1. 30-year-old Ordered by Judge to Move Out of His Parents' Home
30-year-old Michael Rotondo said he was shocked when a judge ruled Michael's parents had the right to evict him from their house.
Last October, Michael's parents, Michael and Christina Rotondo, told Michael he needed to get a full-time job, health insurance and visit with a therapist. When he didn't after four months, they gave him the first of five notices saying he needed to move out within 14 days.
The other four notices:
— Gave him $1,100 to find a new place (he used it for "other things")
— Offered advice on moving and helping him find a new place
— Told him to move his broken down car off their property and offered to pay for the necessary repairs
— Said they would take "whatever actions are necessary to enforce this decision"
Michael said "I'm not bothering them by living here. It's little to no cost to them, and considering how much they've harassed me, I think it's the least that they should be required to do, which is just let me hang here a bit longer and use their hot water and electricity."
Something to chew the next time you watch "Failure to Launch"...
"Independence is not something that your children can gain on their own," said parenting psychologist Jim Taylor. He suggests teaching responsibility, accountability and exploration are the best ways to try to raise a child who will be a successful, independent adult.
Try this practice with your little one:
Make a list of what you are doing as a parent to help your child's goals
Make a list of your child's responsibilities to meet those goals
Identify those who have responsibilities in your child's goals (teachers, coaches) and list their responsibilities
Set consequences for your child for not fulfilling their part of the responsibility
Read more about raising independent children here.
2. Bully Apologizes to Victims 60 Years Later
After nearly 60 years, Chicago resident Bruce Smit decided to seek out two girls he tormented in school to apologize for the harm he caused.
But the sisters were hesitant to meet with him. Of her school days, Lorraine O'Kelly remembers, "We were like the untouchables...we were called names and no one ever would sit next to us...They'd wash their hands if they came near us or had to touch us."
But eventually O'Kelly and her sister, Kathleen Rys, decided to meet with their former bully. Even though the effects of bullying still impact the women today, as soon as they saw Smit, one sister said, "I forgive you" and the other said, "Me too.
Something to chew on when your daughter mentions that "weird kid" she sits next to...
Share this story with your kids and ask:
— Has anyone ever made you feel this way?
— Do you think you've ever made anyone else feel this way?
For more stories to start a conversation and build empathy, read:
"¢ Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes
"¢ Blubber by Judy Blume
"¢ Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper
"¢ Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
"¢ Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell (for older audiences)*
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NFL Will Fine Players Who Do Not Show "Respect" During Anthem
Yesterday the NFL passed a revised policy demanding all players and team personnel "shall stand and show respect for the flag and the Anthem." Those who do not want to stand are invited to remain in the locker room during the anthem. So obviously that's going to get the people talking.
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