A dad mocking his daughter’s temper tantrum has become a viral video on YouTube, with more than 826,000 views at the time of publication.
“The video was posted to YouTube by Kathy Sterner, who writes:
“My 6 year old daughter had been in her room wigging out for about an hour, and there was no talking her down. I was getting fed up, so my husband decided to lighten the mood.
“For the record, she’s not typically a beast child – she’s actually a pretty awesome little kid who was having a rough day.”
The article suggests that the dad was just trying to lighten the mood but you can hear the little girl yelling from the bedroom stop laughing. So my question is does the dad mocking the tantrum help the situation or just lengthen the tantrum? Does it degrade the child (you can’t see her) or is it just a way for parents to release on a frustrating situation without yelling at a kid? Is it all in good fun or mean
For years my friend has been covering up her husband’s faults to the kids. The kids are still young – 12 and under — and she doesn’t want to poison them against their father. So she would make up excuses and try to act like he was a reliable man who cared about his family and everything was fine.
Well they are finally getting divorced and his faults continue to be the same and she cannot decide if she should continue to cover them up or let the kids see (or at the least the oldest see) what is really going on.
So for example, he bails at the last minute on his weekend time with the kids. He doesn’t want to take all the kids, only some of them. He’s late picking them up and isn’t mindful of their schedule. The family still doesn’t have the money they need and she is left trying to explain why things in the house don’t work or why they may need to move soon.
So should she say “Daddy had to work this weekend and that’s why he can’t see you” or “Daddy
My soon-to-be teenager loves her iPod and loves listening to music and videos all the time. So routinely she has earbuds in her ears apparently rendering her deaf – at least to her mother asking her to do things.
She supposedly has the feature where you can click something and they are supposed to be able to hear people but she rarely seems to respond on the first attempt to communicate with her.
She truly is a great kid. She gets all As and is agreeable and respectful almost all the time. This is a small complaint but it is very frustrating repeating myself to be heard. (It’s like I’m hanging out with my 70-year-old hearing-impaired father, who insists he’s hearing everything.)
So my question is: What are your rules about earbuds? Do you have rules about when and how often they can wear their earbuds? Do you have the selective hearing problem with or without ear buds?
Two Cherokee County high school students are facing criminal charges and school disciplinary action after allegedly engaging in a sex act in the middle of the Etowah High School cafeteria last week. The act was between two freshmen following a dare according to Channel 2 Action News.
“Some parents questioned why teachers didn’t notice and stop the sex act, but other students told Channel 2 that it was hidden so well that those sitting at the next table had no idea what was going on.
“Cherokee County schools issued a statement that said, “Two juvenile Etowah High School students were charged with misdemeanor public indecency for an incident that occurred on Oct. 10. Appropriate school disciplinary action will also occur.”
“School spokeswoman Barbara Jacoby released more information on the incident Wednesday afternoon.
“A female student “allegedly made a sexual offer to a male classmate during lunch,” Jacoby said in an
It’s allergy and asthma season across the United States and for families even with insurance the cost of asthma medicines can be prohibitive. Asthma is often easily prevented and controlled with the right inhalable medicines but due to patents, FDA requirements and the free-market economy (in other countries the government sets the prices for the drugs) often families can’t afford the medicines needed, according to The New York Times.
On Sunday The New York Times examined the high-cost of asthma medicines in America, which are extremely inexpensive in Europe. The article states that asthma is the most common chronic disease affecting about 40 million people in America of all ages.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the annual cost of asthma in the U.S. is more than $56 BILLION. The CDC reports there are more than 3,300 deaths from asthma often when patients skip or skimped on their meds.
“With its high prescription prices, the
Michael had business in New York, but I still wanted to meet my parents in Santa Fe, N.M. for fall break. We also wanted to hit the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta along the way, but that meant I had to drive alone with three kids about 420 miles (plus 63 miles later than night to Santa Fe.)
According to Google maps Albuquerque is about 6.5 hours away if you go through the steep mountains of the Tonto National Forest, which I wasn’t going to do. I added about 30 minutes to the trip heading straight up 17 to Flagstaff and then taking 40 east (through Winslow, Arizona, for the Eagles fans out there) to Albuquerque.
My plan was to leave by 7 a.m. get to Albuquerque for the night session of the balloon fiesta and then continue our drive after 9 p.m. to Santa Fe. (I lost an hour crossing the state line because Arizona doesn’t observe daylights savings time.)
It took us 8.5 hours instead of 7 but that’s reasonable with stops to pee, eat and get gas.
Coming back was the problem.
Since moving out West we have had a massive to-do list of places to visit and the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta was on that list. So for fall break, I drove the kids 8.5 hours to Albuquerque to experience this wondrous fall celebration. (See my next blog about driving the kids alone on desolate highways.)
For more than four decades, families have gathered in early October on a massive grassy field surrounded by low-lying mountains to watch literally hundreds of balloons ascend into the sky. There are two sessions each day for about eight days. The morning sessions begins very early. Everyone says you have to arrive by 4:30 or 5 A.M. to watch the balloons in “mass ascension.” The evening event begins around 4 p.m. and culminates with all the balloons inflated and tethered to the ground but lit from within glowing
Last week my 6-year-old came home singing some crazy song about a fox. She would laugh and could barely get the words out to the song – hooting and clucking. They watched the video in her first-grade classroom and the whole class thinks it’s hysterical. My husband and the other kids knew exactly what she was talking about. I had no idea.
We headed off to New Mexico for fall break with all three kids in the back of the minivan giggling over this fox. Even my 60-something-year-old Godparents who met us in Santa Fe knew about the fox. My uncle pulled out his phone over dinner and brought up the viral video for me on You Tube.
The song, “The Fox (What does the Fox say?),” is from Norwegian brothers Bård and Vegard Ylvisåker known as Ylvis. They are a musical comedy duo and said they were shocked by the song’s success, which is now at No. 6 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart.
“It was released to get some attention in Norway. Beyond that we hadn’t even thought
With conferences coming up, you may be wondering what’s the best way to use your 15 minutes with the teacher. Kelly Wickham, an assistant principal at a magnet school for technology in the Midwest, wrote a blog for Babble with conversation starters to help parents get specific information they need about how their children are doing academically. Here is her advice.
“1. What are the skills my child will be expected to learn this year and how is she doing so far? If she masters them, will she be challenged with other material? You can go into the learning styles of your child – kinesthetic, visual, auditory – to help understand the how of their learning new material. If you know what the skills are, you will know what they can work on at home.
“2. How is progress monitored in your classroom and what do you do when my child doesn’t learn the material? How does this affect their grade? Speaking of grades, ask teachers what percentage tests,
I love the start of the fall TV season and trying to figure out which shows are worthy of our DVR space. This year is interesting because for the first time there are prime-time TV shows that our kids are actually interested in watching. Bedtime isn’t an issue because you can tape them and they can watch in the afternoons.
Both of the big kids are interested in “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” Michael watched the first episode with them, and I listened from the bedroom. It seemed appropriate for them. They are both interested in the new “Sleepy Hollow” but I think it’s too intense and violent for them so they haven’t watched that one. Our 12-year-old is really excited about the new Alice in Wonderland take off “Once Upon a Time in Wonderland.” And the 10-year-old likes “Brooklyn Nine-Nine.” I’m not sure if that is a compliment to Andy Samberg or not. His humor is enjoyed by a 10-year-old.
They always want to watch “The Simpsons,”