What Should We Do About Our Teens' Drinking Problem?

My family is drowning. Specifically, my kids. I would like to save them, but I fear I am just making the situation worse. Anyway, they haven’t asked for my help but instead continue to want more. “Mom, can you buy more vitaminwater? I like the peach and berry flavors.” “Mom, we need some bottled water.” “Mom, please pick up a case of Mendota.”...more
Ha! This is funny :)  But seriously, invest in some Nalgene bottles--you'll save a ton! more

Why Doc McStuffins Is Not Enough

Doc McStuffins, Disney's black doctor character, is a"crossover hit." Sales of Doc McStuffins character products are evenly distributed by race and even gender, prompting a popular refrain about the virtues of colorblindness, as reported by the ...more
And that first sentence of mine was really unclear! Should be "they just may not have any ... more

Why Doc McStuffins Is Not Enough

Doc McStuffins, Disney's black doctor character, is a"crossover hit." Sales of Doc McStuffins character products are evenly distributed by race and even gender, prompting a popular refrain about the virtues of colorblindness, as reported by the ...more
I found the quote from the creator of Doc McStuffins to be interesting--I actually DO think that ... more

Hobby Lobby is Right

With the very recent Supreme Court ruling on the Hobby Lobby case has come an uproar, an outrage over the result.  But these folks are in an uproar in large part over misinformation.  All the outcry, Facebooks posts, and news stories are screaming loud and long that Hobby Lobby has refused to pay for any and all female contraception.  Untrue....more
iamwoman2013 labuenavida  If there are reliable researchers who suggest that Plan B causes ... more

Hobby Lobby is Right

With the very recent Supreme Court ruling on the Hobby Lobby case has come an uproar, an outrage over the result.  But these folks are in an uproar in large part over misinformation.  All the outcry, Facebooks posts, and news stories are screaming loud and long that Hobby Lobby has refused to pay for any and all female contraception.  Untrue....more
"The morning after pill is designed specifically to terminate a potential conception that ... more

Little League Isn't for Kids

The kids asked me after my Princess Disney Half Marathon if I won. I love the possibilities of youth. After all it is a race, their mom is awesome, of course she won. There's that pesky truth we know as adults: Someone is always faster. I try to explain to them the nuance of success. The woman who won the race holds the American record for the half marathon. Her record is 1 hour and 7 minutes. There's a lot I can do in an hour and seven minutes, but running 13.1 ain't one of 'em. ...more
Every year, my parents would say "pick at least one activity"--they honestly didn't care whether ... more

I Put My Husband Through Grad School and All I Got Was This T-shirt

My husband decided that he needed to go back to school to get a PhD when he was 30. I was 27 and we had a newborn baby. During the time that he was in graduate school he insisted that he could not work, that he needed to pay full attention to his degree, and that he would finish 5 years from the time he started.  Why didn't I protest this plan from the beginning? Why didn't this sound unrealistic to me?...more
The part of this that I'm finding the most interesting is the number of times that phrases like ... more

Tithing Put Me In Debt

There is no debate as to whether we should tithe or not. The Bible constantly talks about tithing.  Read: Leviticus, Deuteronomy and Numbers. But when do you draw the line on how much you should give?...more
I disagree (and so do a number of large Christian church bodies). So far, I have only seen you ... more

New Jersey Judge Rules That Leaving Kids in the Car Is Child Abuse

So there's this: An appeals court in NJ ruled that leaving any child, of any age in a car alone for any amount of time is child abuse. *sigh* Stuff like this makes me crazy because it's so black and white and such an extreme overreaction. Child abuse? Really? You're going to equate leaving a kid alone in a car for a matter of minutes with beating the shit out of them? That's insane....more

New Jersey Judge Rules That Leaving Kids in the Car Is Child Abuse

So there's this: An appeals court in NJ ruled that leaving any child, of any age in a car alone for any amount of time is child abuse. *sigh* Stuff like this makes me crazy because it's so black and white and such an extreme overreaction. Child abuse? Really? You're going to equate leaving a kid alone in a car for a matter of minutes with beating the shit out of them? That's insane....more
Snarky_Mommalabuenavidasunshyn24   It doesn't take hours, though. If it's 100 degrees outside, a ... more