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Chubby Bunny: Dangerous Game!

July 28, 2016

“The Parental Grapevine!”

A Cluster of Transformational Parenting Practices

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Chubby Bunny:  Dangerous Game!

For the past several weeks, I’ve pointed out some of the Dangerous Games our teens and tweens participate in during Summer Break and at other times when they have less supervision and more free time to goof off.  Chubby Bunny:  Dangerous Game! is my last blog post about the popular but life-threatening “Games” our sons and daughters can get involved with during the summer when they are …

  • Looking for thrills … in all the wrong places
  • Suckered into … “I Dare You!” challenges
  • Curious about … how something “Feels”
  • Just plain BORED!

In any one of these four states of mind, a number of tweens and teens have turned to Chubby Bunny, a “Game” with a cute name … but like so many others – IS Dangerous!

Here’s the Chubby Bunny definition offered by IceBreakerIdeas.com, a website that provides “everything you ever wanted to know about icebreaker games and activities”:

“Chubby Bunny is a popular, fun game, frequently played by campers around a campfire. Players put an increasing number of marshmallows in their mouths and attempt to clearly and audibly say the phrase “Chubby Bunny”.  The winner is the person who is able to say the phrase with the most marshmallows in his or her mouth.”

Chubby Bunny is Dangerous and Dumb!

If you watch The Doctors, America’s Medical Dream Team, you know they dispense life-saving educational information that their audience can rely on.  The show is hosted by ER physician Dr. Travis Stork and co-hosted by read more …

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What Society Expects of Parents! (Part 2)

November 12, 2015

“The Parental Grapevine!”

A Cluster of Transformational Parenting Practices

  Malbec Grapes

What Society Expects of Parents!  (Part 2)

We do not live in the world of our grandparents.  That fact alone changes EVERYTHING!

The universal “response” of parents to the commitment of the Network of Solidarity would be:  Appreciation!

“We cannot watch over our children and teen-children 24/7, but we know it is critically important that they be watched over.  So we Welcome, Value and Appreciate every effort of the Network of Solidarity to “fill-in” for us … to ensure the wellbeing of our sons and daughters.” 

Parents would have to be careful NOT to divulge the identity of members of The Network because that would render them less than effective with our children and teen-children.  If our children found out how information about them was being funneled to us, it could undermine the purpose of the Network of Solidarity.

Parents would use every means at our disposal to make certain there is NO abuse or twisted intentions in the relationship between our sons and daughters and other adults in their lives. read more …

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What Society Expects of Parents – Part 1

November 10, 2015

“The Parental Grapevine!”

A Cluster of Transformational Parenting Practices

  Malbec Grapes

What Society Expects of Parents!  (Part 1)

Ever wonder what Society expects of you as the Parent of a teenager?  If not, let me clue you in.

You are expected to fulfill your parental obligations with or without the tools you need to do that job well.  Here’s what’s “Real!”  There are parents out there who tell me they would do “Jumping Jack” backflips if they had a little help with their son or daughter when they really need it.

And those parents don’t mind being specific about the help they want … whether it sounds realistic or not.  Here’s what they say they want:

⊕  An enhanced GPS “Tracking Device” — to let parents know when and where their teenager is going to go AWOL or is NOT going to use their handy cellphone to call home at a reasonable hour.

⊕  A fully functioning “Mood-Swing Detector” — to send parents an Alert just before their teenager blindsides them with an emotional meltdown for no apparent reason.

⊕  An all knowing “Crystal Ball” — to give parents a hint about what their teenager is thinking when he or she shuts down and refuses to talk … for no apparent reason.

Neither of these desires is frivolous … but it’s not likely that Society can deliver them! read more …

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