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Yesterday I heard on the news that the Florida school board is considering a dress code for parents when dropping their children off on school property.  I certainly agree that their should be a set of standards that the educational system expects from both their students as well as their families.  However, instituting a dress code for parents is pushing things a little too far.  I think that a letter from the principal or even the school superintendent stating that anyone working at or visiting any school within a particular school system, must wear the appropriate attire on school property.  This would include all children, parents, visitors, and staff.

It’s always best not to do things that may possibly alienate any one group or class of people. You may end up losing individuals that were willing to participate in school run activities. I certainly agree and have seen that there are parents, children, teachers and visitors that still don less than appropriate attire on school property. However, it is important that messages such as this be meant for all those utilizing the space in question.  It is not appropriate to single out any one or two groups of people.

I’m almost certain that every school has at least a set of expectations of what staff and students should and should not wear when on school property. It would also be helpful to remind families as well as staff via a seminar on “How adult behavior affects child behavior”, highlighting things such as dress, vocabulary, and behavior.  All of these things are important as they can cause friction within the students peer relationships as well as how students interact with adults who they may have little or no respect for because they too don’t dress or act appropriately. These types of problems are not usually just occurring based on daily family life, it’s based on daily interactions altogether.

Sometimes when you sit in the big seat it is easier to assume that parents are the only problem, but if we are all honest with ourselves, we will realize that problems as big as these may be caused by all of us.

Heather Salines pleads not guilty to aggravated child rape

SALEM, Mass. — A 38-year-old married mother of two from Saugus is facing charges for allegedly having sex with a 15-year-old boy.

Heather Salines was released on $7,500 bail after pleading not guilty to aggravated child rape during her arraignment Tuesday in Salem District Court.

The Salem News reports that prosecutors called the boy “vulnerable” because his own mother had died and he saw Salines as a “mother figure.”

The prosecutor said the case came to light after administrators at a Saugus middle school learned the boy had been showing another student nude photos Salines had sent to his cellphone.

Authorities allege the sex took place in a Middleton hotel room and Salines met the boy through her 13-year-old daughter.

Her attorney called it an “unfortunate incident” in court.

VideoMikayla Stern-Ellis, 19, Emily Nappi, 18, joined TODAY to tell the story of how they realized they had the same sperm donor, and were related. They met on Facebook before attending Tulane University and recently confirmed the relationship. “It’s so crazy walking around campus calling each other sisters,” said Stern-Ellis.

They look alike, love acting and chose the very same college hundreds of miles away from home. But there’s something else these new friends have in common and it’s making for an extraordinary family reunion.

Meet Mikayla Stern-Ellis, 19, and Emily Nappi, 18, who recently found out they are half-sisters, sharing the same biological father who donated sperm to their mothers.

“I already tell her I love her and it’s been two weeks,” Emily told TODAY’s Matt Lauer on Friday.

“It’s just really, really cool to gain more family,” added Mikayla.

The teens met on social media last year during the roommate search process at Tulane University in New Orleans. The girls — both freshmen — filled out a survey and noticed they had a lot in common. They didn’t end up sharing a dorm room, but kept in touch on Facebook. A few weeks later, Emily noticed Mikayla posting about her “Colombian sperm donor” biological father. It made Emily pause: she, too, was conceived with the help of an anonymous sperm donor from Colombia.

“When she posted that status, I thought that’s too much of a coincidence,” Emily said.

Could it be the same man? The teens joked about the possibility, but laughed it off. Still, the parallels kept coming: They both love the theater and will star in Tulane’s production of the “Vagina Monologues.” They have similar personalities and sport long curly black manes. Both were raised in California. They also have a similar taste in clothes: Mikayla bought a fleece jacket on a Black Friday shopping trip only to later find out Emily had bought the exact same coat.

So over the Christmas break, the girls asked their mothers for help. Sperm donors are issued numbers to identify them without revealing their names, so the teens compared theirs and were stunned to find out they matched.

