Wearing my pajamas in public?


No, not me! No way. It’s just not me to jump out of bed, sail out the door in my PJs, hair like a tornado, teeth unbrushed, nah, not even if I’m running late.

Well, first off, we have these handy little contraptions called alarm clocks to ensure we don’t oversleep and miss class. We factor in plenty of time (more than an hour) for rush hour traffic and of course, for dallying over breakfast, shower and getting ready.

My kids know the drill. No one skips breakfast or the shower. No one leaves the house in their PJs. Same rules apply on the weekend and on vacation when we’re staying at hotels. I’m not a tiger mom but we do have rules.

Well, I’ve seen one of my neighbors outside her house, and a woman at a nearby gas station at 7:30 in the morning in just their PJs and not much else in the way of… shall I say, support systems, and it really freaked me out! I don’t know, might be a good thing to keep the neighborhood G-rated, ya know πŸ˜† .

Should parents pay their kids to do the chores?


Was reading the news about a NC dad who pelted his 15yo daughter’s laptop for posting a rude piece about her parents on Facebook. Have you heard? Well, he posted a video response on her FB wall reprimanding her and then ended up firing 9 rounds into her laptop.

I can so see why he flew into a rage when he read the things she wrote. Frankly I would’ve too. She was ranting (with a healthy dose of expletives) about how she had to do chores around the house (like sweeping the floor and making her own bed, wow!) and saying that (get this!) her parents should pay her for doing stuff around the house.

That, if you ask me, was totally disrespectful and downright unacceptable! I’ll say he had every reason to be angry and disappointed but well, okay, his reaction might’ve been ju-ust a tad over the top πŸ˜€ .

I have to admit that at one point, I was contemplating paying my son to wash my minivan. Many parents pay their kids to do chores around the house, to help out, even to score good grades in their exams (wow, this one’s really got me πŸ™„ ). I know.

Well, at first, I thought it might be a good way for them to learn how to manage their money. Then again, they can always learn to do that with their allowance, right? So I changed my mind before I started what might’ve been a dangerous precedence for turning money into an incentive for everything they do.

Turns out Tommy Jordan, the laptop-shooting daddy, has it along the same lines as what I was thinking. His argument is this.

You live here in this house where we, your parents pay for everything – your laptop, your cellphone, your clothes, your shoes, your holidays, your education, your everything… And all you have to do is go to school, get driven back and forth heck, eat meals you don’t even have to cook yourself, collect your allowance and I have to pay you to do stuff around the house??!!

Indeed! Thanks for saying it out loud. Couldn’t have said it better myself. I’m your parent, not your employer, and as the family, we shouldn’t be bringing dollars and cents into every little thing we do. Well, that’s just me. What do you think?

Fairy tales too scary for your kids?

Fairy tales too scary for your kids?

My 3 kids grew up on fairy tales, the classics. It was our nightly routine. I’d get home from work and after dinner and shower, I would settle down with the kids to read them a bedtime story (or 2 or 3 πŸ˜† ). My kids were around 2+-3 years old at the time but they loved every fairy tale we read and they would eagerly pick out the book they wanted me to read.

But a study by the British TV channel, Watch seems to say that some of the classic fairy tales (as we know them) are just too scary, or could be inappropriate if kids with overactive imaginations took them literally.

In the case of Snow White, the idea of a wicked witch for a stepmother who tries to poison her is perhaps too much for little kids. Rapunzel and Rumpelstiltskin involve stories about kidnapping, and in The Little Red Riding Hood, the big bad wolf gobbles up a helpless grandmother.

So apparently some parents are ditching these classics. To be honest, I would never have thought of these storylines as a problem. The question never even arose. At least, they make more sense than Teletubbies and Spongebob, just sayin’. Anyhow my kids loved reading these stories over and over, and these books are now part of our prized collection.

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice was a big favorite for us. Don’t ask me how many times I’ve read this book!

So how do you feel about the classics? Would/do you read them to your kids? What do your kids read?

