Saturday, May 21, 2011
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
Still, I was a little taken aback this morning to find a link shared on Facebook by a friend of mine from work--from another part of the country and of another faith--screaming about a Mormon mother who is in hot water for using a cold shower and hot sauce to discipline her son.
I'm sure I don't know the whole story. I'm equally sure I had hot sauce put on my tongue a few times when I was a kid. Among other things that could probably get a parent tossed into jail these days. (And I was WAY less sassy than a particular child of mine.) But that's not the point.
What I thought was interesting is that people abuse their kids every day. Not ever do I read a headline that identifies the abuser by his or her religion.
"Lock her up and throw away the key!" She (my friend) said in all caps.
Hmmm. I've not seen anyone screaming on Facebook about the woman of an undisclosed religion who, just a few days, shot and killed her kids for being sassy to her.
People really do hate us. And because 'we' are some of the nicest people I know (not the only nicest and not all of us are nice, but you know what I mean), I'm always taken aback by that.
Friday, January 7, 2011
Thursday, December 16, 2010
South Jordan mother cited for neglect for allowing child to walk to school
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Did you happen to catch this today?
"You're a mom. You're their mom. Isn't it your job to tell them 'No?'"
Yes. When that's what's best for them, that's what you do. Once. Twice. One-hundred beyond infinity times.
You're in charge of what they eat.
You're in charge of how many McDonald's commercials they're seeing on TV.
You're in charge of teaching them "You can't have everything, because where would you put it?!"
What are you going to do, sue everybody trying to sell something that may not be in the best interest of your kid?
Woman up and just say "No" already.
Or again, as the case may be.
Monday, December 13, 2010
Thursday, December 2, 2010
She's been bugging us to go to the library for a book she's supposed to read for class. I think it is due by next Thursday. Every time we've gone to take her she's made other plans. Finally I told her last night we were going that minute. When we got there asked her what book it was she needed. She couldn't remember the name of any of the books on the list, but she's looking for the one with the least number of pages, so had to text a friend and ask.
"A Tale of Two Cities"
Nuh-uh. If I had a dime for every time I picked up that book and put it back down again... I only finally made myself read the whole thing about 10 years ago. And I'm an English major.
Today the following e-mail exchange took place:
Hi Mr. Smith,
Could you please provide me with the list of books to be read for your AP Euro class? I want to make sure Lindsay is reading the right book for her.
Thank you very much--
Here's the list:
1. Candide - Voltaire
2. War and Peace - Tolstoy
3. 7 Men of Gascony - Delderfield
4. Napoleon - Schom
5. Lorna Doone – Blackmore
6. Tale of Two Cities – Dickens
7. Three Musketeers – Dumas
8. Don Quixote - Cervantes
9. Wealth of Nations - Smith
My fifteen-year-old...War and Peace? Candide? Don Quixote? By December 9?