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Friday, September 13, 2019

MY JOURNEY FROM MEDICAL MISDIAGNOSIS TO THE PRESENT

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This September is National Hydrocephalus Awareness Month and I felt like it would be the right time for me to tell my family’s story.

Due to a medical mis-diagnosis, my family has been through un-imaginable life-changing and unexpected circumstances. In May 2015, because of that misdiagnosis my children were taken from me and my husband. My sons were placed into foster care for five months. Our family was railroaded by false accusations. Doctors quickly gave an inaccurate diagnosis which has greatly affected our lives.

It is vital for physicians to exercise due caution when their diagnosis will affect the child’s treatment and the way in which hospital staff and others will treat that child’s parents. Now, I would like to raise awareness for cases in which a diagnosis of Hydrocephalus was not made, the medical consequences for the child and the impact it has had and continues to have on families.

The worst day of my life was when our children were wrongfully taken from us and put into foster care. My heart broke as I watched my boys crying as they were taken. Each day I missed my boys. The silence of the house was deafening. Charges of abuse were filed against my husband. We had to hire one attorney after another hoping to find the one attorney who would defend his innocence, discover my son’s correct diagnosis, and give my husband a way to restore his good name.

My husband earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice and achieved a top-secret clearance with our government and military. When he had to leave his job with the government he felt betrayed and lost his faith in his lifelong icons of truth and justice. We had to sell our house to pay the attorney’s fees. We were blessed to have very large and generous families who readily provided their support. My husband and I, as well as my two boys continue to heal from the traumatizing events that all began with the physician’s failure to correctly diagnose my youngest son.

There were times when the loss of our children, the unbelievable accusations against my husband and the feeling that we were powerless to right the wrongs – were overwhelming. But, we went through the most challenging events of our lives and it has made us stronger. Now, we can take our terrible situation and what we have learned, and help others in similar situations. Our strength came from our faith, our prayer and the love and support of family and friends. Despite the extreme challenges of our circumstances we had to stay strong and not give up. We believed that a Miracle of Faith would happen.

Over a million people are currently diagnosed with Hydrocephalus. There are different types of this condition. My son has Benign External Hydrocephalus of Infancy, in which there is an abnormal build-up of cerebro-spinal fluid (CSF) outside of the brain. Benign External Hydrocephalus is present at birth and may be caused by either events or influences that occur during fetal development, or genetic abnormalities, or a complication at birth. Acquired hydrocephalus develops at the time of birth or at some point afterward. This type of hydrocephalus can affect individuals of all ages and may be caused by a complication at birth or disease.

I would like to raise public awareness about Medical Misdiagnosis, the delay of needed treatment, the life-altering impact on the family of the patient, and to help other families going through a similar ordeal.

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by  Lorina Troy, (guest blogger) a loving mother of two, is the author of Miracles of Faith: Our Child Was Misdiagnosed and It Greatly Affected Our Lives, also available on her website at https://lorinamtroy.wixsite.com/lorinatroy


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Monday, September 9, 2019

IDEAS FOR BECOMING A MORE FUN MOM

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Sarah Grace Villaflor
During the past decades, having fun has not always been the top priority for parents. There are many different structures and methods of parenting but in today’s generation, there is always room for some fun. Sometimes, letting the kid inside of you loose, is the coolest feeling you will ever sense as a parent.
Remember that adults are just kids in their fully developed shells. Our children often see us as a person who always needs to be obeyed, respected and feared. But let me tell you that laughter is the best foundation of all emotions!

Here are some ways that can help you be a fun mom:
  1. Do tolerable and safe pranks together. Most of the children love bringing some unexpected surprise to another person’s day. Just make sure your kids don’t overdo it in the future. 


  1. Make your kids laugh out of the blue. Surprise them with a tickle fight or some old but gold jokes.


  1. Learn to make some custom greeting cards together. Give them simple present like this when they did a good job, whether in school or sports. Put some words like Good Job! You are the best! Congratulations, aren’t you going to thank me for the genes.


  1. Face grimace is one of the best contests you can do at home anytime. Give simple prizes for the wackiest face.


  1. Who doesn’t love kisses? Have a smooch-kiss chase once in a while! Chase each other around the house and when you catch the person give them a big kiss! This is best when you wear child safe lipstick so that you can easily see who truly wins.