Restaurant tells parents to control their misbehaving kids

Restaurant tells parents to control their misbehaving kids

It seems there’s been quite a lot of discussion in the news lately about keeping (I won’t use the word banning) kids out of airplanes and restaurants. In the latest article I read here this morning, a family restaurant in Atlanta has issued a statement to parents to please take their crying and unruly kids outside so the other diners can eat in peace.

The Grant Central Pizza in Grant Park put up this disclaimer in their menu:

β€œDear all present and future patrons: GCP is proud of its reputation as a family restaurant, a title that we will work to keep. Unfortunately a number of our diners have posted unpleasant experiences because of crying and unsupervised children. To ensure that all diners have an enjoyable lunch or dinner with us we respectfully ask that parents tend to their crying tots outside.”

Apparently the restaurant owner was prompted to take action after receiving negative reviews, and an unpleasant encounter with a parent whose child throw a toy which hit another diner on the head. OMG, I hope it was a soft toy πŸ˜€ .

These days, children’s so-called toys can be lethal weapons. My idea of a toy would be, say, a harmless doll or a few tamiya models. But it seems, more and more, parents’ cell phones and iPads are becoming playthings and a source of distraction for kids.

As a mom, I’m all for bringing the kids out and having a fun time. Granted, kids will be kids but if they start misbehaving in public, we’ll just have to step in now, won’t we?

What do you say?


Gift-buying noobs


Okay, so what have I been stressing over lately? If you said Christmas gifts, you’re spot on! When we get to California, we are going to be spending Christmas with Steev’s Roomie (remember him?)’s parents and family.

And of course, Christmas gift-giving being an relatively new concept to us, I’m more than a little stumped on what to give each person. If only it were as easy as going out to buy gold coins and have them gift-wrapped, then my problem would be solved by now.

But no, we’re a long way from finding gifts for everyone. I’m sure they would love to receive gold coins but we need that money to go to Disneyland, heh heh!

new CPR saves lives, learn it here


I’m completely amazed at the recent news stories about people who have suffered cardiac arrest, died and then were brought back to life. There apparently are an increasing number of cases like these and it’s just fantastic news, thanks to a new CPR!

I’ve posted the news stories and video here of how to perform this new CPR and you can learn it in like 2 minutes. I hope you will take time out to watch the video. The instructions are very clear and easy to follow. I’ve made my kids view this and I hope you will get your family to watch it too. In fact, I’ve posted it on my navigation bar as well so you can access it any time.

I mean, with something like this, you just never know when it could come in handy, and you could end up saving the life of a loved one. It’s definitely an invaluable 2 minutes you could spend to learn this new CPR.

I’m craving this

I'm craving this

milk 'n cookies

Yes, yes, we’ve gone without sleep for 20 hours so I don’t know if I’m still talking straight. I’m starting to see Oreos floating across the wall. I reach out with one hand πŸ˜› , they vanish before my very eyes.

So what are you seeing on your wall?

cell phone-flingers


I was sitting at a cell phone service center when a woman walks in with a cell phone that her child had flung to the floor. And just the week before, Steev was telling me about some guy’s laptop suffering the same fate in the hands of a small kid.

Um, I was like, since when did electronic gadgets become kiddy toys? Or have kids become so brilliant that they can’t be fooled by fakes any more? What do you think?

cows cry


This is a touching video by my favorite speaker. If you have a minute today, spend a minute listening to this amazing talk. It will bring tears to your eyes.

When I was little, I remember hearing something similar to this. Animals have feelings, emotions, just like us. If you have a soft spot for animals, please pledge your donation to ASPCA.

rushed kids


It’s pretty sad the lives of some kids these days. They often have to forgo a childhood at the expense of an education. Yep, it’s a rat race out there and many parents feel pressured to pressure their kids into as many activities as they can possibly squeeze into a day.

From regular school to ballet to piano to sports to numerous school activities to tutoring, there’s no end to the rushing about, no time for a childhood. I think it’s sad. But many parents think this is the only way to prepare their kids for future success.

What do you think?

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