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[06 Dec 2006|07:21am]

monkey_momma
::cross posted::

this is for the parents of older children...

how old was your child before he/she was able to choose their own clothes and get themselves dressed all by themselves every day? my son just turned 5 and has no interest in it at all. in fact, if i let him, he'd walk around in his underwear all day long.

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just because it's funny [29 Aug 2006|10:05am]

monkey_momma
my kid cracks me up. sunday's conversation with the kid. A=him, D=me. remember, everything i said was to inform a 4 year old without giving him too much information to share with other kids.

A: can god be killed?

D: no. he's bigger than everything. he made everything. he can't be killed.

A: what did god make?

D: the universe, the earth, the animals, the people...

A: how does he make people?

D: he lets mommies and daddies make babies and puts the babies in the mommy's tummy.

A: how do the babies get made?

D: the mommy has an egg and the daddy gives the mommy a seed to put inside the egg, then the egg breaks into lots and lots of pieces and turns into a little tiny baby that grows until it's big enough to get out.

A: how does the baby get out?

D: after living in the mommy's tummy for 9 months, the baby pushes on the mommy's tummy from the inside and let's the mommy know he's ready to get out, so then she goes to the hospital and the doctor takes the baby out.

A: how does the doctor get the baby out?

D: we talked about this before. there are two ways. sometimes the doctor cuts a hole in the mommy's tummy, takes the baby out, then sews the hole back up. we talked about the other way before, remember?

A: when they baby comes out down there (points between his legs)?

D: yes

A: does the doctor sew the mommy's penis back on after he takes the baby out?

D: sigh... mommies don't have penises. only boys have penises.

A: then how do girls go potty if they don't have penises?

D: they have other parts.

A: do monsters have penises?

D: i suppose.

A: what about girl monsters?

D: no.

A: do robots have penises?

D: probably not. they don't go to the bathroom.

A: the robot on jimmy neutron went to the bathroom.

D: remember... we talked about how what happens in cartoons isn't always what happens in real life?

A: i'll ask david if robots have penises.

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a kid rant [07 Jun 2006|10:48pm]

monkey_momma
my kid has been the most horrible little monster the last few days. who knew a 4 year old could be so snotty??? not wanting to go to sleep. not wanting to eat dinner. telling us to "be quiet." refusing to listen. not obeying. tonight he locked himself in the upstairs bathroom and ignored me when i told him to open the door. i could hear him rummaging around the drawers and cabinets for a few minutes before he finally unlocked the door. when he came out, i spanked him (t.v. has already been taken away for the week and he already had a timeout), he cried for a few minutes, then he told me that he's a big boy and old enough to take care of himself. i love the kid more than anything, but he gets on my last nerve sometimes. at times, it feels like he has to be the most consistently stubborn 4 year old ever in existance.

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Reminder: Sign Making Party for Mama Contingent at SF Dyke March this Sunday [02 Jun 2006|03:48pm]
janisfan
Sign making party!

Come meet other Queer mamas and
make signs for the march. Bring your children, sign making supplies and some child-friendly food to share.

Sunday June 4th
2-4pm
Dolores Park at the grassy area directly in front of
the playground.

Please pass this along to whomever and wherever!


And about the march:

Announcing the Mama Contingent at San Francisco Dyke
March

Saturday June 24th, 2006
4 pm
Meet at the grassy area directly in front of the
playground

We want all mamas (AND THEIR CHILDREN OF ALL
GENDERS)who love women and the women who love those
mamas:

Gay mamas--Lesbian mamas--Bi Mamas--Queer Mamas--Trans
mamas--FTM Mamas--MTF mamas--Intersex mamas--Genderqueer Mamas--Dyke Mamas--Young mamas--Old mamas--New mamas--Hip mamas--Stay at home mamas--Working mamas--Radical mamas--Partners of any of these mamas
(male partners welcome at the rally but the Dyke March ask that only women march in the parade)

Sign making party! Come meet other Queer mamas and
make signs for the march. Bring your children, sign making supplies and some child-friendly food to share.

Sunday June 4th
2-4pm
Dolores Park at the grassy area directly in front of
the playground.

