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Rhonda Robinson

Rhonda Robinson is part of NewsReal's editorial team. As a columnist, Rhonda has provided readers with thoughtful insight into social, political, and parenting issues since 1995.


“Blue Like That”

2010 December 24

For years I simply couldn’t understand why some people would get depressed at Christmas. After all it’s a time of giving and family gatherings. But then, I had never experienced the tragedies of abuse, neglect or the loss of someone that held the keys to my heart. That is, until 2008.

That’s the year I joined an exclusive club– one that no one wants to be in. It is a community of sorrow; you don’t join- you’re thrust in. At Christmas, not only do we see the faces of those we love, but also the absence of those we lost.  As Robert  Avrech so aptly put it “absence becomes presence.”

To survive this season of joy, I strive to remain thankful for what I have as well as what I had. The following video was made by our daughter Jami to accompany the song “Blue Like That,” written for our youngest son Daniel. Today, I would like to dedicate it to all of you celebrating this Christmas with a smile on your face, and an ache deep in your heart.

Choking Hazard for Progressive Parents

2010 December 24

Games are a natural part of life. Think about it. Even in nature, pups, cubs and kittens play, practice and sharpen the skills they will use as adults. Littermates will tumble around, with fake growls and go in for a “kill” with a pretend bite to the neck. The puppy on his back, knows he’s lost the game.

Throughout history, there were games that displayed strength, stamina and skills in every culture. Today, those who can play games to display their strength, stamina and skill are given multi-million dollar contracts– and we pay big bucks to watch them.

However, though we don’t often think about it in these terms, games can be more to children than time wasters. They can be used, as a tool to sharpen thinking skills, and create a dry run for real life scenario, that we want to learn to avoid.

With today’s onslaught of video games, it can seem like the only skills that are being sharpened are hand-eye coordination and quick thumb reflexes. The old games of Shoots and Ladders and Sorry, seem pathetically obsolete. If you’ve read our last two installments of Politically Incorrect Parenting Gifts for Boys or Girls, you know that I take the business of child’s play seriously.

Video games can be an absolute waste of time and money. But there are a few that can instill life lessons at an early age that could never have been learned otherwise—without the luxury of age. But don’t discount the value of old fashioned board games.

The following list is not exhaustive by any means. It is intended only to direct your thinking away from commercial hype, cool trends and pop culture, and think about what your child is learning and practicing during play time.

Warning: The following advice, and recommendations contained therein, are politically incorrect—and may be a choking hazard for progressive parents of all ages.

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Politically Incorrect Parenting Presents: Top 5 Games for Christmas

2010 December 20

Games are a natural part of life. Think about it. Even in nature, pups, cubs and kittens play, practice and sharpen the skills they will use as adults. Littermates will tumble around, with fake growls and go in for a “kill” with a pretend bite to the neck. The puppy on his back, knows he’s lost the game.

Throughout history, there were games that displayed strength, stamina and skills in every culture. Today, those who can play games to display their strength, stamina and skill are given multi-million dollar contracts– and we pay big bucks to watch them.

However, though we don’t often think about it in these terms, games can be more to children than time wasters. They can be used, as a tool to sharpen thinking skills, and create a dry run for real life scenario, that we want to learn to avoid.

With today’s onslaught of video games, it can seem like the only skills that are being sharpened are hand-eye coordination and quick thumb reflexes. The old games of Shoots and Ladders and Sorry, seem pathetically obsolete. If you’ve read our last two installments of Politically Incorrect Parenting Gifts for Boys or Girls, you know that I take the business of child’s play seriously.

Video games can be an absolute waste of time and money. But there are a few that can instill life lessons at an early age that could never have been learned otherwise—without the luxury of age. But don’t discount the value of old fashioned board games.

The following list is not exhaustive by any means. It is intended only to direct your thinking away from commercial hype, cool trends and pop culture, and think about what your child is learning and practicing during play time.

Warning: The following advice, and recommendations contained therein, are politically incorrect—and may be a choking hazard for progressive parents of all ages.

read more…

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Politically Incorrect Parenting Presents: Top 10 Gifts for Girls

2010 December 17

It was a typical conversation between mother and son, just a few weeks before Christmas—and it went something like this, “I’ve got the boys covered, so what do I get for little Miss Corrine?” said I. To which he replied, “Geez mom, you raised six girls, it shouldn’t be hard for you to figure out. She’s a girl. Buy her girl stuff.”

But it’s not that easy. There are all kinds of girls, which means there are lots of different flavors of “girl stuff.” Corrine is four, and has two cousins the same age. They are all girly-girls and not one of them are the same. One is getting a pink handled gun and holster—she lives with a bunch of brothers, so of course she has to be armed. Nothing thrills her more than to run with the big boys- she can usually keep up, if not best them, but she always does it in feminine style. read more…

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Politically Incorrect Parenting Presents: Top 10 Gifts for Girls

2010 December 14

It was a typical conversation between mother and son, just a few weeks before Christmas—and it went something like this, “I’ve got the boys covered, so what do I get for little Miss Corrine?” said I. To which he replied, “Geez mom, you raised six girls, it shouldn’t be hard for you to figure out. She’s a girl. Buy her girl stuff.”

