I told my oldest kids about the rescued Ohio women. I told them never to take rides from anyone and never to walk over to a car or van while waiting for the school bus. I told them the girls had been kidnapped and held for 10 years. I told them to know I would never send anyone to get them that they didn’t know and to always stay with a group.
My 10-year-old son told me to PLEASE stop telling him about news events that they were upsetting to him.
So I am wondering did you tell your kids (what age?) about the kidnapped girls/women? Was it a teachable moment to never get in the car with a stranger or was it just too horrific to share with them? How much detail did you share if you told them about the case? When is something just too awful to tell them? What news events have you shared with them this year and what events haven’t you shared?
Feel neglected on Mother’s Day? Today might be the day to join AshleyMadision.com – the dating website for married people. The site’s founder confirmed that the day AFTER Mother’s Day is the site’s second busiest day for women joining. (Read on to find out the first busiest day.)
“Noel Biderman, founder and president of AshleyMadison, confirms that is true year in and year out. “I think this is due to the simple fact that, for many women, Mother’s Day is a barometer of how her family and partner feel about her. That is not to say that all women are expecting to be lavished with gifts but they are expecting to be adored and lavished with gratitude, love and respect,” Biderman says. “If Mother’s Day, like so many other days, is once again hollow and absent [of positive] reinforcement … well, is it any wonder that they end up in the arms of another?”
“Biderman revealed to female-centric parenting site Momlogic.com last year that, on a typical Monday,
I found an interesting blog about how mothers can better be honored on Mother’s Day in places like church. The author who goes by the name Amy on the blog is bothered when they ask mothers to stand up to be honored because she feels like it can be hurtful to others – such as women who long to be pregnant, women who have lost babies or women whose kids have run away.
“Fast forward several years to Mother’s Day. A pastor asked all mothers to stand. On my immediate right, my mother stood and on my immediate left, a dear friend stood. I, a woman in her late 30s, sat. I don’t know how others saw me, but I felt dehumanized, gutted as a woman. Real women stood, empty shells sat. I do not normally feel this way. I do not like feeling this way. I want no woman to ever feel this way in church again.”
She believes that we can honor mothers without alienating others. She offered a nice prayer called
A professor at the University of Texas has conducted the first major study of Tiger Moms and how their cubs develop. She found that the Tiger Cubs were more depressed with worse grades and felt alienated from their parents.
Su Yeong Kim, an associate professor of human development and family sciences at the University of Texas, had been following more than 300 Asian-American families for a decade when Amy Chua’s book, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother came out in 2011. Here is how her study worked:
“For Kim’s study, parents and children answered questions during the children’s adolescence about their parenting styles. The vast majority of parents were foreign-born in Hong Kong or southern China, with relatively low educational attainment and a median income of between $30,001 and $45,000 in each of the study’s three phases, spaced out equally over eight years. Three-quarters of their kids were American-born. The study controlled for socioeconomic status and
I just got back from “Spa Day” in the kindergarten class. They honor mothers each year in the kindergarten by putting on a little show and giving them a commemorative book and T-Shirt. Then they paint the moms’ nails, fix their hair, give them back massages, make bracelets together and have a little treat. The kids just loved it, even the little guys, and the moms enjoyed it too. (The do a Pops and Penguins program for Dads earlier in the year since Father’s Day is during the summer.)
Does your school do anything for Mother’s Day? Would you like a spa day with your kids?
I recently met a Phoenix TV reporter who has been covering the Jodi Arias trial, and he said that moms were the demographic fueling all the TV ratings for the Arias trial.
The ratings on HLN, which has covered the trial non-stop, have increased dramatically over the last two months.
According to Media Bistro in March, “The biggest gains are in the afternoon hours, where HLN is up over +100% in total and demo viewers from 3-6PM ET. 4PM’s “Making It In America,” for example, is up +136% in total viewers and +128% in the demo compared to Q1 2012.”
From March to April rating increased 43 percent in viewers 25 to 54 in the “Total Day.”
“Arias testified for 18 days about every aspect of her sex life with Alexander, many of the details X-rated in nature. The proliferation of streaming video and Twitter has made the trial accessible to people in ways unimaginable just a couple years ago. The court proceedings
A local Atlanta TV station is reporting that about 50 students skipped class to pray together Wednesday morning. They started around 7:30 a.m. in the coach’s office and lasted more than two hours. Here’s the story:
“The spontaneous prayer at Lumpkin County High School has become the talk of the town. Lumpkin County Schools Superintendent Dewey Moye said that a student started the prayer in a coach’s office at 7:30 a.m. and it lasted more than two hours.
” ‘It was a student-led initiative. The student showed up at the coach’s office and the coach did pray with them and it went into the school day, over into the first period of the day,’ Moye said…. “
” ‘I believe it’s a Constitutional right to pray, yes I do. I believe they can do so at their desk, as long as they do not disrupt the school day,” Moye said.”
The superintendent says he will not discipline the coach or the students for missing class, but they will be no more prayers during
I am working on filling out my kindergartener’s environmental form for next year’s teacher, and I sent her current teacher a note looking for any suggestions.
You can’t request a specific teacher but you can say in what type of environment your child would learn best.
This is what I quickly wrote to her:
“I am filling out Lilina’s environmental form for next year and wondered if you had suggestions for it . …My main thing is she is social, happy child. She loves to learn and I don’t want her beaten down. I think she needs some structure but is creative. And she needs lots of love…. Let me know what you think if you get the chance??”
So essentially I am looking for a teacher who loves to teach, is excited for her students to learn and loves her students. I don’t think that’s too much to ask.
Now Lilina is only going into the first grade but I think love is essential for all grades. Obviously you want a teacher who knows their subject but if all teachers come
I am seeing an interesting trend this year in Teacher Appreciation Week that both our schools (middle and elementary) just asked for gift cards that they could give out to the teachers. (Teacher Appreciation Week runs May 6 to 10.)
The middle school has asked for parents to buy $25 gift cards and just leave them in a collection box in the front office, and I guess they are going to distribute them among all the teachers.
The elementary school asked for the same thing.Now the elementary school said they will be doing lunches and other treats but we have not gotten a mass email about it so maybe a committee is handling that.
The schools here never do the daily stuff like our school in Gwinnett did. They never ask the kids to wear their teacher’s favorite colors, or bring in a flower or book on a different day.
So what are your schools asking for this year for Teacher Appreciation Week? Are they looking for gift cards too? Are they doing other things as well?
I have spent two of the last four weekends sick as heck all thanks to my middle school child.
We have noticed a pattern this month. The middle schooler gets sick on a Friday, is sick all weekend and out on Monday. By Wednesday, the little girl has it. I guess because they play and cuddle. Then by Friday I have it. Then I spend the next weekend sick.
My pediatrician has a theory on this. She says that if the oldest child gets something then it’s more likely that the rest of the family will catch it because it’s less likely you’re family has already had it. If the youngest catches something then you probably won’t all come down it because your family could have already had it before they were born.
I think it’s a pretty good theory. What do you guys think? What have you guys experienced? (I’m so tired of being sick! I have too much to do!)