Monthly Archives: July 2013

Real Manly Move…OK, Not Really.


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* Tavares, Florida

What had happened was… I’m watching the news about the propane plant fire in FL. They interview this guy who says: (I’m paraphrasing) He was in his house, heard the explosions, looked outside, didn’t know what it was , didn’t see fire, grabbed his wife, little daughter, and just decided to start running…no shoes, no phone, just ran.
Let me get this straight…you’re in your house, which is SAFE, have no idea what the explosions are because you hear them but see nothing (He didn’t live right by the plant at all) …and your reaction is to bolt from your home with your wife & two year old in your arms and run willy-nilly through the streets for blocks??? Without shoes and a cell phone??? Just running like a lunatic? Where the hell are you going??? How long before you gain an ounce of sanity and decide to stop and actually think about this? What a hero this guy is, huh? Easy to see what side of the “fight or flight” fence he’s on. Weak, my man…seriously weak. This guy wouldn’t make it in New Jersey.

 

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Helicopter Parenting…Please Stop It!


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**Warning…I will be veering from my usual sarcastic blogging style in the form of a much needed rant!***

I was perusing the NY Post online, as I do every morning, and came across an article that made me cringe in disbelief.  Rich parents in NYC are hiring “play date consultants” to teach their children how to “play better” for private school admissions. These parents are actually paying these “consultants” $400 an hour to teach their children how to play and socialize  “correctly”!!!  The article states the following:

*Rheault’s pricey play dates involve groups of three to five 4-year-olds playing in a room. The experts closely monitor how the kids share crayons, color, follow directions in Simon Says, and hold a pencil. 

*Experts said that kids may need the play-date tutoring because their young lives have become so regimented, with classes in subjects like Mandarin and violin, that they don’t know how to play with others.

*“These children have five classes a week but they don’t know the simplest thing — how to be at ease and play spontaneously with a child,” said Wednesday Martin, who documents Manhattan motherhood in her upcoming book, “Primates of Park Avenue.”

*****Climbing On Soapbox*****

As a parent and a teacher, let me tell you a little something here…obviously this is an extreme example of “Helicopter Parenting”, but it is really no different than what I see on almost a daily basis from parents who cannot afford to spend $400 an hour on making their children “perfect”.  Quite often, I wonder if people have legitimately lost their minds when it comes to parenting.

My parents never did this when I was growing up, and unbelievably I turned out fine. (If you are in the 35-ish range, then I am sure your parents didn’t either!)  Not only did I turn out fine (alright…fine-ish), but guess what I can do?? I can actually think for myself, figure things out on my own, and function quite nicely on a daily basis without wondering what I should do every second on the day!  I understand that not everyone is going to like me, everything isn’t going to go smoothly in life, and I’m not going to get a round of applause every time I “do the right thing”, or a trophy simply for participating. I am perfectly fine with that premise, because that’s not the way society is supposed to work.

If you are a “Helicopter Parent” (and a good deal of you are, whether you chose to admit it or not), you are doing your child a great disservice in life. You may not believe it, but you truly are.  Every single time you hover over your child telling them exactly what to do and how to act in every situation, you’re making a big mistake. Every single time you do something for your child, like their homework, or their school project (by the way, teachers always know when you do that), you’re making a big mistake.  You may think you are helping, but in essence, what you are creating is a child who:

*cannot think for him or herself.

*will not even try to think for him/herself, because they have learned that is just easier to wait for someone else to tell him/her how to do things.

*will throw in the towel the second things get “too hard” because they have been taught that they will either be rescued, or someone else will come along and just do it for him/her.

Here’s a little free advice…

* Instead of telling your child how to think, perhaps you teach them how to think instead.  There is a VERY big difference between the two.

*Let them experience failure once in a while, even if it produces tears. It is those little “failures” in life that will make the difference. Those will be the lessons that make your child a stronger and better person in the long run. When your child experiences a “failure”, discuss it with him/her. You can go the “try, try again” route, or you can explain that everything is not going to go their way in life and teach them coping skills. That’s what will pay off big dividends…not you swooping in and fixing it.