  1. Dates are not only for couples. Take your kids out on a date and always celebrate “family day” as long as possible.


  1. Our kids need some dirt to boost the immune system. Have a scavenger hunt in the park! You can hide things to find around the park and see who will be the fastest to get greater objects. If you have one child, you can also invite their friends. 


  1. Include them while cooking their favorite cookies. This is a memory that will last forever! The kitchen can be a little bit messy but it’s awesome!


  1. Read a story to your child, it can be new or old. You can replace the characters with your child’s name or act how the characters in the story play.  


  1.  Do a simple experiment with them. Coke plus Mentos never gets old. You can make this soda bomb and let your kids be amazed the whole day!


  1.  Watch animated the mummy movie and let them mummify you with a tissue. You will be totally “MOMMYfied” by your kids!


  1.  Go in the backyard and play with your kids with a water gun! Give them their own water gun and let the battle begin!


  1.  A horseback ride is always a fun way to connect with your kids.


  1.  Do some abstract painting and let their creativity come out. Remember to use non-toxic materials.


As parents, there are lots of fun things we can do with our kids. Memories are always better when shared. You can collect it as early as now and reminisce them for a lifetime!

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Sarah Grace Villaflor


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Thursday, July 4, 2019

CHOOSE BETTER DAYS

There are days when many of us may feel down, stressed out or just plain "blah." We've all been there!  I know I have. Maybe you are not necessarily feeling "down," maybe you are high-strung all the time and you worry about everything. Maybe you feel like it's just one big snowball of everything happening at the same time. You could be that stressed out mom dealing with toddlers, tantrums, or teenagers; you could be a student, who feels the pressure of having to succeed in school, a middle-aged person suffering with different ailments, an entrepreneur trying to provide for your family, someone dealing with PTSD, a senior citizen who is feeling "blah" because of age consequences or it could be YOU feeling like this for your own reasons.  
Whatever the issue is, it is important to note that life doesn't have to be perfect to be wonderful.  It is okay for everything not to be okay all the time; however, if you have a lot of days when you feel like you don’t have the physical energy to get out of bed or you feel constantly overwhelmed or you feel like there is no solution to your ailments, then, you could be stuck in a vicious cycle of not feeling well physically and emotionally.  These feelings cause physical symptoms, if this is the case, you must seek professional help. 

It is also important to note that there are things you can do to help yourself when you are stuck in a rut or you just need to tweak your body and want to achieve optimal health, both physically and emotionally. Things such as holistic lifestyle changes, exercise, healthy eating and implementing self-care programs or finding alternative health options.  You can begin to help yourself without having to become dependent on prescription medication!  Remember even miracles take time!

Not only is it important to focus on your mindset but it is also important to focus on how you are going to handle this situation to choose better days for yourself. I certainly did and it led me to CBD oil.

If you have been doing your own research online and looking for help, you may have already come across the trendy three-letter acronym, CBD.  Cannabidiol (CBD) is a compound of Cannabis sativa with relevant therapeutic potential in several neuro-psychiatric disorders.  (Source: PubMed.gov) 

CBD oil is marketed as a dietary supplement and has been extremely beneficial to many people suffering from different ailments.  All you have to do is "google" an ailment and the word CBD and see what pops up. 

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No matter what your situation is health-wise, you do not have to automatically succumb to a diagnose or an ailment because you feel like you have no other option.  Always, always do your own research and inquiries. Keep in mind that your mindset is an integral part of your well-being.  The health of your body is only as good as the health of your mind, what you are thinking - your mindset. The law of attraction states that: "what we think about predominantly, is eventually what we attract into our lives."

According to the Law of Attraction.com, there are 7 Steps to Cultivating a positive mindset and I believe through this mindset and healthy living, you can most definitely choose better days for yourself:


1. Start By Acting Like A More Positive Person
2. Become More Appreciative
3. Spend More Time Focusing On The Present 
4. Seek Positive Influences 
5. Don’t Picture Disaster Scenarios
6. Share Positivity With Other People
7.  Treat Yourself Kindly




Remember, that you have the power to be happy and to be healthy and to CHOOSE BETTER DAYS! 



Wednesday, June 26, 2019

RECIPE VIDEO - Slow-Cooker Lemon Chicken

Here is a recipe that is very easy to make from Green Healthy Cooking. It is Crock pot Lemon Chicken. 

