In the News……

Do you watch the News on a regular basis, or read a newspaper? Perhaps you catch up on what goes on in the World via Facebook or Twitter. Personally, I try to avoid it whenever possible because News is invariably bad or intensely irritating and sometimes both; today there is a case in point. 

Do you watch the News on a regular basis, or read a newspaper? Perhaps you catch up on what goes on in the World via Facebook or Twitter. Personally, I try to avoid it whenever possible because News is invariably bad or intensely irritating and sometimes both; today there is a case in point. 

Some people have said that Russell Brand has a screw loose; after reading this article I am not sure that he has one screw fully tightened! He is calling for tickling to be outlawed. Yes, you heard correctly – tickling; you know, that thing people do to make kids laugh (even adults sometimes if we’re lucky). What reason has he given for this startling request? Well, apparently it ‘violates their space’ and children should not be tickled until they are old enough to consent. I can’t help but wonder if he applies the same logic to hugs, holding their hands and spinning them around, tossing them up in the air…all ‘violate’ their space don’t they? I could be wrong but I think it’s termed ‘playing with children’. What would he prefer to replace it with? A discussion on boundaries and the psychological and emotional impact of only interacting with your child on a purely academic level? Bell end!

What makes it all the more incredible is that Brand says that he believes he is ‘too sensitive’ to change nappies and that his ‘romantic, reflective, religious world view’ prevents him from being a full-time parent. It does beg the question then whether he is really qualified to call for a ban on anything that is even remotely connected to parenting doesn’t it? I’ve never had kids but I am fairly sure that most parents are more concerned with loving their children and raising them in a safe stable environment than they are with ensuring that their personal space isn’t violated!

Is this really where our World is headed? Our right to freedom of speech is gradually being eradicated by political correctness, we are divided to the point of violence by politics, our schools teach equality and diversity rather than maths and English and now tickling is offensive?? Give me a break! This is why I don’t watch the News: the blatant stupidity that one finds within it!

Rant over, I am going to read a book ;O)

What about you? Do you keep abreast of the News and, if so, how to you keep from tearing your hair out? Better yet, what’s the most ridiculous News story you’ve heard this week? Let me know, I’d love to hear from you.

Lisa x

 

FOWC: Credit

“Girls” his voice thundered “Girls! Where are you?”

‘Those bloody kids’ he thought ‘where the hell have they wandered off to now’.

“Gina! Find the girls, we’re going to be late” he picked up his whiskey and took a gulp.

“Girls” his voice thundered “Girls! Where are you?”

‘Those bloody kids’ he thought ‘where the hell have they wandered off to now’.

“Gina! Find the girls, we’re going to be late” he picked up his whiskey and took a gulp.

Even his damn wife was on the missing list! What had he done to deserve this life? A top executive, more money than he knew what to do with, he could have had any woman he wanted, why did he land himself with bloody Gina? Granted she’d been hot in her day, that’s why he married her after all, beautiful face, great body….hhhmm yeah definitely a great little bod. A fleeting smile crossed his lips as Stefan remembered the first time he’d claimed her as his own….

As quickly as it had arrived, however, the smile was replaced with a frown as he bellowed once more

“If we’re late for this dinner Gina, I’m going to make you pay, get your bloody arse down here now!”

‘It’s those damn kids’ he thought ‘she’s mollycoddled them since the day they were born’. He’d given into her when she’d said she’d wanted kids, he’d have given her anything at the time, but what a mistake that was! He’d figured that they’d have a boy to carry on the family name; a nanny for the first few years and then packed off to boarding school but no, what had he got? Twin girls! Savannah and Rain, Gina’s choice obviously; he’d tried to indulge her after they were born but Christ! Her figure was in ruins, she had no interest in pleasing him any more, her only thoughts were for those damn kids!

He wouldn’t mind but the girls, despite all the attention that their mother lavished on them, seemed indifferent to her. He was sure that they loved her…..actually he wasn’t sure, it almost seemed as though they didn’t even like her sometimes; they were a strange pair, no doubt about it. Of course, they were all over him like a rash, always looking for his approval, always trying to find some pathetic way to get his attention. God! What had he done to deserve such a weak and spineless bunch of females?

Stefan looked at his watch, startled to see that it was almost 7.30. Shit! Now they were actually late! He put down his glass and heaved himself out of the chair, clenching his fists as he marched through the house in search of his family.

“Gina! Girls! Just wait ’till I get my hands on you!”

He flung open door after door until he finally got to the nursery, his anger building with every step that he took. He knew it! She was still with those damn kids! Turning the door handle he raised his fist in preparation for the lesson he was going to teach them all.

Savannah looked up as her father entered, Rain was still concentrating on the game that they’d been playing.

“Rain? Rain, what have you done?” Stefan felt his knees give way and he crashed onto the nursery floor.

Rain was kneeling over her mother, cutting at her throat over and over, there was blood everywhere.

“It wasn’t just Rain Daddy” Savannah reached over and took her Father’s hand.

“Wh..wh..what do you mean?” he couldn’t tear his eyes away from his wife’s lifeless body

“I helped” Stefan turned to look at his daughter, she was smiling, a hopeful expression on her little face

“Why would you tell me that? Why?” he’d put his hands on her shoulders and was shaking her, she started to cry

“I just didn’t want Rain to take all the credit……..”

A gruesome little tale written in response to Fandango’s daily one word prompt so thanks to him for unleashing my inner psycho ;O)

Lisa x

Pity the Little Ducklings?