*Let your child experience success on his/her own. Think about that beaming smile on a child’s face when they realize they “did it”.  It’s a great moment in a child’s life, no matter what that “it” might be. For example, riding a bike without training wheels. Think about that moment when you finally let go of the bike seat and your child unsteadily pedals away. It’s such a great, great moment for your child. They might pedal away happily, or they might fall down after a few seconds, but it’s the one thing that they are doing on their own!  Think back to when you learned. I know you all remember it…why, because it was likely your first true moment of independence. Teach your child independence in other facets of life too. As a parent, I get it that it’s tough to loosen the reins or let go. It hurts your heart a little to see that new found independence, but they need it. They will remember it. It’s essential.

and finally, and most important of all…

* Let your child be a child!!! Children are curious. Children do silly things. Children make mistakes. Those are all normal parts of childhood. Let your children experience the wonders and lessons of being a child, and let them learn from it. I look back to all of the times I played with my brother, cousins, and friends growing up and laugh. Now, if my mom was standing over me when we decided that the clothesline that descended down the three levels of our yard was perfect for gliding like a superhero (it wasn’t), or when I decided that I wanted a cast because it looked cool, so I dove off of the top of the monkey bars every single day, elbow first, for a week trying to break my arm (Unbelievably, it never worked, but it really hurt!) or went along with it when it was my turn to climb down into the sewer to get the ball we lost (Ewwww!), then none of those things would have happened…but they did…and I turned out OK..because I was being a child. None of those examples were pleasant lessons but I did learn something each time, and I still remember them.

Listen, I get it that you want the best for your child. There would be something wrong with you if you didn’t. As a parent, I want the best for my child too, and as a teacher, I want the best for every child in my class. The price that comes with it for my child and my students is teaching them how to think on their own,  learning to do things for themselves, experiencing both failure and success at their own hands, and experiencing various forms of independence. Is it always easy? I’d be lying if I said it was. However, I truly believe the positives outweigh the negatives in the end.

Think about it…what lessons are you teaching your children? I know we all have our moments of wanting to “fix things” or “do things right” for our children, and we’ve all done it at some point…but if it’s what you do ALL the time, then in the long run it’s going to be much more detrimental than it will ever be helpful….whether you’re paying $400 an hour for it or not. Society is headed in a scary direction in the future with the crop of someday-adults that are currently being raised with “Helicopter Parenting” techniques.  Sorry, but that is the absolute truth, and sometimes the truth hurts. (Another little lesson I learned growing up!)

Helicopter Parenting…Please Stop it!

*****Descending From Soapbox*****

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Diagnosis: Ghetto Booty


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Happy Tuesday everyone! While reading the paper this morning, I came across a great story to make your mind off of the heat…

What had happened was…a Tennessee woman went to the Dr complaining that she had constant back pain. His diagnosis: “Ma’am, you have a case of Ghetto Booty”, to which she responded with “Ghetto what?!?” . Needless to say she got pretty pissed off at that, and complained. In response, the Dr. had to write her a little apology letter. Apparently they didn’t cover apology letters in the medical school he attended, because his apology was along the lines of  “I was trying to take technical conversation regarding your lower back and make it less technical.”. So now she’s got “ghetto booty”, is pretty much called stupid, and never really got an apology. Way to go Doc! Perhaps next time you just tell a patient they have “Lumbar Lordosis, which is a fancy name for the curve of the lower spine that makes the buttocks protrude more”. If asked to elaborate, then you can throw in your street terms…and not any sooner. On second thought, maybe you don’t throw in the street terms…especially if you’re an uptight looking white guy like he is. Obviously this “apology” is not sufficient and she has filed a complaint with the state.

If you’d like to read the full article, and see the woman’s description of this event, click here.  (By the way, they show her walking in the video, and I have to admit that her booty doesn’t look all that giant to me!)

The NY Post…it never disappoints with the hard hitting news, I swear!

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Seaside Heights Chic


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Look at what I found on Etsy today…some “Sexy Cut-Up Leggings” aka Seaside Heights Chic …just in time for your summer visit to the boardwalk!

