Parenting

Teenagers Need Parents More than Ever

One of our local high schools put together an anti-drug video for parents. The first part is a principal welcoming parents to one specific high school, but if you’ll hang in there, you’ll see testimonies from kids who did drugs and their parents, along with signs to watch out for and tips on how you can help your child through his/her teenage years.

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We would all like to pretend that nothing like this would ever happen to our children, but the fact is, they are exposed to drugs and alcohol, on some level, nearly every day they are away from us. It’s our job to teach them, to watch them and to be there for them if, or when, they make bad decisions.

My boys are great. My boys are also human. And some of the stories they have come and told me would curl your hair. It’s bothered me and when they weren’t looking, I’ve cried. And I’ve prayed that God would give them the strength, courage and wisdom to make the right choice if, or when, they ever face a drug or alcohol situation.

Whenever the boys spend the night with friends, I always remind them that if they become uncomfortable, at any point during the night, I don’t care what time it is, they are to call me and I would come and get them, no questions asked. It pains me to even give this option, but reality sucks sometimes.

Don’t think that just because your children are home schooled or go to a private school that they won’t have to deal with this at some point. Denying this would ever happen to your child is unrealistic and would mostly likely hurt them in the long run. I’m not saying to be scared. I’m not saying to watch over them with military precision. But I am saying to be aware of what is going on with your teenagers – they may look, and occasionally act, like adults, but they are not. They are confused and scared and they need you more than ever.

I realize this is one of those subjects that no one likes to talk about, but it needs to be addressed. And children need to hear our thoughts about drugs and alcohol because even though they may deny it with their dying breath, they need us to be strong and they need our rules, and beliefs, to guide them.

Anyway, I thought there might be some parents out there that might benefit from watching this video. I know it’s made me more aware of my children’s behaviors and though my boys don’t like my rules or the fact that I ask a lot of questions or that I watch them like a hawk, tough. I love them and it’s my job.

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PMS Buddy

Okay, so if you follow me on Twitter, this isn’t exactly ground-breaking news. But, after looking a little closer at the application, I just couldn’t resist talking a bit more about it.

It’s called PMS Buddy and it’s an application you can put on your iPhone to help you keep track of your wife/girlfriend/friend’s monthly cycle.

From the website:

PMSBuddy.com is a free service created with a single goal in mind: to keep you aware of when your wife, girlfriend, mother, sister, daughter, or any other women in your life are closing in on “that time of the month” – when things can get intense for what may seem to be no reason at all.

For women, this is a great way to give people in your life a heads-up of when you might be feeling a bit irritable without having an awkward conversation.

What’s more, we will not only keep you informed, but will give you some free advice on what to do about it. With PMSBuddy.com, there is no reason to ever be blindsided by PMS again.

PMSBuddy.com – Saving relationships, one month at a time!

I don’t know why, but I find this hilarious!! I mean seriously, how helpful would it be for the men in your life to have advance warning of when that time of the month is getting close! HAHA! They could then brace for the impending storm, I suppose.

And I REALLY cracked up over the “threat index” – this gauges how severe the woman who is menstruating is likely to be at a given time.

I really do feel sorry for men. I mean, we KNOW we’re being unreasonable at times. And we just FEEL bitchy, sometimes. We honest to God can’t help it – we can try and control it and redirect our energies into other things, but overall, it’s just a physical reaction. I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve had to simply leave the room because I felt my temper reaching that critical boiling over point, that scream like an evil banshee witch moment. You can relate to the banshee, right? I’m not the only one who gets a tad *ahem* out of control, right?!

And I’ve gotten better about warning my husband – “I have zero sense of humor right now. In fact, my sense of humor is in the negatives right now so back off … please.” I usually grit my teeth when I add the please.

My husband has learned to watch the calendar. And he has learned that when I’m in the negative-patience zone to play it safe and not piss me off. It usually only lasts about two days, max. After that, it’s like I’ve been talked from the edge of a very tall building and I feel better, more normal and relaxed. It’s hard to explain, but I’m certain the women out there know what I mean.

And just think, I’m old enough to be on the verge of menopause. Whee! Aren’t you lucky you don’t live with me!!

I think they should make something like this, only in a watch form, or something equally female-friendly. Then I could wear it and whenever it sensed I was going into the PMS zone, it could shock me out of my mood or flash emergency messages like, “SHUT UP RIGHT NOW!” or “If you say that, you’ll regret it for MONTHS!” or, “If you will be nice and courteous to your family for just a little longer, I’ll give you candy” sort of thing.

Anyway, I just thought this application was funny. I wonder if it actually helps the men?


On Twitter!

I’ve been trying to Twitter at least two interesting stories a day in addition to a few things I’m up to. If you would like to follow my Twitters, please do!

I’m thinking there might be a giveaway exclusive to my Twitter followers very soon.

WHICH, leads me to this poll. If you have a few moments, can you please leave me your opinion? Thank you!

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WHAT Am I Thinking?!

I watch this and ALL I can think about is doggie slobber, bad breath, soiled car seats and sour dog smell.

I’m seriously freaking out here.

And I’m seriously done talking about dogs for awhile. I honestly need to turn my attention to other matters. This subject has dominated my brain for days now.

THANK YOU to everyone who took the time to give me some doggie advice. You’ve given me plenty to think about. But now I must turn my thoughts to other projects or else my head is going to explode.

NASCAR starts February 15!!!! (Safer topic).