To say it's been a crazy year for partners in life and procreation Erica May Carey and Cleave Rengo would be an understatement. The Washington couple have welcomed three children into the world in a little over a year. What's more, they almost lost all three of their babies to the state when word got out that Carey had given birth to the last two in the privacy of her own home, without any medical assistance. Suffice it to say, what should have been perhaps the best time in this couple's lives has since spiraled into a literal nightmare.
There is nothing that bores children more than going to a party for adults where no one has thought about them and their needs. So if you don't want your Thanksgiving feast to be ruined by a few bored kids or you're worried that your children won't be able to last too long at the dinner you've been invited to, here are five tips to make sure they're entertained and a good time can be had by all!
I love reading to my kids. Books have always helped me explain certain concepts and traditions to them and Christmas is no exception. Although we don't own a bunch of bilingual books about the holidays, we do have a couple of really good ones and, through the years, I've found several more at our local library.
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I've been blessed with two beautiful kids who have grown into successful young adults. My son is now 17 and my daughter is 19. Although I don't have a lot of regrets as a parent there are some things that I wish I had taught them when they were much younger. Here's a list of things that many of my Latina (and gringa) friends wish that they had taught their kids before the age of 18:
Don't you just hate when you miss an important Facebook message because it was somehow sent to your spam folder? Ugh, it's the worst. You have to go through all the trouble of explaining to the sender that, no, you weren't ignoring them. You just didn't see their message. Or, if you're Billy McCall, you have to explain to the Oklahoma Supreme Court that you never actually received the Facebook message your ex claims she sent informing you that you she was having your baby and considering giving it up for adoption. Wait, THAT's the worst!
What would you do if you saw a couple of young kids fighting in the street? Most normal, upstanding people would try and break the kids up, or at least call the police. Then, there are those who'll probably keep it moving, opting instead to stay out of the kids' way. I'm not sure I agree with that decision, but I will say this: it's way better than what a group of adults did when a couple of super young kids started to go at it on the street in Wilmington, Delaware. Police are currently investigating a couple of viral videos featuring several young children brawling on the sidewalk as adults standby and watch. Worse: some of these so-called grown people had the nerve to actually cheer the kids on and laugh. What in the actual hell is wrong with them?
A Texas family is in shock over an ordeal involving a six-year-old boy, Child Protective Services and a meddling neighbor. Kari Anne Roy's children had been outside playing at a park across the street from their home, with their mother's permission. Her elder daughter had already returned home, but her six-year-old son remained outside playing and was eventually approached by a neighbor who not only brought him home, but also called the police, resulting in an investigation by CPS. Roy was stunned and embarassed by what ensued.
I've heard of giving the shirt off your back for your children's education, but the ring off your finger? Well, that's a new one.
But that's exactly what one Ohio mom said she had to do in order to get her son into summer school. Tamika Hamilton's son needed to go to summer school if he was going to be promoted from 7th to 8th grade, but she could not pay the $400 tuition bill up front. According to Hamilton, Superintendent Charles Keenan offered her a solution: she could let the school district hold something that was worth $400 as collateral until she was able to pay off the tuition bill. That sounds sort of shady, doesn't it?
There is a child in my daughter's class who is...well, I am not going to name-call a child, but let's just say that he is a handful. This is an impression that I formed all on my own in about two minutes the first time I noticed him (he makes himself noticeable) and has since been reinforced.
Let me be clear, there is nothing WRONG with the child. He is as adorable as any 5-year-old, obviously smart, well-groomed, and precocious. The reason I'm telling you about him is that he makes my daughter uncomfortable. She talks about him ALL the time and it is always tinged with nerves and what seems like fear. Again, let me be clear, he is NOT bullying her. He is just unabashedly and unapologetically himself and learning to navigate boundaries.Continue Reading >
Despite the perpetual image of so-called soccer moms carting their over-scheduled kids from soccer to ballet to basketball and back, most children live a rather sedentary life--spending all day in the classroom, followed by hours sitting at a table doing homework and then parked in front of the televison or computer munching on chips and soda. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2010 more than one third of children and adolescents in the United States were classified as either overweight or obese. But there are steps you can take to make sure you keep your kids' health on track!Continue Reading >