Jenny Erikson is a conservative chick with a strong opinion and a smart mouth. Sometimes sassy, sometimes sincere, always honest. She believes that ingenuity, elbow grease, and sheer determination can accomplish anything -- even motherhood.
Jenny blogs at JennyErikson.com and records a weekly radio show, Top 7 with Jenny & Ashley, on BlogTalkRadio. She lives in Southern California with her husband and their two young daughters.
Raise your hand if you’d rather skip this year’s road trip than listen to whichever kiddie soundtrack your own little passengers are currently fixated on? Is anyone else raising his or her hand and waving it wildly? I am!
On the other hand (presumably not the one waving around like a spaz above your head), it’s not like you can just play whatever you want. Those goobers in the backseat have ears after all, and if they’re anything like my daughter, who at age 3 asked why the man singing on the radio was taking the lady’s panties off, you’ll need some tamer tunes.
So how to reconcile the parents’ need for decent music with the kids’ needs for catchy musical distraction? We find fun pop songs from present and past that don’t talk about getting it on gangsta style -- or any style for that matter. Here are nine songs that are safe for the kiddos to sing along to.
Breastfeeding. It’s a personal decision. It’s the way God made mothers; it’s best for baby; blah blah blah. Look, in a perfect world, breastfeeding would be a beautiful, wonderful bonding experience for every mama out there, and we would all do it for just the perfect amount of time before creating a national scandal by nursing your preschooler on the cover of a magazine.
But it’s not a perfect world, and that’s why God gave us scientists and nutritionists to make formula. Or something. But if any of you moms-to-be out there are still wavering on the whole issue, a new discovery might influence your decision: Breastfeeding exclusively for six months significantly reduces your chances of getting cancer later in life.
A homeless man in Illinois may have just been given the perfect opportunity to get back on his feet by winning the lottery -- literally. Pastor Greg Davis of United Pentecostal Church in Dekalb witnessed an obviously homeless man grinning over his winning ticket.
Davis, who had stopped at a gas station in Bloomington on Thursday night, said, “I was standing behind a man who was obviously homeless for a couple of different reasons you could tell he was certainly down on his luck.”
The drive-thru prankster is back! Rahat the Magician Prankster became Internet-famous with his notorious “invisible driver” video on YouTube. He made a costume that looked just like the seat of his car, and filmed the reactions of drive-thru workers when a car pulled up to the window with “nobody” driving it. Hilarity.
In his latest video, Rahat pulls up to the window … decapitated. The reactions of the employees to the headless driver are priceless! I promise you will laugh.
Didn’t our parents used to tell us that we’d be asking people if they wanted fries with that if we didn’t study hard in school and go to college? Well the job market is apparently so bad with the millennial generation that it may require a degree to get a job at McDonald’s.
A Massachusetts McDonald’s recently posted a job listing for a full-time cashier that listed a bachelor’s degree and 1-2 years experience as requirements. No mention of how much the job pays, but it’s doubtful that it’s enough to make a very serious dent in those student loans.