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Telling It Like It Is
I write blogging tips and tricks learned as I go, articles on Relationships, Family, Children, Teens, Marriage, Blended Families, Parenting, and much more!
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It?s a Girl Thing - Beauty Secrets and Makeup Meme
2008-06-05 13:00:00
The subject of beauty and makeup is definitely a girly-girl thing, and I had never heard of the beauty secrets and makeup meme until Megan tagged me, so I thought it might be fun to play along and see how this girly post turns out. I?m not sure I would say there is any real ...
More About: Personal , Humor , Women , Meme , Beauty
How to Get Along With the In-Laws: Dealing With In-Laws and Extended Family
2008-06-04 13:00:00
Does the mere mention of the word ?in-laws? or ?mother-in-law? increase your blood pressure to possibly dangerous levels? Are you having difficulty in knowing how to get along with the in-laws in your family to the point where you really just want to know how to get rid of your mother-in-law, sister-in-law or other family ...
More About: Holidays , Family , Health , Abuse , Parenting
What Dad?s Really Want For Father?s Day: Creative and Unique Gift Ideas
2008-06-01 13:00:00
Father?s Day is on June 15th and it’s fast approaching, so it?s time to decide what gift you?ll get for the dad in your life. But first, forget the necktie. Forget the underwear and socks. Dad won?t be the least bit impressed to receive a silly necktie or undergarments that he?s never going to wear, ...
More About: Ideas , Creative , Gift Ideas , Gift , Unique
Book Giveaway: The Lolita Effect by M. Gigi Durham
2008-05-31 01:43:00
I recently had the opportunity to interview M. Gigi Durham regarding her book, The Lolita Effect, and I hope you have had a chance to read the interview and have given serious thought to the issues involved with the sexualization of children, as the problems are only getting worse. Well, Professor Durham has been kind enough ...
More About: Family , Education , Health , Reviews , Parenting
The Lolita Effect: The Media Sexualization of Young Girls and What We Can D
2008-05-28 13:00:00
Playing dress-up is a normal part of growing up for little girls, and has been for a very long time. But, “A lot of very sexual products are being marketed to very young kids,” said Gigi Durham, a professor at the University of Iowa, discussing how she became quite disturbed last Halloween when a 5-year-old ...
More About: Media , The Media , Girls , Young , Effect
In Memory of the Sad Passing of Common Sense
2008-05-27 13:00:00
Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, Common Sense, who has been with us for many years. No one knows for sure how old he was since his birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape. He will be remembered as having cultivated such valuable lessons as knowing when to ...
More About: Religion , Women , Family , Education , Health
Memorial Day 2008: A Day of Remembrance
2008-05-26 13:00:00
Today is Memorial Day, May 26, 2008, and it’s a day set aside in remembrance of soldiers who have given their lives on our behalf, so that we can live in Freedom. “And I?m proud to be an American where at least I know I?m free. And I won?t forget the men who died, who gave ...
More About: Holidays , Religion , Women , Family , Parenting
Smilie Saturday: Linky Love Weekend Roundup Second Edition
2008-05-24 13:00:00
It’s the beginning of a long holiday weekend, with Memorial Day coming on Monday, so I wanted to end this week with a Smilie Saturday Linky Love post to showcase some great articles I’ve been reading that I’m sure you will enjoy as much as I have. You all are awesome writers, so keep ...
More About: Roundup , Weekend , Second Edition
The Lines That Divide Us: Surviving High School
2008-05-22 13:00:00
Words are powerful, and the words we choose will either be encouraging and positive, or they will be discouraging and negative. You are likely familiar with the old saying, “Sticks and Stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me”. Well it’s not true. Words can and do hurt, and can inflict more ...
More About: Women , Family , Education , Abuse , Parenting
Staying Connected to Your Teenager: How to Keep Them Talking to You and How
2008-05-21 13:00:00
Have you begun to notice changes taking place within your child?s body, attitude and behavior? Has your usually sweet and adoring child suddenly begun asserting themselves in ways not seen before, including being rude, defiant and sometimes downright obnoxious? Perhaps you have looked at your preteen and silently wondered, ?who are you and what have ...
