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Joan Larsen’s Life Stories: The Child and the Robbers

January 25, 2017

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By Joan Larsen I have a story to tell, a tale that lies within me, waiting to come out… a seemingly improbable story that happened in my own family… a story that has marked me, marked my family.  Like it or not, TV and the media have made us voyeurs in the most horrific stories […]

I Never Wanted to Be a Mommy

September 12, 2016

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I ran across this really excellent article by Jessica Valenti in The Atlantic:  “Not Wanting Kids Is Entirely Normal.”  Thank you, thank you, thank you Ms. Valenti.  Everyone needs to read this.  It exposes the dirty, secret truth about parenting:  there are a lot of mothers out there who regret becoming parents, who didn’t know […]

Food Pouches for Kids: Convenience, But At What Cost?

August 1, 2016

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Just this week, Hubby and Lila were at the grocery store and noted some intriguing ethnic meals packaged in pouches.  The idea is that you cut the pouch open, glop the contents over some rice or noodles, and microwave it.  We’re not much into convenience foods these days, but we are fans of spicy exotic […]

The Unsanitary Swim Diaper: Not in My Pool, Please!

May 23, 2016

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Time for Lila’s annual public safety and health announcement:  even the manufacturers don’t claim that “swim diapers” will contain a mess. Memorial Day is fast approaching, and that means the neighborhood pools will soon be opening for business.  As we wrote last year, the whole concept of a diapered child in a communal swimming area […]

On Single Parenthood

May 16, 2016

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It’s not progress. Some time ago, a favorite website ran a feature celebrating single mothers who have helped to change societal attitudes toward single parenting.  Certainly, there was a time when having children out of wedlock carried a definite stigma, divorce was frowned upon, and widows and widowers were objects of pity, and generally expected […]

This Conservative Meme Got It All Wrong on Reproductive Rights and Responsibilities

January 25, 2016

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Fact-based critical thinking is seriously wounded in this country. So… one of my rather conservative friends… a very religious and avidly pro-life individual… shared the below meme, from a Facebook page called “Right Wing News.” A quick scroll through the posts on that page pretty much confirm that it is rabidly uber-conservative, sometimes nonsensically so. […]

Joan Larsen Presents: A True and Inspiring Holiday Tale to Remember – Sprinkling Stars on the Life of a Child

December 16, 2015

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By Joan Larsen Sometimes, a single story can change our lives. Though this personal tale takes place in the Christmas season, it is one that – once heard – is remembered forever.   The glories of nature in the Bitterroot Valley of western Montana would be hard to match.  But in that wilderness live families whose […]

Why Child Care May Never Be Well Compensated

November 9, 2015

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It’s because of the limited availability of parental dollars to pay for the service. Marketwatch published an interesting chart this week, showing how those who care for our nation’s children are compensated at a lower rate than bellhops, car cleaners, and even parking lot attendants. Why is this? Child-care workers are entrusted with our nation’s […]

Joan Larsen: Finding Help to Leap the Chasm Between High School and Life

June 3, 2015

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By Joan Larsen As we watch our own children and grandchildren heading into those final years in high school, more often than not we see kids who are ‘betwixt and between’, still too young and unsure of which of the many roads that spread out ahead of them to lay claim to.  Remembering back to our […]

Baltimore Riots: “Mom of the Year” Wouldn’t Be, Under Other Circumstances

May 4, 2015

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It is not lost on me that under other circumstances, the famous Baltimore mom might be in jail for child abuse.   By now you have seen the headlines praising Maryland mom Toya Graham for her smackdown of her masked 16-year-old son who was among the rioters in Baltimore, throwing rocks at the police. “Baltimore […]

Explain: How is Remaining Childless “Selfish”?

April 20, 2015

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Back in February, Pope Francis reiterated the Catholic Church’s position on child-bearing: “Not to have children is a selfish choice.” Ummmm, really? Adjective self·ish \ˈsel-fish\ :  concerned excessively or exclusively with oneself :  seeking or concentrating on one’s own advantage, pleasure, or well-being without regard for others (Merriam-Webster). Amazingly enough, childless people are not always […]

And the Award for Stupidest Attempt at School Discipline Goes to… Gustine, Texas

February 2, 2015

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Imagine how frustrating and infuriating it must be for a small-town elementary- school administrator to repeatedly find human poop on the gym floor. The horror! The horror! Something must be done! A culprit must be caught! …even at the expense of all decency and common sense. Lila’s solution would have been to just set up […]

Joan Larsen Encore: The Child and the Robbers

December 17, 2014

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I have a story to tell, a tale that lies within me, waiting to come out… a seemingly improbable story that happened in my own family… a story that has marked me, marked my family.  Like it or not, TV and the media have made us voyeurs in the most horrific stories of break-ins, robberies […]

Joan Larsen Presents: A True and Inspiring Holiday Tale to Remember – Sprinkling Stars on the Life of a Child

December 10, 2014

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By Joan Larsen Sometimes, a single story can change our lives. Though this personal tale takes place in the Christmas season, it is one that – once heard – is remembered forever.   The glories of nature in the Bitterroot Valley of western Montana would be hard to match.  But in that wilderness live families whose […]

Toys Should Look Like Toys. Guns Should Look Like Guns.

