THIS WEEK IN MOM…Lil kids, BIG MESSES! Oh dear, you only turned your back for a second…

  • Watching the viral video of four boys bullying a 68 year-old woman on the school bus is every parent's nightmare- especially mothers of boys. In an interview with Anderson Cooper, Karen Klein, the bullied bus monitor, shared:

    "I'm sure they don't act that way at home, but you never know what they're going to do when they're out of the house."

    I watched in horror of how they treated this woman, and my head was swimming- with fear that Lord of the Flies is being reenacted on school buses and playgrounds daily. With hatred for the messages engrained in our culture that measure a person's worth by the size of their waistline or their wallet. With disgust for the graphic, sexually violent language used so flippantly to debase a woman with hate. With sadness for the boys' lack of conscience that what they are doing is hurtful and wrong. With contempt for the rigid code of manhood that constrains how they are programmed to connect with one another and themselves.

    But mostly I j

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  • Sunday Morning: Go for a hike!

    Sunday Morning: Go for a hike!

    Weekends should be blissful, free of the crazy chaos that usually takes place Monday through Friday. But Saturdays can still be filled with shuttling the kids back and forth between practices, parties and play dates -- that antithesis of bliss. If you find yourself eager to etch out quiet, peaceful time with your family, you need a plan.

    Here's one: Set aside your Sunday morning for special family time, and try one of these five mellow activities:

    -Camp out! Or at least pretend you did! When you wake up, fire up the grill and pretend your camping. Serve up a delicious and healthy breakfast (bird's nest anyone?) in the backyard.

    -Have a breakfast picnic in the park. Grab a blanket, pack a simple breakfast, some books and games, and walk to a nearby park for morning eats and fun with the kids.

    -Walk, bike, or scoot to your local's farmer's market. Sample sweet fruits and veggies bursting with flavor.

    -Go for a hike. Tour beautiful trails in your area and enjoy the sights,

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  • THIS WEEK IN M.O.M…Lil kids, BIG MESSES! Oh dear, you only turned your back for a second…Moms, you know exactly what I mean. It's pretty funny when you're not the one who has to clean it up! Take a look at these cuties caught in the act…

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  • Birthday Party Overload...

    Birthday Party Overload...

    Kids' birthday parties are getting out of hand! In today's celebrity-obsessed, competitive hyper-parenting atmosphere, we are spending thousands and even tens of thousands of dollars on kids' parties. What happened to cake, ice cream and pin the tail on the donkey?

    I just finished throwing my son a party for his 5 th birthday, and I'm wiped. I tried to keep it simple by having it at home, yet I still feel as if I threw a small wedding reception, and I've got the receipts to prove it. My first mistake? Inviting about 15 kids, which sounds manageable, until you remember that each of those kids brings one or two parents each and maybe a sibling. Add in family and neighbors, and 15 kids quickly multiplies into a party of 50. Now, you've got to feed, hydrate and entertain 50 people. Yikes!

    Our party was not over the top. We had a bouncy house, pizza, fruit…and Jedi Training. But when you factor in party favors, rental chairs and tables, cake, plates, it all adds up. For this 2 h

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  • What do you carry in your summer bag?

    What do you carry in your summer bag?

    A 2007 study reported that the average woman's handbag weighed nearly seven pounds. Apparently, the stat went down in 2010 to three pounds, as we started carrying smaller tech gadgets. But those numbers can't be accurate for moms, especially over the summer.

    Does the content of your handbag change in the summer? Mine does. It became noticeably heavier this past week. Like Allison over at Petit Elefant, I suddenly was carrying more stuff. Summer stuff...for my kids.

    Along with my own personal items -- sunglasses, makeup, wallet, iWhatever, a notebook and pens -- I have several things I only keep in my purse during the summer months. And I'm guessing you'll likely have these items in your bag as well. Check out these summer "mom bag" essentials:

    Snacks. Kids seem to be hungry all the time during the summer. Be sure to carry simple snacks at all times. I usually tote apple slices, cheese sticks and a few Z Bars. If my kids don't eat them, I will!

    A water bottle
    . Kids play hard and you

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