July 2008 - Posts

We Need More Positive Media
Monday, July 28, 2008 1:35 PM

I enjoy reading the news online. Being able to keep up with current events by reading a brief summary of what is going on as opposed to picking up the newspaper and having to read a page bigger than me (or at least, than a convenient magazine), definitely has it's advantages. I can learn what is going on from my local news site as well as the big guys, like CNN or MSNBC.

The downside to this, for me anyway, has been the fascination that the media has with celebrities. They are literally fighting to get the "first photos" of babies of different celebraties: A. Jolie or H.Berry to name just a few. I am a mom, and I am sure that these people do not want to be in the spotlight when it comes to their newborn children. Shoot, if they wanted that, they would not have to do much. They could just walk out their front door and hold the baby out, ready to be photographed!

Why can't the media focus on the more important stories? Why can't they be more concerned with our poor and helpless citizens who need help during these difficult times to feed their children. Maybe if celebrities saw more people or families in need in the news (instead of themselves and the attempts to photograph their children) they would give to more of the organizations that are out there to help people in need. There are single moms, small families, elderly and others who can't afford the little things like: food; electricity; clothing; and yes GAS! Our area normally has a "tax free week" each year to help with the costs of buying clothes and supplies for the children going back to school. This year, they are doing away with it, because of the poor economy. The reactions to the loss of this assistance are quite upsetting! So many have been depending on and waiting for this week to come, so that they could save on buying these supplies.

Let's all hope that the economy takes a turn for the better and people won't feel such despair. But if it doesn't, I hope that the media can find a way to be more useful and  resourceful by publicizing the many different ways to help those in need and leave those that don't want to be bothered alone. It might not be exciting for TV viewers, internet surfers or entertainment magazine readers, but exposure to something new is not always bad.
 

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School vs. Home School
Thursday, July 17, 2008 4:59 PM

Many mothers that I know, who are now facing the reality of sending their cute little preschoolers to kindergarten, are considering home schooling their children. Their was a meeting at one of the local library branches to discuss the benefits of home school and the resources available. I am not sure how long home schooling children has been an option for parents, but I had the opportunity to home school one of my daughters for a little over a year and it can be very beneficial in many ways. By getting one on one attention, children learn much faster and receive more help in the areas where they really need it. If they have trouble with reading, their parents can focus on teaching them to read more. They can do the same for writing and math. The school day is shorter for them, because morning announcements, recess, lunch, music "class", art "class", etc. are not scheduled in. It is much more focused and goes much faster.

Many are concerned with the lack of a social setting, however, many cities have home school groups who get together often for private "recess" periods and even field trips!  It is a wonderful option for parents who are scared to put their little darlings in these unpredictable schools. It is not just the curriculum or the students assigned to a particular school that is a concern, but what unpredictable event that can happen at school that day. Schools have been plagued with gunmen and kidnappers which trigger school "lockdowns", which trigger parent panic, etc.

 I would recommend it for those who can afford to do it and can live with having their little ones (or older ones) home 24/7.
 

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"Oh, My Nose!"
Tuesday, July 8, 2008 2:39 PM

(This one is dedicated to: Marcia Brady)

My little 5 year old seems to have a great tolerance for pain. Because of this, she is not as likely to be careful not to hurt herself, because it really doesn't hurt (I guess). She cut her nose playing in our kitchen months ago. The cut was so bad we had to take her to an emergency care center to have it "stitched" with steristrips. The doctor explained to her to be careful so she doesn't hurt herself. We explained to her to be careful, so she doesn't hurt herself. Her 8 year old sister explained to her to be careful (well, you know what comes next).

So here we are, about 3 months later and guess what? She hurt herself! Not just any cut, but a big cut in the same spot on her nose! I couldn't believe it. The crazy thing is, it didn't really hurt. She cried more from the scare and the sight of it than from the pain. Now she worries about what she will look like, hence the dedication to Marcia. What do I do with her! Oh, well. I guess plastic surgery is in the works down the road, but not until she is old enough to have more respect for the nose!

 

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