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My Hyper-Critical Friend and His Children

Toxic Parenting at its finest.

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I could hear his voice screaming at Jake before they even got into the house.

I always hated visiting my friend Mike when his kids were home.

On that day, I was visiting with my own child, who wanted to come along to see their friend.




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Ira Robinson

Ira Robinson

Published author of over a dozen books and dozens of short stories, Digital painter, and streamer, and blind. Top Writer: Diversity, Ideas, This Happened to Me

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