*Sandra, thanks for letting me "sketch you up!"

*May make you love your love

*Brilliant and meant to be reused

*Coal in your colon

*A white dude in a top hat with a black manslave

*Ask not, "Why" but "Why not?"

*The first time we forget

*My "Why do men"

*Caveman porn

*I will cut off that toothprick of yours


1. I ask you to do one effing thing
2. Did you?
3. The socks betray him
4. There will be none of that
5. Leave notes in his shirt pocket
6. Trained in the gentle art
7. Put me in coach
8. Our species may, in fact, survive
9.Swarm Swarm
10.During the wooing
11.BUT not private enough
12.The bottomless appetite
13.The first time we forget
14.This is a nice litmus test
15.To get the ball rolling
16.She invited you back to her place for coffee
17.Mary Magdalene or Eva Braun
18.It will only smell and make you queasy


   Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Easier than parenting

I'm not going to come on here and say that Tom Cruise is not crazy. I think he is a three of hearts short of a full deck and toolbox without a hammer.

I'm not going to come on here and say Scientology is not a cult. It is the Amway of religions started by a sci-fi writer trying to win a bet with a colleague.

I will say that labeling kids who act like...um... well.... kids with an acronym stating they have a "metal disorder" is wrong.

I will say that not labeling the parents as distracted, inattentive, self-absorbed and lazy and labeling a new generation of children "mentally ill" is wrong. The kids have not changed and there ain't something in the water.

I will say that drugging our children with a Class II narcotic that is built like and works like amphetamines and coke (and not the one you want to give the world - I mean Lindsey Lohan's candy) is wrong.

I will say feeding a developing mind a narcotic at six then telling them to "say no to drugs" with a straight face at thirteen is wrong.

I will say we have no idea what this drug will do to our children and getting them high so they annoy us less is wrong.

I will say masking the symptoms is not addressing the problem but it's a lot easier than parenting.

I will also say that Reese's Peanut Butter Cereal is the greatest invention of the 21st century because this little stream-of-consciousness post got pretty heavy pretty effing fast.

I will say you all look smaller from my soap box.

there are 13 doodles

At 7:56 AM, Blogger arthur decko said...

and *I* will say i agree with pretty much everything you said, except for the reese's cereal, you are wrong on that one, count chocula is the greatest invention, assuming toilet paper was invented before that...otherwise, toilet paper...

 
At 8:33 AM, Blogger lauritajuanitasanchez said...

I do agree. I've got a 3 year old who will eventually be diagnosed with ADHD, I'm sure. I have no intention of putting her on any drugs...BUT I can't say I won't in the future when her success in school is dependant upon her being able to pay attention in class. If and when I do, it won't be about her annoying me any less (she's actually an angel), but about her ability to succeed in school.

Oh...and Tom Cruise is totally nuts.

 
At 8:47 AM, Blogger Serra said...

Tom's definitely lost his mind. I'm waiting for the public appearance at the Oscars where he'll be wearing a Sergio Valente tuxedo in grey, to match the tin foil hat he's wearing to keep the mind control satellites from finding him.

 
At 9:19 AM, Blogger deanne said...

Hi up there! [waving away up at ya!]

 
At 10:30 AM, Blogger Melanie said...

I completely agree with you on the drugs. My seven year old seems to have an attention problem but there's no way in hell I'd put him on drugs. I just try to work more with him.

And he would totally agree with you on the reeses cereal. He loves all things reeses.

And Tom Cruise....jeez!! He's gone off the deep end.

Another great post.

 
At 11:32 AM, Blogger Paige said...

Word.

