10 Great Parent Models in Fiction Books and Film

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When I encountered this article mental_floss, I had to agree with Linda Rodriguez McRobbie, author of the item that dissects her top 10 best models of parenting in books and film. This article may be a great help for you parents with little time to think of what to introduce your growing child in the world of grown-up books and film.

1. Atticus Finch – To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
The widowed father of Jem and Scout, Atticus Finch is one of the great heroes of American literature […]

2. Alex and Kate Murry – A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
A Wrinkle in Time was a sci-fi gift to all those nerdy kids out there for whom Star Trek hadn’t been invented yet […]

3. The Weasleys – Harry Potter series by JK Rowling
Who never heard of the Harry Potter books and film series has got to be kidding […]

4. Marmee – Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Marmee is the glue that holds the Little Women together through the Civil War and their father’s long absence […]

5. Mr. and Mrs. Little – Stuart Little by EB White
Mr. and Mrs. Little are always on the look out for the good things in Stuart, right? […]

6. Ma and Pa Ingalls – Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder
This has got to be one of the best classics in American family life. I’m wondering if there’s a DVD set out there […]

7. Mr. and Mrs. Quimby – Ramona series by Beverly Cleary
Ramona Quimby, age 8, is a bit of a handful. Her imagination—and she’s got lots of it—often gets her into situations, like the time she went to school with her pajamas under her clothes because she was pretending to be a fireman […]

8. Carlisle and Esme Cullen – The Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer
OK, so they’re vampires. But they’re good vampires, with fabulous dress sense, lots of money, and consciences […]

9. Baloo the Bear, Bagheera the Blank Panther, and the wolves – The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling
Father Wolf and Mother Wolf raise the hairless man-cub Mowgli as one of their own […]

10. The Gilbreths – Cheaper By The Dozen by Frank Bunker Gilbreth, Jr., and Ernestine Gilbreth Carey
The Gilbreths were actual people, not fiction, and this charming book, published in 1948, is a biography written by their children […]

Read the entire article and Linda’s assessments at:

10 of the Best Parents in Fiction
by Linda Rodriguez McRobbie
October 10, 2010 – 9:00 AM
Source: mental_floss

The “I like it on…” Fallacy of Breast Cancer Awareness

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For the past weeks, I’ve been seeing women posting messages on Facebook, Twitter and many of the popular social media networking sites such as “I like it on the kitchen sink” or “I like it on the dining table.” For the average person, more so the heterosexual male, these messages connotes a meaning akin to sex. But in my social media circle, I see women of stature and some of deep religious faith publishing similar text.

And so, I began my search for these senseless messages in or on the web and found it to be an indirect support to breast cancer awareness. “I like it on…” means where a woman would leave her purse or bag, “I like it on the kitchen table” simply suggests where she likes to leave her purse. At first, I rode along with these quippy anecdotes; but then, I realized how it must look like to an adolescent, much more a child, to be reading these quips and getting the wrong message.

I came across Reagan Lynch’s blog on the subject matter and understood how wrong the awareness campaign is providing provocative-meaning expressions of adult womanhood just to support a well-meaning crusade. Reagan writes:

Again this really doesn’t do anything to promote breast cancer awareness, and their is a theological problem with doing these types of status updates.

So if you post a status saying “I like it in the back seat”. You should reread that statement and ask yourself if that is a proper statement to make in a somewhat public forum. Read the statement in your mind using your dad, your boyfriend, husbands, or pastors voice, and ask if you still need to post that update.

In being secretive about this issue, posting to a public forum, or posting a statement that may seem harmless but can lead to a reputation if people don’t understand are you being respectful to the men in your life?

As a man, I truly support breast cancer awareness campaigns such as wearing those pink ribbon pins (when I used to work for Avon) and many others. But this phenomenon has gone overboard and wouldn’t want the children of the world, many who are online and reading mommy’s “I like it on…” posts and figuring the message on an opposite context.

Reference: Reagan Lynch Blogsite

Andrea Bocelli and Abortion

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In today’s controversial times in the Philippines on the issue of the Reproductive Health (RH) Bill, I bumped into a website managed by the Filipino Families of Stokie, from Saint Lambert Parish of the Archdiocese of Chicago that featured a video of Andrea Bocelli and talked about abortion.

The song at the end of the video below says:

“…I want to live like this with the sun on my face, and I sing happily, gracefully. I want to live like this, with the air of the mountains, because this enchantment doesn’t cost anything…”

Worldwide, there are around 42 million abortion each year; 115,000 each day. 1.37 million in the US alone (1996) or roughly 37,000 per day. Based on these statistics, in the US alone an average of 1 baby is lost every 2.5 seconds.

37.4% of women who’s having abortion  identify themselves as Protestants, 31.3% as Catholics. And worst of all is the main reason why women have abortion. 93% of all abortions occur for social reasons (i.e. the child is unwanted or inconvenient).

Source: Filipino Families of Skokie


Advertising is Now Entering Schools

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I wouldn’t be surprised to see our not-so-cash-strapped schools in the Philippines putting advertising on letters to parents, school buses, heck! Maybe even the school uniforms. There’s nothing wrong or unlawful about it but if the need is there, I guess there’s nothing wrong about doing it.

Cash-strapped school puts advertising on letters sent home to parents

NBC — The cash-strapped school district in Peabody, Massachusetts is giving their money troubles the slip.

The school committee agreed to sell advertising that will appear on notices sent home to parents.

“It’s a unique way to try to not pass on additional fees,” said C. Milton Burnett of Peabody Public Schools.

“I think it’s a great way to bring money into the school system and also support our Peabody businesses,” said Tara Holleran, a parent.

Read more at KDSK in St. Louis, Mo