More About: Family , Education , Abuse , Parenting , Children
Prestonwood Baptist Church Minister in Plano Texas Arrested and Charged Wit
2008-05-18 19:38:00
Prestonwood Baptist Church Minister, Joe Barron, has been arrested and charged with online solicitation of a minor in a sting operation. The girl turned out to be a Bryan police officer working in an ongoing Internet sex sting, pretending to be ...
More About: Personal , Religion , Family , Education
Dirty Dancing at Eisteddfods Dance Contest: Premature Sexualization of Chil
2008-05-18 07:51:00
Teachers are being accused of creating raunchy, inappropriate dance routines involving girls as young as seven, in a bid to beat rival schools at the Queensland Eisteddfod Contest , with the blame for prematurely sexualizing girls being placed on “fierce competition between schools”. Marie Schrader, president of the Sunshine Coast Dance Eisteddfodd says, “No one wants ...
More About: Dancing , Family , Education , Parenting
Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don?t matter a
2008-05-16 09:00:00
Of all the funny and inspirational quotes I’ve ever read, the title of this post conveys the motto I have lived by for most of my life, and I believe truer words could not be spoken. Being true to yourself and who you are as an individual is something I firmly believe in; having the ...
More About: Mind , Matter , Feel
My Daughter?s Prom Night
2008-05-15 13:00:00
You may recall my recent post where I talked about my daughter’s upcoming prom, and the various prom safety tips that I believe are extremely important for parents to discuss with their graduating seniors. Well my daughter’s prom came and went already, and I’m happy to say that all went well, and she arrived home ...
More About: Prom , Night , Daughter , Prom Night
8 Random Things About Me
2008-05-14 13:00:00
I haven’t participated in any meme’s for awhile now, so when Rudy tagged me with the “8 Random Things About Me” meme, I figured I’d play along this time. It’s taken me a few days to think about what to include in this meme post, but I think I’ve come up with a few things ...
More About: Humor , Family , Friendship , Blogging
Why Don?t Kids Tell? Talking to Your Children About Sexual Abuse
2008-05-12 21:15:00
“Not talking about sexual abuse for twenty years”. “I was sexually abused as a child but didn?t tell anyone”. “Sexually abused by my father”. “Personal stories of sexual abuse”. “Sexual abuse survivor stories”. “Adult survivors of child sexual abuse”. “Signs of sexual abuse in children”. These are just some of the terms people have used ...
More About: Religion , Family , Education , Health
Happy Mother?s Day
2008-05-11 13:00:00
I want to wish all you wonderful mom’s who read or visit my blog a wonderful, gloriously peaceful, relaxing Mother ’s Day! I’ll be catching up on reading a book, spending time with my family, and anything else I feel like doing. If you are new here, feel free to browse the categories that interest you on ...
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Beyonce?s House of Dereon: Sexualizing Children
2008-05-11 06:23:00
If you are one of many who thought my rant about Miley Cyrus’ photo shoot was over the top, let’s see what you think of Beyonce ’s new children’s clothing line, and see if you don’t agree this time that the sexualization of children is a serious problem. Shame on you Beyonce. I’m not a prude, but ...
More About: House , Parenting , Children
Book Giveaway: Setting Boundaries With Your Adult Children
2008-05-09 13:00:00
I recently had the opportunity to interview Allison Bottke about her book, Setting Boundaries With Your Adult Children , and I have one extra book that I’m going to give away! It is my hope that this book will really help an enabling parent, one that is struggling with the stress of getting an adult child ...
More About: Book
Child Safety and Prevention: Jobs For Teens
2008-05-05 13:00:00
As summer approaches and the school year comes to a close, many teenagers will be searching for good summer jobs to make some money and keep themselves busy. There are many benefits for teens having a temporary summer job besides earning money, as it?s an excellent opportunity to build self-esteem, develop people skills, money smarts, ...
