Why Is Sex Such a Shun Topic?

Our media is so sexualized, commercials to movies and news coverage, yet when our children wish to learn more about sex we shun them and refuse to talk. Granted, this is not the scene in every household, but many parents refuse to open the conversation and even advertisers for blogs do not work with “non family friendly” bloggers. I am not sure what every business defines as “family friendly” but most deem a site non-family friendly if it addresses anything to do with sex.

I personally think that is completely messed up, sure I can see a highly pornographic blog not being the best place for a professional business that has nothing to do with sex products, but in the long haul is a mom talking about sex in a blog post really non-family friendly? I mean maybe this mom is reaching out about the topic of teen sex, because they don’t know how to address it with their children and need tips. You see, bloggers have a huge community – we all support each other, provide tips, feedback, love and support to each other virtually.

When visiting my sons pediatrician for his five year check up I was provided this sheet about what to discuss/address with my young child and guess what? Sex was on that list, yes it was recommended that a child around age four or five is learning about sex education at their own level. Sometimes you can find good books to address the topic then other times, if your child is open to listening – you can just talk to them and answer their questions on their level.

Keep it simple, keep it open and maybe just maybe our children won’t be trying to get a bit of that forbidden fruit behind our backs to learn about sex from friends and the internet or worse yet, through practice at an age when they are too young to truly understand the consequences of their actions.

 

Some People Can’t Be Reasoned With

Have you ever met your match so to speak? The person who just can’t be reasoned with? A person who no matter how you put something they can’t just agree to disagree?

You know the type, the one that has their own opinion and just can’t see your opinion. Believe me, I don’t have the same opinion as many people but I can still “get where others are coming from” with their opinions. Maybe I am too passive for some people, rarely is there a topic that I feel so strongly about that one would offend me with their opinion on the matter.

I personally live my life with the idea that if another persons way of life or another persons view on various topics doesn’t affect me personally, then why get worked up or bothered by it? I think life is way too short to get all worked up over petty things. I do think that if you come to find yourself head on with someone who can not be reasoned with that you simply walk away from the situation.

You do not have to walk away forever and this person may be ticked off that you walked away, but in the long haul of life, walking away may be better than staying to argue over petty topics. If this person is a close friend or someone you are in a relationship with then the frustration will have to be addressed but it can be addressed when you are all cooled down from the situation.

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She Loves me, She Really Loves Me

So the other day I was talking about shirts and my daughter, the conversation went on more that day about how she actually really does love her Mama because her Mama is the most amazing, awesome Mama in the world. I got an eye roll with that comment, but I expect the eye roll because she is heading into those tween moody years.

I went around the house pointing out pictures in photo frames of when she was little and smiling so cute on my lap and with her brother. I said “see there is proof that once upon a time you loved me so much and you loved your brother Aj too”.  My daughter replies with “ummm no I was just smiling a lot because back then I loved to smile”. I replied “ummm well why don’t you smile now?” She replied “I don’t know. I just don’t like to smile”. GASP …..

I could not believe that a daughter of mine would not like to smile, I mean seriously? How can it be. I went on to explain to my daughter that she should smile because a beautiful smile can go a long way. I also went to say I could weigh 400lbs and no one would notice as long as I had a beautiful smile. She rolled her eyes and said that’s not true, but I beg to differ.

I think that beauty holds no weight, holds no boundaries and is more than skin deep. I believe that true beauty is the willingness to simply love life and smile all of the time. That is why I think of others as beautiful or handsome, because of the happiness I feel radiating from their smile and attitude.

So I had to remind my daughter, yet again, what really counts in life – to be happy and let no one bring you down. Maybe, just maybe it sunk in today.

Mama is a Dork …. Say What?

I was talking with my daughter, okay, back that up, I was bribing my daughter with a game on my old Droid cell phone if she would just freaking pick out an outfit and get dressed for the day when we started talking and laughing. It all started with me trying to find her one of her sarcastic shirts, one that says “recycle my brother” or maybe “Girls Rock” and that’s when it dawned on me, I was all ready to take a permanent marker & cross of “girls” and write “mama” so that the shirt clearly told the truth that “Mama Rocks”.

My daughter laughed and wasn’t too keen on that idea, apparently our sense of humor did not align during this conversation. So I thought well maybe I can cross it off and have it say “boys rock”, nope she did not like that idea either. Apparently Girls Rock is the best saying and so why not wear the shirt? No, she did not want to.

So we moved onto a shirt that says “Cheer 4 Life” and I did a little cheer saying “Ki will look beautiful. In this shirt. Because she is awesome” that went with cute little arm movements, you know like a real cheerleader. All that got me was Mama points for reminding her she is beautiful but then it happened, she said I am a dork. WHAT? Never.

She is wearing that shirt though, so my charm did her in.

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