 
At 1:46 PM, Blogger You Can't Afford Me said...

i agree with you on everything except the cereal. i haven't tried it, so i cannot say. though i should just take your word on it, since you do seem to 'know all'.

my nephew was 'diagnosed' with some attention disorder (i forget which one), and the school actually forced my sister into making him take medication other wise he would be expelled. no one (until later) even looked at the reason behind his behaviour problem (which i truly believe to be my sisters fault) until later when her ex husband took my nephew away from her. as much as i disliked my brother-in-law, i was glad he was finally standing up for the well-being of his son. since my nephew has gone to live with his father, his behaviour is improved and he is no longer on medication that was almost as strong as the drugs my sister was on.

in another situation i witnessed, this neurotic lady i used to work with had her 3 and 5 year old daughters on all kinds of drugs. this woman was insane (to put it kindly). from her descriptions of what was going on, sounded to me like the girls were just being kids. it was not the children that needed medication it was their mother (hell, i almost needed medication in order to even work with the psychotic bitch).

i'm not saying that is the case everytime, and not to offend anyone, but i think that it's the parents that need to be looked at for reasons behind their childrens actions/problems.

 
At 3:08 PM, Blogger Amber said...

I have to agree with the overall message here. I can't abide the sudden inexplicable burst of ADD/ADHD North America has had. I also agree there are otherways to treat and manage mental issues, problems and maladies. These sometimes include using drugs.

Yes people by and large are over medicated, the drug companies are rubbing their hands gleefully and doctors are coughing up scripts left and right. There is a doctor shortage around here and they use that as a basis for the perscription answer. No one has time to help everyone so 'we do what wwe can.' The medical and pshchiatric systems are relying too much on perscription fixes. We now have all manner of supper bugs out there that can't be cured with anyform of antibiotic because of this.

Now I don't like taking drugs of any but the anti inflamitory kind, and I don't do that much either. I have taken Paxil for a few months when I has PTS. I know plenty of people on a variety of perscriptions and I think many of them would be better off with someone to talk to and a little vacay. There are a few who really do need the medication though. No amount of talking, listening or alternative therapy would help. They are violent and dangerous to themselves and others with out it.

The whole scene with TC and ML looks like a cage fight invented by MTV for that Celebrity Death Match. They both look nuts, tho TC gets a lot of minus points for sounding and looking like he's gone rabid. I don't think TC has a PhD, so I chuckle when he says he knows the history of psychiatry. Still ML looks like a big evil Barbra Walters wannabe by even starting the conversation.

All in all I think eveyone has spent too much time talking about all of this.

I don't know about the cereal, i'll try it and get back to you.

 
At 4:01 PM, Blogger Andy said...

You are 100% correct! I work in the field and let me tell you... 99% of the kids in our services have parents with extremely poor parenting skills! I'm not going to say there isn't anything wrong with ALL of the kids, but how they were raised certainly explains their behavior.

And parenting them does not start when they understand "no" or "do as I say." It start with the day of conception. How the woman takes care of her body and how the man takes care of his wife. It starts that early! Being a good parent is hard work. Being consistent is hard work. But it's harder to start parenting a child at 5. Even harder at 9. Still even more harder at 13. And may be impossible to parent at 17.

The other 1%, I cannot explain. You can have some very good parents out there, with some really messed up kids.

Sorry Hof... It's hard to see you way down there from MY soapbox!

 
At 4:43 PM, Blogger hofzinser said...

decko: sucks to be wrong! RPC cereal is even more important to the forward progress of society than TP.

wifeandmom2: If you turn off the TV and read to her the school thing will take care of itself...

serra: What is foilwoman doing on Tom's face? I thought she hated him.

deanne: *waving back*

melanie: sounds like a good kid with good taste and a kick ass momma.

paige: to ya mutha

sandra: we need to schedule you a dunkin donuts and Reece's party....

amber: i'm smoking what you're growing...

andy: Dane's raising you right man!

 
At 9:21 PM, Blogger Pink Lemonade Diva said...

Wow, I just started reading A*'s blog and wandered over here. This was hilarious. Enjoy your wknd together!

 
At 11:08 PM, Blogger lauritajuanitasanchez said...

I wish it was that easy.

 
At 6:10 AM, Blogger hofzinser said...

wifeandmom2: what was that easy?

 

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