Danny Hauser, 13 Years Old & Forced Into Chemotherapy

Danny Hauser, a 13-year old cancer patient from Minnesota, made the news recently when a court ordered him to undergo chemotherapy.  Initially, the Hauser family refused to continue the next round of treatments after the first one proved to have too many side effects for the teenage boy.   His case became fodder for media frenzy because his family is from a Native American faith called Nemenhah, which upholds the belief that modern...

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Savannah Redding – Middle School Strip Search
Apr28

Savannah Redding – Middle School Strip Search

Savannah Redding – Middle School Strip Search photo credit: Tim Pearce, Los Gatos I was at the other Gym the other night doing a little cardio bike ride. At most gyms as you know they’ll have the TVs turned on so you can watch while you’re doing your exercise. As it so happens CNN was dialed in. I don’t normally watch the news because it’s very negative and it puts your mind and spirit in a down place but...

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What Message Do You Send Your Children about Alcohol?
Mar05

What Message Do You Send Your Children about Alcohol?

What Message Do You Send Your Children about Alcohol? Coming from a family that abused alcohol frequently, I have strong feelings about alcohol consumption. That’s not to say I don’t drink occasionally, I just have high standards about how, when, and where it should be enjoyed, especially around children. I recently read an article by Paul Clarke, blogger of The Cocktail Chronicles, in which he made a profound statement....

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Learning to Save Smartly A Parent’s Lesson on Savings Accounts
Feb24

Learning to Save Smartly A Parent’s Lesson on Savings Accounts

Learning to Save Smartly A Parent’s Lesson on Savings Accounts Every year, seemingly without fail, my son expresses an intense desire to own the latest, hottest, most important gadget ever. And every year, also without fail, the same bargain is struck – when my son can save up enough money, he can purchase that device. If he wants to perform extra chores around the house to supplement his relatively meager income, then he is...

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What’s Your Snooping Policy – Over the Top or Totally Not?
Feb15

What’s Your Snooping Policy – Over the Top or Totally Not?

What’s Your Snooping Policy – Over the Top or Totally Not? A couple of my colleagues have written about this very topic because it is one very sensitive to all parties involved… from both parents, their kids, and friends. There’s basically two schools of thought: To snoop and be heavily involved or suspicious of your kids To trust the way you raised them and only dig deeper in the face of evidence My two...

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Responsible Mom vs Cool Mom
Feb13

Responsible Mom vs Cool Mom

I’ve been trying to finish writing this article for 2 months. Part of the problem has been.. my attempts to compromise. I’m not very good at compromise when it comes to something I feel so strongly about… so I gave up. Here’s how I really feel. ~ Karen Responsible Mom vs Cool Mom It’s basic human nature to want to be liked. We all want to be considered popular and cool, especially by those we love. Every...

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