Why do I think we'll see a Pavement reunion tour kicking off from Branson, Mo. before we see an American parenting magazine that addresses a dad's concerns? When it comes to parenting, moms may be a little bit country, and dads a little bit rock 'n roll, but the parenting magazines are all Nashville.
And so it is that a well-toothed dad from the heartland is forced to turn to a UK mag, Junior, for--of all things--dental advice:
Dear Katie: What can I do? My son is afraid of the dentist!First off, I guess the NHS does not cover dental work? Because that'd explain a lot. And second, D., maybe the real issue is pressure, the kid's fear of not measuring up to your family's super-high dental standards?
- D. Osmond from Salt Lake City
Katie Says: Why? It's not like he has to pay for the treatment, which is truly scary. Tell him he doesn't know what fear is until he's been faced with a bill for root canal work. Which he will be, if he won't settle himself down in the dentist's chair.