On Bike helmets, sun block and seatbelts
tbs123, I'm so sorry for your loss. Thank you for sharing the link to annshope.org it has a lot of very useful information. I hope others will check it out to learn more.
On Learning to be a grown-up
My daughter loves to wear my high heels and carry one of my purses which becomes her "briefcage", then she picks up an old cell phone and walks around the house talking to her "work people". I've caught her saying "Yes, I'll send you an email to confirm our meeting. Okay, I'll talk to you later, I've got to go now." Which is something she hears me say so many times. It is so much fun to hear my children imitate me.
On A tough lesson to learn
Relax. He has a habit of forgetting his lunch - this is far from the first time this has happened. And allowing him to order hot lunch when he forgets has not taught him anything. So, I did not want to reward him for being irresponsible (again) by allowing him to order a hot lunch. The school has peanut and jelly available for the students who forget their lunches (he happens not to like pb&j) so the lesson could be learned. He did not starve.
On 10 Things you can't do in 2011
What a motivating and inspiring list. It's easy to focus on the negative which just breeds MORE negative energy. Thank you for the uplifting blog.
On A Simpler New Year
Welcome Brenda! Great introduction and I look forward to your future posts.
to Lar80 & Sigma40: I totally support my husband and his passion for hunting. He is an AMAZING father to my children and a WONDERFUL husband. He works incredibly hard to provide for our family AND I do NOT grudge him the time he takes to enjoy his hobby. He is an EXCELLENT role model. In your haste to attack someone you do not know and inflate your own egos you missed the point of my blog: If you know a single parent, take time to help them out.
On Make or buy?
I'm totally impressed (and more than a little jealous) of all of your great and creative ideas for costumes! thank you for sharing.:-)
On The Principal's Office
Dini79 - the structured recess/physical activity would be in lieu of sitting in the principal's office as a consequence to the child's poor behavior in class. I'm not recommending that regular recess be structured for all children, just for kids who lose their recess b/c of bad behavior.
On Ice Cream Adventures
I won an ice cream maker and had visions of enjoying home made ice cream all year long - all natural ingredients, new flavor combinations, etc. I ended up making boysenberry ice cream for my daughter's 4th birthday party to go with the pink and purple princess cake. It was delicious and everyone raved about it, but it was a total pain in the neck. I think that's the only time we used it. Now I'm thinking I'll give it another go thanks to your blog.
On Should schools eliminate grade of “D”?
I also agree with this program. If a child does not understand the material to an "average" level or C grade are we really helping them by passing them with a D to a higher level of difficulty? There are mid-terms and 2 parent-teacher conferences each year (in our school district) when everyone is made aware of the student's progress and ability BEFORE the end of the year. If a student does not comprehend the material and is failing then tutoring or additional help needs to be provided by the parents AND teacher/school district. Sure, it's easier to pass some students with a D, but is it the right thing to do? I don't think so. More accountability for parents AND teachers is needed. If a teacher has a high number of students failing then that teacher and their curriculum need to be scrutinized. On the flip side, if they have an abnormal number of A and B students, they should be scrutinized to make sure the curriculum is challenging enough as well. Our children are our future, does it hurt or help your child to push them through at a D grade?
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