This Crock pot Lemon Chicken recipe can be made in as little as 3 hours and up to 8 hours.

Personally, I like the last step in the directions (#7) where it says that 5 minutes before the time is over, remove the chicken thighs, place on a baking sheet and put under the broiler on hi for 3-5 minutes or until the skin is golden.  I like my chicken to be brown and crispy.


Ingredients

-1 red onion
-6-8 chicken thighs
-1-1.5 lbs baby potatoes
-1 lemon
-2 Tbsp olive oil
-2 Tbsp honey
-4 cloves garlic
-1/2 Tbsp fresh thyme leaves
-Sea salt
-Pepper
-Bunch thin green asparagus









Monday, June 24, 2019

NOT OUR KIDS?

If you don't already know it, I am a Cuban-American woman, who is immensely proud of her culture and heritage.  Not to be confused with agreeing on the politics of Cuba.  I am proud of where my family is from, my roots and the traditions that were instilled in me from a young age.  I made that choice to be proud, to carry it on with my children.  I think it is essential to NEVER forget where you came from, whether it was a boat from Cuba or Haiti, an airplane from Argentina, Venezuela, Colombia or the freakin' Mayflower!  You have to know that NO one is native to this Country, except the American Indians, but that is a whole other history lesson and article that can be written.  

For now, I want to focus on the problem we have at our doorstep and that is, hundreds and hundreds of immigrants, women and children specifically (of my concern) being held in camps, indefinitely, by the United States of America, while most citizens sit by and idly watch this happen and judge, as if somehow they are better than... 

My parents each came separately as CHILDREN, when they came to this Country at around age 12 or so. It is because each set of my grandparents saw that life where they lived was turning into a dictatorship that would no longer be a viable option to raise their children. 

Truth be told, they got LUCKY!!! The fact that they were able to enter this Country legally and easily is luck, or as religious people see it, a blessing; However, the despair of my grandparents to give their children a better life is no different than the despair that these immigrants coming in at the border feel.

The difference is they may not have the money or the resources to do so as easily or effectively, but the love of their children and NEED for a better life is the same! 

I am not speaking up or standing up for criminals but the scare tactics and fear-mongering regarding M-13 gang members has to stop.  Sure, there are criminals in the mix, but they can go back. The majority of the people being held are hard-working people, who simply seek a better life in this Country. I am vocal regarding  the families, the women, who have traversed miles and miles with their children simply for a better life.

And our response is to lock those children up and often times, just take them away?!!!

I often think of my dad with his younger siblings traveling ALONE to this Country because his parents felt at the time, that was the best choice for their safety and their future. It was a very ballsy move! One I am forever grateful for, as it affected me and my children.  That is called foresight - being able to visualize a better life, not only for yourself but for your children and their children...

I don’t know if I could ever send my kids alone to another Country for their safety, but I sure as hell would go wherever I needed to simply to protect them and give them a better life, if it came to that. I would fight for them hell or high water - which is simply what these migrants are doing.

How then, can you sit there in judgment and say, “Well, they shouldn’t have come,” or “they should know better” or “they should do it legally.”

First of all, SEEKING ASYLUM IS NOT ILLEGAL...and secondly, if you have children, you should know that you would do anything to protect them! The problem here is that people have no empathy and feel entitled once they reach a certain level of comfort.

This is the perfect example.  Listen to what Brian Kilmeade, a host of one of President Trump's favorite cable news shows, "Fox & Friends," had to say, when he was defending the Trump administration's policy of separating at least 2,500 children from parents who allegedly entered the United States illegally, he sought to put concerns about them into perspective. 

He said:  "And these are not — like it or not, these are not our kids. Show them compassion, but it's not like he is doing this to the people of Idaho or Texas. These are people from another country, and now people are saying that they're more important than people in our country who are paying taxes and who have needs as well."  (Source: The Washington Post)

Are we only American citizens now and not human beings?  Do we not have compassion for other human lives?  No one is implying that these immigrants should have more rights than American citizens, only that they be treated in a dignified manner with safe and sanitary conditions, and at the very least NOT DIE on our watch!

Children being held in U.S. detention centers, while two teenage girls watch TV.

How crappy must conditions be in their countries that they walk hundreds, maybe even thousand of miles to put up with this? This to them, is "better." Put that into perspective.

