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I’ve been seeing posts all over the Internets (like this one at Werdyab) and I’ve pulled and repeated some of them that represent what I want my boy to know or to think about… Continue Reading…

I ran across a post on Facebook this morning where a question was asked, “So why did Lucy and Ricky sleep in separate beds? Was it for realz, or was it because the same bed was too much info for TV?” I spent a little bit trying to figure out the actual answer and it seems that the answers are split between, yes it was reality and no, it was television censorship. The biggest answer I saw was that it was too much to show viewers the couple in one bed at the time and so in the spirit of censorship, they chose to put them in two beds. Now, whether that is the truth or not, really isn’t the point here. What I realized when I started thinking about this was that TV censorship in general was so much better back then! Let me give you a few examples I found on Neatorama: Continue Reading…

Sometimes, as parents, we reach the end of our rope; or at least it feels that way. We try to find things, creative things even, that will help our children learn from their mistakes, grow, change, etc. But sometimes those things don’t work. Sometimes no matter what we try, our children seem destined to make bad choices. And as much as that hurts us and causes us to be frustrated, exasperated, and tired, sometimes we have to let them. Sometimes we just have to let the consequences fall where they may or they will never change.

If you are a parent of a child who is hard to discipline, don’t be discouraged, you are going to make it through and so will they. I’m right there with you!

Just plain tired

April 10, 2012 — 4 Comments

I know I have not written much lately and I am sorry for that. I’ve missed talking to you guys on a weekly basis. But honestly, lately, my mind has been exhausted and my emotions on edge. Why? Because I’m in the middle of a battle. I’ve been fighting a smart alec remarks, back talking, rolling of the eyes, disrespectful, disobedient son. No, he’s not a bad kid! He’s a great kid with a huge heart and a major capacity to love and have compassion and mercy on people. It’s just that we are starting the early stages of puberty and he’s a mess. He’s choosing to show his love and compassion elsewhere and not exercising enough of it at home. I adore my son, but I’m tired right now and I’m running out of things that work. Continue Reading…

Who are your child’s idols?

February 14, 2012 — 2 Comments

I didn’t watch the Grammy’s, frankly because I knew there would be a lot of stuff I don’t care to see. Yesterday I ran across a post on Facebook that referened a performance done by Nicki Minaj. I had heard of this performer a while back when I saw a segment from an Ellen episode where two young girls perform Nicki’s Super Bass. Though I usually think it’s precious to see young kids trying to perform just like their “idols”, and though these two young girls were precious prior to the actual performance, I cringed when I heard the song. Then, yesterday, I saw the video of the performance Nicki Minaj did at the Grammy’s and I again cringed. (Performance can be found here but please note I would not recommend this for children.) Continue Reading…

In trying to do better in my daily walk with Christ I knew that I needed to be reading Scripture much more consistently. So, one way I chose to make that happen was to enroll in a Reading Plan through my YouVersion account. The reading plan I chose was Parenting By Design. Yesterday was Day 4 and the Scripture and subsequent additional material really struck a chord. Continue Reading…

English: Jump! Deutsch: Spring!

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I have always known that my stress affects my child and I’m sure I heard about a study that was done on this once or twice, but it wasn’t until yesterday that I saw it hit hard. Yesterday my son had a doctors appointment in Houston. To start the day off, my son is extremely tired and therefore more emotional than usual. We got to Houston on time, but the directions for which parking garage were not clear. We were supposed to park in parking garage 16, however, all I ever saw was Entrance 16 in big letters. I parked and quickly found out this wasn’t the right garage. So now we are 10 minutes late once we finally get to the right garage. All the while I am trying to stay calm, but could be doing a whole lot better at it. Continue Reading…

Taking Care of Me

November 22, 2011 — 8 Comments

I ran across this quote today…

“When you become a parent you forfeit the right to self-destruct.”
~ Dr. Robin on Oprah

I am not an Oprah person, but this quote kind of hit me this morning. When you become a parent, especially a mom, we often realize that we can’t self-destruct. We can’t fall apart, we can’t lose everything, we can’t take a break from being a mom. We don’t get to fall apart because we have little ones needing us. And because of this, we so often tire ourselves out and drive ourselves ragged until we do almost fall apart. Continue Reading…

It’s Twilight Time Again?

November 21, 2011 — 10 Comments

I am re-posting this from August of last year in wake of the newest Twilight movie, Breaking Dawn, Part 1. I want to add a few more things. Recently, I heard the argument that the Twilight series is Pro-Abstinence because Bella and Edward do not have sex until they get married and that it is Anti-Abortion because they do not believe in getting rid of the baby. While I am glad to hear this, I have to say that this is no reason to watch the movies, read the books or become part of this culture. After all, we are still talking about loving dead people. Continue Reading…

Last week I was faced with a situation in which I so wanted to be able to give my son with something he desired  more than anything at this moment. Unfortunately, I was unable to give it to him. Not for lack of want or trying, however it just would not work out. And it was tough on me. I will say that my son took it like a trooper and understood the reasons why he couldn’t have this thing that he would have given up everything else for (his words). He cried on and off all day but he’s worked his way to acceptance and I am so totally proud of him for that. Continue Reading…