Julie Samrick

I am the mother of four kids and founder of Kid Focused, a site devoted to... read more

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Stop Red Ribbon Week for the Little Ones

Along with 80 million other Americans, my school-aged kids will experience Red Ribbon Week at their public elementary school this week. Although the intention behind such a week is noble, the reality of it thrust in my children’s day-to-day life makes me question the program’s goals. ...more

To Be a Younger Sibling

My younger sister had to be scrappy.  In our loud family, she could have either gotten lost or fought hard as the baby of four girls to be heard, which is what she did. Once when she was about five-years-old we were returning home from somewhere, all six of us packed in the station wagon.  She suddenly blurted out, “I threw a rock through that window over there,” and pointed to an unfamiliar neighbor’s house down the street. ...more

As In Life, More "Bachelorettes" Should Do the Choosing

I’ve grown cynical about “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette” franchise over the years, but watching the finale where Emily found “the one” last night with Jef Holm reinforces a theme I wrote about a couple of years ago…ABC should ditch “The Bachelor,” if they are to continue with the concept of this show at all, and should only show the female version “The Bachelorette.”  Here’s why….(I wrote this post during Brad Womack’s second season- when he chose Emily- this season’s “Bachelorette.”)———————...more

Where Have All the Respectable Dads on TV Gone?

Certain themes in education were trendy as I earned my teaching credential in the mid-1990s. Gender equity in the classroom was heating up as studies showed boys hogged all the attention in classrooms, while girls fell silently behind....more
 @pauline I agree, Pauline.  Andy Griffith wouldn't even be thought of today, sadly.more

"50 Shades" of Destruction to Our Kids

I can see why Fifty Shades of Grey has enamored grown women everywhere....more

How to Teach Kids the Importance of Memorial Day

For many people Memorial Day  conjures images of 3-day weekends, discounts at the mall, and when we can officially wear white shoes without looking tacky.  But it’s important we pause to reflect and teach our kids why we have a MemorialDay but once a year, a day of serious reflection and remembrance for those service men and women who have given their lives serving our country so that the rest of us may be free....more

May is the Cruelest Month

Dear Tracy,I am sorry I can’t make your bachelorette party later this month.  I would like nothing better than to kick up my heels with you and dance, to celebrate the next wonderful chapter of your life. But you see, it’s May. It was the writer T.S. Eliot who called April “the cruelest month,” but he obviously didn’t have kids. ...more

The One Part of the Hilary Rosen Debate I Take Issue With

Every so often the temperature spikes on the issue of working outside the home mothers versus stay-at-home moms.  Wednesday the topic was brought up once more when DNC advisor Hilary Rosen said Ann Romney ,”has never worked a day in her life.”  I’ve mostly heard people defend stay-at-home moms since the conversation, and that staying at home to raise kids is, indeed, work.   ...more

What Are We Supposed to Eat, Then?

My kids now say, “Ewwww!” whenever we drive past a McDonald’s. Those pictures of warm, tasty nuggets on billboards don’t deceive them now that they’ve seen how they’re really made. Apparently that pink goo in the photo circulating around the web isn’t strawberry milkshake, but the beginning of “chicken nuggets.” ...more
 @FatCat  @Julie   It was a great little spot! Sadly, I think it just couldn't compete with the ...more