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This Is Not Parenting Round What Are We Up To Now: Louisiana Mom Arrested After Disciplining Her Kids For Breaking Into A Neighbor’s Home

Current Trends by Natasha Sapp

The Baton Rouge mom telling police openly she spanked 2 of her children with an RCA cord and 1 with a belt after a neighbor informed her the 3 had robbed her house, her witnessing them cart belongings from her home. Police report detailing the eldest son “had lacerations to both his arms and linear marks on his leg, shoulder, back and stomach…” The 12-year-old had “lacerations to his left arm that did break his skin,” and the 10-year-old had “a small scratch on his hand.” Comment summing up brilliantly why this woman was formally charged by police for alleged discipline, “Louisiana mom could face felony charges after punishing sons for robbery” What idiot wrote that headline??? She’s not facing felony charges for punishing her sons-she’s facing felony charges for CHILD ABUSE. Her ‘punishment’ consisted of whipping them until they bled. That’s blatant child abuse. This is not about the punishment, it’s about her taking the punishment way, way across the line into physical abuse. So let’s get the damn headline aligned with the facts here, and not write headlines like they’re click-bait stories.” [Sic]… Actions have consequences a favored line when extoling the acceptability of spanking the virtues it allegedly instills, fosters in young people, defending it as cultural tradition, particularly in the south, part of the American fabric like apple pie, the 4th of July Christmas and Mardi-Gras. Easily forgotten actions have consequences also applies to adults; it isn’t largely dismissed when you come of age, when you reach 18, 21, achieve middle age. Your parenting shouldn’t be making headlines but when it does, when your parenting crosses the line, you better be ready to accept those consequences. Consequences exactly what Schaquana Spears experience in both being booked into jail and having her children taken; consequences one final time not for, spanking, attempting to discipline her kids but for the brutal, physically damaging, abusive way she elected to do so…. Understanding one last time the people charged here, convicted here including Spears were charged under long standing statutes pertaining to child abuse not newer rules outlawing spanking; Adrian Peterson avoided jail time with a plea deal and counseling, Demecio Powel’s abusers are in jail. Video, police photos solidifying in the public mindset what too many call discipline is instead abuse. The will of the majority resoundingly saying they want to end barbaric spanking a gateway to child abuse in some cases sexual more than they want the purported benefits, better behaved kids it, evidence in the modern era has yet to materialize, it produces. Read More

Disease, Weight And Our Drastically Skewed Perceptions On Health, Wellness And Longevity

Current Trends by Natasha Sapp

Hate to break it to you but the 60 is not the new 40, less for the emotional/social reasons listed by the Wall Street Journal, changing social structures derived from years of better medicine, nutrition, knowledge, people living better, able to do more in later years, not just living longer, the sobering prediction our chronically obese kids may have shorter lifespans than we do/did because of it, and instead due to median, average life expectance ages not having moved that much. 40 is considered middle aged precisely because the average life expectancy hovers around 80, give or take 5 years; for 60 to have gradually become the new 40 the life expectancy numbers would have to top out in the 120-125 range…. people here, if you believe the latest retirement preparedness commercial, are living into their 90’s; which would put middle age at roughly 45, not 60. Secondly looking at the last years of so called super centenarians, those passing 110, most are toothless, constantly nodding off and can’t walk well, if at all, dependent on neighbors, friends, family members for the bulk of their existence; that is in counties where they aren’t placed in a care facility less due to younger family member selfishness but having no living family, the extent of care required for the person at their advanced age… It’s rarely the 107 year old dancing in the Whitehouse with President and first lady Obama…Wall Street Journal onto something more than the author knew when he talked about investing post retirement, golden year energy into the truly young people, the legacy and future coming after, surviving them not on being/looking younger than you are, the new fad proving you’re the picture of longevity, upping the ante living your entire life that way, utilizing the time you have rather than bargaining for more—Especially by eating ‘rabbit food’ never touching meat, eggs or milk, viewing bread as the enemy, occasional doughnut, movie popcorn, French fries or cheeseburger as edible death. As for relearning what’s good for us, taking pleasure in nourishing foods giving our bodies what they need, take a good look at the photo gracing the top of that article and tell me that baby is going to get a foodgasm from that broccoli instead of pure revulsion; foodgasms about gastronomy, the science of gourmet dining, blending aroma, texture, quality food, taste and presentation to produce an experience not merely gorging one’s self on high calorie dishes—what I intend to do and not do respectivelyRead More

This Is The Problem With Education: Not Curriculum, Standards, Urban Blight, Rural Isolation Rather The Violence, Cruelty Endured By Kids Via Supposed Authority Figures

