Everyone is Talking
About the woman berating a father paying for groceries with food stamps at a Walmart.
Why do I care?
It seems that it may be fair game to be chastised in line if you are paying with a food stamp card. If you’ve ever had to be on public assistance, you know that it’s hard enough standing out in the public eye for that reason, so imagine having someone publicly shame you, with your kid within earshot.
Tell me more.
A video recently surfaced of a father in the checkout line at a Walmart paying for his groceries when a woman decided to shame him for doing so, with a food stamps card. She is seen in the video saying to her son, “see, this is why you go to college, so you don’t have to take handouts.” In the video, the man proceeds to let her know he does in fact work 50-60 hours a week to provide for his family and that she should speak with her government officials if she has a problem with public assistance. She continues to go at him, and the exchange gets more heated. This, all happening while both of their children are present.
The reaction from the public to this video, which has now been viewed over 3.8 million times, has been anger and dismay. People are commenting on the fact that there were children privy to this exchange, that it was done in public, that this man is doing what he can to provide for his family, and that there are many reasons people are on public assistance. If you’re interested, a writer at Scary Mommy breaks down, what it looks like to work at minimum wage. Additionally, even some of our military families are on public assistance so, before a stone is cast, or a comment made in a random shopping line….
Your Digital Kid
So…sexting, kind of a thing with our teens. We’re going to say, it warrants placement in your birds and bees discussion as you work to help your children determine where their personal points of view lie in their private conversations. The fact is, the times, ‘they are a changin’ so why not help our kids navigate as best as we can? There are ways to have healthy relationships online and hopefully remain unscathed. Some key points you can discuss with your kids about sexting:
- Sending naked photos while under the age of 18 is illegal (sharing this fact may deter them from doing so in the first place).
- Discuss the potential for photos to be shared among their peers on a widespread level, even if they do trust the person on the receiving end.
- Share the study that shows most teens surveyed who have sexted have felt crummy after the fact as the most common outcome. No matter how much they want to be liked, it was not worth the degradation for someone else’s enjoyment.
Summer is coming and that means your kids will be around a lot more and you may need things to do that keep them engaged and learning. This tutorial for how to make a Bouncy Ball will take minutes and engage their scientific minds. The best part is it’s less than six ingredients.
Friends can help each other. A true friend is someone who lets you have total freedom to be yourself – and especially to feel. Or, not feel. Whatever you happen to be feeling at the moment is fine with them. That’s what real love amounts to – letting a person be what he really is.
– Jim Morrison
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