When children are judged by their natural level of cuteness, it’s one thing…but when children are drastically altered to be purposely judged, it’s another. What are your thoughts of the children/parents/beauty pageants? What about that honey boo boo? I haven’t watched the show, but my impression from the media is that they’re being laughed AT, not WITH…all the while becoming rich because of it. Are they ignorant to the fact that they are the laughingstock of America, or are people genuinely in love with that little “redneck”, as they call themselves? Are the honey boo boo’s of the world laughing all the way to the bank, capitalizing on America’s unhealthy addiction to people vicariously living through their offspring and is it traumatizing our children?
Check out these before and after photos of child beauty contestants and let me know what you think….have the parents gone too far?
And here is what some have proposed is altered on a child in order to become “beauty pagent ready”….
Happy Bloggin’ Ya’ll!
All of these came from Travel and Leisure for their “World’s Funniest Signs” article. Check it out here.
Happy Bloggin’ Ya’ll.
Hi everyone…I’m baa-aacck. (Oh, will we ever tire of the Arnold Schwarzenegger way of saying that?)
Japan is absolutely wonderful and I recommend you all go. I’ll blog more about it later, but in the meantime you’ve got to see this video. Poor doggie is so determined to play fetch with the statue and his/her owners just laugh and laugh. Guess it’s kind of like trickery for you children, this is shenanigans with your pets…
Come on Mister…throw the stick…..please…….please………please…………come on ALREADY, throw the DANG STICK!!! THROW IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Happy Bloggin’ Ya’ll!
A recent facebook post by one of my favorite people in the world, Ms. Carol Cipollini, got me thinking. The post explains that a friend of Carol’s has a son who was placed on a basketball team that doesn’t consist of one current friend; therefore he will not be playing this year. Carol, rightfully so, was frustrated that a parent would not openly embrace an opportunity for his/her child to meet new people. I am in absolute agreement with Carol. When did we begin to overprotect and shelter our children so much that we would take away an opportunity to develop much needed social skills?Maybe this is the Army brat in me, or just the evidence I’m the product of wonderful parents, but I feel this parent has failed her child. It is not the job of the parent to make life the easiest possible for her children, or provide the “most” of everything…most toys, most money, most stuff…it is the job of the parent to teach the SKILLS to become the best possible adult …best communicator, best worker, best supporter, best spouse, best friend…and if the parent doesn’t provide that training, they have failed.
Now, I’m NOT saying that a parent has failed if they have provided the groundwork for the child to be the most productive person as an adult and the child chooses not to utilize those skills. Every person is responsible for their own actions and a troubled adult does not mean the parent didn’t do the best possible job. But, what I am saying is that a parent has the responsibility to raise his or her children to be able to stand on their own two feet as productive citizens. Just my personal opinion and clearly no one has written the “absolute only right way to raise a child handbook”, nor could I.
I fully understand the love a mother has for her children, as I have three. Since my older two are off at college, I also understand the roller coaster ride of bringing a child into the world and then developing that child into an adult. I would accept NOTHING in place of that experience. Having twins at 19 years old meant my husband and I were responsible for growing up at the very same time as we were assisting our children in their growth. I know we both consider our children to be our lifelong best friends, along with being labeled our children. But, that doesn’t mean the best friend label comes before the child label. That’s where I believe we have made our first mistake in parenting.
Too many times I’ve witnessed parents try harder at being their teenager’s best friend than in teaching the child life skills. Heaven forbid the child be angry at the parent for denying a privilege that EVERY OTHER FRIEND IS DOING. The child can’t be the only person in the whole wide world that goes without something, right? What a bad parent his Mom is for taking away his cell phone for the “D” in math! Shame on her! Some parents just don’t like being the bad guy and won’t do anything to harm the child’s image amongst all those friends. I jest but the sad fact is this happens more often than any of us realize.
The child who has been withdrawn from his basketball team because he knows none of the other children appointed to this team has been served an injustice. Is he never going to enter a classroom where he knows no one? What about college? Is he going to go to college with friends he has had since birth? And good grief, we can’t even contemplate how this child will function in the workforce.
None of us will ever do every single thing right by our children, but if we keep the focus on loving our kids straight into productive adults, great things will happen.
Hello favorite bloggers…I know I’ve been gone more than usual lately, and I apologize, but I’ve been tasked with a very special project at work that seems to be taking the majority of my waking hours. Although it is a very interesting project, I do find myself missing the blog and my outlet of writing. I will be busy with the project for the next four months or so, but I promise to get out here as often as I can. School is still another time stealer, but I’m on my last year in the MBA program and have to get it completed. All these items will be worth it so please continue to check on this blog every now and then and I promise to make some time to either make you laugh, spit your coffee, or learn something. At least, that’s my goal.
Now, for the topic…brace yourself….it’s a doozy……………ready? Ok, ok….it’s (drumroll please)……….READER’S DIGEST. Yep, I said it. The magazine you thought only your Grandma read or maybe you thought it was no longer in production? Well, wrong. I love this magazine more than any Oprah Winfrey or Rachel Ray can drum up, and although I guess I’m TECHNICALLY old enough to be a Grandma – I’M NOT! (let’s all say a prayer that it’ll be many….many….many more years before I become one!) Reader’s Digest is informative on topics such as medicine, shopping, and education, has family stories that will make you smile through the tears, and a cartoon section that will keep you chucklin’. I have a subscription on my Ipad (yes, I’m a dork) and have bookmarked their website on my desktop. Because, and here’s the fun part, there are things on the website that aren’t in the magazine, and vice versa…those witty bid’ness folks!
Here’s an example of the funny and intriguing articles: (access the website here…and we should start a petition…Hey Reader’s Digest, yooooouuuu-wwwhhhhooooo, if your website is inundated with visitor’s from this blog I get a lifetime subscription for free, right? DEAL…and don’t try to take it back, we pinky swore in my mind.)
24 Funniest Town Names in America
Andy Simmons, the humor editor at Reader’s Digest, was sent on a cross-country trip (why didn’t I look into this kind of job? Hey kids…I take back everything I said about med school! How does one major in humor?) to find the town names that were…well, funny! Here’s a few of what he found and as usual, the comments italicized under the photos are my words and my sarcasm and should not be held against those angels at Reader’s Digest…happy bloggin’ everyone!
No map required, just ask any teenager…apparently, they are all born knowing where this is! And as we get older, we try diligently to get back to it.
I don’t want to live here! That’s waaay too much pressure, how’s the market in ”just under average”??
This town, located between high cholesterol and diabetes, has its cake and eats it, too! And they’d BETTER not be skinny!
Mr. Smith renamed this city after his 8th divorce…he just can’t stop lovin’ the ladies….the next city on highway 1? Exwife #4′s city….
What were we thinking?…population 8 and will probably be 9 in a few more weeks.
It couldn’t be more obvious that a man named this city. Didn’t they have to vote or something? Oh, I get it…that was when women weren’t allowed to vote, right?
I can hear them now:
Stranger to a married couple: Where do ya’ll live? (yes, I’m from the south so figured this was from my culture)
Man from married couple says with a smile: Sweeeet Lipssss…mmmm…mmmmmmm (as if by living in a place so luciously named means he’s enjoying a life of sin)
The woman turns to the stranger: It’s real name is Beer Gut Reality with 10 Children and No Angelina so Get a Job Already