PARENT TALK

The business consultant said his grandmother told him he was bound, in all situations, to tell the truth, but cautioned him to recognize that didn’t mean the same thing as telling everything he knew. The bank manager said his mother told him women should never let their purses sit on…

#PARENTS, IF #BLACKLIVESMATTER. . .

I can’t help but wonder why the #BlackLivesMatter movement hasn’t included in its target of eliminating deadly force against “the people”, The Maury baby-daddy Show. While the show doesn’t depict cops with blazing guns or dead bodies of young black men laying lifeless in the street, the message portrayed on…

TROUBLESOME TEENAGERS

One foster parent complained that the teenager she was in charge of didn’t come back home some nights. “Just stayed out like she thought she was grown,” was the follow-up grumble after announcing the young lady’s wayward behavior. So, what were the consequences? What kind of conversation took place regarding…

PARENTS AIN’T HAPPY

Home environment sets the tone. Unfortunately too many parents don’t see things that way. “All he wanna do is fight,” said the distraught father about his young son. It’s okay to take up for yourself but nowadays being a bully gets kids in trouble, dad went on to explain. How…

MOM IS THE BEST ?

Brianna’s mom’s the best – so she thinks. Well, maybe in her circle of friends she has earned and truly deserves being placed in such a category. Sitting there in the nail salon, with her feet immersed in the swirl of warm water in the “Spa Pedicure” chair, Brianna’s mom…

PARENTS NEED TO COUNT THE KIDS

Parents of current times seem to have generated an important check-list question when leaving home with the kids in tow. Back in the day (an expression which was frequently used when the elders, folks my age, started talking about yesteryear) – when parents were living life with less stress –…

PARENT TIME AT THE CONVENTION

                 My Daddy is better than your Mommie The Democrats roll in to Philly this week and the Ringling Brothers Circus, second act, with magic fanfare, costumes and just perfect make-up will be all about thrilling or disgusting the viewing public. Is this…

PARENTS FORGET THAT KID’S LIVES MATTER

The question parents keep asking goes something like this: “What do I tell my children about the recent racial violence in America?” Well, parents, if you’d been on your job, which is that of preparing children for life, there would not now be a panic search for answers . Whether…

STOP THE KILLING

“But not in my neighborhood” is the all too familiar phrase we hear folks utter when killings happen just around their corner. 4-year-old Salvador Esparza III was visiting Altadena from his home in Monrovia, just a short easterly drive down the 210 freeway, when a bullet to his head prevented…

THEY DIDN’T MEAN TO DO IT

You can count on major accidents  when the 4th of July rolls in.  http://abc13.com/news/teen-may-be-blinded-after-fireworks-accident/1412816/ What about the rest of the year? An accident? Simply put, the word means it wasn’t intended for the action to happen. Therefore it was an “accident” when the six year-old found his mother’s loaded gun…

PICKING KID’S FRIENDS?

With great gusto, mom told me how she’d gone to visit her kid’s elementary school teacher because something needed to be done about the miscreant in the classroom Huh? Mom wanted the teacher to sit the unpleasant second-grader somewhere other than next to her kid and she wanted the teacher…

A GIFT FOR DAD

(Image-http://www.fathers-day.tk)   Did you forget?” asked the downhearted dad. “I didn’t have any money and my credit cards are maxed with too many cash advances and late fees” Should Dad have really been downhearted because his adult son LeRoy didn’t have  a Father’s Day Gift for him? That’s a dumb…

KIDS AREN’T BORED

Who says the little ones get bored? Bored? Kids bored? Maybe they’re looking to be entertained. Maybe, just maybe, they’ve picked up this phrase from listening into someone’s conversation and thought it sounded like something they should pursue. When a 7-year-old claims boredom and the parents feel obligated to fill…

ZOO-MOM ESCAPES CHARGES

  You’ve already heard the story because everybody has: Four-year-old kid falls into gorilla enclosure at zoo; Harambe, the 17 year-old animal, drags kid through the moat (where kid landed after the tumble); Zoo officials shoot and kill the gorilla. Everybody’s talking: Some say the boy’s parents were negligent; others…

NOT TOO YOUNG TO BE POLITICAL

EXPOSE THEM TO THE PROCESS Your kids, the young ones, get to vote – well, sort of. If they’re the size to reach the practice voting machine and if they’ve got the strength to punch the ballot card with the little gadget, AND if you take ‘em with you to…