The Long Journey – Mental Health Month

     She told her sister that she’d danced that day for her high school counselor.      Not hardly the truth, I reasoned.      Calling the school the following day, my daughter’s counselor said not only had she danced but she had climbed on his desk to do…

5 WAYS PARENTS OUTSOURCE

Raising kids is a tough job. There’s no other way to put it ‘cause it’s a career that’s so much more in-depth than the job description outlined. Who ever let it be known to us that it is a 24/7 piece of work? Who ever knew what we  were actually…

MAKING MOTHER’S DAY MATTER

Looking back., I guess that could be called reflecting, I’m pleased to have forgotten Sunday, May 8th, was Mother’s Day and a time for created celebration. This special day in America is marked by great commercial success providing huge profits for the floral industry, the confectionary folk, and restaurant owners…

MOTHER’S DAY BEHIND BARS

Maria may never see her children again. They were born in America but she was not. When released from the sentence she is serving in a California State Prison she, according to speculation by folk knowledgeable with these situations, will be deported to her home country. Celebrating Mother’s Day is…

STUPID KIDS. STUPIDER ADULTS

He thought it was the smart thing to do. So did his female counterpart. They were both stupid. But then, kids are stupid. Well, that may not be the best way to say kids who are eleven years old don’t have brains that are too much developed. That is to…

TRUMP ON THE PLAYGROUND

What to tell her handsome young son when his classmates assured him his days at “their” school were just about over because Donald Trump would make sure he was on the other side of The Wall to be built by the Mexican Government. Mom wasn’t a person known for paying…

CHICKS AND BUNNIES

What to do for  Easter preparations?    Chocolate candy shaped like a bunny rabbit doesn’t have to be in the Easter basket.    Those brightly colored jelly beans could also be left on the supermarket shelf. When there’s a buck to be made and they’re bucks to be spent, who’s…

BAD PARENTS DON’T CELEBRATE

Dr. Mae C. Jemison, first African American woman in space   I forgot to remind my kids in February that it was Black History Month. They didn’t even go to the parades held in their different communities. They are all adults.  Did I do something wrong in their early years?…

WHERE MY MONEY?

“Who took my money that I left on the kitchen table?” Nobody wants to answer but somebody knows the truth about the small theft of the one five-dollar bill that was left with a couple of ones to accompany it. “Eight bucks is missing and ain’t nobody leavin’ this house…

How many times do I have to tell you?

“How many times do I have to tell you?” asks just about every parent. Sometimes the answer is silence.  This means, when interpreted by those who’ve established a system of respect in the household, the kids know you’re on your last nerve and their best bet is to keep their…

THE BIG COUNT DOWN

   THERE’S BUT 10 DAYS left to the big you-know-what.           But, my counts at 26! Just 26 days to laughing  away holiday stress with the funniest man on the weather forecast circuit. Comedian and NBC Weatherman Fritz Coleman “Speaks To A Generation” benefitting Talk About Parenting with…

ELF ON THE SHELF

http://talkaboutparenting.org/wp-content/uploads/WHITE_CHRISTMAS_-_Bing_Crosby.mp3 click the above arrow for Crosby crooning White Christmas The red-cheecked creature, The Elf on the Shelf,  costing about thirty bucks in most toy sections of stores, is said to have become a Christmas Tradition. Like Bing Crosby crooning “White Christmas”? Just how long does it take for something…

SANTA’S NEW ELVES

IT MAY BE A LITTLE DIFFERENT Making a list and checking it twice? Wondering what to give the person who has everything? Here’s some sound and quick advice which answers these two annual worries on the heads of too many people: Don’t make a list. The person who has everything…

NOVEMBER- NATIONAL ADOPTION MONTH

Please click here to view photo story of Brandi’s adoption!   “I never said I wanted to adopt, ” I explained, once again, to the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services  social worker. As a single mother, having already raised five children who, at the time of this…

SEEMS AMERICA HAS POOR PEOPLE LIVING HERE

LA Times’ Business Section front page recent headline, “POVERTY IN A LAND OF PLENTY”  tells us, or better said, tells the newspaper’s readers what so many of us live everyday – so, what’s new? Well, the smaller headline under the massive attention-getter reads, “California’s poor have been left out of…