But it’s not that easy. There are all kinds of girls, which means there are lots of different flavors of “girl stuff.” Corrine is four, and has two cousins the same age. They are all girly-girls and not one of them are the same. One is getting a pink handled gun and holster—she lives with a bunch of brothers, so of course she has to be armed. Nothing thrills her more than to run with the big boys- she can usually keep up, if not best them, but she always does it in feminine style. read more…

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Politically Incorrect Parenting Presents: Top 5 Christmas Gifts For Boys

2010 December 8

It’s here. Christmas, that wonderful time of year when toy manufacturers find out just how well their advertising dollars were spent, and parents have a chance to put their money where their hearts are.

While the Left complains about our consumer-oriented society, and looks for books to indoctrinate their three-year olds, I have a better idea.

How about buying toys that enrich children’s lives? It can be done. Not only can it be done, but in doing so, I can almost guarantee these items will be around, and still loved by next Christmas.

Over the course of raising three boys and six girls, I have developed a toy philosophy.  A philosophy that has kept me from drowning in a sea of plastic with “made in China” stamped on its crest, and has given my children years of memories and are now serving a second generation.

Warning: The following advice, and recommendations contained therein, are politically incorrect—and may be a choking hazard for progressive parents of all ages.

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Politically Incorrect Parenting Presents: Top 5 Christmas Gifts For Boys

2010 December 6

It’s here. Christmas, that wonderful time of year when toy manufacturers find out just how well their advertising dollars were spent, and parents have a chance to put their money where their hearts are.

While the Left complains about our consumer-oriented society, and looks for books to indoctrinate their three-year olds, I have a better idea.

How about buying toys that enrich children’s lives? It can be done. Not only can it be done, but in doing so, I can almost guarantee these items will be around, and still loved by next Christmas.

Over the course of raising three boys and six girls, I have developed a toy philosophy.  A philosophy that has kept me from drowning in a sea of plastic with “made in China” stamped on its crest, and has given my children years of memories and are now serving a second generation.

Warning: The following advice, and recommendations contained therein, are politically incorrect—and may be a choking hazard for progressive parents of all ages.

read more…

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May God Bless You With Foolishness

2010 November 25

Happy Thanksgiving from the In The Family Way blogging team.

Thanksgiving and Christmas, when you think about it, is a very appropriate way to end a year. Both of these holidays can bring out the best, and worst, in people. But then, that’s our human nature.

Acknowledging our basic human nature is a core principle of our founding, and of conservatism. Over the past year, I have watched this play out in several different ways, both in my personal life and the political arena.

This Thanksgiving, I’m very thankful for the lean years, half-truths, anger and anguish.

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5 Reasons Why a Dog Should Be a Family’s First and Last “Child”

2010 November 18

It had been almost twelve years before I got baby pains again—at 49, that was a dangerous thing. Considering that we have had a toddler in the house every two years since the late 70s, it shouldn’t have surprised anyone.

My husband has always had a soft spot for brown-eyed puppies, and blue-eyed babies. So, he really wasn’t a tough sell when I told him I wanted to adopt.

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5 Reasons Why a Dog Should Be a Family’s First and Last “Child”

2010 November 14

It had been almost twelve years before I got baby pains again—at 49, that was a dangerous thing. Considering that we have had a toddler in the house every two years since the late 70s, it shouldn’t have surprised anyone.

My husband has always had a soft spot for brown-eyed puppies, and blue-eyed babies. So, he really wasn’t a tough sell when I told him I wanted to adopt.

read more…

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Politically Incorrect Parenting Presents: 5 Reasons Little Boys and Girls Are Not Progressive “Its”

2010 November 13

If you can remember watching the first man walk on the moon, you probably can remember when boyish antics and energy was washed away with dismissive statements such as “boys will be boys.” But then, that was a long time ago, back when boys and girls were expected to actually be different.

Did that last statement “boys and girls were expected to…” echo in the back of your mind, leaving you with a feeling of uncertainty and doubt?  Is that why girls and boys are different, simply because we expected them to be? That’s the feminist theory.

We now have a generation of parents that have been raised on a steady diet of this concept for so long, that some consider it to be cruel to label a child as a boy or girl—other’s have gone so far as to keep the child’s gender a secret and raise “it” without a gender.

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Politically Incorrect Parenting Presents: 5 Reasons Little Boys and Girls Are Not Progressive “Its”

2010 November 11

If you can remember watching the first man walk on the moon, you probably can remember when boyish antics and energy was washed away with dismissive statements such as “boys will be boys.” But then, that was a long time ago, back when boys and girls were expected to actually be different.

Did that last statement “boys and girls were expected to…” echo in the back of your mind, leaving you with a feeling of uncertainty and doubt?  Is that why girls and boys are different, simply because we expected them to be? That’s the feminist theory.

We now have a generation of parents that have been raised on a steady diet of this concept for so long, that some consider it to be cruel to label a child as a boy or girl—other’s have gone so far as to keep the child’s gender a secret and raise “it” without a gender.

read more…

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