Many Meds Kids Use Not Tested on Kids in the First place

Knowing how many thousands of kids are on medication is already disheartening; knowing that many of these meds aren’t even tested for children is even scarier.

Medical Book Club
Were Your Child’s Meds Tested for Children?

Religious Voters League
Fringe Christian Warriors Killing for God

History Talk
Sex with Neanderthals Made Us Stronger

Denver Music
Song of the Day: “Rock of Ages”
Song of the Day: “Photograph”

Another Hard Week to Love

This layoff is taking its toll on our family. I think the financial stress is the main barrier to my otherwise usually positive outlook, especially in times right now when so many traditional schoolers are surrounding us and hurling accusatory questions and assumptions in our direction. Why is it okay for them to do this, again, when it’s apparently not for me to do it quid pro quo, or over their spanking or smoking or whatever else? I’ve been on the “fringe” receiving end of such vitriolic spewage, whether it was for my weight or my religion or whatever, but for some reason when it comes to parenting, it feels the most personal, the most hurtful.

I was definitely better at handling this stuff when I wasn’t the sole breadwinner, we weren’t so behind on bills, and we had an extra $1,200 or so a month! Please keep your fingers crossed that my husband will get a job soon, and be sure to send any leads you might know of our way.

With that out of the way, here are a few things I’m loving this week…
~ The Hunger Games footage to be shown during the VMAs this weekend
~ Family Game Night coming up
~ A dizzying number of field trips and playgroups to attend; we’re having to choose which ones to go to and which to skip because there are literally things every day (and the main concern people seem to have is over the socialization?)
~ Gobstoppers while I’m up late working
~ A new babysitter and a date next weekend!
~ Guillermo del Toro’s newest, Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark
~ Wood Sprite’s love of Sly and the Family Stone and Journey
~ My husband’s homemade fries
~ Having gas in the car, when we have it
~ Letting things go, when we can…
~ The few nights of sleep without nightmares
~ The brighter days
~ Fall is coming!

Blessing Bags & School-less Fridays

many worry over what’s at stake when schools can only operate four days a week, I think it could be the biggest blessing that many families receive this year.

School Fest
No Friday School for Schools in South Dakota

Hydrocodone Zone
Google: America’s Most Notorious Drug Dealer

360 Blog
Make a Blessing Bag

Morpheme Addict
Word of the Week: Rubbernecker

Horror Book Club
Do We Really Need Another Movie That Glorifies Rape?

Movies Continue to Largely Stink

Even the ones that are marketed toward women paint us in a negative light, with limited capabilities. Really, Hollywood?

Female Talk
No Strings Attached: The Movie for the Woman Who Can’t Have It All!

Scifi Book Club
I Am Number Four is a Lukewarm Sci-Fi Flick

Cageliner
Morning Glory is Worth the Watch

Romance Book Club
Beastly Vastly Differs From Book

Single Mother Talk
Whatever Happened to the Trust?

Father Spanks Daughter to Death

This story is just too tragic to even think about. I wish parents could see how much harm is in spanking, whether the immediate results are this harmful or not.

Spirituality in the 21st Century
Father Spanks Daughter to Death

Parenting Report
Using Your Parents As an Excuse Just Doesn’t Work

Romantic Report
Love and Other Drugs is Neither Very Lovey Nor Druggie

Objectors US
West Memphis Three Set Free by Weird Law

Single Woman Talk
Why Do Men Name Objects After Women?

Denver Music
Song of the Day: “Evil Ways”
Song of the Day: “Wouldn’t It Be Nice”