Current Trends by Natasha Sapp

If we want ‘better behaved kids’ truing into ‘better equipped adults,’ we have to demand better of ourselves; firstly by recognizing we won’t melt, the world won’t disintegrate if a young person, a teenager disrespects us, ‘disrespect’ is not an allowance for us to go nuts. Our age doesn’t automatically entitle us to immediate subservice form those younger than us, to boss around teenagers or of age citizens because of the way we think something should be done, it would make our lives easier; as annoying as the ‘bratty,’ ‘out of control’ kid in the store is, our annoyance is our problem and our responsibility to deal with calmly and rationally even when that means getting the heck out of the store. Just as the world doesn’t revolve around them, neither does it revolve around us; how arrogant and self-absorbed must we be to think so? Law enforcement, teacher, average person—your pet peeves do not carry the rule of law; again your pet peeves are your own to be dealt with calmly and rationally. The authority given you as officer of the law, teacher, home owners association director does not give you unlimited power over things outside that jurisdiction, and even inside it was given to you because people thought you could be trusted with it; act like it. Your pet peeves, your annoyance, what you are sick and tired of isn’t a reason to harass teenagers when they haven’t broken the law; authority given to you is not given, to be sought to avenge yourself on the unsuspecting world. Major authority figure, teacher, ordinary citizen— people who speak in neutral, ‘apathetic’ voices are not disrespecting you, are not looking for a fight, are not defying you; the exact opposite really, have a student in your class who ‘talks like a gangbanger,’ ‘sounds like he from the hood,’ talks to everybody like that, then when he talks to you the same he’s not doing it to irritate you, to start something, it’s merely how he speaks. Stop denigrating people for their speech patterns, their cultural slag, their culture in general especially if you are charged with education them. Speaking of, if we want education to be invested in by young people, it has to mean something; no, that is not an invitation to create a national testing regime al-a China….if we want education to be invested in by young people, it has to mean something; no, that is not an invitation to create a national testing regime al-a China. It is a call for no more going to school, doing well and being able to go no further thanks to financial obstacles, going to college, getting a degree, no matter how practical, and not finding a job because the employment system won’t pick up the ball. No more schools as conformity dens, akin to prisons in students eyes; educators, administrators have to replace corporal punishment, violent bully cops and hair trigger teachers, support personnel with people who believe education is a calling not a paycheck, all parties, entities who understand their job is not to stop class because someone has their phone out, the bag of chips in their ugg boots, to ascertain whether your outfit meets the schools dress code instead to teach my subject, help younger students be excited about learning using everything from technology to pencil and paper, helping kinesthetic learners find a way to assimilate things creatively. Balancing discipline safety and order with situations, circumstances and age level; stop making school a place even the smallest don’t want to be by imitating the worst nanny, babysitter, caregiver they know, opting for the best, small enough class sizes teachers can manage little wigglers without having to resort to military drills and tactics… Engagement superseding battles for authoritah; it can no longer look like this “If the internet and tiny electronic devices with videocameras were available in the 1980s, many of my school’s teachers would have either been fired or shamed into quitting….” [W]hy I’m scred of school [Sic] response stemming from the chocking teacher’s aide, not from his unruly, sassing, talking back classmate, the confrontation ‘he caused,’ but directed at the teacher, and we wonder why kids are truant, don’t want to come to school, on top of all else listed, we wonder why people circa the 1980’s looked up at authority, shook them off and said I will do better for my kids, for the world. Read More

Guns: Why Donald Trump, Jeb Bush and Others Are Exactly Right

Current Trends by Natasha Sapp

The problem for Trump and Bush, candidate Mike Huckabee who trotted out the tired cliché, “guns don’t kill people, people kill people” isn’t that they dared swim upstream, dared go against the tide, dared disagree with the Obama administration’s stance, fixation on gun control; it was they didn’t tell us what they planned to do instead to combat these “very intelligent sickos,” not that they named the problems mental illness and our knee jerk tendency to throw more laws at things… If you want to blast a really lame-brain comment coming from a presidential candidate review Ben Carson’s statements just after it happened…Who had what many would deem an astonishing amount of nerve to say, were he held at gunpoint, he wouldn’t cooperate, he wouldn’t just stand there, he would say “everybody tackle him he may shoot me but he can’t get us all,” seeming to chastise students at Umpqua for not thinking of his suggestion, taking similar action…. and when an Umpqua survivor dared use news outlets to communicate his understandable upset at the implication he and others should have done more to prevent what happened, it was open season on the media accusing them of distorting his words, taking them out of context and hoping voters see that.Read More

GOP Debate Round 2 Trump’s Star Finally Falling And Who Else’s Rising that Maybe Shouldn’t Be?

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Carly Fiorina who thinks your only criteria to support women’s rights is to be a woman according to a confrontation with a Planned Parenthood supporter who asked her why she was against women’s healthcare, naming her statistics wrong and when asked how she could be called a supporter of women’s rights considering her position on healthcare, Fiorina’s almost flippant response was ‘I am I woman.’ But she’s who won the night; she’s who’s moving up in the polls along with her fellow policies outsiders, never held an office Trump and Carson. God bless America; sadly the plea of sane people is got help America, because no one else will, not even itself. Read More

Target Removes Gender Labels Pros and Cons for Society A Step Toward Gender Identity Acceptance?

Current Trends by Natasha Sapp

What about kids who do epitomize their gender, do play with all the ‘right’ toys, adore all the ‘right’ colors, hold the ‘right’ attitudes about things that are too sissy for a boy to do, play with, be a part of, too harsh, brutal, boyish for a girl, is there a negative effect on them; what about those experiencing gender confusion are we making it more complicated for them or easier for them? Again kids who typify their gender are, in that area at least, very sure of themselves and who they are, will easily be able to find the toys they want out of a gender neutral environment… Only time will tell if what was done at Target, what will probably spread to all major retailers children’s sections, will have some unforeseen lasting detriment or be a lasting positive for our country, our society, yet the one thing it is sure to do is promote what we all ultimately want, acceptance for who we are as human beings, what we have to contribute to the world. Read More