So the other day, the wife and I decide to take the kids to the mall. I mean what better way to spend some quality time together than 8pm on a Friday, at the mall… Anyway, as we’re walking I hear a lady behind me start to scold her kid. “Next time I tell you we’re leaving, I expect you to come.” “You need to listen to me when I tell you something…” I couldn’t help but smile. We’ve all had the same conversation with our kids time and again. The lady wasn’t finished, she kept telling her kid how she needs to listen better etc. etc. At this point, they started to make their way across the mall. I took the opportunity to look over at the lady (who was still talking to her kid)…much to my surprise, the lady was texting the entire time. The girl, eyes red and puffy from crying, was clinging to her mother’s arm dragging herself along whilst the mother, never looking up once continued texting while explaining the importance of listening. I can’t even…
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#RhiannonGiddens ~ I’m pretty cynical. Most things I hear or see these days sucks ass. So imagine my awesome surprise when I stumbled up SHOWTIME’s Lost Songs: The Basement Tapes Continued. To discover something fresh in today’s world of over-hype is pretty unique. Of course it should come as no surprise that these are Bob Dylan songs… so naturally it’s going to carry some weight. Show highlights are: When I Get My Hands On You (Marcus Mumford) and Liberty Street (Taylor Goldsmith) – who I just stumbled across for the first time. Safe to say I’m going to start listening to DAWES. Blah blah… it’s Sunday, time to return to the couch. Just thought I’d drop a little post on you … sharing something awesome. Turn it up…
How amazing is this girl? BUT… did you know you can get the same fuller lips as Kylie Jenner, using a technique called, “over liner…” but more about that later…
At 16 years old, Dira Noverani is making it her mission to help educate children in Indonesia about the importance of proper sanitation and hygiene.
“In my country, more than 63 million people practice open defecation; 46% of households do not use improved latrine facilities.”
Dira Noverani of Depok, Indonesia was recently acting as an instructor at a youth programme in a facility with an intolerable sanitation situation. The lack of a proper toilet caused her to become sick and eventually hospitalised. Following that experience, Dira made it her mission to spread awareness about the importance of personal hygiene to young children. more
How stupid is Kim Kardashian… as if I need to remind you? Anyway, this feel good story proves that even children without parents, or a real future feel they are better off than if they lived a Kardashian life. Read how stupid Kim sounded when she spoke of becoming an influence in a child’s life. Like totally…
After the visit, Kim declared on camera: ‘When you meet someone that you really connect to like this, you can’t help but think like how you could change their life. And I think that looking into adoption would be amazing. ‘I literally cannot stop thinking about her. I told (husband) Kanye, I was like, honestly, this girl is so sweet and so cute, like, I would honestly adopt her.’read more
I was telling my buddy the other day how discouraging it is to raise a daughter these days. Everywhere we look, everywhere we read, in one way or another, vapid women are celebrated. There only seems to be 2 choices there days, give up your morals and flash your crotch, or join ISIS (which I guess is also giving up your morals). So if I were a 15 year old girl, and every day I had to contend with all the shit that is thrown at me every day, all the pressure caused by the media, I too might think about joining some far off militant group. If we need any further proof of how ‘effed up we are, look no further than TIME MAGAZINE’s list of 25 most influential teens. The f8cking Jenners rank higher than Malala Yousafzai. It’s simply not right. Is it TIME’s fault, no. They’re just the messenger.
So you can do an amazing job as a parent, but your kid will be drawn more to Reality TV, than to reality itself. If you think the bullsh8t Kardashians aren’t hurting our country, you’re wrong. Why worry about terrorist cells hiding in Michigan, when there’s a whole f8cking family of them living right here in Hollywood. There’s no reward for doing the right thing anymore…
So it’s been a while since I watched Scooby-Doo. But now that my daughter is a bit older, we enjoy watching all the episodes together. All the OLD episodes on Boomerang. I get that everything changes. But listening to the new Scooby-Doo theme song, is down right offensive. In fact, watching the new Scooby-Doo is brutal. In one episode, Thelma actually told Shaggy to “shut-up”. I get the need to update graphics, but to change the entire theme of a show from a group of laid back mystery solvers, to a group jacked-up, electric foul mouth kids is wrong. Same thing with Tom and Jerry. Since when could Tom talk? F8cking brutal. Not everything needs to be sped up, in your face. Kids need calm.
