Scary Mommy, supposed to be funny, has a delightful post up titled “25 Ways You Know You Have A Boy“. Apparently this is supposed to be some kind of funny listicle about parenting a son. In reality it’s a tl;dr modern version of defining male gender with snakes, snails, and puppy dog tails.
I’m going to ignore points #2 (“A girl makes eyes at your son and you have this weird urge to pull her aside and call her a “slut” (whether she’s 6 or 16).”) and #6 (“Your child asks you to marry him and you’re totally considering it.”) because I don’t even know why these kinds of thoughts would be happening unless your son is named Oedipus. But overall, her little list could really apply to children of either sex, right? I mean I loved “Airplane” and “Fletch”, regularly took my pants off in public, and rode the golden retriever. I’m also pretty sure my parents stepped on my legos, and guess what – I have a vagina.
Am I the only one that doesn’t really understand the humor in this list? I just don’t get it, but maybe you have to have a son to understand.
Mish, loving life, does not love your fat kids. Yesterday she visited the Coca-Cola factory in Atlanta, and saw something that shocked her to her core – children on a field trip to a soda factory! She proceeded to post multiple photos of overweight children drinking soda (along with shocked and disgusted commentary about how they were daring to drink soda sample after soda sample) before asking the internet what is wrong with parents today:
Here’s the thing. I’m really not trying to offend. But don’t you think something’s wrong with this picture? We’re taking our children on school field trips to The Coca-Cola Factory and letting them run wild and bombard their bodies with cups and cups of sugary drinks all the while sending them the message that this is perfectly acceptable?
Aren’t we supposed to be educating our children on the benefits of a healthy body?
Aren’t we in some sort of “childhood obesity” crisis?
And these poor kids, they don’t know better. They never learned, obviously.
Maybe our schools should think of other educational field trips that don’t involve learning about the history of Coca-Cola and instead teach them more important things like health?
I wonder if it would be more acceptable to Mish if all the kids had been thin? Because the message here seems to be that fat kids should be in a classroom learning about salads rather than allowed to go to a soda factory with their peers.
Maybe Mish should have been taught that it’s not really acceptable to post pictures of kids on field trips for the purpose of shaming them about their soda consumption.
Kelle Hampton, enjoying the monetizing things, is well known for using her children’s lives for attention. Well now it seems Land of Nod, purveyor of children’s furniture and decor, is also using her kids to sell you things.
The company has featured Kelle’s photo of her daughter and newborn son on their May catalog cover, saying that her children will appear on several upcoming catalog covers as well. For May’s cover, they are using a photo Kelle claims was snapped at the moment her daughter first met her new brother:
From my hospital bed I watched as my daughter protectively embraced my new son, slowly and silently bringing her nose to his until they touched. And they stayed like that for a good minute while I wiped tears from my cheeks and reached for my camera. Here she just met him and yet suddenly, he belonged to her.
That’s all very touching – except for the fact that, in the birth story published on Kelle’s own blog in February, the real story seems to be quite different:
I didn’t cry when the girls met their brother but rather smiled and sat calmly on the bed, watching them, marveling at the fact that it seemed so meant to be–like he’d always been here and they’d always loved him.
So which is it? Is this just another case of Kelle rewriting history in order to make a better story? Because if she’s going to do that it might behoove her to go edit the original story before trying to peddle a new version to Crate & Barrel.