Actress Daniele Watts Was Handcuffed For… Kissing Her White Boyfriend?

Django Unchained actress Daniele Watts was detained by Los Angles police last week. The crime? ...more
She was cuffed for refusing to give identification and walking away from the officer. Do you ... more

New Motherhood Is Hard Enough: Say No to Visitors

Until I had my son, it had never occurred to me that the first days, weeks, and months of being new parents would be sheer hell. I mean it. I don't envy any of you who are currently trying make it through the first two months of parenthood. It's difficult. Don't believe anyone who says otherwise. They're lying. It's beyond difficult. For us, it all started when we took our son to his first doctor's appointment. ...more
Awe, I'm so sorry you had such a rough time. I loved visitors after I had my babies. Granted, I ... more

Fundraising in Elementary Schools: Preying on Kids' Fear of Being Left Out

My daughter came home from school on Friday with a packet of information that no parent wants to receive. It's time for the annual school fall fundraiser! I do not like fundraisers and hate selling things. I think it stems back to when I was young and my mother had me go door to door selling boxes of candy for Camp Fire. The goal was to sell 100 boxes. I rang a lot of door bells until I met the quota. Granted, my mother was the leader of our Camp Fire group and felt like we had to meet the goal. (Camp Fire is a youth group kind of like the Girl Scouts.) ...more
I agree completely! Our school (public!) does the same sort of thing. They offered kids prizes ... more

I Yelled at a Stranger's Kid on Vacation

I've wanted to write about this for a while, but I've been sitting on it to decide whether or not I still felt justified in my actions, or if I was having a moment of poor judgment. Now that I'm a few weeks removed from the event, I'm going with the former. I yelled at a stranger's kid at the resort pool on vacation and I'm not sorry. I have two children of my own—and I use the term loosely because my "kids" are 13 and 16. Still, I understand that kids are free spirits, and vacation hysteria is a real thing. ...more
Absolutely justified! Sometimes kids are just plain out of control (mine included!!) more

Stories and Photos That Show What Racism in the U.S. Looks (and Feels) Like

Sixteen days after he was shot to death in Ferguson, Missouri, thousands of mourners packed the church for Michael Brown's funeral, while thousands more watched online. ...more
I am sad for Michael Brown, not because he was "murdered", but because he chose a path that led ... more

The Ferguson Shooting Has Me Scared for My Son

The Ferguson shooting and so many incidents like it scare me. ...more
Janeane Davis BrandiJeter I too am a natural litigator, but I would never argue with a police ... more

(POLL) How Do You Feel About Community School Supplies?

Over the next month, kids across the country will be headed back to school (and some are even there already, including my fourth-grader). With back-to-school comes back-to-school shopping: for clothes, for shoes and for school supplies. Unlike your kids' sneakers or shirts, crayons are sometimes put into a pile and shared—a practice known as "community school supplies"—and this practice has some parents really mad. ...more
I don't really mind supply sharing as much as I mind the lists I was given for my kids this ... more

10 Things Parents Shouldn't Say To Non-Parents

Lately, I've seen some articles (this one in particular) about how people with kids are tired of hearing certain things from people without munchkins. I know, I know, we don't get it. But maybe, possibly, you're forgetting what it's like to not have kids. There are different stresses but stress none the less. ...more
amylouella "it's different when they're your own" is SO true though! Weird yes, but absolutely ... more

I Don't Care if You Like it: I'm Going to Keep Showing Happy Pictures of My Family on the Internet

I post a few pictures like this one every day on Instagram and Facebook. I am one of those. One of those moms with a penchant for digital documentation. I am a constant chronicler. My family’s curator of all our good and happy times. But every so often I’ll see an article come through my newsfeed that dismisses my happy picture-taking-posting-to-social media-hobby. Or worse, one that condemns the happy sharing. It’s bad for my kids. It’s annoying. It’s a way to get blocked, hidden, un-friended, un-followed. It’s wrong in general. ...more
I loved this!  (and that couch picture...hahahaha) more

Mama Bear Moment: Your Kid Hurt My Kid

Seldom is there more anger than when a mama bear’s cub gets injured. Should a fellow kindergartner toss out a few typical teases, she’ll be forever labeled as a Mean Girl by the other mama bears, for certain. A boy who shoves another boy is a terrible bully. A child who hits must be hit at home. A kid who bites has “something wrong” with them. What is normal childhood behavior, and what is truly of concern? ...more
This was perfect! (and refreshing!...yay for common sense!!!)  :) more