So, did my kid jump off the rock?

And for the record, my kid is the boy in the blue shorts, white tee and yes, that’s blond hair (he bleached – it’s been an interesting summer, what can I say?) Do you know how hard it is to get a clean shot of a fast moving kid? I had only brought my point…

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Kids Unplugged – rituals of childhood

In this modern world kids are constantly “plugged in” and neighborhood streets no longer echo with the laughter of children at play. They’re all locked up inside, staring at a video screen. These days, the only outdoor play the average kid gets is in organized sports. Whatever happened to just “play”? OK, sure, I’m waxing…

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Happy Meals ban in Santa Clara County – latimes.com

Just a thought… if a parent is feeding their kid junk meals “because of the toys” often enough that the kid is obese and has developed diabetes, I don’t think a little thing like legislation to remove the toys from the meals is going to be quite enough to pound a clue into the parent’s…

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Embarrassing our children – the job of parents everywhere

What can I say? I firmly believe it is the job of parents to make sure to have plenty of embarrassing stories, preferably with photographic evidence, of their children’s foolishness. Why? Well, to embarrass them in front of future girlfriends/boyfriends, of course! Yes, I am firmly aware that my children will probably be seeking years…

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Of kids, custody, craziness and me…

Well, all the people who really need to know now know… Sort of… there are still a few who don’t – some who I really should take time to tell and some who it’s safe to say they don’t read this blog, so… I’m not going to go into a helluva lot of detail here…

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Silliest Mom Moment – CHBM Collaboration #53

Silly mom moment? Me? Never! But the ladies at Crazy Hip Blog Mamas want to know – so… why not? Oh gee wow, you want a list? I’ve pulled some doozies, and I’m sure I’ll pull more before this whole adventure is done. I’m rather fond (ahem, cough!) of the time at that hell-hole called…

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The book report from hell?

Who comes up with this stuff? Seriously, somewhere, is there a group of teachers all indulging in some interesting substances, then brainstorming the best, most creative, craziest assignment ideas? In the years my kids have been in school, I’ve seen some strange methods for book reports. Gone are the days of dioramas – noooo, we…

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Tune in today!

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/mommymatter Then come back here or to MommyMatter to check out all the links I’m going to mention…. Straight talk about kids and gun safety. Or, heck, just tune in to hear what I actually sound like. Yipe. 1 pm PST today – that’s 2 for you Mountain folks, 3 for y’all in Central and…

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On the air… The Gunchick Speaks!

Kids and guns – it’s a parent’s nightmare, right? Straight talk without paranoia – no hype and no politics. Sound good? Yeah, I thought so too. That’s why I am really excited to be teaming up with the ladies at MommyMatter and Blog Talk Radio to host The Gunchick Speaks – a once a month…

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Count Your Blessings & De-stress!

Prompted by the constant onslaught of “how do you keep so calm with all the holiday stress?” stuff, and updated for 2007. If anything, I’m more relaxed this year, less stressed, enjoying what I have and not worrying about what I don’t. This year, we’ll be doing a lot of driving at Christmas. The kids…

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