It's hard not to notice how different things are today for us as parents than they were for our own parents. I mean, some of the stuff we were allowed to do as kids is cause for calling child protective services nowadays. Am I right or am I absolutely right?
I don't even have to think about it very long and hard to come up with a list of things that parents can no longer do without risking arrest.
I can't get over how sickening and disturbing the story about 19-year-old missionary Matthew Lane Durham is. The Oklahoma teen was volunteering at the Upendo Children's Home in Nairobi, when he did the unthinkable.
Durham visited the home several times in only a few months and reportedly sexually abused orphaned children ages 4 through 10. One of the victims was HIV positive.
This woman was a true hero. Karen Wessel died while trying to save a little boy from drowning in a northern Wisconsin Lake earlier this week. The 47-year-old woman was on vacation at the lake with her sister, a friend and four children. Tragedy struck once three of those boys swam to a sandbar, but got tired and needed help swimming back to shore. The suburban mom decided to jump in to save them, but lost her life before a rescuer came on scene.
Ay ay ay mamás, you are not going to believe what 46-year-old Carol Ann Goforth from South Carolina did and how she endangered the life of her toddler as well as that of a friend's 9-year-old little girl. On Thursday, Goforth got herself good and drunk and somehow decided that it would be a good idea to let the 9-year-old girl that was with her drive while Goforth sat in the passenger's seat with her son on her lap. Forget about driving age limits, laws or safety because apparently those things only apply to sober folks.
Someone witnessed this dangerous situation and called the cops, thank GAWD! Espérate though, there is more.
Can you imagine the embarrassment this mother had to face? Four-year-old Justin Otero was kicked out of a local doughnut shop in Connecticut on Tuesday after asking one of the costumers at the store whether she had a baby in her belly. Ay!
One thing I was never allowed to say while growing up is, "shut up." My mother considers "shut up" to be one of the ugliest phrases in the English language and I have to agree with her, it's rude and ugly. It has no kindness, finesse or grace to it. I did not grow up with a mother who told me to shut up and I, in turn, will not be telling my kids to shut up. Does that mean I don't at times want them to SHUT UP? Of course not, I'm human and they can be really loud for a ridiculously long time, so I find ways to get them to shut up without actually telling them to shut up because that would be rude.
Feel free to use my methods to get your kids to quiet down as well.
Tommy Perez is a freelance graphic artist and also a dad to a beautiful little girl named Zoë. He found a pretty incredible way to combine his talents as a father and a graphic artist to teach his daughter the alphabet.
Basically, he takes the letters of the alphabet and then using foods that start with each letter, he forms the foods into the corresponding letter, he shares photographs of the letters on Instagram and you really MUST see them.
This is the time of year that is considered wedding season and along with the happy couples comes the wedding party. Putting together your bridesmaids and groomsmen can be difficult. You don't want to hurt anyone's feelings if they don't make the cut for your bridal party, but the most difficult decision of all is probably choosing a flower girl.
Unless you have a child-free family, then you know picking your ring bearer and flower girl are huge jobs that you'd only give to the most responsible (least whiny) child. Which brings me to pictures of this ADORABLE 4-year-old, Annabelle Earl who appeared in public pleading to be someone's flower girl.
As mid-summer rolls around, you're probably starting to run out of ideas for keeping your kids busy and entertained each and every day during their school break. And I'm willing to bet you're already hearing cries of boredom. Instead of relinquishing them to the television, computer or video games for the next month, I say kick them outside. Of course we know that just sending them out the back door won't do much, so below you'll find video instructions for five fun outdoor activities and games to keep your kids active this summer.
Watching little kids dance is awesome, but watching little kids grind on each other in a sexual manner and call it dancing is all kinds of awful. I just came across two HORRIFYING videos of children dancing with each other in a way that can only be described as obscene.
Uh, shakin' my head in disbelief does not even begin to describe how I feel. I am disgusted by these videos that both show a little girl freakin' on a little boy in the nastiest most sexual way, while getting cheered on by adults. Are you effin' kidding me with this? Get ready to have your jaw hit the floor.