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Mar 9th 2011 12:35PM Chris, I agree with you! This is a ridiculous study, and I thought the same thing......when people are in their 50's, they're ready to be GRANDPARENTS, not parents. And what about the health risks to mothers having children at such an advanced age? Or dare we address the social stigma of older men with younger women, which is more likely the case here. And how many of these people who become parents in their 50s will still be active in their kids' lives as they get older? Will mom and dad be sitting outside in the cold watching junior play football? Will they even still be alive to see their grandchildren? I realize I'm getting off topic a little bit, as the article was about happy parents and not a commentary on whether they SHOULD become parents at that age. But I find this whole article unbelievable, and the research terribly flawed.
Feb 25th 2011 4:32PM I used to date a criminal defense attorney, and was appalled by the things his clients would do and get away with. Eventually, he developed a conscience and became a prosecutor instead. No, he doesn't make nearly as much money, but he sleeps better at night.
Feb 25th 2011 4:19PM Interesting to see how people read/don't read things into the article. I didn't get the impression that she was bashing 2-parent families or saying that children don't need fathers, in fact she stated that there were times she wished she had a dad. But she is honoring her mother for being a great mom. Nothing wrong with that at all.
With that said, aside from the article and to address single PARENTS in general: Unfortunately, I've seen too many single parents who are NOT as dedicated as the author's mother, who ARE irreseponsible and don't devote themselves to their children. Sadly, I do believe that these good parents are the exception rather than the rule. However, I too get angry when I hear people belittle single parents without knowing anything about the individual situation or how well the child is faring.
I was married for over 13 years, and never in my wildest dreams imagined that my husband would walk out on myself and our two children, ages, 12 and 8, to be with a girl barely out of high school, but he did. No, he never exhibited signs of this previously, and until that point everyone thought we were the "perfect family", so you can't always predict if someone will be a bad person or not. Yet I often found myself an outcast everywhere from PTA meetings to church, and even stopped going to church because of the isolation I felt. However, my children are now both very happy well adjusted adults. My daughter is married and has a daughter of her own, and my son is preparing to enter the military......yes, they would have both liked to have their father be there for them and be a "normal" dad, but that wasn't the lot they were given. Yes, I had to work harder to make up for his absence, but in the end it was worth all the hard work. My children and I are very close and they both know that I will always be there for them and to cheer them on.
Single parenting may not be ideal, but it's NOT the bane of society as some would have you think.
Feb 17th 2011 4:13PM Um.......isn't Beyonce black? Are we sure this is even Beyonce? The woman in this picture is very, very white.......she looks great, but really?
Feb 10th 2011 5:10PM A concierge can be a lifesaver in some cases. I work for a nationwide hospitality company, and some of our concierge have done incredible things for our guests. We had a guest who became ill while staying with us, and our concierge located a physician to make a visit to the hotel, then followed up to check on the guest regularly. The concierge went to the pharmacy for the guest to get her medications and other items to ensure her comfort. On another occasion, a family's car had been vandalized while they were staying in town (not at our hotel), and our concierge helped them with getting their car towed, drove them to the rental car location, and even kept an eye on their kids while they were dealing with the insurance agent and police. The concierge can be wonderful resources for entertainment, but they can do SO much more too.....I always appreciate knowing there is a concierge in my hotel, even I don't need their services...just in case!
Jan 11th 2011 4:51PM I was wondering the same thing!
Dec 6th 2010 9:34PM For all of you who are saying "it's a shame the school won't let them support this cause", that's a load of BS. They can still support the cause without wearing a stupid bracelet. As a mother of teenagers, based on what I've heard from their friends, I feel pretty confident in saying that the majority of kids wearing these are doing it for the sole purpose of wearing something that says "boobies" on it, most of them have no realy understanding of how serious this disease is.
As for free speech, the schools have been banning items for years and will continue to do so. You can't wear a t-shirt with profanity on it or that promotes alcohol or drugs, and if "boobies" is considered profanity, then they won't be allowed. The real question is who decides which words are profanity and which aren't.
Dec 6th 2010 9:06PM I have no problem with her, or anyone's, sexual preference, but don't really want to see two women, or two men, dancing together. It has nothing to do with their sexuality, it just doesn't seem like it would be entertaining.
As for the homosexual lifestyle, again, I don't care what they want to do, I just don't want their sexuality flaunted in my face, just as I don't want to watch a heterosexual couple having sex or being overtly intimate in public either.
Gay rights activists need to keep in mind that if they weren't so flamboyant and shoving their sexuality down people's throats, they'd be more likely to gain the acceptance that they desire. Overtly sexual behavior is not accepted in society, be it hetero or homo.
Dec 3rd 2010 11:30AM Ignoring the fact that marijuana SHOULD be legalized, the bigger picture here is that the TSA is now using their scanners for purposes other than their intent. The intent of these scanners was supposed to be to look for weapons and explosives, not to search every person going onto a plane for drugs. I agree with the person who claimed that this is illegal search and seizure. Exactly what threat does the pot this guy was carrying pose to the passengers on the plane? Absoultely none. Hopefully, he'll pay a good lawyer to fight this and help stop the infringement on the rights of US citizens.
Nov 17th 2010 1:49PM I will do everything in my power to avoid Charlotte and Philadelphia airports...they have the rudest people on earth working in these airports. I'm amazed to see that Charlotte has risen in the rankings, as most of the people in this airport are incredibly rude, and I've had more than one flight take off and leave me on the ground when I was on a connecting flight that had been delayed, only to have the gate agent give me a "too bad". Maybe this is because Charlotte is the US Air hub, which is the WORST airline out there....I'd hitchhike before I'd fly US Air again.
Some good airports that often don't get mentioned are Baltimore and Kansas City. Baltimore is easy to navigate, people are friendly, decent waiting areas, and mall prices rather than airport prices. Kansas City is perhaps the easiest in the world to navigate.....security is right at the gate. KC doesn't have a lot of options for food and entertainment, but is that really why we're in an airport anyway?