Monthly Archives: February 2013

The Video that Shouldn’t Have Streamed

Do your kids have cell phones? Do you monitor them? Sure. You might check contacts and texts. You probably watch the time used per each billing period. Do you check anything else?

Parents, we must be honest with ourselves and we must face facts if we are to lower the numbers of bullying events.

  • Do you think your child can do no wrong?
  • Do you think your child is capable of being mean or unkind?
  • Have you ever seen your child tease an animal, other kids or even an adult?
  • Have you ever looked the other way instead of giving consequences to your child for poor choices or actions?

Backtracking, I ask you again, do you check anything else on your child’s phone? Do you check your child’s phone without your child’s knowledge or at unexpected times?  As a parent, your goal should be to do what it takes to help your child survive and succeed in a very different world from the one you knew as a child.

We received an email from a distraught mother of a 13 year old girl. She explained that her daughter and 5 other girl friends had been to a slumber party. The girls apparently were doing usual girl things like make-up and hair and then gossip began. One of the girls suggested making some calls to boys. They started making the calls and it ended up that one of the boys called was a boy that her daughter “liked.” While she wasn’t sure exactly what was said, she did know that while listening, her daughter began to tear up and then cry. One of the girls took a video of her daughter crying as the boy made fun of her. She knew this because the video was text-ed and streamed to a lot of her school mates. She became the laughing stock at her school. What is sad is that the mother said that the girl who spread the video was a nice girl and had been her daughter’s friend since first grade.

Why did this happen? It happened because all kids, even nice kids and yes even your kids have the potential to be mean. You as parents need to be vigilant in monitoring your children’s cell phones and internet use. Even more importantly, you must talk with your kids about everything.

Photo: thelazydba

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Dan “The Man” and More

DAN 2012Today’s post is about the life of Danny Boy. Danny lived a life that was constantly evolving. When he joined our family, he was not confident in his own rite. That changed quickly because Danny soon understood that he had a purpose and he had to step up to the plate.

Danny had a job to do and that job was to take care of his human brother. His human brother needed him and Danny took his job seriously. The years went by so quickly and Danny and his human brother had to go in different directions when his human brother left for college.

He came home and visited Dan often and it was always the same. Danny was content to sleep in his arms or on the couch… right next to him. They had an amazing bond. Sometimes Dan would go with him to college.

Yesterday, it was time for Danny to say goodbye to all of the people he loved because he was very old. Dan was a 100 years old in dog years and he was tired.

Danny made a difference in our lives with his love and character. Dan had a heart as big as any heart could be. Danny understood and lived forgiveness and love. We feel an emptiness now but we are confident that he is in a better place.

The following is a video of Dan taken a few years ago. Hopefully it will bring a smile to all of you who knew Danny.

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