9-Year-Old Boy Sells Lemonade To Get Detroit Out of Debt

This is by far one of the most inspirational, yet saddest stories I’ve come across this week.
– I’m so impressed with this child and his ambition! He saw a problem and he’s trying to be a part of the solution!
– It’s sad that a child is so deflated and scared about how his city has gone down.
– I’m not happy with the mayor’s response! It’s nice that he encouraged him to save for college. But, he could have at least invited the child to his office and made plans to CLEAN THE PARKS!!!

I also applaud the child’s parents for their support. Why don’t stories like these go viral? Please check it out (below) and click here for the whole story. What do you think?

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Friday Favorite: Joy of Yes!

Aawww – I just love this post from The Lucky Mom. However, a lot of you – like me – have boys (and girls) who are toddlers and younger.  You may read this post and think – “there is no way this will work for me.” BUT …it’s Friday so we’ve got the weekend to experiment – right? If you try it, write me and let me know how it works and I will do the same :-).

A while back I noticed something.

I was telling my kids “no” a lot.
“Will you make pancakes for breakfast?”
“No.”
“Can we go to see a movie today?”
“No.”
“Can I invite friends over?”
“No.”

One day I paused, and contemplated what it must be like for them hearing “no” all the time. Not having the ability to control decisions about their day, or their life. Being on the receiving end of parents’ and teachers’ permission all the time.

And I decided I would try to say “yes” more often. Click here to read the rest.

Friday Favorite: Boy Moms vs Girl Moms

This post may seem a little stereotypical, but gosh darnit – I think it’s kinda cute and really funny. Hey, I can relate 🙂 So, this post on myblankenworld is my Friday Favorite!

*I* am the mother of boys.  This is a fact.  I have been since birth.  Frogs, toads, lizards, snakes, small or large rodents – always my favorite…pink – definitely not. Dirt, cow-pies, canals and pastures are where you could find me.  Happily…clean – definitely not.

 

As I was watching folks at the soccer arena (where I spend all my free time now), I made an observation.  *Parents* of boys and girls are different, not just the kids themselves. click here to finish reading …

Friday Favorite: Emotional Superhighway

I know today is Monday, but I had some technical difficulties (and overwhelming emotions of my own) so I didn’t send this out last week. 

Do you remember when the internet was referred to as the Information Superhighway? (I’m dating myself now 🙂 ) Well, last week, the blogs I read reflected an emotional superhighway. Some exuded beautiful happiness and contentment with marriage and parenthood, like:
* Mommy Said a Swear Word: Forever Enough and
* Kaira Butler: Is Parenting Really that Hard?

Others bloggers – wives and mothers – expressed hard hitting low points as they grappled with domestic violence and divorce, like:
* Penelope Trunk: Zero Tolerance for Domestic Violence is Wrong
* A woman whose husband just spent the rent money and she was filing for divorce…(I can’t find the link)

I took away something from all of these posts, but my favorite articulated  the raw, honest, hopeful emotion of love that I could relate to. Please check it out:

Life, Love and Baby: The Aftermath – a Love Letter to My Husband

Friday Favorite: Never Sleep with your Back to the Door

I love this post by http://twoboysclub.com ! Can anyone relate? You have to read the whole thing – too funny!
 
The Younger went to bed last night clutching a small car that his brother was trying to get from him. It’s the two-year-old version of sleeping with a shiv: If you can’t trust the guy in your cell block, never let your hands off your valuables.
 

Friday Favorite: 10 Signs You Need More ‘Me’ Time

This is the story of my life!   Pretty funny OneBurnedOutMama!
 

 

1. Your stash of make-up is older than your firstborn.

2. There are Juicy sweats in your go-to clothing pile.

3. Your home decorating theme centers around primary colored plastic.

4. When you start the car and the Disney Princess CD starts playing, you no longer turn it off…even when you’re driving alone.

5. You have five albums full of family photos, and you’re in none of them.

click here to read the rest …