Issues Dear Issues: This question has been plaguing mankind since biblical times!!!!!  Hagar (Abraham’s baby mama) and Sarah (his wife) could not work this type of thing out.  Sarah’s solution was to send the baby and the baby mama…

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Dear Housewife: Do you have suggestions for promoting the respectful exchange of ideas with 11 and 12 year olds when there are differences of opinion? – Dealing with Disrespectful Tweens Dear Dealing: Your child should be happy this isn’t my dad’s time. My dad is 82, and in his day, children had NO OPINIONS and NO…

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Question of the Day: You’ve recently married and your spouse has a child from a previous marriage. You and the child totally despise each other. The child is 13. Do you attempt to get along with the child, even though the stepchild hates you and has warned you he’ll never like you and has told…

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