Friday, November 23, 2007

We have Moved!

Ok gang, after two years we decided it was time for a new look!

We have moved to our new site here

The new site is a little more clean and less cluttered.

We will not remove this blog because several of you asked us to leave it so you can still reference the old posts.

Please make sure you re-subscribe using the new feed here

We realize that there are so many of you it will take time for the transition, but we hope it will be as seamless as possible.

Thanks so much to the hundreds of you visiting and for all the support and sharing you have done.

Please feel free to leave us a comment on the new site. Pleas tell us what you do or don't like. With the new template we can change things much faster and make it everything you want it to be.

Thanks again, and remember KIDS REALLY R COOL!

Monday, November 19, 2007


The Following family shows go on sale today via Ticketmaster

Disney's High School Musical: The Ice Tour

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus


Sesame Street Live : Ready for Action

Smucker's Stars On Ice

Sesame Street Live : When Elmo Grows Up

UK: Rail group 'bans' help for kids

Staff at a Devon heritage railway can no longer help children off trains, because of the risk of being accused of inappropriate behaviour.

It follows a case in which a volunteer driver at another steam railway in Hampshire was convicted of indecently assaulting a six-year-old child.

South Devon Railway, which runs steam trains between Buckfastleigh and Totnes said the new policy was common sense.

But spokesman John Haslem admitted it was "a sad reflection on society".

The policy was prompted by a case in which convicted paedophile George Sully, 73, from Hampshire, indecently assaulted a girl on the Hampshire Watercress Line.

He was given an indeterminate sentence in June this year.

Heritage Railway Association has asked all members to review their procedures and the South Devon organisation has produced new guidelines.

Mr Haslem said: "We encourage parents to get out of the train before their child to help the child down.

"Our staff must not touch a child unless it is in clear view of the parent and the parent can see that there is no inappropriate behaviour.

"However we will intervene if there is imminent risk of injury.

"This simple and robust policy is to make sure that the risk an opportunity of inappropriate behaviour or wrongful accusations cannot arise."

He said that the railway got to know most volunteers well before they were allowed to work with the public.

He said: "We take precautions to make sure that volunteers and paid staff are not allowed to get into a one-to-one situation with any child."

He added: "We welcome thousands of young children to South Devon Railway every year without problem.

"We have never had a child protection issue in the 38 years of the line." SOURCE

What is debatable about cherishing your kids?

Cosby's kickin' it. Again. Three years ago, Bill Cosby ignited brush fires across black America when he excoriated low-income African-American families for tolerating violence, miseducation and failure at a black tie NAACP dinner in Washington, D.C. "The lower economic people are not holding up their end in this deal. These people are not parenting," he ranted at the stone-faced crowd of America's black elite. "They are buying things for their kids -- $500 sneakers for what? And won't spend $200 for Hooked on Phonics!

This was no Mr. Huxtable of "The Cosby Show" fame. The iconic entertainer once known as the jolly Jell-O man was hanging our dirty laundry out to dry.

His critics crucified him for what they said was an elitist, misplaced attack on the black poor, who are, after all, just victims of white supremacy and institutional racism. Don't pick on them, they argued. It's "whitey's" fault.

Still, Cosby was just warming up. He took his tough-love act on tour. Since 2004, Cosby and his longtime collaborator, Harvard psychiatrist Alvin F. Poussaint, have been hosting "Call Outs with Bill Cosby," a series of town hall meetings around the nation, from Panama City, Fla., to Baltimore, Md.

They culminated in the new book, Come on People: On the Path from Victims to Victors, co-authored by Cosby and Poussaint. It is an old-fashioned, eat-your-vegetables, teach-your-children, pull-your-pants-up polemic. The book posits two central questions: Should African Americans talk out of school about the pathologies that are consuming us? Are there any solutions?

Yes, and yes.

Come on People has replaced Cosby's vitriolic speechifying with commonsense essays that reject victimization, violence and despair. If you read this book, you will realize that there is nothing controversial about "what Cosby said."

What is debatable about cherishing your children? What is the argument against going back to school, listening to the elders, abhoring gun violence?

And the old red herring of blaming "whitey" can't hack it anymore. "Blaming only the system keeps certain black people in the limelight, but it also keeps the black poor wallowing in victimhood," the authors write.

