How Dare You Ask For My Permission To Abuse My Child! @RRBC_Org @RRBC_RWISA @Tweets4RWISA #MelissaCarter #abuse

I believe in discipline.  I believe in spanking.  I don’t believe in corporal punishment.  As a child whose mom signed the form every year for her children to be paddled if need be (it was the thing back then) and, as a child who has gotten a swat (one) with a paddle before (for no reason other than the entire classroom was punished for only a few talking when they shouldn’t have been), I am disgusted by the video below.  

I have never had to discipline my children by hitting them.  Don’t get me wrong, some kids are so disrespectful and horrible, I’d like to snatch their teeth from their mouths with my bare hands, but, I didn’t have those kinds of kids.  I had the most well-behaved kids ever, and as adults now, they are the most amazing young ladies I’ve ever seen.  (I still receive compliments from anyone who has ever met and had a brief conversation with either of my daughters.)

I received a similar form early on when my oldest began school, requesting permission to paddle if the need ever arose.  It was standard that the note go home with every child.  After receiving the form the first time and going to the school with my verbal response, I never received the form again.  How dare you ask me to give my permission for you to abuse my beautiful babies.  

What this woman did to this baby was abuse … and all I want is her phone number, since she’s daring the child to report her to the police.  

I hope at the time of my posting, this school principal, #MelissaCarter from Florida, has been arrested.  I also hope that her assistant is sitting in a cell right next to her.  My final wish for the two of them, well, I’ll hold my tongue as my language just might border on offensive.

I am disgusted!

NOTE:  If you want more on this story, use her hashtag above.  

UPDATE:  I have since found an article which states that the principal will not be arrested.

I am even more disgusted now!

That Feeling When U Know You’ve Crossed Into The Wrong Lane… @NonnieJules @TiffanyDCross @TheView @RRBC_Org @RRBC_RWISA @Tweets4RWISA

I’m often applauded for the way that I tend to deliver messages, intended to definitely make you feel as if you’ve been smacked, but yet, you can’t argue against the professional delivery. Yes, I do nice/nasty extremely well, when it is warranted.  And I am fully aware that it’s a talent not everyone has been blessed with.

It is for this reason that I have so enjoyed the following video clip, sent to me by one of my members of the Rave Reviews Book Club, with the message, “Nonnie, this reminds me of email messages you send out when a member or ex-member has done something so ridiculously unprofessional and downright childish and petty, online.  By the way, I love those kind of messages from you!  I always know those on the receiving end of them, deserved to be put back in their place … and you always do it so well!  Thank you.  You seem to always say what many of us won’t, but are surely thinking.”

Some of you are wondering why this message is here on ASK THE GOOD MOMMY.  Well, here’s some Tuesday Mommy advice…

Parents, check your children while they are young, so that someone like Tiffany Cross won’t have to do it on national television when they are adults.

I have never seen or watched her before today, but the anchor below is my new #girlcrush…

Take it away, Tiffany!

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Welcome to Day 1 of the ’20 RRBC WC&BE SPONSORS BLOG TOUR! @RRBC_Org @bakeandwrite @nonniejules

Hello, friends, and welcome to the first day of RRBC’S 2020 WC&BE SPONSORS BLOG TOUR!  Each year, the wonderful members of the club donate to this event to ensure that we are able to offer our $100 Amazon Gift Card Gift Basket raffle and we want to show them just how much we appreciate their kindness and generosity.

Because my blog is the ASK THE GOOD MOMMY blog, I am honored to host a book suitable for kids – Robbie Cheadle’s “Sir Chocolate and the Condensed Milk River Story and Cookbook”.

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Blurb:

The Condensed Milk River where Sir Chocolate goes fishing has stopped flowing. The water creatures are losing their homes. Can Sir Chocolate and Lady Sweet solve this problem? Five lovely new recipes are also included.

Click HERE to also **LIKE** the book trailer on YouTube and share your thoughts with the author!

Ingredients

450 self-raising flour

1 tsp salt

100 g butter, cubed

125 ml (1/2 cup) chopped sun-dried tomatoes

100 g mature Cheddar cheese

125 g crumbled feta cheese

120 ml milk

120 ml water

1 tsp black pepper

Method

Preheat the oven to 220 degrees Celsius and grease a baking tin.

