Monthly Archives: July 2009

Life after labor: 16-and-Pregnant Finale Special

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Six couples and a psychologist relating to the world in a one year wrap up session.

That is how MTV’s 16 and Pregnant went in their finale Special.

They take you from:

  • finding out they are pregnant
  • past telling everyone
  • through their changing bodies
  • exit the tunnel of birth
  • throw in a few sleepless baby nights and, wha-la, a TV series that is marketable.

The viewer sees a one-hour program of everything the editor decides you get to see.

This is what is going thru the editors mind.

  1. What will hike ratings?
  2. What will keep you glued to the TV and still be there after the commercial?

What effect does this have on the present generation, along with the next generation watching this (not to mention the future generations watching reruns)?

More than I care to think about.

Here is the link if you want to see it on your computer, www.16andpregnant.mtv.com

“Six teenage girls, six pregnancy’s, six babies brought into the world as you watched from home. What was it like to give birth on MTV? How has life changed since the camera’s stopped rolling? What does the future hold for these young women and their children?” this is what Dr. Drew ask while promising to answer it all in this one-hour program.

Did you watch this?

Did you think all the above questions were answered?

Is it even possible to answer the last question?

Let me know what you think, I will write a follow up on breastfeeding on the next post.

Be A Kid Again

Found this on internet, I added all the Bolds.

tester 007

  1. Do a cartwheel. 
  2. Sing into your hairbrush. Really just sing, can’t be mad when your singing
  3. Walk barefoot in wet grass. Watch out for red ants and poop, Florida/gated community
  4. Play a song you like really loud, over and over. I often do this when no one is home
  5. Dot all your “i”’s with smiley faces. Cute
  6. Read the funnies. Throw the rest of the paper away. recycle
  7. Dunk your cookies. Graham crackers in milk, Yum
  8. Play a game where you make up the rules as you go along. I do this everyday, It’s called life.
  9. Step carefully over sidewalk cracks. Double Cute
  10. Change into some play clothes.   Double Double Cute
  11. Try to get someone to trade you a better sandwich. I hate bread
  12. Eat ice cream for breakfast.  No Problem
  13. Kiss a frog, just in case. No way
  14. Blow the wrapper off a straw. We already do this
  15. Have someone read you a story. Me and Raina trade turns reading
  16. Find some pretty stones and save them. Always
  17. Wear your favorite shirt with you favorite pants even if they don’t match. What does match mean?
  18. Take a running jump over a big puddle. I love to do this
  19. Get someone to buy you something you really don’t need. Who? Anyone want to volunteer?
  20. Hide your vegetables under your napkin.  But I love them.
  21. Stay up past your bedtime. It’s 2:15am right now, I think that counts.
  22. Eat dessert first. How about just dessert? Nothing else.
  23. Fuss a little, then take a nap.  Everyday.
  24. Wear red gym shoes. Buy them for me and I will
  25. Put way too much sugar on your cereal.  I would not enjoy this.
  26. Make cool screeching noises every time you turn a corner. That sounds like fun.
  27. Giggle a lot for no reason. I believe the reason is called stress reduction
  28. Give yourself a gold star for everything you do today. How about a piece of dark chocolate?

Free Range Children=Love

I was reading a post called “Free Range Children-Just look East”.

The blogger wrote about a debate he participated in at college. The question was: should first world countries be obligated to make third world countries more westernized?

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He was on the No side of the debate when actually he felt the answer was a definite yes. This was until he began to prepare for the debate. I loved the questions he asks at the debate. He held up a picture of a smiling Indian child and asks, “Does this child laugh any less than a child in a first world country? Will all the wealth that comes with a First World existence make this child’s smile any wider?” The other side took pause at this but ended up winning. I felt that had the judges really thought about these questions he would of won the debate.

Just as a child can be loved and happy anywhere; a child can also be crushed anywhere, anyplace if those caring for them are cold hearted and do not take time to listen and love.

 

My son, 17, listens to his I-touch a lot. The computer is also a good friend of his. He spends many hours researching movies he wants to write and direct someday soon.

One day he turned off all his electronics and just laid down to clear his head to allow the thoughts-his thoughts only-to play in his head.

Latter that day, he was telling me how profound that experience was for him. I realized I could of told him a million times to just turn it all off and all he would of done was thought I was annoying.

I set the lure by doing yoga and meditating, by talking about how those experiences work for me when the subjects come up in our conversation, which we have often.

You know how we say, “I hope someday they get it”.

Well…he got it. ♥

 

What does the smiling Indian child have to do with the 17 year old that learned to appreciate silence?

Love, nothing but love. 

Moremi is 21

Happy Birthday Moremi.

I have known you since you were two. Your mother would push you around Warfside Village in a stroller. She would come visit me when I worked at Freebird Creation Jewelry store. You did not seem to mind because you always had a big smile on your face. And oh what a face you had. You were one of the most adorable little girls I had ever seen. Your hair was black, big and beautiful. Your skin was a golden dark brown, eyes big and brown. Your mother always had lots of colors to brighten you up, lots of African bracelets and hair clips, deep greens mixed with reds and yellows.  She would dress you in the softest, most comfortable, cute cotton clothes. A lot of care and love went into your day-to-day safeguarding.

I think every child comes into this world with there own agenda. You definitely had yours. As a child you were very headstrong. This might be tuff on the parents but deep down we are always happy for the headstrong children because we know they are survivors. You can come up against most anything and at the end of the battle you will be riding on top swinging your flag with a big smile and lots of people smiling with you. You just have this aura about you that people want to be around. You radiate something special.

You and your mom might of banged heads a bit but you were always polite. I loved hearing your voice. It had a little gravel but very feminine. You would say, “Hello Jeanie, Hi Jeanie, How are you doing today? Bonjoir!” as you jumped on the trampoline.

Raina's birthday party

You were always nice to my kids, as you can see in this picture. When you would first see people for the day you would have a warm greeting for them as if you were truly happy to see them. Not everyone has this quality. This is a special thing, to make others feel welcomed.

Now you have a family of your own. I know you will pass on the love you were given along with plenty much more of your own.

Happy 21st. May life send you blessings and happiness.

not shy
not shy
Moremi with Glen watching her sing
Moremi with Glen watching her sing