I am fortunate enough to live at the beautiful Jersey Shore. In fact, I live very close to Seaside Heights. Now most of you know of it from “The Jersey Shore” which did a fantastic job of incorrectly depicting what it’s like here. Granted, the Seaside Boardwalk has always been a great place to people watch, but thanks to that show, even bigger droves of morons have found their way here. Those droves go out of their way to live up to the stereotype that all of us that actually live here hate. The only place in Ocean County that you can see complete idiocy is up on those boards, done by people who come down for vacation. The locals are NOTHING like that.

That being said, I did find some leggings for you to wear up on the boardwalk if you’d like to fit in with the other attention seeking jackasses.

Here’s what the seller had to say about them:

WARNING CUT UP AND SHREDDED LEGGINGS / TIGHTS : Upon stepping into The Wild Painted leggings I immediately feel more confident, sexy and powerful. I am giving you this warning because I believe you will feel the same way. I love clothes that feel good against my skin, accentuate my shape and just feel good to wear.

OK,YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED ,PLEASE WEAR THE WILD WITH CAUTION
The Wild leggings are highly addictive by nature and wearing them is known to be extremely habit forming. Due to the amount of attention and compliments you will receive when wearing The Wild, I must inform you that, I can be held responsible for your desire to wear you’re leggings constantly, feel amazing and even start a collection of statement leg wear from The Wild.

LIKE THE BEAST OF THE WILD:
These Leggings cannot be tamed. Every pair of The Wild leggings is made to order and even though it is the same species no two pairs will look exactly alike (that just the nature of the Beast a.k.a 4TheWild Leggings). 

I created the wild Leggings to show off a women’s curves size small -3x, with styles that take you from day to night.

A few quick things:

*If you are a 3X, you probably shouldn’t be wearing these…although on the boardwalk, these would be a big hit with the 3x crowd.

*If you do wear them, PLEASE PLEASE wear them on a day when the tanning index is a 10. Imagine how hot your naturally patterned legs will look at night when you go out in that ill fitting mini-dress you packed? You will turn heads girl, trust me.

So, if you’ve got Seaside Heights in your plans this summer, and you want to let us all know that you 100% do not live here, head on over to Etsy, and snag yourself a pair of these “sexy” leggings for a mere $42.00! Not for nothing, but $42.00 seems kind of steep for that little material. It must be the workmanship you’re paying for.

Hopefully I will see you strutting your stuff on the boardwalk. I’ll be the one on the bench cracking up as you saunter on by.

Sexy Cut-Up Leggings…That’s Shitsy!

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Happy Birthday America!!!


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Wishing you all a Happy and SAFE 4th of July!!! Enjoy!

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Happy One Year Blogiversary!


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Happy Blogiversary!

Happy Blogiversary!

Happy Blogiversary!

Haaaaaaappy Blogiversary!!!

Yes, today is my one year blogiversary of officially owning “Oh Yes They Did“!  Wow! Time sure does fly by!  In the past year, I have published 140 posts…most of which I am proud of..haha.  I hope all of you have enjoyed the ridiculousness of my blog….minus the couple of sellers that have sent me a little hate mail for featuring their creations.  Thank you so much for your readership, comments, and the fine topics you have sent in to me!! I do hope you will continue to stop by and see what’s new!

Here’s to another year of Unpinteresting Pins, Shitsy Products, What Had Happened Was moments, and Outstanding Obituaries!!

Cheers!

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You Suck at Parking Cards


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Look at what I found on Etsy today…You Suck at Parking Cards! Now, I tend to call things I find on Etsy, “Shitsy”, but I’m not going to do that here.  I got a chuckle out of this product.

That being said, would I buy this? No.  While I can appreciate the premise, when some jackass parks so close to me that I have to become a contortionist to get into my car, I really prefer to fire off my very own curse-laden salvo on whatever scrap piece of paper or receipt I have in my car.  I’ve placed my own little versions on said jackass’s cars over the years that likely made their eyes hurt.  The above cards are just way too nice for me! When I’m enraged, I need to let it fly!

However, if you are nicer than I am, and would like to purchase a set of 20 for $3.99, (not a bad deal at all) then head on over to Etsy  and place your order.

You Suck at Parking Cards…You’re not Shitsy…but you’re a little too nice for me.

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