We All Need Mayberry ; The Relevance of The Andy Griffith Show in Today’s World

A lot of voices in the parenting world label TV as a worthless waste of time. Monitoring what our kids watch is important, but there’s no need to completely exile the talking box to the attic. Moderation remains one of my guiding principles in parenting; my kids get PLENTY of outdoor time but I believe that there ARE shows airing that are worth being seen, even if we have to go back a few years to find them. For the duration of my childhood, The Andy Griffith Show was an entertainment staple in my household; my parents were avid fans, and the hilariously relatable situations of its episodes made me laugh from a young age. Knowing that it was filmed when my parents were kids showed me that they, like Opie, had likely gone through the same things that I, many years later, was experiencing myself. Now I’m sharing this awesome show with my kids, and they love it in all its black and white glory. Just as I could see myself in Opie’s shoes, my children can, too. Even though era-specific details are present in the show (Wait, why is he putting money into that phone? Didn’t they have…

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On Bon Bon Break: Tips for Tailgating With Kids

If your family is anything like ours, we LOVE Fall! Football is synonymous with Fall around here, and we try to attend a couple of college games (Roll Tide) each year. My husband and I like to make it a fun adult getaway when we can get help with the Herd, but it’s not a given that a babysitter will be available on a football Saturday in the South. Instead of scrapping the travel plans like we used to do when the kids were younger, we have now decided to haul them along for the experience since they are a little bit older and everyone is potty-trained and bottle-free, which makes travel supplies slightly less daunting. The fantastic crew over at Bon Bon Break liked my Tips for Tailgating with Kids and selected it as one of their September theme “Simplify” feature posts, sponsored by a really cool app called Komae. Go check out my Tips and tell me if you have other ideas that I should add to this list! If you like the post share it with your friends… Bon Bon Break pays me based on the number of people that read it!

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Letting Freedom Ring aka The Day America Said, “Bye, Felicia!”

After growing weary of taxation without representation and oppressive treatment from the British, patriots in the American colonies decided that they had finally had enough of England’s crap. I mean, can you imagine being forced to let soldiers, who more than likely looked down on you, stay in your home without being paid? Or being scared to speak out about your displeasure with the government? Yeah, me neither, but unfortunately it was the reality of so many Americans in the colonial period. For ages groups like the Sons of Liberty had met secretly in taverns and other more secluded locations to discuss the tyrannical rule they endured and the actions that must be taken to rid the nation of it. They took huge risks in meeting like this, risking death and imprisonment among other things, but they knew that they had to rebel against the current authorities to better their futures, so that they and future generations might have freedom. I use this as an opportunity to teach my children that sometimes we have to rise against what we know to be wrong in order to stand up for what is right. Fear of being reported to the British Authorities…

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