The story of a 5-year-old girl in the United Kingdom has my head spinning a little. You see, she was taken away from her parents in August of 2012 by social workers because she was too fat. I don't mean just slightly overweight. I mean this child was weighing in at over 140 pounds when the typical weight for girls her age according to pediatric experts in her area is 42 pounds. Her weight was clearly a danger to her health, I get it, but should she have been taken from her parents because of it? Was there really no other way to get her to a healthy weight?Continue Reading >
The holidays are the perfect time to get your craft on. Sure you might have a million things on your to-do list and grabbing a box of pre-fab cards is just SO easy, but there are benefits to making your own Christmas cards. For starters, it's way cheaper than buying a nice box at Hallmark. You can customize them any way you want. And best of all, they will keep your kiddos busy for awhile. (Of course you can also still buy a box to send out to the masses and reserve the DIY cards for a select few to save some time.)Continue Reading >
A Washinton D.C. police officer is accused of doing something so vile while on duty that as a mother it makes me want to punch him in the face, of course I wouldn't do it, but I can't say the desire isn't there. Marc Washington, the 32-year-old officer in question, has been on the force since 2006. Recently Washington went to the home of a 15-year-old girl whose mother had reported her missing in order to take a missing persons report. The girl returned home on Sunday unharmed. That should have been the happy ending to the story, but thanks to the unscrupulous and disgusting behavior of Washington, the girl ended up being victimized by him. I'm sure the allegations will disgust you as much as they disgust me.Continue Reading >
I am so excited to tell you about my newest hero, Christian Bucks. Christian is a second-grader at Roundtown Elementary School in York, Pennsylvania. This sensitive youngster noticed that there were kids at his school that where experiencing playground loneliness. Despite being surrounded by kids there are some children who find themselves with no one to play with. Christian not only noticed the problem, but he approached Principal Matthew Miller with a simple and wonderfully adorable solution: a buddy bench!Continue Reading >
This year my daughter started elementary school and the next thing I knew it was time for my first parent-teacher conference. WHOA! How did that happen so quickly? I'm not gonna lie, I was nervous. I guess that is not surprising, but what was surprising to me was that at first I was nervous for myself, not my kid. What the heck does one wear to a parent-teacher conference that conveys, I'm a responsible parent with a sense of style who isn't trying too hard? Heck if I know, honestly I can't even tell you what I wore because I don't remember. But I do remember how terrifying I found the experience.Continue Reading >
They say faith can move mountains, something Mariela Rodriguez believes wholeheartedly. That's because her 18-year-old daughter, Jimarys, who was diagnosed with cerebral palsy when she was just one, recently managed to take her first steps ever and Mariela is convinced it was because of her unrelenting faith.Continue Reading >
Last week, actress Gwyneth Paltrow made headlines when it was reported that she urges her children--daughter Apple, who is 9, and son Moses, who is 7--to speak only in Spanish. Paltrow learned Spanish herself when she was a teenager and is trying to make sure both her kids grow up bilingual too because it's obvious she knows the benefits of bilingualism first-hand.
And she's not the only famous parent out there doing so ...Continue Reading >
It was 4 o'clock in the morning when the residents of a home in a Tucson, Arizona neighborhood were unexpectedly awakened by two girls who claimed they'd escaped from their home and were in need of help. According to what they told their neighbors, their stepfather had kicked down their bedroom door and had threatened them with a knife. As if that wasn't terrifying enough, the sisters, who are 12 and 13 and were both filthy and malnourished, said their parents have kept them prisoners in their own home for the past two years!
When police arrived, they realized that wasn't all ...Continue Reading >
Son of a gun! Dayanara Torres, Marc Anthony's ex-wife, wants him to fork over more money than he already does in child support. Now, I'm not saying Marc Anthony can't afford it because he probably can, but how much is enough? The Puerto Rican born actress and former Miss Universe who has two children with Anthony is taking him to court this week because the $13,000 in child support and $3,500 in spousal support she receives a month already is apparently not enough. So how much exactly does she want?Continue Reading >
So a pre-K teacher is under fire for sending her 3- and 4-year-old students home with a note urging their parents to give them a bath and dress them in clean clothes. Ok, she didn't say it in as many words, but that's pretty much what she meant. And, in all honesty, I'm having a hard time seeing what she did wrong.Continue Reading >