Cosby's detractors drone on about the "victims," but they never get around to asking the folks who are toiling, suffering and, yes, striving. We need to find more ways to include them in the conversation, as equal partners, rather than grist for the despair mill.

In the book, black parents, professionals and activists offer up passionate, nuts-and-bolts advice to salve the community's myriad ills. It quotes a Nation of Islam Minister Tony Muhammad at a "call out" in Compton, a black city in South Los Angeles. "What we have got to stop doing is looking outside of our community and look within our community . . . All I want to know is, do you have a program that's saving our children?

"I went to Koreatown today, and I met with Korean merchants. I love them. You know why? They got a place called what? Koreatown. When I left them I went to Chinatown. They got a place called what? Chinatown.

"Where is your town?"

Muhammad urges his "brothers and sisters" to take back their communities. "I'm getting with every pastor because the religious men and women, it's our fault that the streets have gone wild. You hear what I said? It's our fault."

Back in the day, the happy Mr. Huxtable probably didn't play well in Compton, and Cosby's new shtick is a little bourgeois. But like Cosby says, no more excuses.

Cosby's detractors drone on about the 'victims,' but they never get around to asking the folks who are toiling, suffering and, yes, striving. SOURCE

Hot topic: At Thanksgiving, when do the kids move up to the adults’ table?

Hot topic: At Thanksgiving, when do the kids move up to the adults’ table?

At Thanksgiving, when do the kids in your family get to move up from the kids’ table to the adults’ table?

66.7 percent — No one is too old for the kids’ table. I just sat there last year.

25 percent — When they’re old enough to drive, marry or carve the turkey.

8.3 percent — When they’re old enough to cut their own food.

Zero — When they’re old enough to start a food fight. SOURCE

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Myths and Wives Tales

I was told today, by a close friend, that if you get canker sores, it is your bodies way of punishing you for lying. What?! Have you ever heard that? Me neither. Isn't just the feeling you get after you lie to someone bad enough? All these old myths and wives tales are not working for me. In fact, they are not working in our society...

Today, kids are smarter than they ever have been, and telling them that if they make a funny face it will stay that way, no longer works. Granted, it worked on me and you, but it is no longer a good way to get a kid to stop making funny faces. Same with the canker sores one I got from my buddy. I give that one more generation and then its toast.

Now, thinking about this a little more in depth, these old sayings is how i was raised and taught not to lie, cheat, or steal. But nowadays, that stuff doesnt cut it. What result will this have on our youth? Kids running around kicking and screaming is going to be a sad teachers career. And what about the parents?

Parents have a hard job as it is, but forcing them to innovate new ways of raising their children puts them over the top. Everything is trial and error when raising children. "Lets try this, lets try that" = Stress. For the most part, a new parent would raise their children the way that they were raised. Now, when I decided to have kids, the way that I was raised will not work. And that is the same for all of you out there.

But wow, what a tangent that was. The purpose of this article was to say "Lets get some new material!". Rather then continue to use the sayings and ideas as our forefathers, lets create some of our own becuase hey - it will be easier on the parents. Todays society is like a comic with only one joke. Lets get some new stuff out before they bring out the cane and pull us off stage.

Tyler Brooker is the owner and operator of Canker Sores Help -, which is the best site on the internet for all canker related information.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Top Three Ways To Communicate With Your Child

Although many parents become frustrated as they try to maintain an open line of communication between themselves and their children, regardless of age, there are three quite simple ways to attempt to achieve this goal effectively.

Talk to your kids. Every day. More than once a day. Every morning before school. Every afternoon after school. Every evening (preferably as you sit down TOGETHER at the dinner table). Every night before they go to bed (preferably as you ARE THE PERSON who tucks them in, says goodnight, sees them get in bed in their pajamas etc...)

Make time for your children. Not just the above mentioned time to talk - but actual time WITH them. Go to their soccer games, school events, and other extracurricular activities. And DO NOT just show up at their games half-way through and leave before they end. Take them (and their friends) to their after-school activities. Talk to them (and their friends on the way there and on the way back). Stay for the whole game, talk to your children after the game is over about the game, their friends, their coaches, the involved people....

Be honest with your kids. Children can spot a liar a mile away. They relate and respond to HONESTY. They rely on you to tell them the truth. If you do not deliver this basic necessity, how can you expect them to reciprocate? If you HAVE to work late and will not be able to attend their game, be at dinner, help them with their homework etc... TELL THEM WHY you have to work late.

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