Happy Monday! Let's get right to the fun:
We've All Seen That Cat Piano at Target, Girl. Thanks for the Warning. Honestly, who hasn't been driven half-batty by some obnoxious toy? That someone else bought for your kid? While alleging to be your friend while at the same time introducing a child-sized mommy torture device into your home? Mmm-hmmm. Sometimes, like in this case, it might even be a member of your cherished inner circle (you know who you are, MOM, who bought Elle a very similar toy piano and sent it by mail, while living safely out of earshot in a neighboring state.)
What Do I Think of Pregnant Bikini Contests? Um, I DON'T! I'll go on record--I don't like this.
Martha Stewart + Stephen Colbert = Tasty. Hard to nail down the best part of this clip, but perhaps when Martha explains that she gives her turkeys mini-bottles of liquor to relax them before breaking their necks (with her own two hands, of course) for Thanksgiving. I worship this woman.
|The Colbert Report||Mon - Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c|
Mean Girls, Part Infinity. These days, there's no shortage of discussion of bullying, on the internet and in real life. I clicked on this blog post about whether or not parents should make their kids attend playdates/birthday parties that they say they don't want to attend. The writer advocates teaching children to be kind, and shares a heartbreaking story of her daughter being bullied by "friends." One of the commenters linked to this article from The New York Times, which is about bullying in younger girls. The article has hundreds of comments to date, that are heartbreaking to read, but offer several theories and approaches to bullying from parents and former victims. I was surprised to read that many people have witnessed parents (moms) condoning and almost being proud of their bully daughters. Huh? Really? Heartbreaking. Be kind.
Holiday Gifts for Miami Teens & Tweens 2010 Edition. It's that time of year, everyone. This list of teen/tween gift ideas has some great suggestions.
Mom, Could You Give Her One Of My Cards? Saving the best for last, my friends. Maybe I'm late to the rodeo, but I've never heard of such a thing: calling cards for kids. I'm not saying it's a dumb idea, I'm saying it's a BAD idea. The idea is, you have these business card lookalikes printed for your kid with your child's name, phone number, parents' names, gmail address, and unique artwork. You use them, according to the cardsforyourkids.com website, to "make a distinct first impression for your kids." And what might that first impression be? That you are shallow and waste your money? Because fifty cards cost $60. Trust me, I could go on, but I won't. Continuing to think about handing out "cards" for Elle or Skyler to arrange a play date, as opposed to, I don't know, writing the parent's phone number on the back of some stray piece of paper shoved in the bottom of my purse, is just. too. upsetting.