May 26th 2011 3:54PM These parents NEVER said that they wouldn't explain it to their son (or daughter), for heaven's sake. They simply said that they wouldn't tell YOU, the public. These parents never said that they were FORCING the kid to be opposite gendered, they said that they were simply going to let the kid choose the things he/she likes without having to be pushed by outside pressures. I think it will be perfectly fine as long as YOU the public don't ostracize or torment the kid for not being allowed to know if there's a penis attached or a vagina.
May 8th 2011 11:58AM Oh, for Heaven's sake - is this the best people can come up with on Mom's day? My mother was literally gorgeous - movie star beautiful. But what she taught me had NOTHING to do with beauty maintenance. Instead, she taught me how to be intelligent, think critically, withstand the slings and arrows of the world, and how to be a good human being. She was interested in nature, languages, politics, the world - and she passed that all on to me. She didn't worry about cold creams or fuss about makeup or dresses. Her style was simple, classic, and elegant. I never heard from her about how to be "prettier". I could get all that insecurity training from the teen mags of the time. Instead, she made me feel competent and beautiful no matter what. Happy Mother's day, Mama. Thank you for the great gifts you gave me.
May 6th 2011 7:59PM Feeding your kid in the supermarket to keep him quiet is encouraging future theft and a feeling of entitlement. Feed your kids BEFORE you go to the store, so they aren't hungry when you walk in. If they beg, teach them it's unacceptable. Yes, I'm a parent, and NO I would NEVER resort to this tactic in a store to keep my kid well behaved. And yes, my child IS well behaved and always has been, because she knows what is expected of her and what is allowed.
And to that parents who leave their kids unattended in the bath and in the yard: You both need some social services eval and some parenting lessons. Way to cause a tragedy, people!
May 5th 2011 8:42AM Who CARES what it's about? We don't CARE about St. Patrick. We don't CARE about Columbus. We don't CARE about Oktoberfest. But you know what? They're GREAT reasons to get drunk and piss on a lamp post and throw up on a cop's shoes and fall asleep in the street. THAT is why we embrace Cinco de Mayo - EVERYBODY likes to have another excuse to be happy, watch parades, and get plastered. Happy Cinco-Col-Patric-Fest-O, everybody!
Apr 21st 2011 10:51PM I was a teenager in the 70's and my (older) mother's entire convo regarding sex to me was "It ain't what it's cracked up to be!"
Noting the creepy factor in having a parent get up in their kid's face about something this personal, I wouldn't take my girl to buy a vibrator - but I would definitely ask her younger, "hipper" aunt to take her. I agree that girls should be initiated into the mystery of their own bodies much earlier, and that the subject should be treated in a matter of fact manner. Let the girl have a vibrator, by all means. And a copy of "Our Bodies, Ourselves" - one of the best books out there for young women looking for information.
Feb 15th 2011 5:56PM This person used NO NAMES.
And, having kids myself, I'm delighted that she would find the emotional wherewithal to still be passionate about what she sees as destructive in the classroom. After all - it isn't as if she has been given any control over what the kids wear, how they behave, their lack of manners, etc. Parents are working. They do much, much less observing than they used to. Teachers stand in loco parentis, but we give them no tools with which to mold our kid's CHARACTERS. It's isn't going to happen once a week on Sunday, folds. It's a day-in-day-out battle that gets fought for your kids and mine - we need to give our teachers some rights in the classroom. They should get to institute dress codes that incorporate common decency. They should be allowed to give disciplinary action (no, I don't mean hitting) for deliberately bad behavior. They should be allowed to spend a little bit of time teaching the MANNERS that do not come at home. And they should be given the RESPECT that they are due from the PARENTS who, in many cases, love their kids but do not themselves have the time or wherewithal to instill the basics of common sense. Teachers spend lots of time being reviled and spit on by their students. They are there because they have a commitment to YOUR KID, Joe Public. Let them call it like they see it, and get on with civilizing your child.
Oct 21st 2010 9:04AM Puh-lease. I have worked at some of the top financial firms in the country - places where women and men are required not only to dress professionally for everything, but where, in many cases, there is a "suggested" or "recommended" couturier to patronize when purchasing suits and dresses which "measure up" to the company image. NOT ONE OF THESE COMPANIES insisted that women wear high heels. Women look more professional, in my opinion, and better groomed, if their heels aren't excessive. Any company that insists on women "dressing like women" (and I've worked for a couple of those, too" are generally helmed by Neanderthal throwbacks. I imagine this law firm (like so many others) figured they were immune to litigation.
Sep 27th 2010 6:04PM Katie Perry looks like a funny little doll in that "dress-up outfit" - and if you don't think your three year old daughter's "my first barbie" (that she's likely been dragging round naked since she got her) hasn't got way more cleavage than that, you're not looking.
Breasts and pretty dress-up clothes aren't going to demoralize your girls into being 5th avenue beleaguered fashion slaves - your attitude toward their sexuality IS.
Belle and Cinderella have 'em; the little mermaid's practically fall out of her seashells half the time; Tinkerbelle's dress has no visible means of support. Do we call them Skanks and Ho's? Do we accuse them of corrupting our boys' morals and destroying our little girl's self esteem with their CLOTHES? Katie Perry is lovely, funny, charming, and perfectly appropriate in that skit.
Sep 21st 2010 8:55AM McDonald's makes the least nutritious meals of any of the chains where my daughter and I take our occasional custom. It is also the most expensive. I don't care how many millions one penny adds up to - it's their own charity, and they should be pouring much more into making it effective. They talk about how wonderful an amount $.01 brings? Imagine how much of a difference $.30 would make - or $.50? Why, they might actually make real headway in the battle against childhood cancers!
What a bunch of halfwits, to think that we would ignore their price gouging by distracting us with the donation of one penny per meal...
Sep 14th 2010 9:29AM Frankly, they sound ghastly.
The music is middle of the road and vapid, the family doesn't seem to have the depth or human sensitivity that families that fight it out do. People have to earn their humanity - those who never have conflict never achieve.
Glad I live in a house!