What is Happening With Society as it Stands Now?

Children Get Banned for SillinessIn recent news I read an article online that discussed a boy who was being bullied due to bringing a My Little Pony lunchbox into school. Apparently, due to the theme of My Little Pony seeming more feminine than masculine this young boy was being picked on about his choice in cartoon character lunch box. I am all for boys being masculine and girls being feminine. Totally, 100%. With that being said, we all can like similar cartoons or shows that appear to push to be liked by one gender over the other. I know many shows I watch are geared towards men, but I enjoy them just as much as the next male in our society would. There is nothing wrong with that.

We are raising our children to be judgmental and rude.

There is something wrong with that.

The part of the lunch box story that really struck a cord was that the school system denied the boy from using this lunchbox any longer, citing he had to bring a different lunchbox because this one was causing too much of a ruckus. Rather than dealing with the children who were picking on the boy, they decided to shun the boy for his choice of a lunchbox. I could see if this was deemed inappropriate content for a school, but I am pretty sure My Little Pony; a cartoon that promotes friendship, doesn’t fall into the inappropriate category. The children who were picking on this boy got a message sent to them immediately upon hearing this boy was having his lunchbox banned, the kids heard, “we can be in control of our elders and our peers”.

What is wrong is that our school systems appear to be sending the message to children that they can rule the world if only they be cruel & mean.

We need to be raising our children to accept and embrace our differences, this is what makes us a unique society to live in.

A more recent article that popped up on my feed was about a young girl who shaved her head in support for a friend who is battling cancer. The school banned the 9 year old girl from attending school because their policy cites that the child must have a wig or her natural hair grown back. That is their policy. Of course, the girl was able to return because this story got enough media coverage, but again, what in the world is wrong with our school systems?!

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Sharing Family Happy Moments in Photo Collages

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Sleeping boys. Hide & Seek Fun with my family. MineCraft creations by my daughter.

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Rose from my fiance on Valentine’s Day. Drawing with my sons. My Sister and her Baby Girl.

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Silly times with my fiance. Kids having a fun weekend time together. Boys getting along.

What are your happy moments of this past month or two?

 

 

What a Sense of Humor: Hello Kitty Diaper Bag

Being a mom does mean that your fashion lifestyle is over. Today’s mom knows how to let her personality shine through and one of the best ways is with her diaper bag. Instead of dragging an unfortunate-looking diaper bag, why not pick something with panache and style? There are so many plain diaper bags in drag colors with no embellishments and then, there are plucky diaper bags that are full of personality in bright colors with amusing embellishments.

Hello Kitty for Mom and Daughter

Some of the cutest bags I’ve seen are decorated with Hello Kitty. A fabulous pink or black Hello Kitty diaper bag might not be the best choice to bring to the office, but the Asian-inspired bags do have a place. These very affordable diaper bags look great with a casual outfit in pink or black, with fabulous shoes and some perfectly fitting denim. Since many moms will carry diaper bags even when their children are toddlers or young preschoolers, their daughters can also carry a cute Hello Kitty handbag, too. My daughter loved carrying a little purse that matched my bigger version and some Hello Kitty diaper bag styles actually have coordinating die cut purses, too.

Adorable Hello Kitty and Her Pop Art Styling

I absolutely love the Hello Kitty that is styled in black with only part of her face showing. Usually, this Hello Kitty has white eyes and whiskers along with a puffy pink bow. I think this version of Hello Kitty is more adult than the full-face white version, because it is more artistic and unexpected. However, Hello Kitty is so visually attractive that any variation of the pop-art cat on any diaper bag will be able to make you smile.

Diaper Bags from the Juicy Couture Design Studio

I do realize that not everyone loves Hello Kitty (although I don’t understand why). Fortunately, there are other fun diaper bags for the moms that want to stand out from the crowd. Juicy Couture designs diaper bags for women who want to look red hot and stylish. Each Juicy Couture diaper bag has some form of the Juicy Couture logo emblazoned on the front and on the handle as well as on the accessories like the changing pad and bottle bag.

Humor and Style for the Enfant de Juicy

Some Juicy Couture diaper bag styles play off of the Juicy Couture logo with a serious sense of humor. It seems like Juicy Couture designers are able to play off of their own sense of self, because who else would embellish a designer diaper bag with words like “Couture Baby” or “Enfant de Juicy.” The brand is known for being a designed for women who are not afraid to be sultry, so it is fun to see a brand place that designation on their baby gear, too.

Sense of Humor for Every Outfit

Where the Hello Kitty bags are really designed for a casual outfit, the Juicy Couture bags can be carried practically anywhere and they go with most styles of clothes. There is nothing that would prevent a mom from carrying a Juicy Couture bag to work, out shopping, on a night out, or on an outing to the park.

Surprising Neutrals with Fabulous Embellishments

Most of the Juicy diaper bags come in neutral colors like black, chocolate brown, as well as soft pink. But, you should also be able to find a great looking Juicy bag in a variety of blues, fuchsia, animal prints, and stripes. Most of the bags that I see have rich quilting or other textile styling. They are often trimmed in leather or suede for an expensive look. They also have decorative hardware and embellishments, too. You should be able to find them with fabulous bows in leather or suede, keys embellished with crystals, as well as attractive zippers on the many pockets.

High Styling on the Inside

What could be better than the outside of a Juicy Couture baby bag? The inside, of course. The designers at Juicy Couture have even embellished the inside of the bags. They often have a coordinating fabrics in bold stripes or solids. The bags are loaded with speciality pockets for bottles, pacis, blankets, wipes, and extra clothes. Many of the bags also come with coordinating and embellished burp cloths, bibs, and changing pads. Your baby will look so couture getting changed on the boldly labeled changing pad, while wearing her fabulous Juicy Couture bib as you wipe her sweet little face with the Juicy Couture burp cloth.

