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Shirlee Smith | Parents Ain’t Happy

Sunday, August 14, 2016 | 6:29 pm

Home environment sets the tone. Unfortunately too many parents don’t see things that way. “All he wanna do is fight,” said the distraught father about his young son. It’s okay to take up for yourself but nowadays being a bully gets kids in trouble, dad went on... More »


Shirlee Smith | Parent Time at the Convention

Monday, July 25, 2016 | 8:53 pm

The Democrats roll in to Philly this week and the Ringling Brothers Circus, second act, with magic fanfare, costumes and just perfect make-up will be all about thrilling or disgusting the viewing public. Is this about parenting? You betcha! The Democrat Conven... More »


Shirlee Smith | Stop the Killing

Monday, July 11, 2016 | 7:07 pm

“But not in my neighborhood” is the all too familiar phrase we hear folks utter when killings happen just around the corner. 4-year-old Salvador Esparza III was visiting Altadena from his home in Monrovia, just a short easterly drive down the 210 freeway, when... More »


Shirlee Smith | They Didn’t Mean To Do It

Monday, July 4, 2016 | 2:58 am

An accident? Simply put, the word means it wasn’t intended for the action to happen. Therefore it was an “accident” when the six year-old found his mother’s loaded gun and shot his brother DEAD. Of course, he didn’t mean to do it nor did his mother plan the ca... More »


Shirlee Smith | A Gift for Dad

Sunday, June 19, 2016 | 5:19 am

Did you forget?” asked the downhearted dad. “I didn’t have any money and my credit cards are maxed with too many cash advances and late fees” Should Dad have really been downhearted because his adult son LeRoy didn’t bring a Father’s Day Gift? That’s a dumb qu... More »


Shirlee Smith | Kids Aren’t Bored

Sunday, June 12, 2016 | 5:56 pm

Who says the little ones get bored?. Bored? Kids bored? Maybe they’re looking to be entertained. Maybe, just maybe, they’ve picked up this phrase from listening into someone’s conversation and thought it sounded like something they should pursue. When a 7-year... More »


Shirlee Smith | The Zoo Isn’t A Kiddie Playground

Monday, June 6, 2016 | 5:32 am

You’ve already heard the story because everybody has: Four-year-old kid falls into gorilla enclosure at zoo; Harambe, the 17 year-old animal, drags kid through the moat (where kid landed after the tumble); Zoo officials shoot and kill the gorilla. Everybody’s ... More »


The Long Journey – Mental Health Month

Monday, May 23, 2016 | 4:04 am

She told her sister that she’d danced that day for her high school counselor. Not hardly the truth, I reasoned. Calling the school the following day, my daughter’s counselor said not only had she danced but she had climbed on his desk to do so. “And you didn’t... More »


Five Ways Parents Outsource

Sunday, May 15, 2016 | 8:40 pm

Raising kids is a tough job. There’s no other way to put it ‘cause it’s a career that’s so much more in-depth than the job description outlined. Who ever let it be known that it is a 24/7 piece of work? Who ever knew what they were actually... More »


Mother’s Day Behind Bars

Monday, May 2, 2016 | 1:19 am

Maria may never see her children again. They were born in America but she was not. When released from the sentence she is serving in a California State Prison she, according to speculation by folk knowledgeable with these situations, will be deported to her ho... More »