Sep 12th 2010 10:15PM I grew up in and around NYC and I knew a several girls named America. It was a fairly uncommon name given to girls by Spanish speaking families, but one did hear it, just the same. I think it's beautiful and it's actually quite traditional. Every girl doesn't have to be named Hannah or Emily to fit in. Use it with love.
Sep 9th 2010 3:29PM Guess they have to go where nobody associates them with hoodies and street wear for the masses.
Sep 9th 2010 8:56AM Not only is this particular construction hideous and sterile, there are psychological issues with no north facing windows - the rooms will be DARK unless they are lit with real consideration, and nothing will make windowless rooms feel less claustrophobic. Give me the natural light and the energy bills.
Jul 16th 2010 8:47AM It looked silly in the sixties, and even dumber now that it's biggest proponent is that trashy little skank, Pookie. Really, Ladies - unless you are revisiting your prom or something, this is just more junk that makes you look like a Stepford wife wannabee.
May 18th 2010 7:53PM We as Americans were so terribly shocked and outraged by the scandals of the Catholic church - how could the church, who stands in loco parentis with it's parishioners, allow children to be put in harm's way? And yet, there are scads of people who defend the behaviors and motives of these parents and this coach, who are either so incredibly clueless about the dangers and impropriety, or just don't care, because it buys them such attention.
May 13th 2010 11:41AM Here's the thing: That nine year old is picking up her sass-mouth from somewhere. School. Friends. Playground. Even Home. And she's trying it on to see if she can make it fit.
The answer to that is always "No" and there are some really great suggestions in all these responses I've been reading on how to take on and succeed at a behavior modification without pain.
However, this is my point - if your kid is picking up this behavior at home, chances are you may not be aware of it.Take a good listen to how Dad sounds when he's having a cranky day. How Sibs sound when they're not happy about something. Most of all, How YOU sound. You may feel perfectly justified at snapping or sarcasm when your patience has been strung to the breaking point, but look: Your child will pick up EVERY SINGLE behavior you model. So, stop arguing with the kid a moment and start listening to yourself. It's the best place to start.
May 13th 2010 9:06AM Religion in general has been a great dumping ground for crazies, dictators and control freaks since it's "birth". Scientology is one of the worst. If you know anything about L.Ron Hubbard, you know that he started this "religion" thing as a money making scheme to make himself rich. According to people that met and knew him, He used to get invited to book conventions and tell people "I just GOTTA start my own religion - It'll make me rich!
He was a clever guy, and he knew how to make this stuff stick to a barn door - intimidation, "secret" tiers, brainwashing... he knew just how to build a scam. If you are considering joining this particular cult, first do some independent reading on how L. Ron and his wife and cronies cranked this mess up to what it is today.
May 7th 2010 8:43AM You can still get away with boys names in Britain that have simply become "emasculated" here - Robin, Leslie, Carroll, Kim, Ashley, Ambrose, etc. (all the really interesting, beautiful and historic ones). Here, we've got a culture of rugged individualism that eschews anything that even faintly suggests androgyny and is more than vaguely homophobic.
There are even plenty of names that are obviously in the masculine camp that are derided as "sissy", too: Marvin, Cosmo, Roland, Reginald, Byron, etc. As long as we Americans are so squeamish about how our boys are perceived, there will always be a glut of "hyper - masculine" names. As a parent, you don't dare take a chance, because your son has to live with the name you give him. As ridiculous as it is, stick with monikers like Jake or Josh or Mike or Mark or Bill or Dave or John or Doug et al, and there will be no expensive therapy later in life.
May 6th 2010 9:52AM Younger. They start younger. But the point is that society spends big bucks to glorify the power of sexuality and teaches kids nothing about responsibility. I'm all for the glory - I just think it's a crime to feed our kids images like Miley's that do nothing to edify and everything to feed into the stereotypes and ignorance.
May 6th 2010 9:47AM It's different because Natalie Wood starred in a movie that illustrated just how broken a kid has to be to feel that the only value she has in the world comes when she takes her clothes off. Miley, on the other hand, is spoon-fed to millions of innocent little girls as the ultimate success.