To not teach sex education in schools is to deny that our teens have sex, and this would be the worst thing to do.

Sex education teaches our children about what sex is,what comes from sex (ie pregnancy and STDs), and how to safely have sex. Some schools even go so far as to offer free condoms. I think this one of the best things public schools have to offer our teens.

I also am a firm believer that children should be taught about sex at home and before they are teens, but unfortunately this doesn’t happen in a lot of homes. Children NEED, I cannot stress the need enough, to be educated about safe sex and the dangers of sex. If they are not what’s to stop them from having unprotected sex?

Parents that are against sex education have to ask themselves if they would rather their child come home with a condom and some factual information that they may or may not use, or come home with AIDS or a baby.

We must not live in denial that many teens are either having or thinking about having sex. If we deny this fact we put our most precious possession in harms way. I personally would hate to think that my daughter will have sex as a teen, but I also understand that it happens and it is their choice to make, not ours. Therefore, if she does make the decision to have sex I want her wearing the armor of information, and a condom.

I think that on top of sex education, we as parents should reinforce this information to our children and do it early and frequently. One talk is not enough. Children need to know that sex is not a dirty thing, and although it should wait until they are adults, they can openly talk to their parents about it should they ever have questions or need advise.

Remember, knowledge is power.

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I posted earlier about the sale specifics.  I just wanted to let everyone know that I went today and if you haven’t gone, GOOOOO!!!!  It is so great.  I went to the Gap (for the first time) and I got 1 pair of pants, 4 tanks and 2 shirts for only $63!!!!!!  When I think gap, $40 plain white tees come to mind, but this sale was INSANE.  We also went to Carter’s and if you have a child you better high tail your butt over there, everything was 50% off or more.  I believe I spent $52 there and got a 5 pack of onsies, an outfit, a toy, a pair of paints, 2 footie things, and 1 or 2 shirts.

Yeah, I’m a shopaholic, can you tell.  Well, I sure got my fix today.

Also, Prime Outlets has a sale geared towards students that I believe starts September 12th.  If you show your student ID you get special discounts and free stuff.  Who doesn’t like free stuff????

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I’m not sure if it’s nationwide Salvation Armies, but the ones in Kenosha and Racine, WI.  There is a sale where all kids clothes under size 12 are 48 cents.  Can’t beat that price.  We found some very cute things also.  I found some Old Navy and Gap clothes for Echo that were in new condition and Bob found a bunch of stuff for his kids.  When kids are young you might as well buy there before they start bitching about how they can’t wear things from the thrift store and yadda yadda.

All other clothes are half off also.

Are you ready?  Are you stoked your kids or yourself is going back to school.  This is an exciting time for most.  I know I love going back to school (I start September 5th), but it also means winter is one step closer. 

This may be a good thing if you love our Wisconsin winters, but I am not a fan.  There is nothing fun about possibly getting frostbite walking from your car to the store, or cleaning 4 feet off snow off your car to go to school or work because here in Wisconsin there is no such thing as a school day, especially if your in college like me.

I d love the fall though.  It’s  nice break from our 120 degree summers.  The leaves all turn colors in a beautiful display.  You can hang out with friends at school in the grass, althouhg it a rarity any of us have that kind of time lol. 

My favorite part about this time of year is the holidays.  I’ve noticed this last weke or so all the stores are already getting stocked up for Holloween.  It seems that every year this starts earlier and earlier.  I can’t wait for holloween. 

 If you live in SE Wisconsin the Apple Holler has a pumpkin patch and lots of cool stuff to do in the fall.  When I was a kid my family would always go up there for fall fun.

Haunted houses are always a good way to go too.  There are plenty to choose from for every age.  I remember last year they had a free one inside Menards for the little kids, not scary, but tons of fun.  And, you can’t beat free, right?

If you have any suggestions on things to do this fall before we’re all stuck indoors for 4-5 months please share here.

Prime Outlets is a VERY popular outlet store for everyone in southeast WI and northeast IL.  They have great stores such as Sony, Gap, Old Navy, Carters etc…

They have great deals on everything from electronics to dinnerware so this sidewalk sale is a must for any shopper. 

Prime out lets is located in Pleasant Prairie (southern Kenosha County).  Just take the freeway and get off on exit 347, which is Hwy 165.

Hours are Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

You can also check out the stores and get more info at www.primeoutlets.com

See you there!

The Kenosha Public Museum has a special exhibit that Started August 25th and ends November 4th.  The exhibit is called “Kenosha Stories” by Eric Houghton.  It takes a look through personal, historical and mythical Kenosha history.  This looks very interesting if your from the area.  It would make a good educational trip for the kids (or just adults).  It’s always good to know some history about the town you live in.

 The museum is located at 5500 1st Avenue and the hours of operation are Sun.-Mon. 12 to 5 p.m., Tues.-Sat. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

 If you go let me know how it was, I haven’t been down there to check it out yet.  When I do I’ll post to update.

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