November 24, 2014

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And Airsoft isn’t really a toy. Here we go again. In Ohio, a 12-year-old boy has been killed by police who mistook his Airsoft pistol for a real gun. We have been here before: the outraged parent, the makeshift memorial at the scene. I will be the first to tell you that police across the […]

The Benefits of Cutting Back on Dining Out

October 31, 2014

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Lila and Hubby recently took advantage of a long-languishing gift card for dinner and a movie. We figured we’d better use it up before it expired or we lost it or something. We intentionally chose a weekday on the theory that the theater and the restaurant might be less crowded. We were right about the […]

Halloween is One Week Away. Children’s Costumes to Avoid

October 24, 2014

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In case you missed this last year, here is Lila’s common-sense public service announcement about costumes for your daughters:   If your little girl is wearing this stuff, she’s a pedophile’s dream.  If your teen is wearing it, she’s jailbait.  That’s all there is to it, so pick something else. Halloween is a week away, […]

Moving Hiatus! Meanwhile, Back to… If You Are Pro-Life, Then You Are Anti-IVF

August 29, 2014

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All, one more look back at a Lila-Encore!  Lila and Hubby are still unpacking and unboxing, and the new house is finally starting to look more like a house and less like a hurricane-mauled refugee camp.  Lila’s computer is up and running so I will soon be back to blogging! Meanwhile, here’s a look back […]

Moving Hiatus! Meanwhile, Back to… I Never Wanted to Be a Mommy

August 18, 2014

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All, the big week is here!  Lila and Hubby are busy packing, boxing, driving, unpacking, unboxing, and hopefully not killing each other in the process.  At the end of it all we should… I hope… have our new dream home all set up and running smoothly.  As Lila’s computer is somewhere in between here and […]

Another Reason to Oppose Fertility Treatments

August 4, 2014

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What if you could have several children, pick out your favorite, and throw the others away?  Now you can! In general, Lila is not a fan of fertility treatments. First of all, there is the population issue:  extinction from lack of people is pretty unlikely; on the other hand, a population collapse may very well […]

Joan Larsen’s Story of Ethan: Should Being A Doctor Be in His Future?

July 30, 2014

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By Joan Larsen The phone rang. As I answered, I would never have believed that – with my answers – I could be changing a life at the other end. Ethan – my friend’s newly 16-year-old son, a boy brilliant in my estimation – was counting on me for help. Those in high school honors […]

Immigration Crisis: Why Should Honduras Get Special Consideration?

July 25, 2014

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Perspective: the fact that a “refugee” can walk to our border does not make him more deserving of asylum than other sufferers around the world. Now, with an unmanageable flow of underage, unaccompanied illegal immigrants overwhelming US facilities near the border, the Obama administration is thinking about screening thousands of children and young adults in […]

Hey South Carolina: I Was a 7-Year-Old Latchkey Kid

July 21, 2014

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Thank God it was the 1970s, so my Dad didn’t end up in jail, and I didn’t end up in foster care.   In the news we hear of a South Carolina mother who was jailed and lost custody of her 9-year-old daughter for allowing her to play unsupervised at a local park (with a […]

Law Enforcement Has Officially Gone Insane: Teen Sexting as Child Porn

July 11, 2014

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Teens experimenting with their budding sexual urges is normal. Cops giving a 17-year-old boy an erection against his will and then photographing it as “evidence” is just SICK.   By now most of us are aware of “sexting,” that indiscreet practice of sending nude or partly nude photos of oneself to one’s love interest.   As […]

Joan Larsen’s Life Stories: Leaping the Chasm Between High School and Life

February 12, 2014

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 by Joan Larsen Looking back, it probably was a fairly smooth path before our kids became teenagers . . . though, in retrospect, we have to admit that we all have had “our moments” back then.  Somehow, those years seem like child’s play to us now.  In our world today, it is the teen years […]

“Eh, Who Cares? I’m Gonna Die Soon Anyway!” So… Go Play!

February 7, 2014

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When my Cajun grandmother got up around 80 years old, she started hitting her bucket list – hard.  First it was a cruise, harmless enough.  But then she ramped it up, going whitewater rafting and even skydiving.  “Now, now, ma’am,” the well-meaning would say, in that tone that made “ma’am” sound not like a form […]

Statistics Show US Population is Too Sick, Uneducated and Impoverished

January 24, 2014

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Warning:  this is not a politically correct post. Any  population will always have some individuals who are diseased, incompetent, weak, and generally unfit for reproduction or survival, to put it in Darwinian terms.  A healthy, competent, self-sufficient population will always have some minimal number of these individuals, but the majority of a successful population will […]

Let Kids Be Kids: Go Play Outside!

January 20, 2014

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The most important skills that children everywhere must learn in order to live happy, productive, moral lives are skills that cannot be taught in school. Such skills cannot be taught at all. They are learned and practised by children in play. – Peter Gray Okay, raise your hand if you grew up in the 1950s, […]

One Tart’s Best-Laid Gold-Digging Plan Goes Astray

December 20, 2013

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As you know, I hold in contempt women who try to use sex to get ahead.  Those who go the extra mile and intentionally or negligently conceive children out of wedlock for the purposes of gold-digging or ensnaring a man deserve a special place in Hell for the havoc they cause to the man’s family […]

Joan Larsen Encore: Bringing Happiness by Sprinkling Stars on the Life of a Child

December 11, 2013

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By Joan Larsen Sometimes, a single story can change our lives. Though this personal tale takes place in the Christmas season, it is one that – once heard – is remembered forever.   The glories of nature in the Bitterroot Valley of western Montana would be hard to match.  But in that wilderness live families whose […]

Child Discipline: NOT One-Size-Fits-All

November 15, 2013

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Time for Ivory Tower academicians to butt out With every passing year, changes in the way Americans parent, and the way US kids grow up, only makes me even MORE glad that I never had children.  The latest: child discipline is back in the news, and frankly, I don’t know what’s left for parents to […]