It made the news here a few weeks ago about a family whose children aged 10 and 6 were reported to police as being alone.Police came upon the children and questioned them as to why they were alone and drove them home to their parents. Their parents knew they were alone, they were at the playground, together but alone. CPS is now involved....more
I've been a parent longer than most of you have been alive. Here are a few observations I have made over these years. Many of you won't like these, but time and experience and a couple of awesome grown-up babies of my own and a few thousand kids belonging to other people in my career have convinced me that these few simple rules are good ones. Please pay attention, for I speak truth....more
Sometimes I wonder what ever happened to common sense. Just regular ‘ole common sense. The kind of common sense that was once obvious…but now requires a warning label. Case in point: Fire Sprinkler.
You thought you had a lot of lessons to teach your toddler? Well, I hate to break it to you, but potty training and spoon feeding are only messy in the literal terms when it comes to the lessons you will have to teach your teens and tweens. Most of our kids' friends are pretty smart and self-sufficient, but every now and then we'll talk about something and they have no idea how they would solve the issue.
It baffles me that people are so weirded out about letting gays and lesbians get married. Their arguments are ridiculous and illogical.Today I saw a new one. If you want to let everyone get married, then brothers and sisters could marry each other....more
Sooo, if you follow me on Twitter you might have caught my tweet about #thingsblogginghastaughtme. For a moment I was tempted to dust off my Twitter soapbox and go in about all the craziness I’ve noticed since I started blogging, but then I realized at the end of the day who would really give a “you know what” about my rant....more
When I met my husband, I felt we were evenly matched. Academically at least. He was adorably socially awkward and, well, I rarely shut up. The combination worked.His spatial and color-coordinating abilities are second-to-none, and my verbal and interpersonal skills seem to float us through the uncomfortable times.In general, we complement one another. Upon further inspection, however, any discerning eye will find a major deficit between us: common sense....more
Recently I got to visit court. Court is not like it appears on TV or in movies. It is scary and intimidating. As my lover and I stumbled our way through the process and found seats among the benches of the courtroom, I couldn’t help but notice some discrepancies among how folks were dressed. I know every generation needs to set its own style and standards....more
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