Hot Topic: The No Kids Allowed Movement

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Janell, who is an ongoing contributor at Secrets of Moms, emailed me this piece in reaction to this article. While I’m not sure that I’m on board with The No Kids Allowed Movement, I am quite sure that one of the problems leading to this movement is that some parents are not teaching their children basic manners and are letting their kids run wild. Some parents are getting lazy or find it easier (in the moment, but it won’t be easier long-term) to not discipline their kids.  I think the real issue is that parents need to step up to the plate and teach their kids how to be respectful and behave in public.

I wish this were more of a Teach Your Children Basic Manners Movement. :)

Here’s Janell: More

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Internet Safety – What do You Do When You Think Your Child is in Trouble, but Your Ex is in Denial and Will Not Help Protect Your Child?

While researching for this piece, I found some very disturbing internet information and statistics. Did you know that 60% of all websites on the Internet are pornographic websites? That’s about 1.2 billion.

According to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, “One out of every five children who have access to the internet have received online sexual solicitations. Pedophiles often pose as children to build trust with kids and then lure them to meet them in person. It takes an average of 2 to 4 weeks for a child to fall for this trap.

One of the biggest causes of the rise in online child molestation is due to poor parental supervision of their child’s internet activity.

Did you know that of the 500,000 dial-a-porn calls made in a day, 70% are made by minors who get the contact information off the internet. I had no idea… More

Striving For Perfection—Wasting Time on Unrealistic Expectations & Comparisons

I have always been a Type A, high-energy person who has lots of goals and “to do” lists. My goals don’t include flying to the moon, being a rock star, becoming a neuroscientist, or anything amazing like that, but they are mine and they are important to me. I’m at my best and happiest when I’m meeting challenges head on and juggling lots of things at once. Sometimes, I feel like a hummingbird flying here and there trying to get it all done. I love that feeling. I’ve always enjoyed striving to reach new goals–until suddenly I wasn’t having fun anymore.

I’m not sure why or when it happened, but something shifted within me. I was trying to make everything “perfect” instead of enjoying the process of learning, creating, and reaching goals. Somehow, I got it stuck in my head that I needed to up the ante. I did this to myself—no one else did. I wanted everything to be “just so”. We all know there is no way to have the “perfect” body, hair, complexion, clothes, relationships, marriage, kids, career, or life. Perfection does not exist, but still… More

Never Give Up by Sandra Ellison

I was a typical tomboy growing up. I loved my sports. I started playing soccer and volleyball when I was about ten. When I hit high school, I had to choose between the two sports I was playing. I could not play both soccer and volleyball since the teams were playing in the same season. So, with that, I chose volleyball. I then played volleyball all season round. My freshman year, I played on the junior varsity team, which was quite impressive. I also played on a select team and traveled with that team a lot. The select team was a lot harder to play on though; I was potentially stellar but not quite the star that I wanted to be. More

Mean People by Liz Nord

I recently published a similar article at EattheDamnCake.com and Plus-Size Models Unite, but Secrets of Moms is the perfect place for it. I apologize if you’ve already seen this.

We all want life to be as happy, fun, adventurous, positive, loving, and as successful as possible; but I don’t think we can reach those goals by keeping our kids or ourselves in a bubble. We can be in a bubble for a few moments of blissful innocent fun (as seen above), but the reality is that we wouldn’t want our kids or ourselves to be stuck in a bubble forever. More

Do You Stuff Things in Drawers and Closets? by Liz Nord

Our house flooded Saturday night. Yep, Sunday morning we woke up to our daughters yelling… “It’s wet down here. Why is it so wet?” I was irritated thinking our dog, Chili Pepper, had peed downstairs until my oldest daughter screamed, “It’s really wet everywhere!” Still, I thought—the fish tank must have burst. They are just being overly dramatic…I wish.

My husband and I walked down the stairs and learned the unfortunate truth. Every single room downstairs was flooded—kids rooms, my office, playroom, and the rest. SOAKING WET! Everything had to be moved including the kid’s beds, toys, books, my office stuff, piano, all the other furniture, and the carpet. Wow. Good morning! Time to get up and clean. More

Privacy, Please! by Liz Nord

Privacy, please! No, I’m not talking about the bedroom. I’m talking about shower time. When our daughters were younger, I could take a shower while they were sleeping or napping. Not anymore! Our six and nine-year old daughters don’t seem to sleep anymore than we do now, and nap time is long gone.

Do you know how many times that I have been so excited to take a shower because I thought it would ensure that I would have some alone time!?! I would think…ah, now is the perfect time. They are busy playing well together, coloring, hanging with dad, or watching a show. YES! I’ll make a run for the shower.

Seriously, in under five minutes the shower door fly’s open and some “dramatic” situation has arrived—“Olivia did this, Bella said that, I’m starving, I’m thirsty, something broke, the DVD is skipping, Where is my such and such toy?, Are you done in there yet?” More

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