Granted, the Trump administration ended the policy of family separations, but the policy continues to affect children already in separate detention facilities (like the one shown in the image above) and this is what I am referring to, that and the fact that children are literally dying trying to enter here to seek a better life.

How dare Kilmeade  say "not our kids!?" This is infuriating, especially to those who preach constantly about being Christian and living an exemplary life. The hypocrisy is sickening. 

Of course, we have rules and laws in this Country and they should most definitely be followed but there MUST be an element of humanity and compassion in the way we treat these immigrants. I am not arguing policy and I really don't care which President is in office, we have had immigration problems in this Country for a long time.  Why?  Well, because this Country IS GREAT and people want to live here seeking a better future!  This happened under Obama administration as well, however, the detention of migrant children has skyrocketed to the highest levels ever.  

"The huge increases, which have placed the federal shelter systems near capacity, are due not to an influx of children entering the country, but a reduction in the number being released to live with families and other sponsors, the data collected by the Department of Health and Human Services suggests" (Source: The New York Times)

According to an Associate Press investigation, "It will likely be years before the tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors illegally coming to America face any action related to their immigration status.

The immigration system is broken but we are still the United States of America, you know the "great again" country? 

How is it then, that children sleeping on concrete floors, not having soap or toothbrushes, using aluminum foil (mylar blankets) acceptable? Come on now!  Are you seriously going to tell me we don't have the resources to help these people, (at least temporarily) until politicians figure this immigration policy situation out? Are you going to tell me you are okay with seeing kids in cages, fenced in (or however you want to grammatically put it) simply because they are "not our kids?!" That is just wrong on a humanitarian level.

To those of you who were once immigrants, don’t forget where you came from and remember: you got lucky and your parents or grandparents had more chutzpah than you could ever imagine.

To those of you, who like myself, were born here in the U.S.A and perhaps cannot relate, I simply ask you to be more open-minded, to have a little more compassion and understanding. You never know when a Country will be turned upside, whether by economic turmoil or poverty or dictatorship and what you would be capable of in order to protect your family, your children.

You are BLESSED.  Never take your freedom or the sacrifices your ancestors made for granted. I know I do not.

Make your voice and your vote heard, not just with the presidential election, but with every election, locally and nationally.  Stand up and fight for those who cannot fight for themselves.  That is what humanity is about, not just some self-contained happiness in your own bubble.

Life is bigger and greater than that, and so are YOU!





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Friday, June 14, 2019

POLITICS OF LOVE

As a blogger, I have always tried to stay away from politics, until recently and given today's political climate, it has become a little difficult to ignore.  I guess I have become more passionate about this topic, not only after the election of 2016, but especially, after my daughter was caught in the middle of gun violence in her high school on February 14, 2018 in Parkland, Florida. The issue of gun violence, immigration, climate change, economic inequality and overall social justice are all topics that I am passionate about.

As a Latina woman, in a Jewish household, who believes in the power of love and spirituality, this particular candidate caught my attention.  I have always known, Marianne Williamson as an amazing author but most recently, she was a guest on my dear friend, Pedro Biaggi's radio show, La Red Hispana and she really impressed me.  Marianne is a Presidential Democratic Candidate for 2020. She is an internationally-acclaimed American author,  of 13 books, 4 of them # 1 Bestsellers of the New York Times, including "A Return to Love,"

I am sharing the video below with you all simply to show you a different perspective and view on politics that you may not necessarily hear on the campaign trail. 

I love the importance she places on education and the future of our children.

As we all know, politics has always been about who has the most money and usually the most clout.  

I welcome Marianne Williamson to the political table because I am in 100% agreement that it ALL boils down to a "Return to Love" and that there is currently a "moral function" in this world. She also says, "we must now love with conviction and turn our love into political force."

As Marianne said in this interview, "It is time that we all step up our courage quotient!" 



Please take some time to watch and LISTEN to this interview in its entirety.  It is in ENGLISH, as soon as the introduction is over around the :30 second mark or so. I am very proud of my friend, Pedro Biaggi, a Hispanic radio personality, who presented Marianne with all the tough questions we needed to hear the answers to.

You obviously do not have to agree with my views or Marianne's but it is totally worth looking into a different point of view, unlike any other.  And while you may think, why is a spiritual guru and author jumping into the political arena, just remember this quote:

"The Presidency is not merely an administrative office. That's the least of it....It is pre-eminently a place of moral leadership."---Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1932  

This Country, without a doubt, needs a moral and spiritual re-awakening" and someone like Marianne Williamson, just might be the one to play a role in this!  