Have Your Cake, Eat It, and Get a Bag, Too

If you have a Juicy Couture fan in your life, you can easily make her next birthday or the first anniversary of giving birth (which I think should be celebrated) by ordering her a cake in the three-dimensional shape of the Juicy Couture bag that she loves the most. Add a few little baby shoe or baby toy cakes. Some cake makers are good at replicating the look of a Juicy Couture baby tote that she might not even be able to tell the difference between a real bag and the cake. If you need to provide the baker with a model, why not buy her a new baby that looks just like the cake she will receive. The cake could even have a few little baby accessories peeking out of the top for added fun.

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Do Parents Give Themselves a Harder Time Than Necessary?

Parenthood brings joy like no other and sadness like no other. I firmly believe parenthood is a method to test our sanity, and if we come out on top after raising children with a brain that still works, a smile upon our face and children that survived to become well rounded adults – that we mastered it. It’s the path along the way that gets use shook up.

Pain is only Thoughts

I blamed myself for my son Aj having issues. After all, I wasn’t prepared to be a mom for a second time when I found out I was pregnant. I didn’t want to have another baby just yet, my life was simple as a mom of one and I enjoyed having my daughter getting to that fun age of doing more. I wasn’t ready. When Aj was born, I only nursed him for 8 weeks because he was a big eater and I had a little girl to raise as well as this new baby, so bottle feeding formula was the way I went after 8 weeks of breast feeding. Aj wasn’t ever really snuggled a lot as a baby, he wasn’t kissed, hugged and shown affection in the way my first born and last born child was during those baby years. I always wondered if maybe that was partially why Aj has been struggling with moods and other symptoms. I had to have a counselor tell me multiple times that I need to stop blaming myself, what’s going on with my son is not something I did or did not do. It’s how his brain is wired, that’s out of my control.

As a parent, I sometimes raise my voice unnecessarily. It’s sometimes raised to get the kids attention because they have run a muck for far too long and I need to get them to hear me above their own chatter, then other times it’s simply because I am overtired and happen to yell instead of talk at a normal decibel to them. I hate doing that. I watch as Aj goes into full blown tears, Aj doesn’t like loud noises from anyone or anything – it puts him into frustrated mode or tearful mode. When that happens, I blame myself for making the mistake of yelling and handling a situation poorly.

I look back at all of these mistakes I make here and there in parenthood and I realize something…

Every single parent in the whole wide world has these moments, those moments when you do something and hang onto the fact that you wish you hadn’t. Parents seem to hang onto these little mistakes we make while our children happily go along with their world, easily forgiving you before you have forgiven yourself.

Kids are resilient, they truly are. I love how sweet, kind and innocent kids are. Kids are simple. It’s easy, you say sorry, you mean sorry and you do better next time – your kids know you will try to do better next time. Our kids seem to have more faith in us as parents than we sometimes have in our own selves. So the next time you want to sit and sulk, and be upset with yourself for handling a situation wrong, as it pertains to parenthood, remember that your kids are fine. The kids have moved on from that scenario and so should you!

Try to cut yourself some slack, we all make mistakes and yes, we sometimes make the same ones twice as it pertains to parenthood, but one thing is for sure YOUR KIDS THINK YOU ROCK THE PARENTING THING so go on and prove them right.

My Plain and Simple View on What Co-Parenting Is

Co-parenting to me is what I refer to when two parents are no longer residing in the same household, they have separated, divorced or just broke up having never been married, but they have children who bind them forever.

That is co-parenting. Two parents who have children who bind them forever. Plain -n- Simple.

All About Co-parenting, What is It?

I tend to look at co-parenting in very simple terms because after all, I have already been through 11 years of co-parenting my daughter and now about a couple years or so of co-parenting my boys. My ex husband and I resided in same household off and on after our divorce, but we aren’t here to talk about that.

So I have co-parenting for a lot of years and have already had the experiences that occur when one is attempting to share a child, remember a child is a human being, your child does not belong to you nor to the other parent.

A child is an individual with their own thoughts, their own feelings and should be felt as if those feelings are valid at all times.

Maybe the fact that I have more experience in the area of co-parenting leads me to have less tolerance for those who just cannot seem to get it right. One would think it’s not a difficult concept but then I remember back to the drama filled years of my daughter’s baby days and realize, well it takes time to get it just right. When there are hurt feelings between the ex’s that makes it more difficult to co-parent as well.

It takes a big person to be able to separate feelings of hurt from a failed relationship in order to focus on what matters after the fact; parenting your children together.

Nothing is more frustrating than trying to co-parent with someone who makes personal jabs at you based on mistakes made during a relationship that is no longer a relationship. Once you two people become co-parents, all that matters is the children & raising them. A business-like arrangement will work best to allow the children to flourish in both parents homes now and into the future.

Co-parenting is all about agreeing to disagree, letting go of control; neither parent can control the rules or scenarios that occur at one household over the other, but each co-parent should encourage the children to respect both parents and respect the rules set forth in both homes.

Co-parenting is all about letting go …. being able to realize that your children may, at times, wish to see one parent over the other and that is okay. Children change almost daily and sometimes they feel the need for one parent over the other during various stages in their lives.

Co-parenting is about communication, the ability to stay on focus with kid-only topics and to work together to ensure both households, regardless of how you feel about the structure or rules set forth, are safe for the children and that if something does go wrong, both parents can discuss it without throwing personal jabs or having a screaming match over who is the better parent.

Co-parenting is about loving your children. Letting go of how the other parent may have hurt you or upset you and focusing strictly on the children.

Co-parenting isn’t easy, neither is parenting. Life isn’t easy, if it were, then there would be no real adventure, now would there be?

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