I Judged a Dad on His iPhone

I need to admit something: I judged someone this past week. I judged a dad. I judged him hard. My family was having lunch after church. (I am aware how that point makes this story rather hypocritical, ironic and cliche, all at once.) A dad sat down with his son. A few minutes into their meal, the son was saying, "Dad! Dad! Dad! Hey dad!" I looked over, and you know it, dad was buried in his smartphone. I thought of the recent onslaught of "dear mom on the iPhone" posts and thought to myself, "Well, maybe they have a point. Here's a dad! Not connecting with the cute child right in front of him! COME ON, PEOPLE!" ...more
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Would You Confront Another Mom for Talking Poorly to Her Child?

A minute or so after we sat down I heard the mother scold her son quite loudly. Now, I am not one to judge other parents. Believe me, we are all doing the best we can. My first thought at hearing this was sympathy for her. I know that kind of frustration well. My daughter, the people watcher she is, tuned into her harsh tone immediately. Five minutes passed and the woman had now scolded the little boy for turning around, spilling food, grabbing food and talking. Throughout it all, I never even heard the boy's voice. The first time I heard him speak, was through his cry. That's when my daughter let me know that he was crying....more
I believe that it's the right thing.  Sometimes someone needs to have their bad behavior pointed ...more

Helicopter Parents

I am the first to admit when my kids are out of control.  Really.  I am.  I'll usually roll my eyes, let out a deep sigh or an "Oh my word!" and quickly remove myself and my kids from the situation... after I've threatened them with their lives, that is.Sunday, however, was not one of those days....more