Just something to think about!





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Tuesday, May 28, 2019

HOW TO START AN ONLINE BOUTIQUE

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If you have reached this article, perhaps someone suggested to you that you look into opening up your own business by running an online boutique, or maybe you clicked the info button on the Shirtology USA page on Facebook or maybe you just happen to stumble across it.  Either way, you are in luck because I am going to tell you just how easy it is.

Having been in the network marketing business for a while now, I have worked my fair share of MLMs (multi-level marketing) companies.  Some I liked, some I didn't, some I made money with and others not so much.  I am currently a health and wellness advocate, who runs an online boutique.  I always get the question "How do you start?"

Well, it is actually pretty easy.  If you are interested in running an online boutique that has trendy t-shirts and accessories with high-quality products, then you have reached the right place.

I stumbled across J. Elizabeth Boutique as I was researching network marketing companies.  I loved the concept because I design t-shirts myself, so it is something I am passionate about.

The first thing I fell in love with was the company's motto:  "Do What Makes Your Soul Happy."  This came through to me like a loud speaker!  What I really liked is that the business model was already in place and the company itself was not saturated with affiliates.  The t-shirts are DTG (direct to garment) print and the website tools you are given are amazingly helpful for marketing your business. It also helps that the leadership is excellent.

As an independent J. Elizabeth stylist, you have the opportunity to earn without limits. It is free to join and you only pay a monthly fee of $10 to gain access to your own personalized, replicated online boutique. 

The opportunity for growth is there, so if you have the desire and the hustle, why wait?  Do what makes YOUR soul happy and become an independent stylist and work from anywhere you want!

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Saturday, May 25, 2019

WORKING AS A NANNY IN THE U.S.A.

In today’s society, getting by with just one job sometimes isn’t enough. Some people have to work two, even three jobs, just to make ends meet, that is why being a nanny sounds like an interesting option as a job choice. It sounds interesting because it allows you to work with so many different types of people and it gives you a preview into parenting life if you don't already have children. And if you do, you can bring a wealth of experience to the job.

However, it is not as easy as you may think. It takes a special kind of personality to be a good nanny. You have to really love working with children and you have to be flexible, in terms of working hours and days. You have to have the right temperament and a lot of patience - being a nanny is a huge responsibility. As a nanny you are essentially a third parent to the child, you have to be there for them when their parents can’t be. You get to build a relationship with the kids that you are taking care of and they become dependent on you. 

A nanny is a professional, childcare provider that works in a home and takes care of the basic needs of the children, and ensures their safety in day-to-day activities, while providing close supervision. 

The main job of a nanny is to supervise children, while the parents are away, and provide a safe environment, while also being caring and nurturing. Some of the main responsibilities of a nanny are: transporting the child (or children) to various activities, like sports or music lessons, keeping the children’s play areas neat and some may even be required to do the children’s laundry. As a nanny, you would be expected to engage with the kids in age-appropriate games, arts and crafts and other things that may interest the them. Depending on the age of the children, some of the duties could range from helping with homework to reading to them and putting them down for naps. Sometimes, domestic duties relating to children would be: washing dishes after meals, tidying playroom and bedroom, packing and unpacking children for trips/travel, etc.

A person who chooses to be a nanny should be someone who is super responsible, trustworthy, efficient, and well-organized. They have to be nurturing and loving and above all have plenty of patience with children, especially with those who don’t listen to directions well. It would also be helpful if they were a self-starter, meaning, they do not have to be told what to do repeatedly by the parents and they do things before they are asked to do so. The nanny should also be someone who follows the rules and allows puts the children’s needs and priorities first. 

When a family hires a nanny, the expectations are high, as they are entrusting their children with the nanny. In the same breath, nannies also expect just as much in return. According to the Nanny Authority, (nannyauthority.com) they expect their nannies to be provided with: 

  • Private room and Board, Private bath
  • Use of vehicle
  • Home Environment free of all safety and health hazards
  • Accurate description of duties and responsibilities
  • Paid holidays
  • 2 weeks of paid vacation per year 
  •  

Nannies tend to have much more responsibilities than a babysitter, so therefore their salaries are much bigger. As per the International Nannies Association (INA), in 2017, a survey was distributed not only to US nannies, but internationally, and includes results from Australia, United Kingdom, Canada and others. According to their survey, 99% were females. The results are as follows: “Ninety-two percent live outside the employer’s home, 42% have at least a 2-year college degree, and 77% work full time. 53% report that their current employment fits the nanny job description, and 42% are nanny/household managers, up from 38% in 2014. 71% have more than 5 years of experience in the field.

