Archive for May, 2011

TMZ reports: Botox mom made it all up for the money

Update as of 2:47 p.m: TMZ has updated its story saying that The Sun “strongly denies any suggestion it solicited or knowingly published a false story regarding Kerry Campbell and her daughter….”

“U.K. newspaper The Sun is ADAMANTLY denying it scripted a fake Botox Mom story for Sheena Upton aka Kerry Campbell — and claims they only published the story after a reporter WATCHED the woman inject her daughter…”

“But The Sun says it didn’t even break the story — claiming they received it from a ‘reputable UK news agency’ — and the reporter from the agency ‘watched Ms. Campbell administering what appeared to be Botox to her daughter and provided compelling photographs.’ ”

The British paper is considering legal action.

Original report from this morning:

TMZ is reporting this morning that the Botox mom now says she made the whole story up for the money and never gave her daughter Botox, nor waxed her and is actually not in pageants either.  Although apparently the girl in the story …

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San Francisco to vote on circumcision ban: Should circumcision be a private family matter or city vote?

This November residents of San Francisco will vote on whether or not baby boys can be circumcised.

A group seeking to ban the circumcision of male children in San Francisco succeeded in getting the measure on the ballot with 7,700 valid signatures of city residents. They only needed 7,168 to qualify.

From The Associated Press (I bolded for a quick read):

“If the measure passes, circumcision would be prohibited among males under the age of 18. The practice would become a misdemeanor offense punishable by a fine of up to $1,000 or up to one year in jail. There would be no religious exemptions.”

“The initiative appears to be the first of its kind in the country to actually make it to this stage, though a larger national debate over the health benefits of circumcision has been going on for many years. Banning circumcision would almost certainly prompt a flurry of legal challenges alleging violations of the First Amendment’s guarantee of the freedom to exercise one’s religious …

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Body searches at prom? Two students file suit against district

Two Sante Fe, New Mexico students have filed a class-action suit charging that Santa Fe Public School officials violated their constitutional rights performing “overly intrusive” searches of the girls’ bodies at prom

From Santa Fe New Meican.com:

“The complaint filed Tuesday notes that a female guard for Associated Security Industries, which was contracted by the district to provide security for the event, put her hands on senior Candice Herrera’s breasts and bra and also ordered the 18-year-old and her 16-year-old sister to spread their arms and legs while the guard conducted a body search.”

“Speaking with media Tuesday afternoon at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center, Herrera said she felt “molested” by the guard. She said at one point she tried to move the guard’s hands away from her body, but her efforts were rebuffed.”

“The guard “proceeded to lift Candice’s dress above the middle of her thighs and examined her bare legs,” in front of other students and district …

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Do you tell on a kid when he/she is at your house?

A mom gave me this question but didn’t want to share details to avoid being identified.

She wants to know when you have a kid visiting your house and he/she does something fairly wrong, do you tell the parents when they come to get the kid?

Do you just tell the kid(s) to stop and the incident ends there or do you alert their parents as to what went on?

Give some examples of when you would tell the parents and when you would just correct the behavior and leave it at that.

Would you want to know as a parent or just let them correct the child and don’t embarrass you by telling you what went down?

– Theresa Walsh Giarrusso, ajc.com Momania. I have increased my Twitter activity. I am sending out great stories for moms each day focusing on health, fitness, sex, entertainment, food, travel and obviously parenting! So follow me on Twitter at @AJCMOMania!)

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Update: Daughter taken away from Botox mom

UPDATE 8:52 EST: Media outlets are now reporting that the mother may not be who she says she was.

From USA Today:

“The San Francisco Chronicle, citing sources of its own, says the mother’s name is not Kerry Campbell and she does not live in San Francisco, as originally claimed on ABC’s Good Morning America. City child-welfare officials were inundated with irate calls and an investigation was begun.”

ABC News is reporting that the San Francisco Human Services Department took the 8-year-old girl away from her mother, who admitted on TV to injecting her daughter with Botox in the past.

From the San Francisco Examiner:

“ABC reports that Britney Campbell was taken out of the home during the weekend. Child Protective Services is investigating the mother, Kerry Campbell. Reportedly, the girl is “doing well,” according to ABC News.”

Kerry Campbell made the news last week after she appeared on the television shows “Good Morning America” and “Inside Edition.” Campbell, who enters her …

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What was your economic cost of motherhood?

