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10/20/2010
IconI'm getting more and more scared for our country and our society.  The attitudes and behaviors which were once marginalized are now becoming mainstream, tearing apart the fabric of families and the well-being of individuals. You may remember my comments about Jennifer Aniston's movie "The Switch," which focused on parenthood via donor insemination.  Well, she had a bit of a tussle with Bill O'Reilly, who said in August that Aniston's comments on women's ability to become mothers without men were "destructive to our society." More >>

Tags: Family/Relationships - ChildrenFeminismMotherhoodMotherhood-FatherhoodParentingSocial Issues
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10/13/2010
Icon...I have a few girlfriends who are thirty-something and they dread their birthdays because they feel their best days are behind them (even the ones married with children). I think this is so sad because at this point, a thirty-something woman should just have begun her journey as a successful, mature woman with her best days ahead. More >>

Tags: FriendshipsMarriageMorals, Ethics, ValuesMotherhoodMotherhood-FatherhoodRead On-AirRelationshipsSocial Issues
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10/13/2010
IconWhether you call it "reality," or "actuality," it makes for "trash" television on purpose. Matt Philbin, managing editor of the Culture and Media Institute says: "Reality television plays to people's worst instincts and depends on people behaving badly, manipulating others, lying and violence." More >>

Tags: choose wisely - treat kindlyChoose Wisely-Treat KindlyFamily/Relationships - ChildrenInternet-MediaInternet/MediaMarriageParentingReality TVSocial Issues
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10/11/2010
IconHere's a scenario:  some scummy high school boy pulls down your 13-year-old daughter's sweatpants in front of other students at a middle school in New Jersey.  The combination of harassment and assault is reported to the school.  What happens?  The school superintendent asks you, the mother, what kind of underwear your daughter wears in order to determine what was revealed, as though the punishment should fit the size of her drawers instead of the crime itself. More >>

Tags: AbuseChild NeglectEducationMiddle schoolMorals, Ethics, ValuesParentingSexSocial IssuesValues
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10/08/2010
IconI am an avid listener of yours. I have been listening for about 8 years now. I am 21 years old and in my senior year in college. Since I graduated from high school I have always known I wanted to be my kid's mom and my husband's girlfriend one day. The other day, Facebook led to a very interesting situation for me. My friend and ex-dance teacher from high school had written a "status update" explaining how hard it was to leave her babies on Monday morning to go back to work and asked if having a house was really worth missing her two little boys. More >>

Tags: ChildrenDay CareIn Praise of Stay-at-Home MomsMorals, Ethics, ValuesMotherhoodMotherhood-FatherhoodnannyParentingSAHM stay-at-home momSocial IssuesValues
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10/07/2010
IconI am unbelievably furious!  I have a new book coming out in January, entitled "Surviving Shark Attacks on Land."  It has to do with betrayal and revenge.  18 year old Tyler Clementi didn't survive his recent shark attack on land.  He killed himself by jumping off the George Washington Bridge in New York.  He posted a goodbye on his Facebook page just eight minutes before he ended his life. More >>

Tags: HealthInternet-MediaInternet/MediaMorals, Ethics, ValuesSocial IssuesValues
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10/06/2010
IconI want to bring to your attention a terrible event that happened in the Cincinnati area a few weeks ago and is still in the courts. In Finneytown, a church day care employed two individuals who were convicted of drugging kids so they would sleep and lessen their responsibilities, one child as young as 3 months. I am a bi-vocational pastor, who grew up in a single parent home and my life was Hell on earth for many years as I did not get the things I needed most as a child: loving parents and a strong father figure. More >>

Tags: divorceMorals, Ethics, ValuesParentingReligionSocial IssuesValues
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10/01/2010
IconIt is true the expertise of the school faculty is to help provide your child with an education. It is also your job to support that end. One of the biggest challenges is many parents do not feel skilled at educating their kids, and many times the techniques or ways their kids are being taught can be difficult for parents to understand at teach at home... More >>

Tags: Adult Child-ParentCharacter, Courage, ConscienceCharacter-Courage-ConscienceEducationFamily/Relationships - Adult Child/ParentFamily/Relationships - ChildrenFamily/Relationships - FamilyFamily/Relationships - TeensMorals, Ethics, ValuesParentingPersonal ResponsibilityRelativesSchoolSocial IssuesTeachingTeensValues
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09/29/2010
IconHere's the skinny on KFC: the world's largest chicken chain's US same-store sales fell 7% in the second quarter of 2010.  Two weeks ago, KFC revealed more than 60% of Americans ages 18-25 couldn't identify who that "old guy" (Colonel Sanders) was on the KFC logo. Obviously, time for a change!  More >>

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09/27/2010
IconIn 2005, Lawrence H. Summers resigned as president of Harvard University.  That announcement came a week before a "no confidence" vote by the Harvard faculty was expected.  Why?  The answer is simple:  activist groups in general, and feminist groups in particular, don't accept facts when they oppose their agenda. Dr. Summers discussed human gender differences in an academic conference.  He suggested that innate gender differences between the sexes might explain the few women in science and math.  The response to his factually based comment was akin to the apocalypse! More >>

Tags: ParentingSocial IssuesValues
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