Sift the flour and salt into a mixing bowl. Add the butter and rub in using your fingertips until the mixture resembles fine crumbles. Add the cheese, pepper and sun-dried tomatoes and stir in.

Add the milk and water and mix until a soft dough forms.

Turn out onto a floured surface and roll out to 2.5 ml thick. Cut into circles using a round cookie cutter. Place on the baking sheet and brush with a little milk.

Bake for 10 – 15 minutes until the scones are golden brown. Serve warm with a little butter.

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About Author, Robbie Cheadle…

Robbie Cheadle

Robbie Cheadle’s Sir Chocolate children’s picture books are written in sweet, short rhymes which are easy for young children to follow and are illustrated with pictures of delicious cakes and cake decorations. Each book also includes simple recipes or biscuit art directions which children can make under adult supervision. Her books for older children also incorporate recipes that are relevant to the storylines.

Follow the author on …

Twitter

Website

Blog

Friends, thanks for popping in to support Robbie today!  Be sure to leave her a comment below to ensure that you’re entered into the drawing for a $20 Amazon gift card.  Follow along each day of the tour, leave a comment at each stop, and get more entries into this drawing!  

Until next time … show your kindness, show your decency, and please, if you’re an author, always, always, always, no matter the circumstance, let your professionalism shine through!

THE UNCERTAINTY OF LIFE … @RRBC_Org @RRBC_RWISA @Tweets4RWISA @nonniejules #RRBC #RWISA #Poetry #Parenting #writingcommunity #readingcommunity

This morning I opened my eyes, rolled out of bed onto the floor, and onto my knees, to pray.  This is a morning and nightly ritual in our family.  My kids are adults now, but the last thing I say to them at night is, “Say your prayers, on your knees.”

I always begin my prayer with … “Thank you, Lord, for waking me up this morning …” but after saying those words this morning, my prayer was cut short as I jumped up and ran to my office to pen the piece below.  (By the way, I did return to finish my morning prayer).

THE UNCERTAINTY OF LIFE

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We lie down, but we don’t know if we’re going to wake up.

We leave the house, without the certainty that we’ll ever return.

We get behind the wheel of a car

Not to go far…

Just a few blocks from home.

But, who could have known

There’d be a drunk driver on the same road that day?

We befriend who will become our best friend, and we’re sure their loyalty to us is impenetrable.

But then, they betray us in the worst way …

The unspeakable is their crime.

‘Til this day, we can’t talk about it.

We meet and marry the person we are sure will walk with us … ‘Til Death Do Us Part’ –

But then, they break our heart.

The unimaginable pain left behind is too much to forgive,

So we part.

We bear children and make plans for their future.

Our dreams are what we hope theirs will be.

But then, they grow up, into their own minds, and begin to dream their own dreams for their lives.

And we, well, we have to live with what their dreams produce.

It is of little use

To fight them on their dreams.

We plan for them to marry those who will love and cherish them … protect them.

But what they bring home to us are those who hurt and abuse them.

So, we pray and ask God to watch over and blanket them with his protection, for ultimately they belong to him and are only on loan to us.

Trust … we must.

Such is the uncertainty of life.

There are but a few wonders of life that we can be sure of… 

The rain comes from the clouds

The moon lights up the sky

The sun comes up each day

We’ll live and then we’ll die.

~Nonnie Jules

I hope you enjoyed this piece of what I call a life reflection.  Every thought, gave me pause.

Welcome to the Final Day of #RRBC’s “SPOTLIGHT”Author Blog Tour @bakeandwrite! #RRBCSA @RRBC_Org @nonniejules

Welcome back, friends! I’m honored today to host the final day of RRBC’s “SPOTLIGHT” Author, the sweetheart, Robbie Cheadle! Unfortunately, this post was scheduled for another blog but their internet is down so I have been honored to open and close her tour.  Let’s all welcome Robbie back to ASK THE GOOD MOMMY! The last time she was here was March of 2020 for her WHEN THE BOMBS FELL tour.

Now, I’ll turn it all over to our guest blogger, Robbie…

“OPEN A NEW DOOR:  A COLLECTION OF POEMS”

Open A New Door by Robbie Cheadle

Open a New Door is a poetic peep into the life of the poet, Robbie Cheadle and her co-author, both of whom live in South Africa.

