Dec 14 2011

Kids spoiled?

A TODAY Moms and online survey of 6,000 parents found that three-quarters of us think our children are a little or a lot spoiled. Almost 60 percent of us think our children are more spoiled than we were as kids. ("When I was your age, I would get socks for Christmas, and I liked it! Then I would walk to school uphill both ways in the snow.") Moms reported they plan to spend an average of $271 per child this holiday, with one in 10 saying they'll shell out upwards of $500 on gifts for each child. Despite the struggling economy, only 1 in 4 moms say they plan to spend less on presents this year.  Read the full article.


Drive Safe!

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is recommending that we stop using cell phones, even hands free, while driving because it's too much of a distraction. What's your biggest distraction while driving?



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12/14/2011 5:23:03 AM
Dawn Williams United States
Dawn Williams
Spoiled kids. In some ways my children are more spoiled than I was. My family didn't celebrate Christmas and we do. However, my father replaced it with a random "Fun Day" during the year where we all exchanged gifts. It was a very wonderful day with my family. I got presents on my birthday and on "fun day". I didn't lack for needs and had a few wants as well. It's about the same for my kids.

They are definitely more spoiled than my husband ever was though. He was raised in an abusive and peculiar family where he wasn't exposed to electricity until he was close to 10 years old. At one point in his childhood, he and his mother were in a store and his mother realized the cashier was her daughter. (long history there) She took my husband's only toy from him and gave it to her to give to her son.

Changing subjects. I know that I let my phone distract me too much when I am driving. I feel that limiting us to calls with a hands free device is reasonable. A full out cell ban to me seems more than a bit much. At times, I make calls to people to find out important information, or use talking on the phone as a way to keep me awake when I am very tired on my way home at night. I know I need to do much less on my phone while driving though.
12/14/2011 6:47:15 AM
Sheila Lyda United States
Sheila Lyda
If they're going to ban cell phones then they need to ban cb radios - including the ones the police use as well as the computers the police have in their cars.

My point is that we don't need new laws; we just need to enforce the laws we already have. Phoenix has the right idea. If a person is getting a ticket and participating in ANY distracting behavior (including eating and/or drinking - whether it's water, soda, or alcohol), he gets a ticket for that as well.
12/14/2011 10:01:49 AM
Rick United States
The suggested legislation is ostensibly to protect us from distracted drivers, however, we are asking the wrong question; who protects us from the legislators?
12/14/2011 6:27:05 PM
paul United States
do not drive and at same  time do not drvie and anwer your cell phone do not drink and drive  do not strages do not know do not ask for money from holmess pelope
12/15/2011 5:49:46 AM
Kristine United States
Spoiled Kids.
I was shocked to hear the $300 spent per kid.  $300 is usually what I spend on everyone, extended family included.  I make a lot of my gifts, and buy clearance through the year.  This year the dollar store had alot of their summer stuff clearanced to 90% off.  So I bought a lot of that; then I was wrapping it for Christmas and thought... "How am I going to give these toys to the kids, and they won't be able to play with them until summer?"  Then I had a stupendous idea.  Where my daughter goes to dance, they have a pool.  So the Friday after Christmas, the kids and I, my brother and his kids, and two friends with their kids, are all going to go swimming with the new swim toys.  I have tickets printed up and a certificate that describes the present of an afternoon swim with friends.  I think it's going to be their favorite present of all, because it's time spent with family and friends.
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