Wednesday, June 1, 2011
Sarah Palin has been accused of attempting it, while many oppose it. Either way, this long-time debate continues to rage on.
Catcher in the Rye, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Farhenheit 451, The Grapes of Wrath, Lord of the Flies, and many, many more books have stirred the thinking and disucssions of life's greatest questions yet have also been challenged and at times, banned. Each year brings more controversial books that run the risk of being banned. Books that some fear may ... what? What exactly are the fears surrounding certain books? PABBIS, Parents Against Bad Books in Schools, is a group that believes parents should reserve the right to deem what may or may not be appropriate for their children to have access to. What are your thoughts on book banning?
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
New talk of banning chocolate milk in cafeterias sparks even more debate over the food options at schools.
A friend of mine brought to my attention an Associated Press article from May 9 on the new debate as to whether chocolate milk should be banned from our schools. The concern over our nation's childhood obesity issue prompts more ways to look at "cutting" calories for our youth. Read the article by clicking here. Would you support a chocolate milk ban and why?
Wednesday, May 4, 2011
Does having the party at your house keep kids off the streets or encourage bad behavior?
This being the final month of school for seniors, teens look for ways to celebrate the feeling of adulthood. No longer are they required by law to attend school, their future is up to them, so many often wonder why they can't have a drink. Many parents agree, and supply the alcohol at graduation parties or in their homes on the weekend. The problem is, it's still illegal. What do you think? Do you feel, as some, that if teens are old enough to vote and fight in a war, they are old enough to drink? Do you find safety in allowing the illegal activity you know is happening anyway, to happen under your roof?
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Summer is just around the corner ... are we ready?
A friend recently confessed to me she is having trouble shedding the pounds she gained from her second born. Breastfeeding isn't working as some claim it does, and she would like to avoid a membership to Weight Watchers. Personally, I weighed less those first six weeks after delivering than I do today. However, muscle weighs more than fat. So while the scale read low, my pants size was double. If only I could get to the weight with the muscle of those early six weeks, or even 10 pounds lighter! We all see the Hollywood moms slim down to smaller than prebirth weight in as little as three weeks, but we can't afford personal trainers, nannies and chefs. How do we do it? If you've lost the weight without a struggle, we want to know how. And if…
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Join the discussion with our Moms Council from 1 p.m.-2 p.m. on Brighton Patch.
Parents love their children unconditionally — or, at least, they should, beginning with a positive pregnancy test, a flow of emotions and deep-rooted love before even making eye contact. Yet as this young child grows, he or she starts to veer in a different direction. What if your son begins to want to dress in pink and one day even wants to paint his nails? Maybe it's just a phase. I know, as a preschool volunteer, that lots of the little boys try on the princess costumes at least once. But what if it's something more? Does it even matter? A recent J. Crew ad showing a top designer painting her young son's toenails neon pink has sparked controversy. Check out the link here and let us know: Would you let your son wear pink nail polish? Do…
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Public outraged at new padded bikini tops aimed at young girls.
This spring season, Abercrombie & Fitch presented its new push-up bikini top for girls 7 to 14. Since the itsy bitsy top has gotten so much flack, Ambercrombie & Fitch took the words "push-up" out of the bikini's name, but the padding remains. Is it right for us to keep putting so much emphasis on appearances, and to encourage sexuality at such a young age? Is there a lack of substance for young girls today to model in a positive, non-sexual way? As Pink! so clearly put it in her hit song "Stupid Girls," "What happened to the dream of the girl president? She's dancing in the video next to 50 cent." What do you think of Abercrombie's new bikini? What are some positive influences on your daughter?
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Summer camps have been released for 2011. Which one is your child attending?
The Livingston Parent Journal released their annual Summer Camp Guide this month, and with it came lots of choices. My son is finally old enough to join camps, but which one is the right one? Is an overnight camp something children enjoy? Day camps are plenty, but some seem to be daycares advertising as camps. How can we be sure we're picking the right camp? Let's discuss the safety, supervision, and choice of summer camps for this season.
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Is bullying in schools a growing problem?
What was once thought of as a part of growing up, is now becoming a much more serious issue within our schools. Some people wonder if bullying is pushing kids into drugs, and even suicide. Is bullying getting more intense? Is the new wave of social media to blame? Are parents responsible? What's your opinion, and better yet, what are good ways to prevent bullying from our own children, as well as teach them how to deal with it?
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Local K9 unit helps bring awareness to schools on the dangers of drug use.
Chris Kish, Doug Fulton, and Hector Hernandez are owners of Michigan K9 Solutions, a company that works to detour the bringing, using and selling of narcotics at our local schools, places of business, and community. Kish joins the hour to discuss the startling facts relating to kids and early drug use. Kish is a certified dog trainer with his dog Onyx, as dual purpose narcotics and patrol. Kish also is a certified corrections officer, police officer reserve and firefighter, as well as an industrial safety instructor. Kish knows more about our children and the world of drugs than we'd like to know. Unfortunately, knowing is our only means of combating this early danger. Let's take this hour to allow Chris to inform us of the appropriate …
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
What's the right choice for your children?
In today's society we as parents are fortunate to have options when it comes to education for our children, but what's the "right" choice? There are many different opinions, and the options seem more important than ever with public schools across the region facing budget woes. What defines your choice? Is it as simple as what's easiest for your lifestyle, or is it a religious choice backed by family values? I want to hear what you think.