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Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Let them play!

Wow! Go Barbie!

Check out what Barbie and Mattel are doing! They have created a website dedicated to the question and subsequent discussion of "Are girls growing up too fast"? And what can we as parents do about it! http://www.webelieveingirls.com/index.html

The point of the website is to encourage parents, teachers, leaders, and, well basically all people who work with young girls, to let them be young girls!

Here are a few things from their website that they "believe" in:

~~We believe in girls. In their dreams. And in their very natural, built-in desire to change the world.

~~We believe in playtime (and more of it).

~~We believe, in fact, that the magic of a happy, playful, inspired girlhood is the same secret ingredient that creates happy, inspired and powerful women.

This is such an important issue. I see daily how TV, movies, cartoons, other children, and books are pushing little girls not to be little girls, but to be young women. I have to monitor everything. I don't want my daughter (she's 8) to grow up sheltered, but I just think at her age she shouldn't have to think about whether or not she's skinny enough, or if she has an ipod or cell phone yet, or if she's "cool!

I recently read an article that said the the Tween years has become the new Teen years:

In some ways, it‘s simply part of a kid‘s natural journey toward independence. But child development experts say that physical and behavioral changes that would have been typical of teenagers decades ago are now common among "tweens" — kids ages 8 to 12.

Zach is starting to notice it in his friends, too, especially the way they treat their parents.

The shift that‘s turning tweens into the new teens is complex — and worrisome to parents and some professionals who deal with children. They wonder if kids are equipped to handle the thorny issues that come with the adolescent world.

She and others who study and treat children say the reasons it‘s happening are both physical and social.

Along with that, even young children are having to deal with peer pressure and other societal influences.

And many tweens model what they see, including common plot lines "where the kids are really running the house, not the dysfunctional parents," says Plante, who in addition to being Zach‘s dad is a psychology professor at Santa Clara University in California‘s Silicon Valley.
read the rest:http://www.commercialfreechildhood.org/articles/tweensnewteens.htm

I think this is a great thing Barbie is doing.

What about you?

Monday, June 25, 2007

Top 10 Signs You Are A Blogging Addict!

How to know if you are a Blogging Addict
by Scott Thomas (one of my pastors) from the Acts 29 blog

I have met some bloggers out there and they are all interesting in their own way. Anybody who is excited to put their ideas, pictures, random thoughts, ramblings on the web for anyone to see has to be partly nuts. Some give it a go for a short time and find it taxing to regularly write things the whole world can see and a few might find interest. Others become addicted to blogging. It is these cats that I write about.

Top Ten Signs You are a Blogging Addict

1. You technorati yourself daily

2. You prefer blog commenting over actually talking to people

3. You have thought about live blogging your "interactive marital event"

4. You call other bloggers by their blog names, "Hey Tall Skinny Kiwi"

5. You think about blog subjects while on the toilet

6. You have more than ten RSS Feeds in which you subscribe

7. You have commented on your own blog with a pseudonym

8. You tell friends you could quit blogging anytime you want

9. You have blogged from your cell phone

10. You are not satisfied with blogging. Now you are a twitter!

Any of you relating?

Friday, June 22, 2007

This week, the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing


(Multnomah, March 2007)


Jill Nelson

About Jill: Jill Elizabeth Nelson is a member of the CFBA. Her blog, Artistic Blogger, addresses issues about art, art theft, antiquities preservation, and the art of fiction writing. She takes art seriously - when she's not having fun with it, that is. The To Catch a Thief Series combines her love of the written word with her love of other art forms.

The first in the series was Reluctant Burglar , second is Reluctant Runaway. In January 2008, she will reveal the third book, Reluctant Smuggler. Jill is thrilled if the adventures that spill from her imagination can raise awareness about art theft - deemed "a looming criminal enterprise" by the FBI. Jill and her husband, Doug, have four children and live in Minnesota.

About the book: Stolen Indian artifacts...A murdered museum guard…

A missing woman…A baby in danger…

Only Desiree can unearth the horrifying secret that links them all.

Museum security expert Desiree Jacobs doesn’t mean to get in danger’s path. Really she doesn’t. But when a friend is in trouble you don’t just walk away. No matter what your overprotective FBI agent boyfriend says! So when Desi and Tony’s date at a presidential ball is interrupted by a frantic Maxine Webb, Desi doesn’t hesitate to jump in.

Soon Desi is neck-deep in a confusing array of villains. Did Max’s niece run away or was she taken? Is she still alive or the victim of a perverse ritual? And who wants her infant son–and why?

Then Tony’s organized crime case collides with Desi’s investigation, throwing them both into the path of something dark and sinister. Something that craves blood...

From the streets of Desi’s beloved Boston to the mountain desert of New Mexico, Desi and Tony must rely on God to thwart unseen forces–and save a young woman and her baby from a villain more evil than any of them can imagine.

Buy the book here.

Monday, June 04, 2007

I'm a Lily...

You Are A Lily

You are a nurturer and all around natural therapist.
People see you as their rock. And they are able to depend on you.
You are a soothing influence. You can make people feel better with a few words.
Your caring has more of an impact than even you realize.