More About: Safety , Teens , Jobs , Prevention , Child Safety
Smilie Saturday: Linky Love Weekend Roundup
2008-05-03 17:45:00
It’s been an extremely busy week around here and I haven’t had much time to prepare new articles, so I wanted to point you towards some articles I’ve read that I believe you’ll find very interesting. I’ve been dealing with an odd little bump that suddenly appeared on my hand two weeks ago, and have ...
More About: Love , Roundup , Weekend , Saturday , Linky
Setting Boundaries With Your Adult Children: Six Steps to Hope and Healing
2008-05-01 09:00:00
If you have not yet heard of Allison Bottke and her latest book, Setting Boundaries with Your Adult Children : Six Steps to Hope and Healing , I would like to introduce to you this brilliant author. I recently had the opportunity to interview Allison about her book, and her efforts to help parents who are ...
So Sexy, So Soon: The Sexualization of Childhood in Commercial Culture
2008-04-28 09:00:00
An entire generation of young girls is being psychologically damaged by the onslaught of marketing tactics surrounding inappropriate “sexy” children?s fashions, toys, music, books and sexualized images in the media, and parents should be very concerned. According to the American Psychological Association, in their Report of the APA Task Force on the Sexualization of Girls, girls ...
More About: Culture , Commercial , Childhood , Sexy
Miley Cyrus AKA Hanna Montana Going Topless For Vanity Fair
2008-04-27 10:25:00
Dear ol? dad, Billy Ray Cyrus, must be so proud of his daughter right now. Entertainment Tonight has announced that 15 year-old Miley Cyrus , also known as Hanna Montana , will be going topless on Vanity Fair . I?m not surprised actually. I figured it was only a matter of time before she was added to the increasing ...
Mother?s Day 2008: What Moms Really Want
2008-04-27 00:15:00
Mother?s Day is on Sunday, May 11, 2008 in case you hadn’t yet noticed it on the calendar. If you were to ask most moms what they would want for Mother?s Day, you just might be surprised to discover that what she wants most of all is Momtime. Of course the Sunday Brunch, homemade cards ...
More About: Mother , Moms
Child Sexual Abuse: Blaming Mothers of Sexually Abused Children
2008-04-25 13:00:00
When I first began the series of articles dealing with child sexual abuse, I promised to write about mother blame. I haven?t written about the legal system and society?s role in blaming mothers, when her child has been sexually abused, because the subject of mother blame infuriates me beyond belief. Dealing with the subject of sexually ...
More About: Abuse , Children , Child , Mothers , Sexual
You Are What You Wear: What Your Clothes Say About You
2008-04-24 01:30:00
When you walk down the street or are out in public, what kind of attention are you attracting? Do people smile, stare, point at you and laugh, look away, or simply ignore you altogether? What do your clothes say about you? Like it or not, people judge a book by its cover. While it may ...
More About: Clothes , Wear
Top Ten Favorite Links - Second Edition
2008-04-23 16:30:00
I want to share some recent posts that grabbed my attention, made me laugh until my stomach hurt, articles about parenting written by fathers, and discussions about the benefits of using Twitter. Have you ever thought about the need to write a final blog post, often referred to as a Blog Will? What would happen to ...
More About: Humor , Family , Parenting , Children , Marriage
How to Spice Up Your Marriage: Fun and Easy Ways to Add Romance to Your Rel
2008-04-21 13:00:00
Whether it be married couples, or those in a long-term relationship with a significant other, it should be understood that happy and healthy relationships take a lot of work. The effort involved with deepening the connection between the couple can be enjoyed by both husband and wife (or significant other), thus developing a close intimate ...
More About: Holidays , Family , Health , Parenting , Marriage
Sexual Predator Masquerading as Parent Blogger
2008-04-19 12:00:00
It has come to my attention that there is a sexual predator masquerading as a parent blogger in our midst, and is even an active participant on Entrecard in the Family /Parenting category. I?m furious! To think that I had unwittingly given this pervert advertising opportunities on my Entrecard widget in the past has me ...
More About: Education , Abuse , Children
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