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Presidents Dog to be is…

By admin | November 6, 2008

In his last election victory speech Tuesday night, President-elect Barack Obama promised his two daughters that they’d be moving into the White House with a new puppy. Now the dog-world is engaged in widespread speculation over the breed of the presidential pooch-to-be.

Or pooches-to-be. The American Kennel Club hopes that the pet will turn out to be a pair of 6-week-old toy poodles, rescued by Flora’s Pet Project/Poodle Rescue in Connecticut. First lady-to-be Michelle Obama said in an interview last month that the family was interested in adopting a rescue dog after the election.

The puppies were transported to the AKC’s New York offices, where they were to be photographed professionally Thursday in the hopes of catching the Obama family’s attention.

“The dogs were in an unfortunate situation and were not being cared for properly,” said Marianne Smith, a spokeswoman for the rescue agency. Smith said the puppies were “voluntarily surrendered,” but declined to give further details.

I am voting for a rescued greyhound!

Topics: Odd News, Parenting Humor, Stress of Parenting, Parenting Advice | 17881 Comments »

Fun for Divorced Parents

By admin | October 1, 2008

A little 8 year old girl and her mother were out and about.

Out of the blue, the girl asked her mother, “Mommy, How old are you?”

The mother responded, “Honey, women don’t talk about their age. You’ll learn this as you get older.”

The girl then asked, “Mommy, how much do you weigh?”

Her mother responded again, “That’s another thing women don’t talk about. You’ll learn this, too, as you grow up.”

The girl, still wanting to know about her mother, then fired off another question, “Mommy, why did you and Daddy get a divorce?”

The mother, a little annoyed by the questions, responded, “Honey, that is a subject that hurts me very much, and I don’t want to talk about it now.”

The little girl, frustrated, sulked until she was dropped off at a friend’s house to play. She consulted with her girlfriend about her and her mother’s conversation.

The girlfriend said, “All you have to do is sneak a look at your mother’s driver’s license. It’s just a like a report card from school. It tells you everything.”

Later, the little girl and her mother were out and about again.

The little girl started off with, “Mommy, Mommy, I know how old you are. I know how old you are. You’re 32 years old.”

The mother was very shocked. She asked, “Sweetheart, how do you know that?”

The little girl shrugged and said, “I just know. And I know how much you weigh. You weigh 130 pounds.”

“Where did you learn that?”

The little girl said, “I just know. And I know why you and Daddy got a divorce. You got an ‘F’ in sex.”

Topics: Fun Stuff, Parenting Humor | 18645 Comments »

Sexy School Fashion, Gone Too Far?

By admin | September 1, 2008

too sexy schoolgirl

Are back-to-school fashions just too sexy for the classroom? It has been proven that single gender schools offer a better environment for learning because the guys and gals are not distracted by the opposite sex. With school starting this week it is interesting to take a look at how sexy school fashions have evolved too and if they are hindering the education of the next generation, what do you think?

My opinion is that kids will be kids and even with an entire school of one gender if they are not directly distracted by the opposite sex they will still spend a large portion of their time and energy thinking about just that, rampant hormones will all but guarantee it.

Topics: Teen Health, Fun Stuff, Stress of Parenting, Joys of Parenting, Kids, Kids, Kids, Parenting Advice | 17505 Comments »

OMG Call Child Services, Bad Parents

By admin | September 1, 2008

bad parent pic

This is pretty bad parenting, caught on camera.

Topics: Kids Safety, Fun Stuff, Odd News, Parenting Humor, Parenting Pics, Parenting Advice, Joys of Parenting, Stress of Parenting, Parenting News | 20287 Comments »

Cool New Anatomically Correct Tattoo

By admin | August 13, 2008

cool mom tatttoo

The world sure is changing, here is what is replacing the MOM tattoo of the past

Topics: Parenting Humor, Fun Stuff, Odd News, Teen Health, Parenting Pics, Joys of Parenting, Stress of Parenting, Kids, Kids, Kids | 23370 Comments »

Political Correctness Gone Too Far

By admin | July 1, 2008

A serious debate has heated up in the Swedish blogosphere on Monday after an eight-year-old boy’s failure to invite two classmates to his birthday party resulted in a complaint filed with parliament. Nearly 200 outraged comments had been posted on the website of the local southern Swedish daily Sydsvenskan on Monday, just days after the paper reported about the unlikely string of events that followed a young boy’s decision to invite all of his classmates to his birthday party except two.

The policy at the boy’s school in the southern town of Lund was that all children (or all the boys or all the girls) had to be invited to parties when their invitations were handed out in class. When a teacher noticed that two children had been left out of a party list, she promptly confiscated all the invitations, according to Sydsvenskan.

“Two people in class had not been invited, and that is not allowed. The ones who were not invited felt sad and left out,” the school principal, who was not named, told the paper.

