Boomers as Burdens

Boomer bashing, always a fun activity for some, could become an extreme sport this year now that the generation has officially hit Medicare age. Instead of just going after boomers as self important bores the trend is to paint boomers as burdens. ...more
You have put it so well. Every generation faces the same criticism though. Until we change the ...more

Not Enough Jobs: Should We Encourage Those Who Can to Retire?

I’m a retiree with no plans of ever again entering the paid work force, but I’m nonetheless really worried about the grim unemployment statistics. I worry about the young people in my life who might be facing long-term joblessness, and I worry about the consequences for our society. Should we do more to encourage those older works who can afford it to retire and make room for young workers? ...more
Yes, I absolutely think we should. I think "will you retire already?" There are young people ...more

NaBloPoMo Soup: Add Your December Posts

You have posts and we want to read them. This is a way for people to post a link to their daily December NaBloPoMo posts that they publish on their personal blogs. Please use the linky feature below daily to add your post, and peruse the ones already entered in order to find great things to read as well as support your fellow NaBloPoMo'ers. Bookmark this post so you can use it all month. ...more
Happy New Year to all.. my last post for this year is up :) made it through NaBloPoMo ...more

The Legacy

As far as legacies go, my tastes lie with something simple, like a check. Or stock. Or heirloom china. Unfortunately Mama wasn’t the heirloom china type. What I got when she departed for the peaceful place where mothers don’t have to cook, clean, or say, “If I told you once, I told you a million times,” was not the inheritance I assumed was my birthright. What she left me was the very thing I was the least qualified to handle. Wisdom....more
I loved this. Every lesson is just perfect...especially the puppy puddle one. We usually have ...more

Halloween with Older Kids: I'm Totally Over It

Halloween is next weekend, and neither of my children have settled on a costume. My son (in 5th grade) wants us to make plans to go trick-or-treating with some friends of his, but he can't decide what he wants to wear. I'm not particularly looking forward to an evening of tromping around just so that he can get all jacked up on sugar. My daughter (7th grade) wants me to make her a costume, but she's not sure what, and also can't I please just drop her off with friends and then cease to exist? ...more
@Waffle-Wednesday I love this!! you are officially my halloween hero.more

Review: An iPad App Just for Kids Email

Christina at Cool Mom Tech reviews an iPad app for kids that lets them email, even before they can spell or write. And it's safe. Check the details at Cool Mom Tech. ...more
I am going to write about this...I think grandparents would enjoy hearing about ...more

SWAK: Do You Kiss Your Kids on the Lips?

There was a discussion on a forum awhile back about whether or not parents kiss their kids on the lips. I was shocked by how many mothers reacted in disgust saying things like, "No! My lips are for my husband only!" as if kissing on the lips was a purely romantic thing. But I got to thinking that if you weren't raised kissing your own parents on your lips, then you probably wouldn't do the same with your own kids. My first reaction was: Some parents don't kiss their kids on the lips? And the second one was: And some people romanticize the act of kissing to the point of exclusion?...more
 @everydaystranger  @dancingonthejourney do you kiss your kids on the lips?more

SWAK: Do You Kiss Your Kids on the Lips?

There was a discussion on a forum awhile back about whether or not parents kiss their kids on the lips. I was shocked by how many mothers reacted in disgust saying things like, "No! My lips are for my husband only!" as if kissing on the lips was a purely romantic thing. But I got to thinking that if you weren't raised kissing your own parents on your lips, then you probably wouldn't do the same with your own kids. My first reaction was: Some parents don't kiss their kids on the lips? And the second one was: And some people romanticize the act of kissing to the point of exclusion?...more
 @everydaystranger  @dancingonthejourney do you kiss your kids on the lips?more

How To Organize Your Life

[Editor's Note: Getting organized. I can't tell you a single person who doesn't want to feel more organized in their life or business. That is why I really loved this post. It's short, practical, a little techy (but only where it makes sense), and usable. However you might adapt her system, it's worth a read for the thought process alone. - Paula G] ...more
@barbblogtwits  My children joke that we only do one thing a day.  Then we take a nap.:)   We ...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
Can I print this up as a flyer and give it to people who want to have the same conversation with ...more