I have the pickiest eaters on the planet! I don’t really test their limits either. If I give them grilled chicken too many days in a row, they practically have a melt-down. I deal with it by making them understand that dinner is dinner… and if they don’t like it, then they don’t have to eat it. But mom is not cooking them up a second meal. I don’t understand moms who make everyone something special. I don’t have the capacity for that! My kids understand this rule and sometimes they choose to go to bed without dinner! And you know what? That’s OK!
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A three-year-old boy implores his mother for a cupcake, and everyone is up in arms because he argues, interrupts and calls his mother by her first name. Cute, or bad parenting?
Is this little boy a future lawyer, or a future juvenile delinquent? I think it’s unfair to judge a parent-child relationship based on one video… one three-minute snippet of their daily lives. She may have encouraged the argument for the video, which has subsequently garnered a ton of media attention.
However, much is being said about a few things. One — the child calls his mother by her first name. This is a huge no-no in many families. Many feel that it lacks respect when a child calls a parent by her first name. I have never experienced it myself, but in some families, it’s just the way they roll. Also, maybe the little boy was calling her by her first name in an attempt to be more convincing, or he was trying to manipulate her because it sounds funny and cute.
Another issue is the fact that he keeps arguing with her and seems to have the upper hand, even though she repeatedly says that she’s the adult and she’s not going to argue with him any more.
I admit, I found the video annoying and hard to watch. I don’t really care about the first-name business, but the fact that he keeps arguing really grates on my nerves. If she were truly trying to get him to mind her, she’d put the video camera down. That’s why I suspect that she was egging him on a bit.
But no, he doesn’t deserve a spanking — just more guidance, and less opportunity (or encouragement) to keep arguing with her.
Philip Wheeler, a linebacker for the Miami Dolphins, is upset at the reaction his girlfriend’s breastfeeding photo is receiving. The photo shows his girlfriend, a model named Ashley Nicole, pausing standing in her home nursing her little boy. The included caption reads, “Was on the way out the door but then mommy duty called… Everything stops for him! #breastisbest #natureisbeautiful.” She looks gorgeous and it’s really sweet to see her tiny baby at the breast. But as expected, not everyone appreciates maternal photos of innocent beauty like I do.
He spoke to TMZ Sports and wondered why his girlfriend isn’t getting the same love and respect Gisele Bundchen got after she uploaded a similar photo to Instagram recently. He also expressed a wish that everyone would “leave it alone.” I totally heard criticism for Bundchen as well during that time, which of course wasn’t deserved, but most of the media was very positive towards her. Most of the negativity came from random comments, which is what I’m assuming is happening now.
It’s an amazing photo. She appears to be leaving it up and I hope she continues to do so. Unfortunately there are people who feel powerful behind a computer or smartphone and say whatever ridiculous thing that pops in their head. But she seems to be a strong gal and has a supportive partner, so I hope she keeps it up.