“Don’t let them play in old abandoned refrigerators. Let’s see, what else? If you’re flying with your children, it’s better to book them on the same flight as you and not on a separate one just so they can have more leg room or something. Travel as a family.”
Ya know, that’s pretty sound advice, but we think it needs more cowbell.
Sigh. Maybe instead of running scathing commentary every time a toy manufacturer produces yet another skanky Bratz-type toy, we should run stories about wholesome dollies. There are so few of them, we wouldn’t have to type much at all. (OK, we’re exaggerating. Slightly. American Girl and Only Hearts Club make lovely dollies.)
But Mattel just announced the fall release of Black Canary Barbie and we have to ask the obvious question, “What the–??” It appears that in her rush to don that black leather jacket, fishnets and boots, she forgot to put on pants. The doll is an homage, Mattel says, to a DC Comics character. But the blogosphere is alive with the sound of incredulous chortles … and a slew of new nicknames, including “Fetish Barbie,” “S&M Barbie” and, of course, “Biker Bitch Barbie.” What do you think? Much ado over nothing? Or sign of the coming apocalypse?
A 10 favorite celebrity moms list with no Angelina Jolie? Seems the BettyConfidential.com editorial team can’t relate to a “supermom” parenting six kids, including three adopted and newborn twins. The Palo Alto-based “Bettys” picked 10 celeb moms “to whom we can most relate, who seem to be raising their kids the way we raise ours (or would like to), and who not only embody our shared parenting values, but who acknowledge the peaks and valleys of motherhood.”
So, why no Angelina Jolie? “The Bettys were split about Angelina,” said April Daniels Hussar, managing editor. “Though we’re thrilled about the birth of her twins, we just don’t find her relatable as a mother or someone whose parenting style we aspire to emulate. She certainly sparked the most controversy on the vote – is she dedicated or exploitative?”
Shopping with grandma? Apparently, not as safe as one might hope. A 4-year-old South Carolina girl shot herself in a Sam’s Club after a rummaging spree in grandma’s purse produced a handgun. The grandmother, you see, is a magistrate who has a license to carry a concealed weapon, but apparently insufficient brainpower to keep it out of the hands of a preschooler. And, Associated Press helpfully tells us, the Sam’s Club store doesn’t have a sign out front prohibiting shoppers from packing heat.
After the child shot herself in the chest, fellow shoppers immediately ran to her aid, grabbing supplies off store shelves to stanch the bleeding until paramedics arrived. The girl has since been upgraded from critical to stable condition and is expected to recover. Our favorite quote from the story has a chief magistrate explaining why grandma had a gun in her purse: “Sometimes some of the judges have to make deposits at the banks. The other reason is for self preservation to protect yourself because there are some crazies out there.”
An appeals court in Texas has ruled that child welfare officials had no right to remove the children of 48 mothers from a polygamist sect in April. The state took custody of 464 children after allegations of sexual abuse surfaced. The court essentially has ruled that the children were not in immediate danger and that a court hearing should have been held before removing them from the sect’s Texas ranch. (Read more about the story here.) It’s unclear when or if the children will be returned to their mothers.
The startling number of underage mothers in the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints has turned this into a sensationalized story. The moms, often soft-spoken and evasive, pleaded for the return of their children on national television. Pundits on both sides of the issue weighed in. And no matter how this situation turns out, it’s hard to believe anyone can really come out a winner. What do you think — is polygamy, even with underage girls, a religious right or a call for action to remove these underage girls from the sect?
We’ve stepped on more than our share of stray Legos … in the dark … and barefoot… which may be why we loved this little video clip so much! That and the fact that we’ve downed wayyyy too much caffeine preparing for tonight’s midnight showing of “Indiana Jones IV.” Enjoy!
Vindication! For years I tried to convince my younger sister that she had it easier. Mom and Dad let her slide, I was sure of it. Now, a study by a Johns Hopkins University sociology professor has my back. The study has found that first-born children are subjected to stricter parenting, more discipline and higher expectations and that they receive less money from their parents than younger siblings when they dropped out of school or teenage girls got pregnant.
OK, so the latter two don’t apply to me. But hey, for years I complained pretty loudly when I heard the “you’re older, you should know better” line. Not to mention all the things I couldn’t do — wear makeup at 13 (No!), date at 14 (No!), drive at 16 (No!) and have my own phone line and TV in my bedroom throughout my high school years (Not a chance!) — that my sister, who is my junior by 2 1/2 years, got to do. It wasn’t really favoritism. It was parental testing of the waters. Once they saw how my wearing makeup, dating and driving didn’t tip their world upside down, it was a lot easier to be more flexible with my younger siblings. Still, my sister didn’t see it that way. Now, maybe she’ll have to.
Just spotted these “Pregnant Paper Dolls” and we can’t stop laughing. Wondertime Mag has a bunch of fun Mother’s Day gift suggestions in its May issue – including a laminated wallet by Orla Kiely and a polka-dotted apron from Domistyle which is beyond cute – but this one? Very, very funny.