We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Dad here, but I'd add "lower your voice". How can a little child have a voice that bursts eardrums when he's not even raising his voice?
Shut The Door is especially relevant. We have a dachshund that just waits at the door when any of our boys are outside. He needs about .5 seconds to run outside and then he's gone. You can't catch him.