“I wanted so badly to scream,” recalled Mikayla, who was at a doctor’s office when she got the news. “It was mind blowing.”

“I panicked,” Emily recalled. “I freaked out… I started running around the house screaming and telling everybody.”

The teens, who say they’ve become a lot closer since finding out they’re half-sisters, have enjoyed watching their families meet for the first time.

They differ in their interest in their biological father, however. Mikayla would like to meet the sperm donor, while Emily is curious what he looks like, but doesn’t want to find him.

Company announces closure, won’t hold classes 

BOSTON — A popular parenting center with several locations around Boston announced that it is closing all of its centers.

Isis Parenting posted on its Facebook page Tuesday night that no classes would be held — effective immediately.

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“With heavy hearts, we announce the extremely sad news that Isis Parenting must close. Effective immediately, no classes or phone consults will take place,” the company posted.

The centers in Arlington, Back Bay, Needham and Hanover will remain open for a short time with limited hours, the company said.

Isis has provided prenatal and postpartum education for patients who deliver at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

“The hospital is working with Isis to accommodate patients who are already registered for scheduled classes, and we are developing a long-term plan to ensure our patients’ needs are met going forward,” the hospital said in a statement.

Few details were released about why the company is closing, but several people reacted with sadness to the news.

“This makes me want to cry! I hope you guys know that there are so many of us that would not have made it through those beginning days, weeks, month and years without your support,” mother Tracy Harper Kistler posted.

“ISIS has been my home away from home for the past two years. It has provided my family with unbelievable support from pregnancy to sleep assistance to breast feeding to amazing classes. I met some of my best friends there,” mother Dawn Murray posted.

Questions about classes can be submitted via email to

For more information about the closure, click here.

Do you think parents should be criminally liable for their kids’ cyberbullying?

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Personally, I think this would need to be handled on a case by case basis.  If parents visible instil in their children bullying behavior and/or techniques, then by all means they should be held accountable.  I teach my parents that bullying is wrong in every and any way.  Each of my children have been bullied in one way or another at one time or another.  Every part of bullying hurts. The effects last forever. Even when an apology is offered, it’s not comfort for the damage that has already been felt. Sometimes, those that bully the most are those that were bullied themselves.  Others that are bullied are people that bullies know are too afraid to say anything to anyone including their own parents. As a parent, if you don’t know what signs to look for then you are helpless and often arrive into the situation when it is too late to do anything about it and your child is already lost to you. Do what ever you can to educate yourself to the art of bullying and the signs to watch for in a person that is being bullied. Here are some helpful resources


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08/23/2013 — Leave a comment


Soulless is the creature that kills without thought or regret
Soulless is the mother who discards her child like last nights dinner
Soulless is the teacher who refuses to teach the disabled
Soulless is the owner who refuses to serve someone because of their skin color
Soulless is the man who wears I white sheet and peers through the empty eye sockets and becomes judge, jury, and executioner of the innocent
Soulless are those who care not for the pain that they cause to anyone
Soulless are those that take what doesn’t belong to them
Soulless are those that bite the hand that feeds them

Everyone starts off innocent
Everyone chooses the road they take
I hope you’ve chosen the right road

My Motivational Phrase for theDay (08/23/13)


Growing up life was hard
Sometimes fun
Sometimes not so fun
Lots of time with family and friends
School was hard but I did well
Lots of house work
My paper route on good days and bad
Even during the blizzards and torrential downpours
Lots of hello’s to new family members
and goodbyes to those who left this earth

All things from my past turned me into the strong, independent person I am today
All that you’ve been through
All that you will continue to live through is what molds you
You have to live life, and experience life to the fullest to learn enough so you can teach others to survive this life

We grow from each experience that we have
Some experience hurt and some experiences sooth
All are a necessary part of life

Take time to look back so that you can always move forward with grace, understanding and


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