Tot School: Farm Animals (Fall 2013)

I figured it was about time to start back at Tot School since it is the middle of September—eek!  While I’ve been gathering lots of goodies over the summer via the Dollar Tree–which is the literally the Mecca of all things Tot School I decided to choose a topic that Baby T is still pretty hung up on: Animals.  Specifically, Farm Animals. Continue reading

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Fifty Shades of Grey: The Message “Horny Housewives” Are Sending Our Kids

So let’s talk Fifty Shades of Grey.  As the movie comes closer to actuality, I’ve been thinking a lot about the implications of the popularity amongst housewives and how it could possibly affect our children.  I am sure that much like Magic Mike, the hype that will surround this film’s release will permeate into our children’s lives.   The nekkidness will carry the movie (although we’ll see how well unless it’s XXX rated), despite the lackluster plot line.

I’m not a prude or at least I don’t think so.   I read the trilogy shortly after bringing Baby T into the world (and you know when you have a baby everything changes)—and my take-away from it was less sexy and much more a resounding feeling of disgust.  Don’t get me wrong like many husband’s mine benefited from my immediate reaction to the novel (TMI?)—but when I really considered the books and what they were promoting I felt dirty (and not in a good way).  I cringe when moms give positive commentary on the trilogy, openly discussed what they noted as “swoon-worthy” on Facebook—and walk around toting their “Laters, Baby” bags and t-shirts. It’s being talked about openly and LOUDLY, and perpetuated as “hot” and is a headliner because it “turns horny housewives on”.  Great, but what message does this send to our kids?  Women everywhere are giving approval and validating the Christian-Anastasia relationship and there are some HUGE red flags when I consider what that “says” to my child. Continue reading