Please pass this along to whomever and wherever!

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[31 May 2006|01:07pm]
janisfan
[ mood | It's on! ]

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


Popular Blogging Site Restricts Use of Breastfeeding Photos:
LiveJournal cites images as 'inappropriate' and sends mothers to the virtual restroom.

Contact:
Carrie Patterson
Executive Director, ProMoM.Org
http://www.promom.org
carrie@promom.org
678-513-6329

Popular Blogging Site Restricts Use of Breastfeeding Photos:
LiveJournal cites images as 'inappropriate' and sends mothers to the virtual restroom.

Wednesday, May 31st, 2006 - Women on the popular blog site LiveJournal are calling foul at the company’s decision to brand images of breastfeeding as ‘inappropriate.’ Many users of the site have joined together to urge LiveJournal’s parent company SixApart to address their concerns and reevaluate the policy.

Small "userpics" of no more than 100 by 100 pixels represent LiveJournal members throughout the site. Users can define one of these icons as "default icon" which plugs it into the user's public profile. These default icons were originally not permitted to be ‘sexually explicit or graphically violent.’ Recently, icons which depicted breastfeeding were cited as being ‘inappropriate’ by the LiveJournal abuse team, a group of volunteers who monitor complaints on the site. After clarification was requested, LiveJournal changed their FAQ to reflect a no nudity rule and is claiming that icons with visible areola or nipple are not permitted. Whether or not areola is visible in a photograph is dependent on a number of factors, including skin tone of the mother and physical changes during pregnancy.

Claimed Live Journal Abuse Staffer 'Erin' in a post on the site, "That's really a matter for the FCC to decide. LiveJournal's policies on this mirror what would be allowed on primetime TV or in a PG-13 movie." However, this is not true. The FCC does not consider the act of breastfeeding on television to fall under the definitions of indecency or obscenity.

Breastfeeding is exempt from nudity laws throughout the United States as well as countries such as Canada. Advocates are urging LiveJournal to adopt the same criteria. "It is regrettable that LiveJournal has chosen to target breastfeeding mothers instead of standing up for the protection provided them by law," says Carrie Patterson, executive director of ProMom.org, a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing public awareness and public acceptance of breastfeeding. Advocates state that the feeling that breastfeeding should be hidden only fosters the idea that the natural act of nourishing a child is scandalous.

Breastfeeding bloggers who have refused to change their default icon have been suspended from the site. These users, as well as others questioning the policy, have been treated poorly by the site’s volunteer abuse team, something that is not unusual according to other site users.

More than 1,000 LiveJournal users complained, and SixApart issued an apology to the group. However, the company refuses to consider modifying their policy and continues to suspend users whose default icons are deemed inappropriate. Although LiveJournal stated a clarified rule, mothers are still reporting major inconsistencies in its application.

The breastfeeding debacle is only the most recent in a long line of incidents that have people wondering if the abuse procedures as a whole should be reviewed for fairness and propriety. Complaints have been raised about users' privacy, inconsistent enforcement of the Terms of Service, conflicting information and responses from abuse team members, and discourteous replies to users seeking clarification on the rules.

Activists are now working together to get this policy changed and to clarify the policies and procedures of the LiveJournal abuse team. While some are refusing to continue paying for the service, others have moved to different journaling websites to protest what they feel is a violation of their rights. For more information, contact Carrie Patterson at 678-513-6329 or carrie@promom.org or visit http://www.promom.org/bf_info/mp.html.


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Feel free to repost and forward. These press releases will be sent to every major newspaper and television station across the United States. We have a team of people currently working on getting them out.

