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Jenny Vidas
Interests: movies, reading, politics, social justice, paranormal, and sleep, counseling/psychology
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Family Friday My kids aren't teenagers yet, but I'm already fantasizing about their first paying jobs, especially the delicious image of them following someone else's orders. This person, the first boss, will likely not care a whit about them, either... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2011 at CurrentMom
Family Friday Are your children hanging from the chandeliers? Are they pushing buttons (both literal and figurative) they shouldn't? Are you considering selling them on eBay? When your kids reach new heights of monstrosity, as visions of future penitentiary visits... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2011 at CurrentMom
Family Friday Ask not how you may grade your child's teacher, or how your child's teacher may grade your child. Rather, consider Florida State Representative Kelli Stargel's proposed bill allowing teachers to grade parents on their involvement and attitude. Talk... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2011 at CurrentMom
Family Friday After Saturday's heartbreaking, gut-wrenching shootings of Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and nineteen others, speculation abounds that the tone of recent political discourse generated just enough vitriol to push the clearly unbalanced suspect right off the rails. In some... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2011 at CurrentMom
Family Friday Normal speech development often progresses in a nice linear way - for other people's children. My first two kids, on the other hand, spent several years just barely hitting the recommended milestones, then leapfrogged from "Want juice!" to... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2010 at CurrentMom
Family Friday As Frank Sinatra proudly belted years ago, he faced it all, stood tall, took his blows, and did it his way. While people have long cheered this rugged individualism from Frank and other cowboys, we finally seem to... Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2010 at CurrentMom
Family Friday As Dr. Gridlock warns, distracted holiday drivers endanger everyone around them, as I just witnessed firsthand. Driving home last Sunday, my oldest son and I stopped at a red light, something most of us do a few times... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2010 at CurrentMom
Family Friday What are your family's favorite parts of Thanksgiving and the holiday season? If your kids are like mine, they will likely provide fast, straightforward, and concrete answers. For my oldest and hungriest son, it's all about the piles... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2010 at CurrentMom
Family Friday Two nights before Halloween, I took my son to one of those haunted forests, purportedly the scariest in the area. As the two of us entered the trail, a pack of shrieking thirteen-year-old girls pressed up close behind... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2010 at CurrentMom
Family Friday Like most holidays, Halloween just bubbles with opportunities for craft-making. Cauldrons! Ghosts! Skeletons! Pumpkins! Cats! Between costume assembly and outdoor decorating, you could (in theory) spend days on end happily crafting away. I have a problem though, one... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2010 at CurrentMom
Family Friday My daughter has just wielded her stellar computation skills and determined that Mommy is fourteen years older than her first-grade teacher. Now that forty is looming large (next week, to be exact), you'd think I'd find this sort... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2010 at CurrentMom
Family Friday A few weeks ago, Florida father James Jones stormed onto his disabled daughter's school bus, then cussed out and threatened the teenage bullies who had been harassing her, saving a few choice words for the bus driver. In... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2010 at CurrentMom
Family Friday So has run a bunch of ads lately, offering free two-week trial memberships. I gave in and signed up last week, figuring I would just slap out my family tree and cancel before the two weeks expire,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2010 at CurrentMom
Family Friday I mentioned earlier that my nine-year-old son and I had our first drug talk, prompted by his discovery of a local teenage hangout known as "J-street." We had our second drug talk the very next week. We were... Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2010 at CurrentMom
Family Friday For years, local teenagers have gathered in the field behind my house for their nocturnal activities, which include shooting off firecrackers and howling at the moon. And apparently, some others as well - one of my nine-year-old's friends... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2010 at CurrentMom
Yes, seriously. People disappeared, some individually and some in couples.
Family Friday "Wow, I'm having much more fun with your stepmom than I ever did with your mother!" gushed a friend's dad recently. Understandably, my friend bristled at this comment, especially given that her mom passed away about fifteen years... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2010 at CurrentMom
I agree completely - simply disliking the article, feeling that the tone is smug and self-satisfied, etc. does not automatically mean someone is angry, or projecting, or insecure. I was referring more to some of the intense emotionality the article seemed to provoke, reflected in some of the more extreme comments.
Toggle Commented Jul 16, 2010 on Desperate Yuppies and Baby Blastocysts at CurrentMom
Family Friday In a recent Washington Post special feature, Gillian St. Lawrence described how she and her husband have planned their future family. At ages thirty and thirty-two, she said, they don't feel quite ready, emotionally or financially, for the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2010 at CurrentMom
Family Friday In a now-infamous Rolling Stone piece, General Stanley McChrystal and his aides kept it just a little too real with reporter Michael Hastings. Insulting everyone from Joe Biden to National Security Advisor James Jones, McChrystal's social filter clearly... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2010 at CurrentMom
Forget racy movies, Cartoon Network, and CSI - I want permanent parental control over the nightly news. Although I'm conversant with our new, sophisticated On Demand remote, this doesn't help much when you're at a restaurant. Last week my family... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2010 at CurrentMom
Family Friday Do you ever feel that you get more respect now than you did before becoming a parent? Not from your own kids, mind you, but from those whom you're not parenting. Consider this: On a warm spring afternoon... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2010 at CurrentMom
Family Friday My kids recently attended a birthday party at a venue that supplied gender-specific goodie bags. The boys received large inflatable vinyl hammers, and they spent the remaining minutes of the party joyously whacking each other upside the head.... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2010 at CurrentMom
My list is pretty similar. My husband does the kids' nails though. My responsibilities are often those that are more organizational or involve remembering to do something, like RSVP to a birthday party, or going through Justin's backpack and making sure all homework and forms are signed. I'm not comfortable delegating that kind of thing to my husband (I guess that falls into the "if I don't do it someone else will screw it up" category).
Toggle Commented Mar 17, 2009 on What Tasks Define a Mom? at CurrentMom