The boy’s father meanwhile decided to file a complaint with the Swedish parliamentary ombudsman, insisting his son’s rights had been trampled on. He told the paper that the two boys in question should not have been surprised that they had not made the guest list. “One of them did not invite my son to his birthday and the other has bullied my son for six months. You don’t invite your antagonists to a birthday party,” he was quoted as saying, adding that he had not been aware of the school policy.

“My son feels terrible about this. No one has the right to confiscate anyone’s property in this way. It’s just like stealing mail,” he added.  Most of the comments posted on Sydsvenskan’s website appeared to take the father’s side

The parliamentary ombudsman is scheduled to rule in the case on September 8. This PC BS has gone way too far, a child should be able to invite whomever they want to their own birthday party.

Topics: Odd News, Stress of Parenting, Joys of Parenting, Kids, Kids, Kids, Parenting News | 15614 Comments »

Baby For Sale, Again.

By admin | June 3, 2008

So selling your baby on the internet is all the rage?  Vancouver Island police say another Internet posting advertising a baby for sale is a hoax.  The ad appeared on Craigslist on Friday.  Police say the posting was traced to a Saanich home.

They say it appears someone had hijacked the Internet address at the residence.  Police confirmed that no child is in danger. The posting follows on in the Vancouver area earlier this week which was also found to be a hoax.  The parents in that case admitted to posting the ad, but say it was a joke.  They were arrested but not charged. As the saying goes, anyone can have a baby but it takes special folks to be parents.

Topics: Odd News, Babies, Joys of Parenting | 11896 Comments »

New Child Seat Saftey Study

By admin | May 10, 2008

Here is an interesting tidbit on child seat saftey.  Positioning child safety seats in the center of the back seat could cut infants’ and toddlers’ injury risks by nearly fiftey percent, a new study suggests.  In a recent study of car crash data from 16 U.S. states, researchers found that children younger than 3 years old were 43 percent less likely to be injured when their seat was fastened in the center of the back seat rather than one of the side seats.

Experts already recommend that parents position car seats in the center of the rear seat, and the current findings bolster that advice, according to Michael J. Kallan and colleagues at the University of Pennsylvania and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

Unfortunately, only 28 percent of children in their study were sitting in that position at the time of the car accident, the researchers report in the journal Pediatrics. There are obstacles to placing a car seat in the center position, Kallan’s team acknowledges.

It is physically harder to strap a child, especially a heavier child, into a center-positioned seat. A centered child seat can also make it difficult for other people to sit in the rear of the car. But based on the current findings, the researchers write, this center position is the safest place for babies and toddlers to ride.

The results are based on data from 4,790 car crashes involving children ages 3 and younger that occurred between 1998 and 2006. At the time of the accident, 41 percent of the children were in a car seat positioned in the right-hand back seat, while 31 percent were in the left-hand seat.

The center position was the least popular, but the safest. The reason, in part, was that children in a centered seat were better protected during a side-impact crash, according to Kallan’s team.  Very compelling informtaion.

Topics: Kids Safety, Babies, Toddlers, Stress of Parenting | 12059 Comments »

Workout Time is Tough for New Parents

By admin | April 6, 2008

New parents find it really hard to keep those extra pounds off by hitting the gym.  Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh studied 525 adults and found that although marriage has almost no effect on how much time men or women exercised, having children does.

New moms lost about a third of their pre-pregnancy workout time; new dads lost about half. Men worked out about two hours more per week than women did before becoming parents, so in the end it all pretty much evened out. Male or female, having kids equals less working out.

But what’s the reason for this fitness phaseout? According to Dr. Andrea Sharma, an epidemiologist at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the answers won’t surprise anyone. The usual suspects are at work: “The barriers [new parents] usually cite are fatigue, limited time and [lack] of social support.”

Sharma, whose work at the CDC includes identifying and breaking down barriers that prevent us from getting enough physical activity in our daily lives, says the biggest exercise obstacle that new parents face is time. But it’s not what you might be thinking.

The University of Pittsburgh study looked only at new parents, so things might ease up as the children grow.  I know now that my kids are growing up, ages 12 and 8 I find much more free time to hit the gym.

Topics: Babies, New Mom's, Parents Health, Stress of Parenting, Joys of Parenting, Parenting Advice | 13815 Comments »

Anyone up for a Game of _ _ _ _?

By admin | March 17, 2008

So who likes to play games? I do, I do!!! Seriously I am 40 years old but I love to play all sorts of games. I remember when I was young, a pre-teen, my favourite game was monopoly and something called ‘Movie Makers’. I was actually able to find that one on Ebay a few years ago and might break it out to play with my kids soon.

These days you can find a zillion games by heading over to your nearest web browser any typing in free online games, your search will yield tons of great time-wasters from racing games to card games.

One of my favs recently has been Scrabble on Facebook, but I keep losing. Whoa, time to go I see the triple word scrore is available.

Topics: Fun Stuff, Kids, Kids, Kids | 11226 Comments »

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