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[10 May 2006|08:12am]

monkey_momma
sorry for the rambling. this is cut and pasted from two journal entries and some emails.

i received a letter yesterday saying that i need to go to court for child custody mediation. i haven't been served papers or anything, but the mediation office told me the EX filed for joint custody.

he doesn't deserve visitation, let alone joint custody. i haven't received a child support check in months and the last two i received were for much less than he's supposed to pay. in fact, i've never gone more than 3 months getting consistent child support. and i get it through the department of child support services. he's been in rehab (for heroin) or jail at least a dozen times since i filed for divorce three years ago. the last jail stint was as recently as february. last i heard, he was currently in rehab. i'm currently owed around $7500 in back child support and interest. the thing is, all of this could have been avoided. all he has to do is stay sober, keep out of jail and rehab, and keep the same job for a year and he can have all the visitation he wants. i've been telling him this for the last 3 years. the longest he's stayed clean during that time is 6 months at the very very most. he even relapsed while he was still living in a rehab at one point. when we were together, i found syringes hidden in my son's room and crack pipes in the bathroom behind the toilet.

i have no problem with him having visitation if he can exhibit consistently responsible behavior, but he hasn't. responsible behavior to me means one year clean, where he's not in rehab or jail and has one consistent job the ENTIRE time. if he can do that, he'll have proved to me that he is serious. people have suggested to me letting him have supervised visits if he passes drug tests, but i've witnessed him flushing his system and passing drug tests as soon as 12 hours after shooting up. i also don't want to introduce him in my son's life if he's going to get high and leave again in a few months.

when it comes to my kid, it's all or nothing. i don't want anyone, especially his father, to pop in and out of anthony's life. it's too much emotional turmoil for him. i don't want to risk having anthony around heroin and a heroin addict.

i have a restraining order against the EX for a reason.

now i have to miss half a day of work and get someone to go out of their way to pick anthony up from school for me on june 5.

btw... my son is four and hasn't seen his father in more than two years (with my permission, the EX's mother snuck behind my back to take my son to visit him once a 1 1/2 years ago). i have a boyfriend that i've been with for the last 2 1/2 years and he's not going anywhere. he's been an amazing father figure in my son's life.

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Attention all you Mamas out there going to SF Dyke March! [08 May 2006|01:37pm]
janisfan
Announcing the Mama Contingent at San Francisco Dyke March

Saturday June 24th, 2006
4 pm
Meet at the grassy area directly in front of the playground


We want all mamas (AND THEIR CHILDREN OF ALL GENDERS)who love women and the women who love those mamas:

Gay mamas--Lesbian mamas--Bi Mamas--Queer Mamas--Trans mamas--FTM Mamas--MTF mamas--Intersex mamas--Genderqueer Mamas--Dyke Mamas--Young mamas--Old mamas--New mamas--Hip mamas--Stay at home mamas--Working mamas--Radical mamas--Partners of any of these mamas

Sign making party! Come meet other Queer mamas and make signs for the march. Bring your children and some child-friendly food to share.

Sunday June 4th
2-4pm
Dolores Park at the grassy area directly in front of the playground.


Please pass this along to whomever and wherever!

For more info: contact me here at janisfan@livejournal.com

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DIY BABY [20 Mar 2006|08:27pm]

citizensugark
diybaby

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[01 Feb 2006|04:24pm]

monkey_momma
Camoflauge sock monkey for sale!

Norman:


Check out the rest at MonkeyMomma.com

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x-posted like crazy [23 Jan 2006|03:07pm]

monkey_momma
For Sale!

Stefanie the sock monkey



Check them all out at MonkeyMomma.com!

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[16 Jan 2006|01:17pm]

monkey_momma
MonkeyMomma.com now has a shopping cart to make your buying experience even easier. Check it out!

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[13 Jan 2006|10:12am]

monkey_momma
The ultimate hipster sock monkey for sale...

Here's Andrew...



Check out the rest at MonkeyMomma.com

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[06 Jan 2006|10:33am]

monkey_momma
SOCK MONKEYS FOR SALE!

Here's, Desmond, the newest monkey in the bunch...


Prices on some monkeys have been cut.

Check them all out at MonkeyMomma.com

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[19 Dec 2005|01:28pm]

monkey_momma
Here's Cindy, the newest Monkey in the bunch...



I've also cut the prices of a few of the monkeys by $5. Check it out.

MonkeyMomma.com

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[16 Dec 2005|11:15am]

monkey_momma
Christmas Mini Sock Monkey for Sale!

Lucy


Check out more at MonkeyMomma.com

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[15 Dec 2005|08:51am]

monkey_momma
FOR SALE!
Violet the angora sock monkey:


Check the all out at MonkeyMomma.com

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