Don't Talk to Strangers: This may seem basic, but for a preteen, you can get more specific about suspicious behavior, and you can tell your preteen what to do if they feel uncomfortable or unsafe. Knowing which adults are okay to ask for help (teachers, parents of friends, police) is also important.I have been entertained all weekend by the childish playground behavior found on a couple of the blogs out here. Words that come to mind...nonsensical, sad, juvenile, pathetic, unnecessary, divisive, humorous, honesty, bandwagon, misinformation, ignorance, overkill. Anything I've missed? If you don't know what I'm talking about, consider yourself fortunate!
Play Safely: This rule includes not taking unnecessary chances on Playground equipment or being a show-off.
Set Behavior Expectations: Kids alone can get into arguments with other kids, find trouble or become victims of bullying by older, bigger kids. Give your child tools for how to handle a situation in which he or she is being pushed around, how to avoid peer pressure and how to get away from an argument.
Good Lord, the Cowboys look terrible this season!
I think the last day of mild weather was today. Temps in the upper 60s over the past week, but we have a winter weather advisory for tonight through Tuesday. Depending upon who you listen to, we'll either have 5" of snow by then, or just a snow/rain mix. I'm hoping for the latter. Should be snow in the mountains though. It was a nice run of the nice weather while it lasted!
I finally got caught up on my HNT site, up through September. I'll be updating it in groups of 10. There's currently 270 weeks posted. Not that I'd expect you to go through them all, but it's been an interesting exercise to go back and look at the pictures. Some of them have been really good! And many that really suck, too! Interesting to read the posts that went along with them. It's been a fun project!
Got the latest adventure of the OsShirt posted on the site. Be sure to check out who's been lucky enough to wear it!
Saw my first Christmas commercial. I think. It was for Pampers, with a woman singing "Silent Night" in the background. How disappointing.