Reese Witherspoon was in the news earlier this week for a comment she made during an interview about talking to her children about domestic abuse.  I applaud her for having this conversation because it is such an important one to share.

Growing up, domestic abuse was discussed in our house.  My mother made a mistake and married at 16.  At the time she thought it was the right thing to do and was a ticket out of her home.  Little did she know that the next 5 years of her life would be spent with an extremely abusive husband.  It wasn’t until she was sure that he would kill her that she left.  Thankfully she did not have children with this man and cutting ties was made a bit easier.

She told my brother and I about her situation as we grew up.  The older I got the more I could see how it altered her life forever and changed who she was at the core.  She told us that maybe she lived through it so that her children would know that you don’t have to put up with it and that you never treat another person that way.  It was important for her to know that her son would never lay a hand on his wife and her daughter would never allow it to happen.

I am so thankful for these talks.  I never dreamed that I would be put in the same situation.  When I was 18 and broke up with my boyfriend, he turned physical.  I knew right then that he could never be trusted again.  If he went there once, it would happen again.  I filed a police report, issued my statement and the prosecutors took care of the rest for me.  I later learned that he was sentenced to anger management classes and community service.  I have never spoken to him again, but hope that he learned something about himself.  I hope that it never happened to another women in his life.  I did what I could to prevent it from happening again.

Talk to your kids about social issues such as abuse.  Tell them that this behavior is not OK.  Tell them that is should never be tolerated.  Tell them to watch out for their friends and report suspected abuse.

If you or someone you know is a victim of abuse, there is help available.  Visit the National Domestic Violence Hotline or call 1−800−799−SAFE(7233) for help. 


This was floating around Facebook today and I loved it so much I wanted to share.  All of us parents with daughters can relate.  🙂



It’s Friday the 13th today.  While I am not a very superstitious person by nature, I do have friends who are.  I’m sure that one of the Friday the 13th movies will be playing on TV somewhere tonight.  I’ve never watched even one of them.  I hated scary movies when I was a kid and now they just look goofy.


Here are 10 fun facts about Friday the 13th:

  • 13 is said to get a bad rap because it follows the number 12.  12 is considered the number of completeness: 12 months in a year, 12 hours on a clock, 12 zodiacs, 12 gods of Olympus, 12 Apostles of Jesus etc.
  • The fear of Friday the 13th is called paraskevidekatriaphobia (pronounced pair- uh – SKEV – vee – day – CAT – tree – uh – FOE – bee – uh).  That’s a mouth full!
  • Every year has at least one and at most three Friday the 13ths.  The triple-threat occurs only once every 11 years.
  • 2012 is a triple-threat year and will have 3 Friday the 13ths.  The others occur in April and July.
  • According to Smithsonian Magazine “fear of the #13 costs American a billion dollars per year in absenteeism, train and plane cancellations,  and reduced commerce on the 13th of the month.”
  • Many hospitals do not have a room 13.  Some tall buildings skip the 13th floor and some airline terminals omit Gate 13.
  • About 20 million Americans alter they daily routine out of fear of Friday the 13th.
  • Four of the twelve Friday the 13th movies were released on a Friday the 13th.
  • Fidel Castro was born on Friday, August 13, 1956.
  • Tupac Shakur was killed on Friday the 13th.


Will you change your routine today because of Friday the 13th?  Do you contribute to the estimated billion dollars in lost revenue?




Need a good laugh today?  Enjoy these funny animal photocaptions. 


















I think my favorite one is the birds. Do you know how many times I have heard “I’m not touching you!”  LOL  Which is your favorite?




How do you know that the toy you just picked up off the shelf as a Christmas present is really safe for children?  Most retailers pull any items that are recalled or deemed dangerous for kids, but that doesn’t mean that mistakes can’t happen. 

This is NOT a recalled toy.


A few minutes of online research can help you pick safe toys this Christmas. puts out an annual list of the Top 10 Worst Toys.  2011’s list has been updated.  While on their site, read over the list of Toy Hazards

You can also view recalled toy information online.  The US Consumer Product Safety Commission keeps an updated list of recalled toys online.  (HINT: There isn’t a search function on the page, but using the Alt-F shortcut in Internet Explorer allows you to search any webpage’s text.)  To stay up to date on recalls, sign up for CPSC’s email list. 

A few quick tips for Toy Safety:

  • Choose toys that are age appropriate.  Each box should display a suggested age range.
  • If the child you are buying for still puts things into their mouth, steer clear of toys with small parts.  These small parts can create chocking hazards.  
  • Toys with magnets can be very dangerous if swallowed.  Those small magnets can bind together while passing through the digestive system and cause major issues that may require surgery.
  • Don’t purchase items with strings or cords that could wrap around children’s necks. 
  • Be careful with “costume jewelry” or painted toys.  The paint may contain lead which could lead to poisoning and is irreversible.
  • Purchase any needed safety equipment at the time you purchase the toy.  For example,  purchase a helmet and pads at the same time you purchase a bicycle.  It only takes one second to fall and hurt themselves.  

Last year, an estimated 140,700 children were treated in U.S. hospital emergency rooms after toy-related incidents and 13 children died.  It only takes a few extra minutes to make sure your purchase is a good one.