Have you ever seen something in the news that made you want to put your head in your hands and weep for the world that you’re living in? The kind of thing that makes you think ‘how the hell did we get to this point?’. I read a report this morning that did exactly that. It was about a nursery school (for children of 4 years and under) that had been downgraded by the Government body that monitors such things because it isn’t doing enough to monitor which of the children could be radicalised by ISIS! Now don’t get me wrong, I realise that terrorism is a serious issue but we are talking about little more than babies here!?!??!

Have you ever seen something in the news that made you want to put your head in your hands and weep for the world that you’re living in? The kind of thing that makes you think ‘how the hell did we get to this point?’. I read a report this morning that did exactly that. It was about a nursery school (for children of 4 years and underthat had been downgraded by the Government body that monitors such things because it isn’t doing enough to monitor which of the children could be radicalised by ISIS! Now don’t get me wrong, I realise that terrorism is a serious issue but we are talking about little more than babies here!?!??!

kids paintIt used to be that the worst thing nursery school teachers had to worry about was how to get Playdoh out of little Johnny’s hair but now they are supposed to be aware of the subtle signs of burgeoning extremism which may evade specialists from MI5? Are you kidding me with this??? Apparently they receive ‘training’ that will teach them how to identify and also protect children who could be at risk of radicalisation; I wonder, do they also receive training on how to finger paint and make little bunnies out of old socks?

The children start at this school from the age of 2 and yet the Government feels that Little Ducklings nursery has a duty under Section 26 of the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 to have “due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism”. I realise I may be showing my ignorance here but how exactly is a child that can’t tie it’s own shoelaces going to be ‘drawn into terrorism’?

Apparently, these are some of the things that the teachers should be looking out for:

  • General changes of mood, patterns of behaviour, secrecy;
  • Changes of friends and mode of dress;
  • Use of inappropriate language;
  • Possession of violent extremist literature;
  • The expression of extremist views;
  • Advocating violent actions and means;
  • Association with known extremists;
  • Seeking to recruit others to an extremist ideology.

Shocked toddlerSo, if little Johnny starts throwing a paddy at nap time and hides his teddy behind the coat rack, is he showing signs that he is being radicalised? What about if he decides that Harry is a poopy head and he wants to wear the weather boa from the dress up box?

From my limited experience with sub 5 year olds, language tends to be limited to ‘mine’, ‘shan’t’, ‘mummy’, ‘poopy head’ and that kind of thing. I am not sure that their linguistic capabilities extend to anything that an adult would consider ‘inappropriate’, unless you count them yelling ‘fat lady Mummy’ at the top of their voice in the supermarket checkout.

Possession of violent extremist literature…hmmmmmm…does the Gruffalo count??? I suppose a 4 year old could just about manage to read that.  As for the 2 year olds, well they’re really not going to be reading much of anything are they? I suppose if ‘possession’ is the only consideration then holding onto a book and sucking the corners could count but personally I can’t see the risk, can you?

As for extremist views, I can’t imagine your average toddler coming up with anything more radical than ‘but there’s nuffin in my cup’ during the toy’s tea party! What about violent actions then? Does pulling Molly’s hair and pushing Tommy in a puddle count?

I’m sorry if it seems that I’m taking this lightly but the alternative is to sit down and cry for the children who are growing up in a World where Governments are looking for potential terrorists in the toddler population.

Not only that but teachers at pre-school are having to look out for signs of drugs, abuse both sexual and physical, gender identity crisis etc. etc. etc. Please can someone tell me when we took away the innocence of childhood?

I’ve never had kids so maybe I’m the wrong person to be commenting on all this; what do the WP parents think? I’d love to hear from you

Lisa x

 

 

Exercise is Good For Kids!

We all learn from experience after all and those we have as children are the ones that will shape us as adults so, yes, the headline is right, exercise is good for children but why oh why do we need a newspaper to point this out?

Who knew!?!! Is it just me or does the media, when reporting on obesity and health issues, do nothing more than point out the bloody obvious? It’s been reported today that children who walk or run a mile a day are healthier than those who sit on their backsides; do we actually live in a world where people really don’t know that exercise is good for their kids? If the answer is yes, then is it any wonder that we have an obesity epidemic?

Kids running on hilltopWhat’s worse is that the headline says “children who are made to walk a mile a day”; when I was a child I needed no encouragement to go roaring about all over the place – getting me to sit still was the problem. Was it the same for you? Didn’t you long to be out in the fresh air playing with your friends? Was being told to sit still and not move the cruelest of punishments?

What’s changed? Is it really the case that children would prefer to live in the virtual world rather than experience real life or is it that the parents are too afraid to let them outside in case something awful befalls them? Is it more simple than that? Is it that  the parents don’t care if their kids are obese because they themselves eat unhealthily and live a sedentary lifestyle? If we have bad habits would we prefer that our children followed our example or do we realise that we make bad choices and would do anything to stop them making the same mistakes? Fat kids computer games

Maybe the answer is not to make kids exercise, but to encourage them? Perhaps we could take the time to explain why exercise is beneficial to their physical and mental well being. If we explained just the positive benefits of eating healthily and encouraged them to chart their personal progress in terms of energy and fitness levels, wouldn’t that be better than telling them – “this is good and this is bad”? We all learn from experience after all and those we have as children are the ones that will shape us as adults so, yes, the headline is right, exercise is good for children but why oh why do we need a newspaper to point this out?

I’ve never had children and I could be way off base here so I’d really love to hear your thoughts on this; if you’ve got a spare 5 minutes, please let me know what you think

Lisa x