applebright: seriously considering filling my pockets with glitter and whenever someone near me says something really stupid or rude i’ll just reach into my pocket with a dead expression and release the glitter into the sky above their head and watch it shower over them like a baptism of stupid Can we make this a thing?
Proof of a) my son being the sweetest kid ever or b) me being a terrible mom: My 8-year-old: Mom? My feet kinda hurt. Me: Really? Where do they hurt? My son: All over. But especially my toes. Me: Did you stub your toe? Or maybe your shoes are getting tight? My son: I think it’s my shoes. They don’t hurt as much when I take them off. Me: Well, let’s try them on and...
Yesterday I managed to get a sunburn, cut myself with a screwdriver (twice!), and get a swollen and bloody lip from…wait for it… getting hit in the face with a garbage can lid (wind came up and blew it off the garbage, directly into my face). There is really no point to this post other than to say I hope your day was better than mine and Happy Friday, y’all.
metamorpher asked: You're a wonderful mother, and person. I wish that more parents would aspire to be like you. Empathetic, concerned, and open-minded... Giving free rein to their children and treating them as equals. You've heard this often, I'm sure.
Mental Illness (kid's version)
I rarely talk about this topic on the blog, but my son and I discussed it this morning so it’s probably a good time to mention it again. First, a bit of background: I have a family history of mental illness and have struggled with depression off and on for much of my life. Severe depression runs in both sides of my family, leading to the suicide of several members, drug and alcohol...
Good Boy Scouts don't need God: Column →
Tom Krattenmaker, a speaker at the AHA’s upcoming annual conference, has an article in USA TODAY undercutting the idea touted by the Boy Scouts of America that morality and religion is a required connection. (For information on the AHA’s annual conference, May 30-June 2, click here: http://conference.americanhumanist.org/) My son would love to be a Boy Scout. Many of the activities they do...
I want to see how sick people are. Reblog if you...
Say you’re walking down the sidewalk on a beautiful day. Someone who has...– Excerpt via Beauty Redefined ”To BE or to be LOOKED at?” (via fitvillains) This is also why it’s not “just a compliment!” when you get whistled or hollered at while walking down the sidewalk. Because women do not exist for your viewing pleasure. ~JJ
compligaytions asked: Happy Mother's Day!!
On Mother's Day
A reminder from a marriage and family therapist: Mother’s Day can be a highly charged day for many. So many emotions can be experienced, and often it can be very difficult to sit with these intense feelings. Taking a look at every TV commercial, internet and radio ad, the side of every bus or even listening to people talk, it can start to feel like every person on the planet has a healthy,...
Another Moral Crusader
apreacherskid: I didn’t expect to hear a long, bigoted anti-gay rant at church this morning. It was a Mother’s Day breakfast event. I thought, “Well this won’t be too bad.” I was wrong. As soon as the guest preacher mentioned homosexuality, I knew she was going to say something vile and ignorant. I did not anticipate a 15-minute long rant. Her argument was: Lack of Biblical values and a broken...
nikkiwoods: Sometimes you’re not really afraid of change, you’re afraid of how the people in your life will react to the new you. Change anyway. The right people will stay with you.
Some people say that we can’t afford to help our kids through school by keeping...– Elizabeth Warren: Students should get the same loan rate as big banks (via robot-heart-politics) I adore this woman. Hey fellow US citizens - let’s elect more Senators like her, okay?
poolcho asked: happy mothers day from australia! you're such an inspiration to me so i thought i should stop by and let you know you're an awesome mum (and don't worry i've already said happy mothers day to my mum haha)
If you can light the spark of curiosity in a child, they will very often learn...– Sir Ken Robinson in TED talk How to Escape Education’s Death Valley. Watch the entire talk here.
Hyperbole and a Half: Depression Part Two →
gilmoure: isay: tymethiefslongerthoughts: more-of-a-gesture: I’m not the right person to say “wow, this is so accurate!”. That ain’t mine to claim. But damn, this a powerful post. You might also want to read this post first if you’re a long-time Hyperbole and a Half fan rather than just tuning in now. It’s like reading a diary entry about myself. If you read one thing today, read...
I was recently at a Senate meeting where I heard a member of our Senate...– Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D)-Rhode Island, during an excellent 17-minute speech on the Senate Floor about climate change deniers, May 8, 2013. (via mamaatheist)
Why do women study computer science? Same reasons... →
women-in-science: ‘Why did you choose computer science?” my teammate asks, and for a moment I’m flattered. We’re sitting in the cafeteria of the computer science building and his interest, though simple small talk, seems friendly and welcoming. Very well written article.
Minnesota is bringing their same-sex marriage bill to a vote on Thursday and the House majority leader says she’s confident it has the votes to pass! MINNESOTA - WE’RE NEXT!! (*about damn time) source
thevalidfallacy asked: About the times when relatives make comments "Jesus loves you...", etc. How do you handle these moments? How does your children?
imfinefuckyou: In response to a question about whether my father arranged for me to attend alateen meetings oh-so-many years ago, he replied with “that would have been your mother god bless.” So much wrapped up in that short statement. But the hardest part is the “god bless.” AA is a great program but some people take the “let go, let God” part too seriously. And my father is one of them. It’s a...
My children built elaborate towns with blocks this morning - creating bridges and buildings that were then inhabited by super hero action figures and fairy dolls. Then The Zombies came and destroyed it all. My son: Mom! Dad! The zombies crushed our town! My daughter: Yeah! It’s all wrecked up! My husband: Zombies?! They’re HERE??! JJ - we need to go get our supplies. ...