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When I was a kid my best friend was abused by her parents, mostly her mother but her father let it happen. I sobbed when my parents picked me up from her house after sleep-overs because of the things I saw happen. My parents did nothing about it. It wasn't their business. That scarred me and destroyed my trust in my parents. If they wouldn't help my friend, how was I supposed to? I spent most of the years we were friends trying to protect her by having her spend the night at my house and trying to convince her to run away with me so that she wouldn't get hit any more and I could take care of her. Of course that never happened, she was too afraid of what would happen if we got caught. Not everyone can get directly involved with helping the children through counseling or whatever after the abuse..but if you know about abuse, or even suspect it, you can contact the people who can help. My point is, you aren't cowardly for knowing your limitations. You want to help and that is so important. Especially if your daughter ever comes to you one day with concerns about her friend.
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I am so looking forward to the trip, images never do these parks justice though they do inspire us to want to see them for ourselves. Have any tips for entertaining kids on a long driving trip? We've given my niece free range on how many books she wants to bring, bringing electronics that we can charge in the car and her headphones so she can drown out our audiobooks. And I will definitely see if Flathead Lake is on the itinerary.
Toggle Commented Jun 3, 2010 on Much Ado About Nothing at Ohio Moms Blog
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Thank you! I have a feeling I'll return with lessons learned about traveling with teenagers and toddlers. *smile* And I'll keep my binoculars handy in case any sneaky grizzlies are out and about.
Toggle Commented Jun 3, 2010 on Much Ado About Nothing at Ohio Moms Blog
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On Saturday my family plans to pile into our already mostly packed minivan and head out on the road. We’re traveling from NE Ohio to Glacier National Park in Montana, camping all along the way at various state and national parks and returning in 21 days. This will be the second vacation of this type I’ve taken with my husband, the first since we’ve had our son. Did I mention I’m five months pregnant and we’re taking my 13-year-old niece along with us? It has become clear that this trip, while hopefully as full of adventure and amazing experiences, will... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2010 at Ohio Moms Blog
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Summer is here in NE Ohio and instead of thinking about finally being able to hit the pool or dress for warm weather without it suddenly getting windy, chilly or rainy…I’m starting to itch. Soon my family will be loading up in our minivan and heading out for our vacation, a multi-state camping trip. And while I am looking forward to the variety of birds I’ll see, the buffalo, the moose, the grizzlies, etc. there is one creature I am not looking forward to. The tick. I’ve never actually had a tick on me. Which is to say, I don’t... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2010 at Ohio Moms Blog
Yes, I definitely think they are redeemable and shouldn't be completely written off. Now, if any of them were to continue down this road despite what happened...then I'd question it. But kids tease. Always have. Things have just gotten more vicious and lasting since the rise of the internet and social communities.
Toggle Commented May 20, 2010 on Bullying the Bullies? at Ohio Moms Blog
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I'm not sure I understand your logic in the "they're not bullies they just engaged in bullying behavior" argument. Unfortunately I disagree that charging them will harm more than help. It's time kids who act like that see there are consequences. Would they be better off if we smacked their hands and sent them on their way? Would you shake a finger at your child for purposefully torturing an animal until it died or would you yell, ground and watch them closely? These are not small children. Their consequences can't be small either. They need to live with what they did and have it affect their lives the way it affected Phoebe's and her family's. It can't be a punishment easily forgotten. And an example must be set. A new line must be drawn in this age of information and internet anonymity. Phoebe isn't the first victim, but hopefully she'll be among the last.
Toggle Commented May 19, 2010 on Bullying the Bullies? at Ohio Moms Blog
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This is an awesome post! I think far too often we feel the need to be SUPER and do everything on our own, whether we're moms or not. I wish that my parents had had the attitude that getting help, even in pill form, was okay when I was struggling with stress related depression in college. Instead my father was very disapproving and my brief stint on Zoloft ended with me upending the bottle in the toilet before it had even really had a chance to start working.
Toggle Commented Apr 29, 2010 on Motherhood--on Adderall at Ohio Moms Blog
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I wish I could just let it go, too. I think the idea of giving the topper to your son as a special gift for his first child sounds like a lovely idea. Unfortunately I have been genetically graced with what my husband can attest is one heck of a stubborn streak. My head is filled with the slightly warped old chant of... "I must, I must, I must complete my...quilt."
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Boy oh boy can I relate to your comment! We moved into this house at the end of November 2008. It's a rather large house with more rooms than we immediately needed (we're planning a large family) so one of the spare rooms was designated 'The Room of Unpacking' and all of our boxes were moved in there so the rest of the house would look nice and neat. Fast forward to this week and you would notice that asside from a thin layer of dust..nothing looked different in that room. We occasionally go in there to forage for things but for the most part those boxes were untouched. Until yesterday. My husband had the day off and I lined up Grandma for some exclusive time with her grandson (aka free babysitter!) and we spent four hours finally unpacking that room. There are still some small things to sort out and put away and throw away in there, but we got it 97% complete, with two large boxes already delivered to Good Will, one more destined for that location and 5 bags of trash in our trashcans. Now we just have to finish it up (it will happen soon, I tell you!) and then deal with the horrible glossy beige paint that graces half the walls and all of the trim/doors.
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I'm totally for not judging her for the comment, I'm currently pregnant and even my hormones don't care about what she said. But I don't think she should be admired either. It's not something worth admiring. It just is what it is. No attention should have been brought to the statement in the first place. She's neither demon for not wanting to be pregnant, nor saint for wanting to adopt.
Toggle Commented Apr 26, 2010 on Give Jillian a Break at Ohio Moms Blog
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I don't feel any guilt in my judging of her despite the fact that I do not have a special needs child and am not an adoptive parent so don't know quite what her shoes feel like. I have this lack of guilt because I'm a mother and she was supposed to be a mother. She wanted to trade in her child. It's one thing to be at your wits end because you have a situation you weren't ready for and haven't found a support system. It's another to abandon a child while shopping for another. There is something sinister in what she did. That child could have ended up in the sex trade being shopped around from pedophile to pedophile because of what she did. She had no thought for his well being at all. What kind of mother does that? I agree that there needs to be better support systems for adoptive parents. There need to be better programs in place to educate them on the special needs many if not most adoptive children come with, although I would think that's sort of common sense but maybe not. And there need to be support systems of adoptive parents in given communities/regions so that they can reach out and get advice from those that have been there. And of course there needs to be more support after the adoption from the agency/local government to ensure the safety of the children and to aid parents in finding the help they may need. But the absence of that does not excuse what she did. Especially if she didn't avail herself of all the options before planning this terrible thing.
Toggle Commented Apr 20, 2010 on Parents Need Advocacy Too at DC Metro Moms
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Are people asking you to question your faith or your faith in the Catholic church as an institution? Because I think there's a difference. I'm not Catholic and I certainly wouldn't question someone who is Catholic on being Catholic with what's been going on in the church and made public for the past several decades. But from the various news stories I've heard where there are those Catholics who have denounced the church over the continued cover-ups and shifting of abusers from one church to another (where they can continue to abuse children) it seems to me like those people aren't denouncing their faith so much as trying to send a message to the church that what they have been doing and allowing to be done is not acceptable. I haven't heard anything about non-Catholics demanding people denounce their faith, though. I have heard people stupidly question how a person can continue to be Catholic with all that's been made public. Because you're right, it would be like asking how we could continue to be American with whichever president you don't like being in office.
Toggle Commented Apr 13, 2010 on Keep Your Hands Off My Faith at Ohio Moms Blog
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