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,”
Our son’s school had an end-of-quarter awards ceremony and even though my kid got an award I just hate it as a concept.
Instead of honoring and motivating kids, I think awards just make the other kids who didn’t get awards feel badly. They already know they didn’t have an A average that quarter, and at my son’s school they feel badly about it. I watched one little girl crying with embarrassment that her name wasn’t called. That’s not good.
Let the parents make a big deal about great grades at home or the school can send home a letter or certificate, but I just don’t think it necessary to embarrass the kids that didn’t have an A average that quarter. I know that’s not their intention but I feel like that’s the result.
What do you think? Are awards a good way to honor the kids who achieved and motivate others to do better? Or just make the other kids feel badly?
When you wake up in the morning are you reaching for your Mr. Coffee home brew of Joe and some milk or heading out for a blended pumpkin latte?
NBC News reported that it may be your blended coffee drink making you fat without you even realizing it.
According to the National Coffee Association’s 2013 National Coffee Drinking Trends report 83 percent of American adults drink coffee and that’s up 5 percent from the previous year. However, only half are drinking the lower calories brewed coffee – that number is down 7 percent from last year.
“Instead, 31 percent (about the same as last year) opt for gourmet drinks such as cappuccinos and lattes. Many go even fancier. A 2009 survey of orders in New York City by the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene found two-thirds of Starbucks customers and a quarter of Dunkin’ Donuts customers picked blended coffee drinks, which use more milk, flavored syrups and whipped cream.
“Those drinks pack a higher calorie
The AJC is reporting that the man accused of slapping a toddler on a Delta Air Lines flight early this year pleaded guilty in federal court Wednesday afternoon.
“Joe Rickey Hundley agreed to a plea deal with prosecutors in which he could serve up to six months in federal prison, instead of a maximum one-year term he would have faced if he had gone to trial and lost.
“Hundley, 61, and his attorney acknowledged that alcohol may have been a factor in his actions on Feb. 8, but both gave more weight to the fact that Hundley’s son was about to die.
“I discussed the issues over grief … in AA meetings I’ve been going to since February,” Hundley said when U.S. Magistrate Judge Alan Baverman asked whether he’d been to counseling since the incident.
“Hundley was arrested after allegedly striking a 19-month-old baby during a flight from Minneapolis to Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, prosecutors
Lately I have been having a lot of discussions with moms about the eating habits of tween and teens. We’ve been talking about food rules in the house and how they apply to boys versus girls – especially when your kids hit puberty.
I was telling a friend that when my oldest started her period, she put on weight quickly and had to really start watching what she eats. The pediatrician was not worried and didn’t want her to lose weight but did want her to maintain what she had gained. So I had to explain to my daughter that she could eat all things in moderation but she couldn’t eat like she did before she had hormones rushing through her body.
I don’t want you to think I am denying my daughter meals. I am just trying to guide her to proper serving sizes and hey you can’t eat three croissants in a row or eat peanut butter from a jar. If you’re hungry, make good choices and eat some Greek yogurt or fruit for a snack.
On the other hand, I am noticing that my
My smartphone has been dead since Friday morning when it didn’t wake me up to get the kids off to school. (Michael was out of town on business, and I woke up on my own at 6:53 a.m. with Walsh’s carpool ride sitting outside my house and Lilina’s ride coming in 17 minutes.)
My smartphone is my phone, camera, internet, calendar and alarm clock to remind me to do important things like pick up my children. It also entertains me while waiting in carpool with Candy Crush, Facebook and Twitter.
I was pretty upset that my smartphone let me down. My irritation continued on Saturday when I couldn’t revive it and had to make sure the babysitter had Michael’s number in her phone and vice versa.
However, when we arrived at the wedding that night it was very liberating not to have a phone. I didn’t feel the need to check it all the time or document everything by video or photography. I just enjoyed the company, food, drink and music.
It still wasn’t working on Sunday so Monday
In a program designed to help teenagers get more sleep, seniors in Fairfax County, Va., can opt out of as many as two first-period classes as long as they are on track to graduate and can find their own way to school.
About 650 students or 5 percent of the 2014 seniors in the county are participating. In Fairfax classes begin at 7:20 a.m. In other nearby counties, classes begin at 9 a.m.
“Fairfax’s “opt-out” program — unique in the Washington area — is a first step toward giving county teenagers additional rest. Parents and advocates for later start times have been arguing for years that early school starts are detrimental to teen health and that even an extra hour or two of sleep could make a real difference. Critics have said that changing the schools’ schedules would be expensive and a logistical nightmare, requiring more buses and more time spent battling traffic on the country’s most congested roads.
“School Board member Sandy
The Wall Street Journal had a great story this week about: Is it OK to fight in front of the kids? The conclusion of the author was that if done in a very specific way, fighting in front of your kids can actually help them feel more emotionally secure and can help them develop better problem-solving skills.
“The answer is complicated. Child psychologists who study the issue tend to say yes—if parents can manage to argue in a healthy way. That means disagreeing respectfully and avoiding name-calling, insults, dredging up past infractions or storming off in anger, for starters.
“Kids are going to have disagreements with their friends, their peers, co-workers,” says Patrick Davies, a professor of psychology at the University of Rochester. “If they don’t witness disagreements and how they are handled in constructive ways, they are not well-equipped to go out into the world and address inevitable conflict.”
“Dr. Davies and fellow researchers found
President Barack Obama says he is scared of his wife and that fear helped him kick a very bad habit. Here’s the story from AP.
“NEW YORK — President Barack Obama says he hasn’t had a smoke in years – thanks in no small part to first lady Michelle Obama.
“Obama was chatting privately with a U.N. official Monday and said he hoped the official had quit smoking. The exchange was caught on camera and aired on CNN.
“After the official appeared to ask Obama about his own cigarette use, Obama said he hadn’t had a cigarette in probably six years.
“He added, with a broad grin, “That’s because I’m scared of my wife.”
“Obama has acknowledged over the years struggling with tobacco use. Mrs. Obama said in 2011 that her husband had finally kicked the habit.
“Monday’s exchange came on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly in New York.”
One of our friends who is a newlywed posted this story on Facebook with the comment “Fear is effective #lessonlearned.” But what do you
USA Today took a nationwide look at how school safety has changed in the months following the Sandy Hook shootings. The reporters found schools across the country making changes to building structures as well as staffing. Some schools have even armed their teachers.
“In a grim reminder that mass shootings have become a fact of life in America, school districts across the USA this fall are opting for more locked doors, more visitor check-ins and more surveillance equipment. Many have had security policies on the books for years, especially after the 1999 Columbine High School shootings. But the massacre last December at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., where a gunman killed 20 children and six educators, introduced a new level of urgency. Suddenly, even children in elementary schools were not safe from bad guys….
“Limiting access to school property has been one of