- Momsrising | Healthy Living | Mon, Sep 17, 2012 12:04 PM EDT | Comments
By Lily Eskelsen
First, let me just say, that I'm not advocating lying to children. I'm not proposing that moms and dads make up silly lies and tell tall tales just to get kids to eat healthier. I am absolutely not saying that. Lying to your children is wrong. And you get caught.
Because my (then) four year old, Jeremy, had a sweet tooth, and I got tired of fighting with him about why it just wasn't good for him to be eating so much sugar and that diabetes runs in my family, and his teeth would rot but, I mean, I was worried about his health, and what else was I supposed to do? So.
I told him it was against the law for kids to buy a cereal with a cartoon on the box unless it was their birthday.
Because "cartoon" cereals are packaged to appeal to kids and in the box of 99.9% of "cartoon" cereals are little exploding sugar bombs. And Jeremy nagged me for them on every trip to the grocery store. But like any good four year old who loves and trus...Read More »
- Babble.com | Author Blog Posts | Thu, Sep 13, 2012 4:19 PM EDT | CommentsMy abuelita (grandma) in Chile always says never to discuss politics and religion in social gatherings. Not because those topics should not be addressed, but because some rational people become very irrational when it comes to voicing their beliefs. Some people are so set in their ways that they forget to respect others and are very intolerant of dissenting points of view.
On Politics and Friendships
She grew up in the 30's and many can find her position quite old fashioned. It was a different world, after all. Being social meant being face-to-face, the gadgets that are a part of our everyday lives would have seemed out of a science fiction novel and people relied on the good old radio to tell them what was going on the world. Yes, it's tempting to dismiss her traditions and views. But during an election year that has centered on very important and very heated issues, I sometimes wish more of us followed her advice.
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- Fabulous & Frugal | Work + Money | Tue, Sep 11, 2012 12:27 PM EDT | Comments
by Stephanie Berenbaum - September 10th, 2012
Do Your Taxes Need A Getaway?
If you've been following the presidential election even a tiny bit, there's one phrase you've probably heard time and time again: "Offshore Tax Haven." And if you think it sounds like something out of Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous, well - you're right! So much has been made of Mitt Romney's use of offshore tax havens to guard his money - but is it really much ado about nothing?
What is an Offshore Tax Haven?
What is an offshore tax haven, anyway? Basically, there are many countries (the Cayman Islands, for example) which offer very low taxes and extreme privacy. During this election, Mitt Romney has been painted as a tax dodger who did something unsavory by using these tax havens. The issue: though legal, the US government reportedly loses billions of dollars per year in tax revenue due to these offshore accounts…
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- By Woman's Day Staff
Volunteer, daily prayer and time spent with her children and grandchildren-this is what Ann Romney treasures above all else. "Family is the most important thing in life," she says. And when she's not devoting her time to multiple sclerosis awareness (she was diagnosed with MS in 1998) or faith-based youth charities, she's enjoying another of her passions: horses. "Horses live in the moment-my stress just melts away when I'm around them." Photo credit: Ann Romney
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"Mrs. Romney was warm, genuine and down-to-earth. She spoke passionately about her love of riding and how she's passing it onto her grandchildren. Her story about how husband Mitt gives her lilacs every day Mother's Day was lovely-it's clear they have a supportive and loving bond."-Susan Spencer, Woman's Day Editor-in-Chief
Susan Spencer: What's your favorite quote and why?
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- Babble.com | Author Blog Posts | Tue, Sep 11, 2012 5:09 PM EDT | CommentsI don't know anyone who's planning on voting for That Guy. That Guy who has no business being president. I don't know anyone who thinks That Guy has anything to offer this country.
8 Things Not to Do When Your Mommy-Friend Votes for That Guy
We're all rooting for Our Guy. We like Our Guy. We believe in Our Guy. We are going to campaign for Our Guy and work the phone banks for Our Guy and vote for Our Guy.
Our Guy is our candidate.
So what happens when your kid has a friend over and when his mom picks him up and says "So, how about That Guy, huh? What a breath of fresh air."
Well, once you close your mouth, here's what not to do:
As in, "Oh my goodness, I thought you were serious there for a second. Whoa, Nelly, you got a sense of humor on you!" Because chances are that she is not kidding. And it'll be even more awkward when you notice that she's looking at you with puzzlement instead of merriment.
Related: What if my kids don't share my political beliefs?
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