Botched Parenting And Other Snippets

Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster


On the New York Times best-seller list for paperback nonfiction last Sunday, “Heaven Is for Real” was No. 1. The book remains in the top spot this coming Sunday.


He publishes this bit of fiction written and directed by his father, yet I haven’t got the nerve to put my writing out there on the market. For shame, Ashley, for shame…

Missing His Own Point


I just submitted this. 😀 Feel free to vote it up or down or sideways if they add that option…

My Zazzle Store

My Zazzle Store! Heartchasms: Home: Store

Mom Could Afford Shoes But Not A Sitter?

Now I like a good shoe sale as much as the next mom. I may or may not have even ignored my kids a little while shoe shopping online at home — but this mom in Cincinnati, Ohio took  her shoe obsession way way way too far. 

Crystal Boyd, 21, left her three babies — ages 1, 2, and 3 — at home alone while she went shoe shopping. Uh, who did she think was going to be in charge? The 3-year-old? What the hell was she thinking? 

Obviously, Boyd has been charged with three counts of child endangerment and is now out on bond. There is no word on where the children are now or when Boyd is expected to appear in court. There is nothing in the report that states if anything happened to the kids or how she got caught. 

Big sad news for Crystal though. You can’t wear those new shoes in jail. 

Can you imagine leaving kids this young completely alone for 5 minutes, let alone while you went shopping?

I’m not that fond of shoes or shoe shopping, but I can understand wanting your “me” time.


If no sitter is available, either take the kids with you or don’t go!

Box Cutter Circumcision

I didn’t think it would be possible to bring the pro-circumcision and intactivists to the same table and have them break bread, but the impossible has happened. A story of circumcision so horrifying no one can agree with it has come out of Oregon. At least . . . I’m hoping no one thinks it’s a good idea to try your own at-home circumcision with a pair of pliers and a box cutter? Really? 

Keemonta Peterson, the mom who allegedly pulled this awful stunt on her 3 month old baby, told police she watched YouTube videos before she decided to use the pliers as a tourniquet and the box cutter as her “scalpel.” America, I’m sorry, but a bunch of YouTube videos does not a doctor or a mohel make! Either side of the aisle agrees circumcision is a big deal! If it IS done, it takes someone with solid experience cutting into a little boy’s delicate flesh. 

Not surprisingly, the little boy started bleeding uncontrollably, but Peterson at least had the good sense to call 911. He was rushed to the hospital, but he’s doing OK now. The mom is facing assault and criminal mistreatment charges. 

What do you think? Is this one of those battlegrounds that will bring moms on either side to the table?

And what kind of drugs made her think this was a good idea? Why didn’t she opt for the in-hospital circumcision when he was born or schedule it through his pediatrician? This poor little boy!

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