Love & Respect

I have been thinking about this ever since last night because of a comment someone made.  So I decided to pose this as a question and see how many responses I get.Can a person LOVE someone yet still not RESPECT them?  ...more

Election Day

No matter the outcome today, there are things I wish for my country.I wish a return to:CivilityKindnessToleranceRespectHonestyI wish to see the end of:HatredName CallingIntoleranceDisrespectDeceit...more

Simply Respect - Remembering 9/11

Simply Respect - Remembering 9/11 Respect your efforts, respect yourself. Self-respect leads to self-discipline. When you have both firmly under your belt, that's real power.  ~Clint Eastwood...more

A Little Civility Thank You

As we live, eat, work, grow and socialize together 24 hours a day, it does make sense we continue to reinforce the basic rules for how to treat one another respectfully....more

COOLEST NEWS EVER!!!

I have really awesome news, Crazy Trainees!! Drum roll, please... I am being published by the Scary Mommy herself-- the one and only Jill Smokler-- on her website ScaryMommy.com! Woo Hoo! *lots of giddy happy-dancing going on at my house right now* ...more

Family Meetings

Every member of your family has a right to have his or her opinions respected. You don’t have to agree or go along with what your child wants, but you should at least know what it is, and your child should know why you're overriding his or her preferences. Regular family meetings, where everyone including the children expresses feelings, negative and positive, and all of you work together to solve problems, can help a lot....more

Seriously, people are pissing me off.

I just read a blog post from someone who put the link on facebook, and I am APPALLED.It was something about a "hate cake" and "making it okay for your kids to hate you".I'm not saying I disagree with that part - celebrate it with a cake, do what I did and laugh and say that's okay, I love you anyway, or shout I HATE YOU TOO - whatever works for you. But what this 15 year old girl said to her mother was "YOU FUCKING BITCH, I HATE YOU!" Say WHAT? ...more

Stop Inviting My Kid to Church: Religion Is Not for Children

Recently, a few of Miss N's friends have been sincerely inviting her to church. This part will be touchy for people who do not believe the same as we do and I respect that; I'll raise my kids and you can raise yours. I do not think religion is for children. I think that they should be exposed to the beliefs of all people, and while I will tell my children "this is what Mommy and Daddy believe," I do not expect her to believe the same thing. I'll ask Miss N what she thinks -- and she has some really amazing thoughts on the matter -- but I will not tell her she is wrong if she disagrees with me about the big beliefs....more
Love your post. Right now I am looking at the uncomfortable task of asking a friend to have her ...more

Loving Each Other

John  15:9-15...more

Please be kind

     Ok, I’m going to vent a little bit, ladies!     I teach English at our local community college, and I was out for two classes this past week. A colleague and dear friend of mine offered to substitute for me so that my students would not lose two days of class time. We thoroughly covered my lessons, and she was off to teach.     All is well in the neighborhood, right?     Wrong....more
Oh my goodness :(  That is terrible!  more