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World’s Toughest Job
Welcome 2014 U.B.P. Hoppers
Raising Gentlemen — Part 2

World’s Toughest Job

There is a video going around about a com­pany that cre­ated a false job open­ing that is out­ra­geous. The reac­tions from the appli­cants is very entertaining.

About half way through it I caught on to what was going on. I smiled, thought how sweet, but then noticed a tug­ging in my gut. I pay very close atten­tion to those tug­gings. After some thought, I real­ized it was once again a mes­sage that being a par­ent = mom. Yes, it’s for Mother’s Day. I get that. But would that com­pany have done the same thing for Father’s Day?

I think not.

I can­not imag­ine rais­ing my boys with­out their father…whether we were divorced or not. I know many father’s that work so very hard to con­nect and be part of their children’s lives. They’re proud of their kids and a lot of times don’t get the part­ner­ship acco­lades of being the other par­ent. I under­stand I am going against the flow of a typ­i­cal Amer­i­can culture.

It breaks my heart that there are fathers (and moth­ers) that don’t want their chil­dren. I’m aston­ished that there are fathers that think it’s all on the mother’s shoul­ders for par­ent­ing the children.

I just think that maybe some of these neglect­ful (self­ish) father’s would rethink things if our cul­ture high­lighted the impor­tance of their roll in their family.

Think­ing aloud…

The Importance of a Dad




Welcome 2014 U.B.P. Hoppers

Ultimate Blog Party 2014

I’m so excited to get to par­tic­i­pate in UBP this year! I’ve been off the grid for awhile, pay­ing more atten­tion to my offi­cial day job. That hat was get­ting a bit heavy so I dusted off my Jen-hat and feel so much prettier!

By day, I’m a Dig­i­tal Mar­ket­ing Leader. By ALL day, I’m a wife to J, mom to sons Old­man (14) and Grem­lin (11). My only estro­gen helpers are my dogs Boomer (Bor­der Col­lie — Eng­lish Set­ter mix) and GiGi (Shi-tzu).

You can read more about me in my Meet Jen page, but really the bottom-line of my site is a place for me to chat about my fam­ily, teen struggles/joys, par­ent­ing, bond­ing with my brother who has Down Syn­drome, and crazy-every-day-weird things with my friends. I hope you’ll book­mark my site and visit me again. I’d love to con­nect to like-minded bloggers!

A few posts you might like:

My Pet Turkey
The Art of Being Grateful

*Be sure to leave me a com­ment and I’ll hop over to your site too.

Have Fun Hopping!! 

Raising Gentlemen — Part 2

Raising Gentlemen - Part II

Since writ­ing Rais­ing Gen­tle­men — Part I, I’ve had some inter­est­ing con­ver­sa­tions with friends. It seems moms and teach­ers are strong advo­ca­tors of “Gen­tle­men.” Men tend to lean more towards, “Men.” A very wise male friend men­tioned that being a man should encom­pass the mean­ing of gen­tle­men. I agree…however, in this cul­ture, that our boys are in, has a dif­fer­ent point of view on that.

I asked a few local male teens what they imme­di­ately think of when they hear the word, “gen­tle­man.” They started snick­er­ing and said, “It’s the oppo­site of a manly-man.”


One boy thew out the descrip­tion, “momma’s boy.”

These are the typ­i­cal, mid-west thoughts of our kids’ gen­er­a­tion. How can we impress upon kids that being polite, help­ful, and con­cerned citizen’s are great attrib­utes when their peers tell them they’re pansies?

I think it’s too easy to sit back in our adult reclin­ers and tell our kids that doing what we say will help them in the long run and to ignore the voices they have to hear for 8–10 hours every day.

We have to make a big­ger impres­sion. We have to help them be that voice of rea­son when it comes to mak­ing the best deci­sions. We have to be influ­encers in their lives.

Men/Dad’s: you are show­ing your guys how to treat women by how you inter­act with your wife. Are you respect­ful? Do you laugh often with her? Do you show her affec­tion in front of the guys? (Gross­ing them out is just an added bonus!)

Women/Moms: you are also show­ing your kids (and their friends!) how to treat oth­ers by how you inter­act with their dad and them. Be sin­cere with your praise. Use man­ners with them and above all else, teach them the magic of laughter.

Rais­ing teens is just as hard as being a teen. Let’s help each other out and pray for guid­ance. Cre­at­ing bound­aries won’t be as death-defying if we have a foun­da­tion to build on.

Game on, friends…

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