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    You can breathe easily knowing this story does NOT involve a school, students, and guns or violence -- thank goodness -- but the details will still leave you scratching your head.

    A Colorado K-12 school was evacuated when 30 students and a teacher's aide returned to the building after recess reporting eye and skin irritations that resembled allergic reactions. When investigators inspected the area outside of the school grounds, they didn't find pepper spray or a toxic fertilizer -- they discovered six habanero peppers thrown into a bunch of wood chips near the playground. The little suckers caused a whole lot of chaos, and nobody has a clue how or why they were there.

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    This Is 11

    posted by Miss Isabella April 1 at 12:00 PM in Big Kid
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    Being 11 is harder than it looks. I know all the grownups are always like, "Oh, you're so lucky to just be 11 and not have so much to deal with." My response is usually a nod and a smile, but sometimes I give them a shrug and a "so so" movement with my hand.

    This is what really goes on in the life of an 11-year-old ...

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    When it comes to our children and their schooling, most of us would climb the highest mountain if it meant our kids were able to receive the best education we could provide for them. One devoted father in China is, literally, carrying his disabled 12-year-old son on his back and walking him to the nearest school that will accept him -- which is inconveniently located 5 miles away from their home.

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    After parents, teachers are arguably the most important people our children will come into contact with in their young lives. A great teacher can turn our child onto science, awaken in her a love of writing, or simply make him feel comfortable, happy, and secure for a few hours a day -- something that is just as important as learning math. And yet, so many talented and dedicated educators leave work each day feeling like they haven't accomplished anything. The rules and expectations are changing rapidly around them -- one day Common Core is king, the next day they're told they can no longer teach great works of fiction. It's easy to see why so many teachers feel like their hands are tied and they aren't making the difference they know they could.

    Glennon Doyle Melton, the author of Carry On Warrior, Thought On Life Unarmed, wants us all to know how special her son Chase's teacher truly is. This heartwarming letter is one that should be shared with every mom, dad, and teacher you know.

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    The following is from our sponsor, VolunteerSpot.

    If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to stop stressing over helping in your child’s classroom, listen up! Volunteering in school doesn’t have to leave you pulling your hair out – sure, busy family schedules and work commitments can leave you strapped for time to donate in the classroom, but that doesn’t mean you can’t help out, or dare say it, actually enjoy your time there. Resolve to make your own ‘mom persona’ for the classroom this year and quickly find yourself looking forward to doing GOOD in your child’s school:

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    It’s hard to send your kids out into the world without you, but you do it anyway, because you know it’s part of growing up and the whole individuation process. One of the biggest steps we take as parents is sending them off to school -- but we trust that the teachers and other people taking care of them are responsible adults with training on how to handle kids.

    Or, you know, in the case of school bus drivers, not to drive drunk. A Columbus school bus driver was pulled over on Monday after driving erratically. The driver was drunk and had an open container of alcohol.

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    If I were a parent back in my mom's day, my kids would have never had Christmas toys. The idea of facing huge, aggressive crowds at toy stores each year and battling it out over the last Cabbage Patch Doll sounds like an absolute nightmare. Luckily, we can do all of our shopping online now -- in our pajamas.

    And according to the results of a survey at The Prowl, most parents feel exactly the same way I do and are refusing to leave the comfort of their homes in order to procure a Tickle-Me-Whoever. Just 24 percent of moms plan on doing all of their shopping in stores! Black Friday deals? Pssh, forget it -- forward us coupon codes instead. And even though the average wait time on a holiday store line is 37 minutes -- guess what? -- the average time it takes me to click a button and then grab a snack is just under one minute. 

    I'm in  line with most other moms who took the survey except for this finding: on average moms spend $224 per kid for the holidays.

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    If you're a woman and you have a social media account, you've likely had someone share with you this controversial Kmart commercial for Joe Boxer men's underwear. The sender either loved it ("Finally, an ad for us women," a Facebook friend posted on her wall) or loathed it and claimed it was going to destroy our children's innocence and demolish every value we work so hard to instill in them.

    The truth is: it's a really silly ad that is neither sexy and stimulating nor all that scandalous. It's sort of clever and will probably help sell a lot of underwear. And it might make your kids yawn. But that's about it, folks.

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    A teacher in Florida was suspended without pay after grabbing a fourth grade boy's hand, placing it over his heart, and forcing him to recite the Pledge of Allegiance. No one flinched when this happened in my Catholic grade school, but the problem in this case is that she taught at a public school and the boy is a Jehovah's Witness. The child, who respectfully stood up with the rest of his classmates, explained to his teacher that his faith prevents him from worshipping objects, but she reportedly insisted that he was an American and expected to salute the flag. 

    I was born and raised in America, am proud to be American, and have no issues with the word "God" or the fact that it was added to the Pledge in 1954 and, like it or not, has taken on a message that is as religious as it is patriotic. But, from a parent's point of view, public schools do not have the right to impose values that contradict my family's religious beliefs. Plain and simple. 

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    As any mom can attest: the most honest and pure people on earth are our littlest ones. Any adult who has asked a 9-year-old what she looks like dressed in a neon romper can vouch for that, as well. But kids are just as capable of handling bigger issues -- ones even adults have trouble tackling and understanding. Take gay marriage. Each state has its own stance on whether gays and lesbians should be allowed to marry and, even within the same family, differences of opinion on the matter can be enough to create serious wedges between relatives. 

    We may think young children are unaware of this hot topic or too naive to have an opinion on it, but you might be surprised to hear what they really think about gay marriage once they open up about it.

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