16 October 2014 @ 10:08 am
You wake up this morning to a phone call from your kid's school saying a staff family member was on the same plane as an ebola patient, but the school has contacted the health department and decided there is no risk to the students so it will remain open.

Your best friend from the next district over calls you a few minutes later saying she received the same type of call from her kid's school, but they have decided that it's safer to close the school.

Do you send your child to school?
11 October 2014 @ 10:29 pm
Let's say you've caught on to the fact that your neighbor kid smokes pot behind their shed, in your yard (the angle where he is best hidden from his own house.)

What, if anything, do you do?

Let's say somehow through mind reading or your neighbor posting this information in a rather large yet rarely visited community on an older nearly forgotten social media website, you find out that your neighbor has known about your kid's pot smoking for a while and has failed to say anything to you...

What, if anything, do you do, say, or think?
08 October 2014 @ 08:01 pm
Your booj kid comes home from middle school complaining that their math teacher is "mean". Even though you would never utter a single negative word about your snowflake, you have to admit that your kid has a vicitm mentality and a penchant for embellishing the facts in his favor. But you listen patiently as they go on and on about how "mean" this teacher is.

One day, your kid comes home with proof. He has secretly recorded this teacher singling out another student, your kid's best friend, in fact. This poor kid has always struggled in school, and has recently been having emotional problems stemming from this. In the recording, you can hear the teacher asking the kid over and over what the right answer is, only to be met with "ummm..." She begins to say things like "come on... use your logic!" in a condescending tone. She then includes the entire class by saying things like "everyone tell him the right answer", then having him try and repeat it back, which he simply is not comprehending. The kid is clearly embarrassed, but she goes on like this for a good 10 minutes.

You contact his mom, who you are close with, and tell her what you've heard. She is upset, obviously, but also confused, as he is getting an A+ in the class!  You begin to suspect that not only is this teacher a giant douchebag who doesn't know how to treat students with respect and sensitivity, but that she is deliberately giving her students grades they don't deserve.

How to proceed?

Bonus question: The kid's mom wants to use your son's recording when she meets with the school counselor, but your kid is worried about getting pulled into the situation and/or getting into trouble for secretly using his cell phone during class. What do you do?
02 September 2014 @ 03:31 pm
A woman was pushing her daughter on a swing, when a man approached and said his kid has been waiting to use the swing. The woman told him she would be another 5 minutes. The man then stopped the swing and tried to remove the child from the swing. Mom called the police.

Did mom over-react? Does it matter how long her kid had been swinging for? If this happened to you, what would you have done? How should one handle a "swing hog"?

Based on this: http://mobile.news.com.au/lifestyle/parenting/too-far-mother-calls-police-on-another-father-at-ryde-park-after-swing-set-altercation/story-fnet08ui-1227044862465
Vicki is dating Brooks.  Vicki has an adult daughter named Briana.  Briana is married with a baby and they live with Vicki (yes they pay rent, but probably not much).  Brooks told Briana's husband BlahBlah that Briana is mouthy, and out of line, and that BlahBlah should beat her into submission.  BlahBlah recorded this.  Now BlahBlah and Briana insist that Brooks is not welcome in their home.

What should Vicki do?
27 August 2014 @ 10:54 pm
Mom posts snarky comment about her kid's private school on facebook and tags the school. She is flabbergasted that they saw it and explained that such comments were against the handbook guidelines that she had read and returned signed. School not wanting to deal with more bullshit expels the kid, who is more entitled here? What should have been done before expelling the kid? How do respond if this happened to you?

26 August 2014 @ 09:22 pm
So let's say Shannon goes to Heather's house to clear up a disagreement.  Heather feels that the conversation is going badly, so Heather asks Shannon to leave.

Who is the jerk?
13 August 2014 @ 06:52 pm
Today, Boojkid attends a public elementary school. One day, he comes home upset. The administrators have decided to replace recess with a structured activity. For the next two weeks, that activity is kickball. At the end of two weeks, another activity will be chosen. There is no option for sitting out or doing something else. It is either kickball or going to the office. When (or if) you call the school, you are told that it is for the kids health and safety.

Is this right or wrong? If wrong, how do you respond?

12 August 2014 @ 10:53 am

A Texas mother says she was kicked out of a pizza restaurant for changing her baby at her table.

Miranda Sowers said she didn't have much choice, though.

She was alone with her three girls at Brother's Pizza Express in Spring, Texas, when her 4-month-old needed changing.

She took the baby to the bathroom, but she said there was no place to change the baby, other than on the floor.

She said she had to use her last resort, changing the baby on the chair next to the table, and no one could see her doing it, but someone at the restaurant apparently did.

The restaurant reportedly brought the rest of the family's food to them in to-go containers and asked them to leave.

One restaurant employee said she didn't want to lose other customers because they see a dirty diaper.

Sowers said she has filed a complaint with the Better Business Bureau. The restaurant stands by its action.

Link to news story.

Do you side with the mother or the restaurant? What would you have done in her shoes?

03 August 2014 @ 02:29 pm
Based on: http://jezebel.com/awful-couple-ditches-baby-with-down-syndrome-with-thai-1615125773

A couple uses a surrogate, with a clause that requires an abortion in certain circumstances. The surrogate was injected with fertilized eggs (e.g. only her uterus was used, none of her genetic material). The surrogate becomes pregnant with the couple's twins.

A medical issue is discovered. The couple requests an abortion, the surrogate refuses. The twins are born. The couple takes the twin with no medical issues, leaves the remaining twin with the surrogate.

Should the couple be responsible for child support for the child left with the surrogate?