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December 03, 2012

Will this video convince my son that running errands with me is big fun?

By Leslie Crawford, Senior Editor

If only. When I pick him up from school and tell my teen we have to make a couple stops (among the lessons I've retained after 15 years of parenting: don't use the "e" word), he recoils in such horror that you'd think that sitting there next to him is not the person who gave him life itself, but a mini-van driving demon prophesying his immenent death march in the aisles of our local Lucky's.

If nothing else, this music video by Cartoon Network's Jeremy Shada (to up your cool factor, that's Finn of Adventure Time) is worth a laugh for us put-upon moms and dads who must add small misery upon misery by carting along a recalcitrant child to the grocery store/ATM/dry cleaner/pharmacy. If I can get him to watch the video, maybe the next time I tell my son we have to make "just a few stops," he'll enthusiastically belt out in rap: "I'm so hard core that I take the front seat, I ride shot gun like a nice young man."

Hope springs eternal…



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