The book is divided into four categories: God bless Africa, God bless my family and friends, God bless me and God bless corporates and work. Each part is sub-divided into the good, the bad and the ugly of the two poets’ experiences, presented in rhyming verse, free-style, haiku and tanka, in each of these categories and include colourful depictions of their thoughts and emotions.

The purpose of this book of poetry is encapsulated in the following tanka and haiku poems:
What drives me to write?
To share my innermost thoughts
The answer is clear
It’s my personal attempt
To make some sense of this world.

Inspiration blossoms
Like the unfurling petals
Of the Desert Rose

I promise is a rhyming verse poem about the serious subject of mental health and its impact on both the sufferer and their family and loved ones. This poem is written in the rhyming form A, A, B, B.

About My mind’s eye

This poem highlights the difficulties experienced by the families of people who suffer from chronic post-traumatic stress disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder. The needs of the sufferer can be very invasive and seem selfish as their anxiety rises and the need for others to participate in their rituals and compulsions increases.

My mind’s eye

Words, like small pebbles, drop into my resting mind,

his own needs and desires make him emotionally blind,

no consideration for others, or ability to wait, it would seem,

it’s like a physical assault, as I try and shake off my dream.

It feels so utterly selfish, it makes me completely irate,

I react negatively to his questions, which winds him up into a state,

annoyance boils up inside me, makes my stomach churn,

I always end up capitulating, so why then, don’t I learn.

His bright and agile mind is really most deceiving,

results in a lack of understanding and others not believing,

if it was obvious, this incapacity showing on the outside,

the gulf between experiences, mine and theirs, wouldn’t be so wide.

As the source of stress nears, the questioning intensifies,

this is the self-calming technique, on which he most relies,

 it is also the most invasive, and causes the most tension,

I confirm that I promise and try to limit any further extension.

A relaxed and happy home, I have heard of such a place,

a desire so strong, it is one I can almost taste,

as he starts along the uphill path of his teenage years,

I feel my own will be fraught with concern and tears.

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AUTHOR BIO:

Robbie Cheadle

Roberta Eaton Cheadle has published nine children’s books under the name of Robbie Cheadle. She has branched into writing for adults and young adults and, in order to clearly separate her children’s books from her adult books, is writing for older readers under the name Roberta Eaton Cheadle. Roberta Eaton Cheadle has published two novels for YA and adult readers and has contributed to seven anthologies.

SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:

Website

Blog

Twitter

Open a new door Day 7

Friends, thank you for dropping by to support Robbie on the last stop of her tour.  To catch up with the rest of her 7-day tour, please visit the “SPOTLIGHT” Author forum on the RRBC site and don’t forget to pick up a copy of her book above!  Lastly, we ask that you LIKE and SHARE this post, as well as the “SPOTLIGHT” Author page to your social media, to enhance Robbie’s support!

What did you think of Robbie’s poetry?  She’d love to hear from you in the comments below!

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It Is My Duty To Stand Up – What Will You Stand For? #Parents #Colleges #Equality @nonniejules

This morning I logged onto my Twitter and I find this. It was so moving and so incredibly heartbreaking, I could not take another step without sharing this with you. I’m a parent of a college student. I’m a parent of a college athlete. And as a parent who loves all, I feel all his pain.

Click the College GameDay video to listen to Kirk Herbstreit’s emotional message.

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Also, I invite you to visit IF YOU TURN AWAY FROM THIS, WHAT DOES IT SAY ABOUT YOU? at Watch Nonnie Write!

If You Turn Away From This, What Does It Say About You? #RRBC #RWISA @nonniejules @BravoTV

This is a must read!

Watch Nonnie Write!

A MUST SEE!

Friends, we are living through some very difficult times.  To me, it almost feels as if we’re all in this boiling pot and at any given moment, we’re all going to just boil right over.  Systemic racism is a real thing and it’s clear by the marches and peaceful protests that are taking place right now all over the world, that it isn’t just the black community who is angry – everyone with a conscience is pissed at what is going on right before our eyes.  And, because these protests and marches house more than just those from the black community, maybe now, change is really going to take place … positive change, that is.

