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I recently received an email with a preview of the book Go The F..k to Sleep, which you can pre-order at Amazon.  It can be found here.  While I would love to share the preview, I don’t think it would be the appropriate thing to do.  I can tell you that I laughed hysterically at this preview and I think every parent will too.   I can share with you one of the pages which is shown on Amazon, which says:

The cats nestle close to their kittens,

The lambs have laid down with the sheep,

You’re cozy and warm in your bed, my dear,

Please go the fuck to sleep.

It reminded me of the days when I was a young parent and can say that this book brought back memories for me as I am sure it will do for you.   I congratulate the writer Adam Mansbach and the great illustration by Ricardo Cortéz.

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In case you haven’t heard of AB 2486, it is a bill introduced by Assembly Member Feuer, which will make changes to Section 1714 of the Civil Code in California.

Under existing California law, a social host who furnishes alcoholic beverages to any person may not be held legally accountable for damages suffered by that person, or for injury to the person or property of, or death of, any 3rd person, resulting from the consumption of those beverages.

This bill would provide that the above provisions do not preclude a claim against a parent, guardian, or another adult who knowingly furnishes alcoholic beverages at his or her residence to a person under 21 years of age and that furnishing the alcoholic beverages may be found to be the proximate cause of resulting injuries or death, as provided .

Since the 1970s, state law has prevented parents and other adults who furnish alcohol to minors from being sued in civil court for negligence.  The change to the bill will allow suits to now be filed against parents and other adults.  This bill also got a big push from the parents of a 17-year old Redding girl, Shelby Allen, who died of alcohol poisoning at a friend’s house.

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I read a great article on MomLogic today and thought I would pass some of the information on to you parents about Sexting.  In case you don’t know what sexting is, it involves people, mostly teens, taking nude pictures of themselves and sending to their friends via their phone or PDA.  There can be some serious consequences for sexting, which you can read more about in the article.  The article written by Eric Fisher, Ph.D., states:

The Buck Stops with You!
“I do hold society’s attitudes, the media and the Internet partly responsible for the sexting thing, but parents as a whole need to take the time to both talk to their kids and listen to them, and be in a place to guide and teach. It’s vital to get the heartbeat of your children’s attitudes and emotions, so you can help them understand where their power, self-respect, honor and dignity really come from (i.e., inside themselves). You are their most important role model. In some ways, it makes me wonder: Is sexting just a variation of the streaking and “free love” of the ’70s? Are we all just looking outside of ourselves to find identity, worth and value?

That said, what can you do to decrease the chances of your child engaging in this dangerous activity? Here are a few ideas:

1) Be proactive. Plan years ahead, and keep communication open. If you encourage and foster nonjudgmental, reflective communication when your kids are young, it will encourage them to develop these qualities as they grow.
2) Be honest with your appraisal of your kids. Many parents live in denial of their kids’ behaviors until it is too late, because they either don’t want to think they’ve failed as parents or don’t want to see their kids as having problems.
3) Talk to your kids about these types of activities and ask them their feelings about it. Ask them if they know any peers who may have engaged in sexting, and how they view them. If they don’t want to give names, respect that.
4) If your child has had a tendency to hide behaviors from you, request random searches of his or her phone and computer data. While they may have an issue with this, if they have nothing to hide, they should understand that you are doing it to protect them and you.
5) Understand that while your child may be in denial, sexting is a behavior that communicates deeper issues and a lack of confidence and self-respect. Arrogance IS a protective emotion. Be careful not to shame or humiliate them. Help them to realize the dangers and deeper issues.
6) Be willing to get help from a professional. Many times, you are too close to your kids to help them look at these issues and resolve them.”

As parents, you are responsible for what your children are doing, even when on their cell phone.  Things have certainly changed since my children were teenagers, and now that I have teenage grandchildren, it can be pretty darn scary to think about all that goes on!

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I ran across an article in the New York Times today about divorce is higher for women diagnosed with brain tumors than men diagnosed with brain tumors. Dr. Chamberlain, chief of the neuro-oncology division at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center notice that his male patients were typically receiving much-needed support from their wives. But a number of his female patients were going it alone, ending up separated or divorced after receiving a brain tumor diagnosis.

The results of a study he participated in were surprising. Women in the study who were told they had a serious illness were seven times as likely to become separated or divorced as men with similar health problems, according to the report published in the journal Cancer.

For the complete article in the New York Times, see the link below.

Divorce Risk Higher When Wife Gets Sick – Well Blog –

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