Harvard University’s David Elwood, Columbia University’s Elizabeth Ty Wilde, and New York University’s Lily Batchelder wanted to determine if there is an economic cost to women having kids and if so, was it affected by their education level and age.

The results depended on the woman’s skill level. Low-skilled women weren’t getting very many raises so they didn’t tend to lose out there, but for high-skilled women, who were getting raises, the raises pretty much stopped after having kids.

The high-skilled women could help curtail some of the effects of having kids on their incomes by waiting longer to have kids.

More results via the article on Shine:

  • “Low-skilled women don’t get very big raises, and having kids does little to change that.The so-called wage trajectories (think of a line graph showing a worker’s wages growing over time) of low-skilled women are much flatter than those of high-skilled women. Having children didn’t change those trajectories …

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13-year-old kicked off bus for cutting the cheese! Good call?

A 13-year-old Ohio boy and his buddy lost their bus-riding privileges for a day for farting on the school bus.

James Nichols and Kristine Kuzora are upset the school ruled their son’s passing gas as an “obscene gesture.”

From the Columbus Dispatch:

“Canal Winchester Middle School officials cited the boys for making an obscene gesture in violation of the student code of conduct in revoking their rides to school Friday.”

“The bus driver had warned the boys a few weeks ago after another joint gas attack, so they apparently were designated repeat offenders and handed one-day bus suspensions, Nichols said.”

The vice principal told Nichols his son “should hold his gas on this hour-long bus ride, if in fact he has gas.”

Anyone who has spent anytime at all with children, tween, teens or college-age boys knows that farting is a major part of their social interaction. I simply don’t believe that the bus driver could hear or smell the gas on a full bus of middle school kids. Kids smell …

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Botox for an 8-year-old?

Check out this “Good Morning America” story about a mom giving her 8-year-old Botox. I don’t think you’ll be surprised to find out the child competes in pageants.

Britney Campbell and her mom Kerry appeared on “Good Morning America” Thursday to talk about her “beauty regimen.” (See the interview above.)

From The Huffington Post:

“(Lara) Spencer asked Britney questions worthy of a horrifying “Law & Order: SVU” episode: can you show me where you do it? Can you point on your face? Of the Botox, Britney remarked, “It hurt sometimes, but I get used to it,” and of the waxing, “It was super, super hard to deal with that…I just don’t think it’s ladylike to have hair on your legs,” however adding that she won’t do it again. At least not for a while.

“Kerry confessed that Britney didn’t actually request either treatment, noting, “We talked about it. She didn’t exactly ask me about it but I know that she was complaining about her face having wrinkles and things like that,” to which …

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What to do when adult kids are bad with money?

Time.com has a helpful slide show of 10 tips for parents when their adult kids are just starting out, have debt or are just bad with money.

Some of the tips are obvious such as let them fail sometimes, encourage or help them pay off their student loans (as we already learned this week) and encourage them to save.

One of my favorite tips is charge rent if they try to come back home. Not charging them rent, feeding them and God Forbid doing their laundry is not going to encourage them to leave. My brother came home for short stint and my mom made his life for uncomfortable. He quickly moved back out. (Funny thing is I don’t think she was trying to annoy him I just think she wanted her house kept a certain way.)

I can’t pull the whole list so make sure you click through but here were a few I thought were the most interesting. Here are a few of the tips from Time.com:

No. 1 : Claim them on YOUR taxes: “…The unemployment rate for 20- to 24-years-olds is 15% and so it’s likely that …

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More mom dilemmas on teacher gifts: You help decide!

We discussed Teacher Appreciation Week recently, but the teacher gift-giving dilemmas still continue as we approach the end of the school year.

I have heard from several moms regarding questions about end-of-the-year teacher presents, and I wanted to share those with you and get your opinion.

1. Should room moms ask for a certain amount for the present, such as $10 or $5? Or just leave it up to the family’s discretion? Does it help to know what the room moms need or just put pressure on you?

2. Should room moms have to say ahead of time what they will buy or is it OK to say in the note toward a class gift? (I think often the room moms are still figuring out what they are going to buy and just want to get the note out in time to get money back to see how much they can spend.)

3. Should the whole class be signed to the card even if only three or four families contribute? (I saw a recent posting about this on Facebook and was shocked at how many people weighed in to ONLY sign …

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