What if kids don't go back to school? What if parents don't want to take the risk that their kids will get sick or even carry Covid back to them or other family members? Will children be scarred for life? I don't see how. Hear me out: Kids have been homeschooled --many in remote communities . . .
Looking around, I can see that this having kids thing is pretty much a crapshoot. It hardly ever goes as planned. My hat is off to any and all parents who have had the strength to make the kind of sacrifices that parenthood requires. So, at this stage of life with a more realistic view, it's . . .
Our world is consumed by violence and it's only getting worse. While international horrors have taken center stage lately, closer-to-home killings at Sandy Hook and other places have faded into the public's background. But I haven't forgotten. We all, all of us, bemoan our violent culture and want . . .
A small child, maybe 18 months old, dirty, dressed in rags, squatting in the gutter, drinking the dirty water. The image is seared in my brain. I saw it at the beginning my trip, maybe in Mumbai, and it's impossible to shake. The children in India broke my heart. My first-world eyes saw no . . .
"Your best teacher is your last mistake." That is, if you're willing to recognize it. And learn. What are your thoughts about mistakes? I'm not a parent, but it seems to me that it's hard for parents to let kids make mistakes and have that learning experience. I'd love to hear from parents about . . .
Riley goes for a ride Held securely in the back seat by me (so no airbag will deploy on sudden stops) with the window open just two inches or so, Riley enjoys a little breeze through his fur on a ride to the grocery store. He's not allowed to hang his head out that far unless we are parked. (We've . . .
The children of the desert--kids who belong to nomadic Berber family--fascinated me. Here we were in the middle of nowhere (or so it seemed to us) and these kids would appear over a dune. They live with their parents in rough tents and huts, living off of the goats and sheep the families raise, . . .
I saw this day coming. The day in which three-year-olds compete in beauty pageants wearing heavy eye-makeup, false lashes and dressed as the main character in the movie, Pretty Woman. Who is a prostitute. The day in which a big-assed young woman pimped out by her manager-mother became an icon to . . .
This sign hangs on the wall in my hair salon.It may be the best definition of "effective" ever, as I have never seen an unattended child there.Ever. . . .
Show any Sicilian-American kid this picture and s/he will get it, immediately. Here's the scenario: Sicilian-American Mom: Don't do that. Kid: (does it anyway) Mom: I told you not to do that. Kid: (continues to be naughty) Then: The sound of a kitchen drawer sliding open hard, the rattling of . . .