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Posts from March 2013


Bullying...a teacher's responsibility?
As much as I'd like to write, 'happy Easter' and everyone be on their merry way, I just can't get this topic off my brain.  Last week a Representative from Sister Bay proposed a bill that would fine teachers $200 for not reporting bullying.  I want you to chew on that for a second....  Define bullying.  Is it a pinch from someone you don't want to pinch you?  Is it a group of mean girls saying horrible things to another girl who's not in their group. Is it a physical fight?  Of course all of those things are wrong...but are they bullying?  So my first beef with this is that it's not definitive.  My second issue is that teachers are already doing a million and a half things including...I don't know...educating our future generation!!  So to add this to their list is just mind-blowing.  And by even proposing this bill, Representative Bies is showing that he doesn't think teachers already have enough on their plates nor values what they already do.  My third issue is once again...we seem to want to hold teachers responsible for something parent's should be doing.  Let's raise our children right...hey there's a thought!  That way this bullying doesn't happen in the first place.  If this bill passes, and I doubt it will...but if it does the courts will be full of cases where people are holding teachers responsible and trying to make a dime off of them...the millionaires of our country...our teachers.
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One Year Ago
One year ago today was my first day back from maternity leave.  I'm so glad it's not last year.  Besides from walking out the door without my son for the first time and being away from him for any amount of real time, I had so much more to learn; and will keep learning every day.  To think of the rather helpless newborn I had at this time last year compared to the crazy, walking, running, pizza-loving little man I call my son today...is so humbling.  I'm more proud of Everett every single second.  Being a mom with a full-time job is quite the feat.  Your heart and your brain tend to be in two different places most of the time.  But it's those quiet moments...usually when it's just Everett and me...usually in the middle of the night that I'm reminded of why I wanted so badly to become a mom.  And many nights, when I'm thinking about that loving thought...I get peed on and gladly hand him over to his grandparents in the morning. 
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Here Come The Veggies!
I'm so excited to be taking part in a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) this year.  The idea of getting weekly bags full of fresh veggies  just makes me so happy.  The farm we'll be getting stuff from is Westridge Organic Produce in Blue River. I think it'll help broaden my cooking skills as some of the things we'll get wouldn't necessarily be something I'd pick up at the grocery store.  Like kale...I know it's nutritious for me, I order the kale eggs benedict at Merchant when I go there for breakfast and highly recommend it...but I wouldn't even have a clue what to look for at the grocery store, nevertheless cook with it.  So I encourage you to do the same and seek out a CSA that will work for you and your family.  Here's a link that'll help you do that.  It supports local farms and gets the good stuff in your fridge and onto your dining room table.  Here's to healthy eating! 
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I'm Mad At Her
Was casually flipping through a People Magazine when I stopped at a headline, "Rihanna thankful for her fresh start with Chris Brown."  WHAT?!  Earth to Rihanna...four years ago this man beat you badly enough that you ended up in the ER and pictures of your black and blue face were splattered over the media.  And you're thankful that man even exists neverthelss for a fresh start?!  I'm mad at her.  Not that she cares and not that I even get an opinion...but I'm mad at her.  She says, 'now that we're adults we can do this right.'  Okay so now you're 25 and 23...first off, you were both adults last time around and secondly, what difference is four years going to make on the grand scheme of things?  Rihanna even goes on to say that in five years she hopes to have a baby with this man! 

I'm not blaming the victim.  I have no idea what I'd do in her situation...I'd like to think I'd be much stronger than that.  I'd like to think my friends and family would be able to help steer me in the right direction.  I'd like to think I'd seek the help I needed to stand up, dust off and get on with my life.  What I do know for sure is that this is a young woman who really had a chance to be a role model for young ladies everywhere.  And she failed...miserably. 

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