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I have a thing for purses. I also have a pre-schooler, which means I can't go the minimalist route at this stage in my life. I buy them big and I load 'em up. (It IS an added bonus that big purses can offest my big J-Lo butt)... but I truly need the space. Epi-pens for my bee-allergic little one, handi-wipes, kleenex, protein snacks, a water bottle, an over-stuffed wallet. You get the idea.
Beyond the function of these purses, I do like style & fashion. SO, I'm swapping out the brown for black, black for orange, orange for animal print, etc. on a daily basis. My husband watches this cumbersome ritual with some blend of disdain and amusement. It's like that scene from Mary Poppins... how much crap can actually be in that bag you wonder as she proceeds to pull out a lamp and coat rack.
Inspiration struck recently. He's certain he can't be the only man witnessing such madness, so he's threatening to take his idea to that Shark Tank show. A purse funnel. Much like the one you use in your kitchen, only bigger. So, swapping out bags becomes a one-dump process wherein all the hair ties, loose coins, receipts, lipsticks and essentials are all relocated in one easy manuever.
He'll call this purse-funnel The Pfunnel of course. Because he's a Pfunny guy.
She's hilarious. Truly. Personality PLUS, but admittedly offbeat. Which is what we love most about her. Her current obsession is traveling incognito. No, this is not a Halloween costume or some part of it.... it's just an accessory she wants to wear everywhere. I do mean EVERYWHERE. She's convinced people truly believe she is a full grown man when donning her master disguise....
It's the Super Bowl commercial you didn't see. Unless you live in certain media markets in Texas and Oklahoma. Was this a spoof on that super-gross GoDaddy makeout session? Can't be sure. But it's equally gross.
I'm guessing these ended up in one of those dollar type stores because some marketing genius got the target audience all wrong... I mean if you're old enough to know these characters, much less care about them... you've probably quit carrying a lunchbox.
Time for another one of my tweaks on a trending parenting issue. Cel phone contracts. They're everywhere, but in my mind not nearly comprehensive enough. I really like this idea, but might as well roll computers & social media in there too. The stakes are too high not to.
I know, I know... not all of you agree with reading your teen's texts. Fine. Take what you like here & strike the rest. I don't like the idea of spying. I personally choose to be up-front with her about my check-ins, and while she doesn't exactly love it... she understands and respects the spirit in which its done.
We compiled this list, then had our daughter read each line out loud before signing.
Lane Family Technology Contract
I know that having a cell phone and internet access is a privilege. I understand that my parents love me and want to keep me safe. These rules are not created to “control” me, but protect me. They are also created to protect these expensive items from damage. My parents respect that I am becoming a young adult and want the privilege of having the use of such technology. With that in mind, I agree that:
When I posted my Roadmap for Girls, I was not prepared for the level of response I got. If you were among those who took the time to comment, tweet, repost, or email me about the list- THANK YOU! Would you believe I got feedback from places like Thailand and London? I forget just how connected we all are now. Some of you got a laugh, others found it deeply meaningful in their own situtation, and for ME... I'm thrilled it made such an impact.
But BOY oh BOY did those of you with BOYS want a list too! I confess I'm ill qualified to offer such a guide. Fortunately, one of the funniest women I know is WELL seasoned in that department. Lisa P. has 3 boys (the youngest pictured left in a photo that NEVER fails to make me laugh). They are all... ALL BOY. They are a wild, loud, funny, athletic, wrestle-on-the-living room floor kinda crew. Along with some contributions from my life long friend Heidi S. (who has 2 boys and a some serious street cred as a child/adolescent psychologist)-- I present to you Lisa's Handbook for Boys.
Batman IS forever. Capes and costumes are fantastic. Wear them.
Read books. You might be surprised what you learn from The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.
Play with Legos, Lincoln Logs and a good old fashion Etch a Sketch. Games that require you sit in front of a screen are a waste of your time and your brain.
Play a sport. Even if you’re not the best, give it your best.
Be a team player. From kickball to baseball, this quality will serve you the rest of your life.
Consider Boy Scouts. You will forget the game where you scored the 3rd goal or made an interception, but you’ll always remember hiking through Yosemite and bonding with friends under the stars.
Be kind to animals.
Own a dog if possible. You will never forget this relationship.
Magnifying glasses are for reading and examining things, not lighting things on fire.
Never spit. Some things are not meant to be shared.
Hug your parents. Even when it’s not cool anymore.
Play an instrument. It will enrich your life.
As you head into high school…
Be a good friend- to the friends you choose and friends who choose you.
Drive carefully. Boy's insurance rates are higher for a reason.
Ask a girl to prom that is your friend first.
Learn to cook. Scrambled eggs count.
Help someone who needs it.
Your body is a mystery. Keep it that way.
Winning does matter, but less than you think. There are important lessons to be learned from a total shut-out too.
Care about your clothes. People notice. We should never see underwear sticking out of your pants. You get it.
Pick up your socks.
Take a shower each day. You may think you don’t need it but trust me, you do.
Volunteer your time. Help coach a team or tutor someone who needs it.
Stand up for someone. Even when it’s not the popular thing to do.
Be a role model. For a friend, a little brother or sister.
A friend who asks you to do something you know is wrong is no friend to you.
Don’t ask a girl out via text. Ask her face to face.
Don’t break up with a girl via text. Tell her in person. And let her down gently. You will understand this when someone breaks your heart.
Pick the girl who is as busy as you are. This will be a good choice.
Cry over love lost. You will be surprised how hard the real thing is to find.
As you become a man…
Watch chick flicks. You can learn from these.
Do laundry. Your mom doesn’t live here anymore.
Girls are watching how you treat women in your life (especially your mom) to see if you are worth sticking around for, think twice before acting like a selfish jerk.
Don’t wear your favorite team shirt on Thanksgiving. Impress your mom and grandma by wearing something with a collar.
Own a pair of dress shoes.
Change your sheets at least twice a month. No matter what you think.
Open the door of the car, the door of the restaurant and pull out the chair for her.
When you go on a date, pay the bill. Not half.
Don’t sleep with someone you just met in a bar. You’re better than that.
Wear a condom. For your safety and hers.
If you get a girl pregnant, clearly you meant to. Everything from now forward will change. Supporting a family is going to be tough. Your place isn’t big enough for the three of you. You will have to give up so much. Sound scary? Exactly.
Wait until you're 30 and mature to get married. If you’re not mature until 40 then wait till then.
Stick with the friends who stick with you.
Be a handyman. Or at least be able to hire one.
Learn to give a good foot massage.
Have at least 3 breakfast in bed recipes. Know how to make them.
Respect women and their bodies. Real women don’t look like the ones you see in a magazine. The sooner you accept and appreciate this, the better.
Take a cooking class or dance class with your wife. It will strengthen your relationship.
ALWAYS put family first. A career and hobbies will always be there. Your family may not.