Education and experience correlate with higher hourly wage.
60% received an annual bonus in prior 12 months.
Nannies that have taken the INA Nanny Credential Exam and/or the INA Basic Skills Assessment get a higher hourly rate.
64% are paid legally.” (http://bit.ly/2017INANannySurvey)
The outlook for a career as a nanny looks to be steady. As per the Occupational Outlook Handbook of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistic, the median pay in 2018 (www.bls.gov/ooh ) for a childcare worker was $23,240 per year or $11.17 per hour. According to ZipRecruiter, “As of May 15, 2019, the average annual pay for a nanny in the United States is $32,612 a year. Based on recent job postings on ZipRecruiter, the Nanny job market in my area and the surrounding area is very active. Florida ranks number 49 out of 50 states nationwide for Nanny salaries. (www.ziprecruiter.com)

In order to be qualified as a nanny, you don’t necessarily need a degree, however, an associate's degree and/or specialized certifications in early childhood development would be very helpful and would look much better on a resume when applying for a nanny job. It is very important that a nanny be CPR-certified and have first aid certification. Some of the career requirements according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), Nanny.org, and Payscale.com. are listed below:


Career Requirements
  • Education
  • None; associate's degree and/or certifications in early childcare preferred
  • Certification
  • CPR and first aid certification common; voluntary certifications available
  • Experience
  • Varies by position
  • Key Skills
  • Strong communication and instructional skills; patience and stamina
  • Additional Requirements
  • 18+ years old; good health, up to date on immunizations, and negative TB test; pass background and drug tests
  • Salary
  • $25,692 (2016 median for nannies)

Sources: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), Nanny.org, Payscale.com.


Most agencies in the U.S.A. will not refer foreign candidates  to a family for consideration if they do not have valid work authorization. If a family (parents) hire someone directly on their own (for example online job matching service,) they are responsible to confirm that the candidate is legally eligible for work in the U.S. (Nanny.org)


Three classes that would be helpful if choosing a nanny career, would be 1) Psychology class because it would help you be a better communicator and understand the human psyche better; 2) CPR/Health class because if there was ever an emergency you would be qualified and know what to do to help the child in need. For example, there is a place called CPR Test Center that offers online training and certification that can be completed in less than 30 minutes. 3) Time-management or Life skills class because you have to be able to be organized and have a structured schedule you have to maintain. 

If your plan is to work as a nanny, providing childcare to children in their home,  just know that you will be expected to provide a nurturing environment for them, while being able to complete other tasks in the home as requested by the parents. It can be a very rewarding experience where you can influence the hearts and minds of young children in a positive way.





WORKS CITED PAGE
Nannyauthority.com
(http://bit.ly/2017INANannySurvey)
www.bls.gov/ooh
(www.ziprecruiter.com)
Nanny.org,
Payscale.com






Thursday, May 9, 2019

THE RIGHT TO BEAR ARMS VS. PROTECTING OUR KIDS

A NEW DAY...another school shooting and life goes on...May 8, 2019, was the most recent date of yet another school shooting, (that I know of!) This one was in Highlands Ranch, at a STEM school in Denver, Colorado and it was barely breaking news or a top of the news hour kind of story. When you literally have to Google a shooting because it is not plastered all over the news, we have a problem, meaning, we have become numb to this type of occurrence.

Now, we just count how many died and measure the gravity of the situation by the number of kids shot dead.  Only one this time, so a lot of people don't even know about it.  Sounds callous right?  Well, that is what we have become, callous and apathetic.

Sure, some will argue: "let's ban guns, bring back school prayer, discipline kids better..." well, guess what? They are all correct!  ALL OF IT MATTERS!

"Todos los poquitos cuentan!" (~JJR)  

WHAT IS HAPPENING? Well, it is the culmination of a LOT of things: Gun obsession, frayed families, politicians in the pockets of the NRA (National Rifle Association,) lack of faith, the integrity of the family unit has been broken often times, lack of discipline and so much more; however, the biggest thing (in my opinion) is that our fetish (in the U.S.A.) with guns has superseded the need to protect our children and citizens in general, and that within itself, is detrimental. 

