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Hopes Dashed With 'The Princess And The Frog'

I can see both sides of this, and I do understand that children base a lot of their creative play on what they see in books and movies. Yes, Disney can do a better job with diversity. Absolutely. And they should reflect more than just the blonde haired, blue eyed people in the world.

That said... sometimes it's fun to just escape. As a child (and as an adult), I was drawn to the pretty dresses and the magic. Tinker Bell wasn't appealing because she's blonde (I am not, by the way). She had a cute little outfit, and wings and pixie dust.

I worry that as women we are trying so hard to teach our girls to be strong that it's become unacceptable to want to feel "pretty."

March 17, 2010 at 11:38 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Has Positive Thinking Undermined America?

I have been told that I am an optimist (don't hold it against me!), but I think positive thinking only goes so far. I think it helps with difficult situations, but it is not a cure all.

My husband is a cancer survivor. He went through intense chemo, a serious surgery and grueling rehab. He says that positive thinking helped him in his recovery. But it's not what "cured" him.

He's 10 years cancer-free because of doctors and medicine. Positive thinking helped him face treatment every day. It's what got him in the door to a place that was like torture. His doctors ran poison through his veins that made his body attack itself. The side effects are too numerous and gruesome to mention here. You'll just have to believe me when I say it was really, really bad.

But if he relied only on positive thinking -- which some people actually told him to do -- he'd be dead right now.

December 14, 2009 at 2:34 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Advice On Raising Girls With Courage And Confidence

This is great advice! Excellent segment.

October 12, 2009 at 3:41 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Where Are Your Oranges From?

Out of the blue this morning my son asked me if the orange I was eating was from the tree behind our house. I was embarassed to admit that it wasn't. (We don't pick fruit from that tree for many reasons, the biggest being that the tree isn't ours).

So then he told me that it must have come from the grocery store. Because of this segment, I was promoted to have a conversation with him about where our food comes from. I told him that all oranges grow on trees, even the ones we get from the grocery store. He is 3, and he was very confused by all of this. In his mind, organges come from trees (we've picked fresh oranges before) *or* from the store. I don't think he's wrapped his mind around the idea of shipping food from far away to be purchased at a store.

I didn't bother to tell him that my orange was grown in Australia.

October 9, 2009 at 9:14 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Where Are Your Oranges From?

My oranges are from Australia. My zip code is 92120.

October 8, 2009 at 9:19 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Treating and Surviving Cancer in San Diego

Wow, what an amazing story. Thank you for sharing.

June 5, 2009 at 3 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Uncommon Baby Names a Growing Trend Throughout America

Our daughter has a slightly unusual name, but nothing like Apple, etc. It's my grandmother's name, so it was not chosen to be different. It's actually a pretty traditional ritual. Still... Sometimes I wish we had picked a name that is more common. Most days we end up correcting people who say it or spell it incorrectly.

May 27, 2009 at 2:14 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

SD Residents Urged to Look Out for Rattlesnakes

I have only had one run-in with a rattle snake. I was hiking alone (a poor choice, I know...) and I came across a snake curled up on the path. It wouldn't have been a problem, but I wasn't paying close attention. I nearly stepped on it. I was so surprised that I turned and ran the other way. I think my experience was a good example of what not to do. Don't hike alone. Watch where you are stepping. Don't make sudden movements or run.

I was lucky that nothing bad happened.

May 11, 2009 at 8:26 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

The Art of Negotiating with Kids

I have a 3 year old with a strong will, and have been struggling with how to set bouandries with him. My biggest problem is that he doesn't know what to do with himself when he doesn't get his way. We're trying to redirect and get him to talk through his anger, but he still has trouble with hitting and biting. I recently bought Mr. Rogers "What Do You Do with the Mad that You Feel" -- I'm still waiting for it to arrive from Amazon. I'm now trying to find other resources.

May 6, 2009 at 8:37 a.m. ( | suggest removal )