The video of the 2-year-old Indonesian toddler puffing away on a cigarette like a grown man as his parents and other adults stood idly by has taken the blogosphere by storm. It's easy to take a stance of disbelief and condemnation -- but our own children are subjected to comparable harm every day!
Mary Kennedy, the wife of Robert F. Kennedy and mother of four children between the ages of 8 and 15, has been charged with driving while under the influence, according to police in Bedford, N.Y.
When I recently watched her on the "Real Housewives" after-show hosted by Andy Cohen, I was confused by how she responded to a viewer question. Andy had received an e-mail asking Bethenny if she was Jewish. Bethenny responded, "No, I don't consider myself Jewish. My dad was Jewish and my mom converted ... but I don't think of myself as Jewish." WTH?
Last week at my regular yoga class, I was surprised when the instructor announced that she would be playing music. I was willing to deal with the addition of music, but not the off-key person singing along next to me!
For Mother's Day, my 5-year-old son presented me with a beautiful, handpainted butterfly magnet that he had made for me in preschool. Along with the gift was a card with a photocopied poem inside that infuriated me.
If you're a celebrity like Charlie Sheen, you can go to rehab even if you don't currently have a drinking or drug problem. But is treating the problem ahead of time really effective?
13-year-old Julia Siegler was killed in a tragic accident when she was hit as she crossed the street to catch her school bus. I was rocked by two emotions -- sadness for her parents, but also gratitude that our spiritually supportive community immediately wrapped our arms around the family.
Brooke Mueller has left her treatment center and returned home with a staff of coaches, therapists and other treatment professionals to help her achieve sobriety. But you don't have to have celebrity-style resources to get sober.