I've heard of giving the shirt off your back for your children's education, but the ring off your finger? Well, that's a new one.
But that's exactly what one Ohio mom said she had to do in order to get her son into summer school. Tamika Hamilton's son needed to go to summer school if he was going to be promoted from 7th to 8th grade, but she could not pay the $400 tuition bill up front. According to Hamilton, Superintendent Charles Keenan offered her a solution: she could let the school district hold something that was worth $400 as collateral until she was able to pay off the tuition bill. That sounds sort of shady, doesn't it?
There is a child in my daughter's class who is...well, I am not going to name-call a child, but let's just say that he is a handful. This is an impression that I formed all on my own in about two minutes the first time I noticed him (he makes himself noticeable) and has since been reinforced.
Let me be clear, there is nothing WRONG with the child. He is as adorable as any 5-year-old, obviously smart, well-groomed, and precocious. The reason I'm telling you about him is that he makes my daughter uncomfortable. She talks about him ALL the time and it is always tinged with nerves and what seems like fear. Again, let me be clear, he is NOT bullying her. He is just unabashedly and unapologetically himself and learning to navigate boundaries.Continue Reading >
Despite the perpetual image of so-called soccer moms carting their over-scheduled kids from soccer to ballet to basketball and back, most children live a rather sedentary life--spending all day in the classroom, followed by hours sitting at a table doing homework and then parked in front of the televison or computer munching on chips and soda. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2010 more than one third of children and adolescents in the United States were classified as either overweight or obese. But there are steps you can take to make sure you keep your kids' health on track!Continue Reading >
As moms, there are times when we'd all love a little "alone time". Well, a 44-year-old mom in Long Island was arrested after she "allegedly" left her 7-year-old son unattended in the Lego Store while she went off to shop elsewhere in the mall, presumably in peace and quiet. Do I understand that we all daydream about doing this? Hell, yeah. Would or could I ever do that? Hell, NO! Does this woman not read my posts? There are crazy people in this world just waiting to find a poor unsuspecting, unattended 7-year-old to accost.
Whether you're an athlete or not, it should be pretty evident the lifelong impact being a part of sports team can have on a person. Aside from the physical and health benefits, playing sports can teach your children valuable life lessons that they will carry with them into adulthood--lessons that will hopefully support the values you are trying to instill at home. Of course, sports are not for everyone, but I firmly believe that you should encourage your kids to try at least one, whether it be dance or hockey. If they try and don't like it that's fine. Even just a single season can make an impact that lasts a lifetime. Keep reading to learn how sports can help your kids overcome obstacles.
I know this article may seem a bit morbid but "accidentally hurting your kids" has been a top topic of conversation among many mamás this week. This theme was prompted by the story of the dad who "accidentally" left his 22-month old son in his car for hours. Now it looks like he and his wife might have done it on purpose. I can't imagine any parent doing this to their own child!
No matter what you child's particular areas of interest are, strong writing skills are an important thing to have, especially when it comes time to apply to and attend college. Writing is something everyone learns in school that most of us actually use on a day-to-day basis in adulthood, whether it's an integral part of someone's career or even just when communicating with others regularly via email and social media. Many job applications involve some writing and of course, in college the majority of courses--particularly core classes--are essay intensive. Nevermind if your child wants to go on to pursue an advanced degree. Plus, it's an incredible way to express opinions and creativity, even in informal settings. So how can you help your child become a good writer? Follow the four tips below.
There's no denying that Hollywood's biggest momager is Kris Jenner. She has made a fortune off the Kardashian family name through Kim, Kourtney, and Khloe. She's even had her youngest daughters Kendall and Kylie Jenner become mini moguls overnight. Kendall, in particular, is known for her aspirations to become a model and for some risqué photoshoots. While most parents wouldn't be okay with their 18-year-old letting posing topless, Kris is super cool with it.
Why? Because apparently she thinks Kylie has the "perfect body." Oh, that's just lovely.Continue Reading >
When you think of tattoo parlors, you rarely associate them with children, which is why you are going to find this next story shocking! Sadie Hennessy decided to open up the first tattoo parlor for children in England called My First Tattoo and there have been some INTERESTING responses to the new shop.
There have been looks of horror, but what's most eyebrow raising is that there have been already 10 real requests. What kind of parent would allow their child to get a tattoo?!Continue Reading >