It’s always a little sad and bit annoying when someone talks to me (as this guy just did) about how corporal punishment made them better people and parents.
And then they spend the next half hour talking about all the substance abuse in their immediate family and how their kids and all their nieces and nephews have messed up home and school lives.
This guy who teaches 11-year-olds then tells me what kids need these days is more discipline.
And he was the most effed up person I’ve spoken with in a while.
But, hey, getting wailed on by his parents was the best thing for him.
The older I get, the more time I spend around well adjusted families, the more I am convinced that what kids need are parents they respect because those parents lead by example, and a home where they feel unconditionally loved and safe.
Yes, the fact that houses appear to have been purposefully set on fire is sad and criminal. But can you imagine being this reporter and suddenly this person in front of your camera fingers a possible culprit?
She acts as if she doesn’t want to reveal all she knows at first, but you can tell she’s just itching to tell-all.
I don’t want to “name no names,” but I certainly don’t mind narrowing it down for everyone and providing just about the best example of TMI I’ve run across recently.
And just in case you’re not clear, she’s married. To her husband. But her cousin wants to have sex with her.
This bit of parenting happiness comes from Ellen’s web site:
Dan Ewen’s 6-year-old son Gardner has never been all that interested in “boy clothes.”
Instead, he prefers to dress like his twin sister Moxie.
In the Ewen household, the freedom to be who you are is a top priority, and so to show support for Gardner, Dan tweeted a sweet note this week, and passed along an adorable picture to go with it.He tweets: “Sorry me letting my son wear a dress makes you uncomfortable. See I’m trying this crazy thing where I have his back no matter what, forever.”
What a beautiful way of putting it.
All kids should be so lucky to have a father who loves them this much.
It shouldn’t really be about anything more complicated than clothes. Some boys like girl clothes. And some girls like boy toys. And some boys like girl movies. And some girls like boy clothes — although girls have always been given a lot more leeway in this regard.
It’s OK for a girl to want to do boy things. It’s a step up. But boys who want to be girls? Absolutely not. That is failure as a boy.
I don’t see how forcing children to be afraid of such minor things teaches them anything useful other than to cave into groupthink on issues for which total strangers should have no say.
If it is freighted with social issues baggage that is society’s issue with which it really should have come to terms long ago in an allegedly educated populace.
Today, Rep. Joe Crowley (D-Queens, the Bronx), Vice Chair of the Democratic Caucus, announced that he has secured support from all 27 members of New York’s Congressional delegation to rename the Jackson Heights Post Office in honor of late Queens residents and equal rights advocates Jeanne and Jules Manford.
Crowley introduced his legislation honoring the Manfords for their work in advocating for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) rights in May. Securing the delegation’s support is a crucial step toward bringing the bill up for consideration in the U.S. House of Representatives.
“With the support of the entire New York Congressional delegation, I know the dream of honoring Jeanne and Jules Manford can soon become a reality,” said Crowley. “Jeanne and Jules were instrumental in the fight for equal rights, and their incredible legacy can be felt throughout Queens, New York, and the entire country. It is only fitting that we name the post office that sits along the route of the Queens Pride Parade in their honor, and I thank my colleagues for lending their names to this important effort.”
Jeanne and Jules Manford formed Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) after their openly gay son Morty was beaten for protesting news coverage of the gay rights movement in 1972.
We should all be so lucky to have such loving, wise parents.
Though Hailey Fort is only 9 years old, she has already done more to help the homeless and needy than many of us have. This young girl spends her free time building mobile shelters for the homeless, and even grows food and provides toiletries for them, too!
When Fort was 5 years old, she asked her mother, Miranda, about helping a homeless man she saw in Bremerton, Washington, where she lives. Her mother said yes, and now they work together to help the needy. The man she helped, Edward, has become her friend. She builds the shelters, “so then you don’t get rained on and you feel safe and stay dry.” “It just doesn’t seem right that there are homeless people,” Hailey told King 5 News. “I think everyone should have a place to live.”
Many more pictures of Hailey doing her thing at the link below, where you can also donate to her work if you are so inclined.