I was excited when I learned that the network, BRAVO, had gathered and produced a show with cast members from various shows of their network, to discuss this racial climate we’re living…

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I Am Just Like @JoeBiden’s Mom! #RRBC #RWISA #Parenting

Yesterday, as I watched the final night of the Democratic National Convention, I was so moved by the story that was told about Joe Biden’s mother, I captured the audio to share with you below…

I thought I was the only mom in the world like this! 

I have a story so eerily similar to Joe’s, that I was reeling when I heard the one above. 

When my baby was in kindergarten, a little boy shoved her on the playground.   When she told the teacher, as she had been taught to do (by my husband), the teacher responded rudely with … “If you tattle one more time…”  

Well, when I picked my baby up from school that afternoon, I noticed as we were walking to the car, her beautiful smile was missing. “What’s wrong, baby?” I asked. She shared with me what the teacher had said to her.

I turned around so fast, my baby’s feet were probably lifted from the ground, as her hand was in mine while I was in fast motion.  I marched up to this teacher, in full view and earshot of every other parent, child and teacher around, and I asked her, “Did you threaten my baby?”  In her boldness (or ignorance as to the kind of mom I was and still am) she said, “Yes, she tattles…”  

Before the woman could finish her sentence and before I could form another thought, my finger was on her nose. Yes, TOUCHING THE TIP OF HER NOSE.  I said to her, very calmly and with extreme clarity, “If you ever threaten my child again, I’m going to sweep this entire area with your little body.” 

Yes, I said and I did just that – I also meant every word.  So, as you can see, I loved hearing that Joe Biden’s mom, a mom before my time, was fierce enough to “warn” a nun that she would rip that damn bonnet off her head if she threatened her child again.  She was a mom just like me!

Every mom in this world should feel that protective of their babies.  Every mom in this world should be that bold when it comes to standing up to adult bullies when they threaten their babies in any way.  Every mom should be just like Joe Biden’s mom.  I wish I had known her!

Bravo, Mrs. Biden!

Have you ever had a brave mommy moment like Mrs. Biden?  

#Authors #Readers & #Writers! Welcome to the #Literary Lovers Paradise!

Hello, friends!  I probably should have posted this sooner, but I just got the idea from one of my fellow members of the RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB! 

I’d like to invite you to a virtual event that’s going on right now, and it’s like no other event you’ve seen in probably the last year!  It’s the 5th Annual RRBC WRITERS’ CONFERENCE & BOOK EXPO!  

There is so much to see and do at this amazing event, but at the top of that list, is a huge helping of fun!  There are so many games to play and win!  So many door prizes to be won! So many people to meet and new friends to make – and I don’t want you to miss another second of it!

So, drop by, visit every area of the event, but don’t leave any of the (virtual) author booths or Vendor booths without leaving a comment, because those comments get your name thrown into a lottery to win that author’s door prize!

Every year, we also raffle off (7) $100 Amazon gift card gift baskets and there’s still time until this Sunday, August 16th, for you to purchase a raffle ticket or tickets!  Don’t miss this amazing opportunity!

We’re the most amazing book club around, but what kind of book club would we be if we weren’t offering AUTHOR READINGS to our friends?  I am certainly not that kind of friend!  I want you to drop in and have fun and win prizes and door prizes!

Well, I’ve talked enough.  Time for me to hurry and get back to all the fun!  I’ll see you there!

 

If It Doesn’t Kill You First … #Coronavirus? #RRBC #RRBC_Community

A must read for everyone!

RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB

Hello, RRBC!

Please forgive my sharing lately of news that isn’t writing-related, but there are certain things I feel we need to get the word out about regarding this pandemic we’re living through.  Some things are just too important not to share, so when you happen across information that might be beneficial to us all, I hope that you will also share it with the masses.

I know that we are bombarded daily with news of the Coronavirus – how it’s taking its toll on families, etc.  Today I came across this message from CNN’s Chris Cuomo about how it feels to have this awful virus, and because he is a trusted anchor, in my opinion, I felt his message needed to be shared with you all.

From losing 13 pounds in 3 days to hallucinating having a conversation with his deceased father, this is an absolutely compelling account of…

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