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Bully in My Backseat

When my son was in middle school I used to pick him and a neighbor’s son up from the bus stop. The boys had been in elementary school and Cub Scouts together. My husband actually helped both boys create their soapbox cars. I thought they were friends, but I noticed that sometimes when I would pick them up they were either standing there not talking to each other or they would be talking to other children. One day one of the mothers at the bus stop told me that the boy I had been picking up was actually bullying other children on the bus. That same night the boy’s mother called me and said that she had been called in for a conference at the school. She could not believe that her son was being accused of being a bully. I couldn’t believe it either because he was so polite to me. As I expressed surprise the next day another mother informed me that the boy was actually bullying my son too. I asked my son and he admitted that the boy had also been tormenting him. I had unknowingly been carrying this bully in my backseat. I asked my son why he didn’t tell me and he was not able to come up with a reason. Needless to say I stopped driving the bully, but I never told his mother why, and I believe to this day she still believes he was falsely accused. This was in the pre-social media era. I share this story because of the recent suicide of Rebecca Sedwick. Sedwick was bullied by classmates and their relentless bullying was allegedly a contributing factor to her suicide. The local sheriff is exploring whether he can also bring charges against the parents of the girls. The parents say they did not know anything about the bullying. My question is should they be charged? How do you know your child is a bully or if they are being bullied? Do you know everything your child is doing on social media? Is it the parent’s responsibility to know? Share your thoughts.

Was Rebecca Sedwick bullied to death by classmates?

Two jueveniles have been arrested and charged with bullying Rebecca Sedwick. Twelve year old Sedwick killed herself after she was excessivley bullied. Her parents had removed her from the school and she was also in therapy, but through social media she was still bullied. Two girls have been arrested, but should they have been arrested? Even if the bullying is proven how do you connect their actions to Sedwick’s suicide? Was Sedwick’s death forseeable? Share your thoughts.

Applebee’s calls 911 on Noisy Family…did they go too far?

More and more resteraunts are becoming “kid free zones”. They let you know up front no kids are welcome or allowed, but what about a family friendly resteraunt like Applebee’s? They recently called 911 to contend with a noisy family, and when the family left the resteraunt they were confronted by a sheriff who issued them a citation. Really? Was this a bridge too far? Watch the clip and share your thoughts.

Jacob’s ABC’s of Exercise by Bulsby Duncan helps you Get Moving

jacob's abc of exercise
While out today I visited a local bookstore and I saw this book being featured along with the author and illustrator. I talked with him a few minutes about the concept and I decided to share the information with the Ebony Mom Politics audience. I have also copied some detailed information about the book from Amazon. Read over it and you decide if this approach to fitness is the right one for your children. FROM AMAZON:
Bulsby Duncan utilizes a unique style of teaching children different elements of fitness through his book “Jacob’s ABC’s of Exercise”. This book introduces healthy activity unifying each letter of the alphabet and exercise, and is intended to reinforce the importance of being active at an early age. “Jacob’s ABC’s of Exercise” focuses on the various components of exercise such as: aerobic, abdominal, balance, flexibility, strengthening, and stretching. This book is also geared to assisting in the development of self-esteem, building character, and increasing knowledge of exercise in children to help in the fight against early childhood obesity. Parents and teachers will love how this book allows them to interact with the kids to help them learn ideal ways to be and stay fit. According to the American Dietetic Association (ADA), one in every three children is obese and weight-related diseases are a result of their lack of activity. To join national movement to reduce childhood obesity, Mr. Duncan created Alphafit. Alphafit promotes healthy lifestyles during early childhood development by stressing the importance of being active. Mr. Duncan knows that children are our future and wants to start with ACTIVITY as a way to head them in the right direction. Grab a towel and some water and get ready to exercise with Jacob!!
for more information visit: http://www.createspace.com/3668643

Boy denied heart because of bad behavior and bad grades…is this fair?

Read the linked story and share your thoughts.


Angry Trayvon Game to Shut down following complaints

Interesting article. Read it and share your thoughts.

Charish Perriwinkle was killed by “new” family friend, sex offender Donald Smith

Charish Perriwinkle was killed by sex offender Donald smith. he had been out of the hospital for only 3 weeks. He befriended the family of Perriwinkle at Walmart and her mother let him take her to another part of the store to get a snack. That was the last time she was seen alive.
Read the linked story for all the details. http://thestir.cafemom.com/in_the_news/157407/8yearold_girl_found_dead_after?email_id=862917278&utm_medium=cmi&utm_source=cafemom&utm_campaign=General&utm_content=daily_newsletter&utm_nooverride=1

National Get Outdoors Day is Tomorrow

In advance of National Get Outdoors Day tomorrow, the Ad Council and the US Forest Service have released new PSAs that promote outdoor activities for children. The PSAs encourage America’s youth—specifically African-American children—and their parents to spend more time outside at nearby forests and parks. According to the Forest Service, just over a third of African-American children aged 6 to 12 participated in regular outdoor recreation in 2011, which is 30 percent lower than Caucasian children in the same age range. The benefits of outdoor activities are clear— lower stress levels and obesity rates, stronger immune systems, and a greater degree of environmental consciousness. You can contribute to our campaign by sharing our PSAs with your readers or pointing them to DiscoverTheForest.org to find great outdoor activities at forests, parks and open spaces in their local area. You can view the PSAs at the link below:

Tennesse Bill seeks to tie welfare benefits to child’s school performance…is this fair?

There is a Tennessee bill being considered that would tie welfare benefits to child’s school performance. Some are crying foul. what do you think? Read the linked story and share your thoughts.


Daughter of Georgia woman whose baby was killed in stroller questiones her story

Last week we heard the horrific story of the Georgia mother whose baby was killed in the stroller. Now her own daughter is questioning her story. Read the linked story and share your thoughts.



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