Monday, May 30, 2016

Kids Cheat Sheet: Democrats versus Republicans

My kid came home the other day to chat about how racist Donald Trump is. He really knew nothing about him other than what kids were saying at school and the fact that he didn't want him to be president. Now I don't care to defend "The Donald" but it wouldn't be fair to leave the judgment of racist as a stand along opinion. I asked my son what he knew about Mr. Trump and he knew very little, but could describe him as republican. He then asked me to define democrat versus republican and boy was I stumped. Stumped because everything that came to mind was not quite appropriate for a 9 year old such as pro-life versus pro-choice.

In this moment, my son really wanted one of the two to be the good one versus the bad one and the right one versus the wrong one. To me that didn't teach him anything. So I quickly googled how to explain political parties to children and this nifty video popped up.

The video is perfectly simplified, but doesn't make anything necessarily wrong. When talking to my child about the topic I wanted him to remember civic engagement was important. He also should strive to be an informed and active voter. In time I am sure he'll decide for himself what party is best, maybe even one not represented by an elephant or donkey. 

Thursday, May 26, 2016

The French Now Have The Right to Disconnect

How many weekends or vacations have been ruined because of a work email? Okay maybe not too many. But how much of your off-time is spent checking work email or worrying if the boss emailed you something important? Is it easy for you to leave work at work or does the ding on your phone send your stress levels up?

I was recently on a 2 day mini vacation. I do not have my work email setup on my personal cell phone. But I can still use my internet browser and log-in to my work email. I did really good up until the last day and I just had to check. The moment I did my mind was back at the office.

The French government understands how employees can easily get job-related burnout because they are always connected.

“All the studies show there is far more work-related stress today than there used to be, and that the stress is constant,” Benoit Hamon of the French National Assembly told the BBC earlier this month. “Employees physically leave the office, but they do not leave their work. They remain attached by a kind of electronic leash-- like a dog. The texts, the messages, the emails -- they colonize the life of the individual to the point where he or she eventually breaks down."

The El Kohmri labor labor law will make it illegal for companies with more than 50 employees to email their employees after typical work hours. As of now there are no penalties for not following this law so companies are really only doing this voluntarily. This new law will also change the current 35 hour work week and is said to help with the high unemployment rate in France. Of course there are two sides on this labor reform. While some are fighting for a fair work/life balance, others are fighting to help the French economy flourish.

What do you think about this "right to disconnect"? 
Do you think laws like this can help people relieve some stress in their lives? 

Monday, May 16, 2016

Unicorn Moms

The other day I came across a term to describe a Mom I had never heard before. Now I thought I had heard them all, but "Unicorn Mom" stumped me. I had to google it. Turns out a Unicorn Mom is.....

I think I might be a little bit of a Unicorn Mom. I am by no means perfect. Let me give you my kids hair and clothes for an example. Where one Mom might stress over every outfit and hairstyle, I am just happy if my kids walk out of the house in clean clothes and hair. Most days my 11 year old is dressed like a homeless person and my 6 year old's hair usually looks pretty disheveled. You should see my house. June Cleaver I am not. Most days there are toys strewn all over the house and there is pretty much dirty dishes in my sink 100% of the time. Laundry baskets are always full and my bathroom counters almost always have toothpaste on them.

And enjoys alcohol? Well I may or may not be writing this with a glass of moscato in my hand. I do like myself a good drink. I usually prefer fruity but sometimes a ice cold beer will hit the spot. Just the other day I tried one of those new hard cherry colas. Not bad.

Sense of humor? I think I'm pretty funny. But most importantly I can find the humor in most situations. When the kids spill a brand new box of cereal all over the floor I can laugh, well because crying isn't going to do much.

And not caring what people think? Well I know how we parent our kids is not everyone's cup of tea. And people may think we are crazy to homeschool our kids. But in my heart I know it's the best thing for us so others opinion do not matter.

As for the Bitch and Zero F#&ks given. Well that a bit vulgar for me. Maybe I'm just part Unicorn Mom. 

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

New On Netflix This Month

 Is there anything better than having a lazy day that is all about Netflix and Chill? And by Chill I mean actually chilling. Every month Netflix takes away some titles but also adds some new ones.

This month there are some great old movies that you would love to revisit again.

  • Sixteen Candles: A classic 80's flick just in time for prom season. Molly Ringwald is the weird girl who has a crush on the hot Jake Ryan. We have the lovable dork and slightly racist Long Duck Dong. All characters that embody the 1980's. 
  • Pleasantville: How about a young Toby Maguire in Pleasantville? Teens from the 90's have a mishap with  television remote and find themselves stuck in a black and white 1950's sitcom. Can they bring some color into the 50's and more importantly will they make it back? 
  • The Nutty Professor: This is one of my family's favorites. I mean who doesn't like to clap and say "Hercules! Hercules! " Eddie Murphy plays almost every character and is hilarious as each and every one. I even love the message in this movie. It's what's on the inside that counts. 
  • Just Friends: I forgot how much I liked this movie until I saw it on Netflix. Chris Brander, played by the handsome Ryan Reynolds, comes back to his hometown as a sexy successful guy. While home he is forced to remember his awkward high school years as a chubby geek. He reconnects with Jamie, a girl he loved who totally friend-zoned him. This is such a cute and sweet rom-com!
What older films do you love to revisit once in awhile? 

Friday, May 6, 2016

Be A Bad Mom

... Well not really, but enjoy the fantasy, and relate to the "struggle" while enjoying Mila Kunis' new film 'Bad Moms'. In the film's trailer, she clearly nails the whole "I am tired of trying to be perfect" meltdown and goes on a hilarious ride with Kristen Bell and Ana Gasteyer in her pursuit of breaking the mold.

How do you feel about this film's premise? Overdone or dead on? Hilarious or just another bit that pokes fun at the pressures of motherhood? 

For me, I believe the movie will likely bring the funny in a way that only overly committed mommas can understand, but I could also see the exhaggerated stance on perfect moms being stepford wives and dads being MIA. After all, the trailer didn't highlight one dad from what I could tell. This day in age, the support fathers play in running a household can be severely downplayed. I am interested to see how this comedy captures the dad piece.

Will you watch?

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

$5 Million for Too Much Ice

How many iced drinks have you had at Starbucks? Maybe hundreds? Have you ever picked up your
drink, taken some sips only to only be left with a cup full of ice and no coffee. Well a women in Illinois, after 10 years of buying drinks, has had enough. She is suing Starbucks for $5 million dollars. Yup $5 million for too much ice.

Now maybe she has a point. A Venti iced  coffee is advertised as 24 ounces, but in reality you are getting 14oz of coffee and 10 oz of ice cubes. Well that kinda sounds like a rip-off. But at the same time you are ordering an "iced" beverage. Ice is right in the title. And really Starbucks is great at customizing orders. If I walked in and ordered an iced coffee, light on the ice, they would make it for me.

These kind of lawsuits are ridiculous. I mean this lady went to Starbucks for 10 years. Ordered her iced drinks for 10 years and when a lawyer mentioned there was a potential for a profit a law suit is filed. Where is this $5 million coming from? I sure hope this lady has not spent that much in coffee in 10 years.

So what is going to be the outcome? I think our Starbucks orders will get even more complicated.

"Venti ice coffee, coconut milk, extra shot of espresso, 2 pumps of sugar free vanilla and 5 ice cubes"