Listen to the old intro, then the new one.. you’ll see what I mean. Feels like my whole childhood was a lie. It was. But this makes it sting a bit more.
Original: Danny Janssen and Austin Roberts
New: Simple Plan
I’m thinking that if you’re going to hire a nanny, at least make sure she can keep up with your kid. Or just stuff the kid full of crap, so she won’t be as fast. That’ll work too. I see scores and scores of this at the park. Fat nannies sitting on a bench, texting, or watching movies while their kids run a muck all over the playground. My Saturday night was awesome. I got to spend about an hour scrapping Cinderella stickers of my daughter’s mirror. The trick is to use hand sanitizer. Soak the stickers then take a scrapper and get to work. I simply used a plastic lid from my kid’s fake dishware. So much fun.
#Dr.KellyFlanagan, a licensed clinical psychologist and happy father of three, keeps a fantastic blog, full of wonderful opinions and personal advice. He has made a habit out of writing letters to his young daughter, to help teach her about the world. But not only his daughter could benefit from reading his wise words.
Dear Little One,
As I write this, I’m sitting in the makeup aisle of our local Target store. A friend recently texted me from a different makeup aisle and told me it felt like one of the most oppressive places in the world. I wanted to find out what he meant.
Instant age rewind,
Choose your dream,
Nearly naked, and
When you have a daughter you start to realize she’s just as strong as everyone else in the house—a force to be reckoned with, a soul on fire with the same life and gifts and passions as any man. But sitting in this store aisle, you also begin to realize most people won’t see her that way. They’ll see her as a pretty face and a body to enjoy. And they’ll tell her she has to look a certain way to have any worth or influence.
But words do have power and maybe, just maybe, the words of a father can begin to compete with the words of the world. Maybe a father’s words can deliver his daughter through this gauntlet of institutionalized shame and into a deep, unshakeable sense of her own worthiness and beauty.
A father’s words aren’t different words, but they are words with a radically different meaning:
Brilliant strength. May your strength be not in your fingernails but in your heart. May you discern in your center who you are, and then may you fearfully but tenaciously live it out in the world.
Choose your dream. But not from a department store shelf. Find the still-quiet place within you. A real dream has been planted there. Discover what you want to do in the world. And when you have chosen, may you faithfully pursue it, with integrity and with hope.
Naked. The world wants you to take your clothes off. Please keep them on. But take your gloves off. Pull no punches. Say what is in your heart. Be vulnerable. Embrace risk. Love a world that barely knows what it means to love itself. Do so nakedly. Openly. With abandon.
Infallible. May you be constantly, infallibly aware that infallibility doesn’t exist. It’s an illusion created by people interested in your wallet. If you choose to seek perfection, may it be in an infallible grace—for yourself, and for everyone around you.
Age defying. Your skin will wrinkle and your youth will fade, but your soul is ageless. It will always know how to play and how to enjoy and how to revel in this one-chance life. May you always defiantly resist the aging of your spirit.
Flawless finish. Your finish has nothing to do with how your face looks today and everything to do with how your life looks on your last day. May your years be a preparation for that day. May you be aged by grace, may you grow in wisdom, and may your love become big enough to embrace all people. May your flawless finish be a peaceful embrace of the end and the unknown that follows, and may it thus be a gift to everyone who cherishes you.
Little One, you love everything pink and frilly and I will surely understand if someday makeup is important to you. But I pray three words will remain more important to you—the last three words you say every night, when I ask the question: “Where are you the most beautiful?” Three words so bright no concealer can cover them.
Where are you the most beautiful?
On the inside.
From my heart to yours,
To see more of Dr. Flanagan’s writings, check out his blog. This man has a good head on his shoulders, more of us could stand to have his kind of good sense.
On May 19th, 2010, Chris Illuminati quit his job to be a stay-at-home father for his newly born son. When beginning his endeavor, Chris stated “As a reminder of everything going on with my writing, I leave Post-It Notes around my office as reminders. I decided to incorporate those same organizational principles while watching my son.” The Post-Its left for his permanent roommate (his wife) comically capture the day to day endeavors of raising a child.
Check out more of Chris’ Post-Its on his blog http://messagewithabottle.tumblr.com/