The original concept of the “right to bear arms,” I’m sure was not intended for today's assault rifles, high-capacity ammunition magazines and weapons of war on our streets. 


Things have to change and we have to start somewhere. People often times comment on my social media posts that there are "too many guns in the streets" or "it's too late," some even say, "that things can't be changed at all."  What kind of world do you want to live in?  What kind of world do you want to leave for your children and grandchildren?  I know I don't want it to be this kind, a world, and a country where school shootings happen so frequently we lose track of the victims and the school names. That is just unacceptable.

I am all for the "right to bear arms" as per the Constitution, but I am also all for common sense, to which, apparently, we have lost! 


I believe you can be a gun owner and believe in the right to gun ownership (the "right to bear arms") and yet, NOT have to back NRA-funded candidates. It is always about greed and money when it comes to politicians (that are A-rated by the NRA.) The gun manufacturing industry is a very profitable industry and the NRA is at the forefront of all it!  The real problem is that gun violence has not really affected those that make the decisions, not in their families and not in their pockets!

Here in Florida, we have a three-day waiting period to purchase handguns, but that restriction doesn't apply to assault rifles. Really?! We also have the infamous "stand your ground" law (2005), which basically lets people go around shooting others if they feel threatened in some way. How crazy is that?!

PARKLAND,FL 2018


Florida also has no restrictions on large-capacity ammunition magazines.How in the world does that make any sense? These are things I am referring to when I advocate for common sense gun reform.  How does it offend someone to require age limits, background checks, waiting periods, restrictions on assault weapons?  And for crying out loud, what about mental health and gun ownership - that is a ticking time bomb!  I think that if someone has a track record of mental instability, owning a gun (especially an assault weapon,) may not be the wisest decision.
   
Back when the Orlando, Florida massacre happened, then governor, Rick Scott, was asked about assault rifles and his response was:  "The Second Amendment didn't kill people. Evil killed people."

And so, while I have to agree that there is obviously an element of "evil" to every mass shooting and gun violence incident, there should also be some semblance of common sense.  Let's take for example, my daughter's high school, where on February 14, 2018, an 18-year old was able to enter the school (with "evil intent") except, he had an assault rifle in tote and literally blew up 17 people, and injured another 17 and wreaked havoc emotionally on an entire community.  

Now, had he had a knife or baseball bat, for example, do you think he would have left behind so much destruction and carnage?  Even the surgeons attending to the victims at the hospitals talked of the irreparable damage caused by automatic weapons to the organs of the victims.

It is sickening what is happening in this Country and many are unmoved by it.

People will start the "a vehicle is also a weapon" argument but honestly, I am not even going to engage in those debates right now because we don't have a "drive a car into a school" epidemic,  we have a serious problem of gun violence in this Country. You would have to be blind not to acknowledge that. And while statistically, you may argue that the problem is not of epidemic proportions, losing the life of even ONE child at school, is one too many!

And so in conclusion, my belief is that while we do have the right to bear arms, we also have a right to safety, especially for our kids.  A gunman's hobby and obsession, should not trump the safety of our children. There has to be balance, common sense and legislation passed to enable gun reform and a safer future for all. It has to become more difficult to obtain  weapons of war. 

In case you are wondering  who the NRA spends money on and who the members of the House and Senate are here is a detailed list  of Senate and House members with the most contributions from the NRA. In the 2016 election, the NRA spent $11,438,118 to support Donald Trump—and another $19,756,346 to oppose Hillary Clinton. That’s over $31 million spent on one presidential race.  We could be using that money to invest in better education for our children, who are our future and keep them safe!

Even though this list and graphic is from a few years ago, not much changes. Some politicians come and go, but the fact remains that they are happy to fill their pockets with "blood money," while our children cower under desks during school lock downs and active shootings.


https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1-7PdCI2NawSgP1QE-cGYVYedetYqepR-4jBweaJyqFo/edit#gid=1782600961


So, therefore, I will be actively advocating to NOT vote for any NRA-funded candidates. We have to hit them where it hurts, their pockets and show them that the lives of our children are worth more than their greed and desire for control and power!

Thoughts and prayers mean nothing when our children are being shot dead at SCHOOL!!! 









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