I would agreed completely after my first child. I would add some caveats after my second child. He was much more difficult to deal with. But my wife and I learned how to cope. For example, #1 was a great traveler. #2 had ear issues and couldn't fly in an airplane without screaming until he was 7. #1 was always easily entertained if we were out for a meal. We learned after the 4th or 5th attempt that #2 needed to move around after 15 minutes. All it took was a short walk around the restaurant and he was good for another 15 minutes. I learned how to read the signs that he was getting restless. When he was 12, our lunch was very slow, so I had him go outside and run around the parking lot twice. Our friends thought we were crazy. but it worked. So it is not so much being a better person as learning what your child can handle at different stages of their development and how to make the necessary adjustments without ceding any more control and authority than is required. My son still remembers that lunch as one of his favorites.
impotence => impedence for those who are not too impudent
That would be Merkin, at least according to my Texas language dictionary (circa 1978)
Last month we discussed news that Microsoft had banned hundreds of thousands of Xbox users for using modified consoles. The Electronic Frontier Foundation has now pointed to this round of bans as a prime example of the power given to providers of online services through 'Terms of Service' and other usage agreements. "No matter how much we rely on them to get on with our everyday lives, access to online services — like email, social networking sites, and (wait for it) online gaming — can never be guaranteed. ... he who writes the TOS makes the rules, and when it comes to enforcing them, the service provider often behaves as though it is also the judge, jury and executioner. ... While the mass ban provides a useful illustration of their danger, these terms can be found in nearly all TOS agreements for all kinds of services. There have been virtually no legal challenges to these kinds of arbitrary termination clauses, but we imagine this will be a growth area for lawyers."