It can be hard to grow up as a child of divorce. After all, not only do you have to spend time between two households, you also end up getting caught in the middle of your parent’s baggage. For young Kelsey Frederick, a single haircut would end up changing her life forever. Today, we are going to take a close look at how one father’s extremely poor reaction would change the life of his daughter (in a good way!) forever.
When you first become a teenager, the odds are pretty good that you are excited about your big day. After all, it isn’t every day that you wave goodbye to your pre-teens! For Kelsey Frederick, her special birthday dreams revolved entirely around bonding with her mother.
Close to Mom
Christin Johnson is the mother of Kelsey Frederick. Christin had won split-custody of her daughter during her divorce proceedings. In the years since her divorce, Christin had grown even closer to Kelsey. In fact, the two had become inseparable. Both mom and daughter felt like they could be free and open about their dreams and goals.
Unfortunately, Kelsey’s relationship with her father, Schaffen, was much more complicated. Following the birth of Kelsey, Schaffen would decide to leave Christin behind. The relationship had fallen apart, and he had already met someone new. Schaffen worked at a firefighter, and he was almost always busy. Still, Kelsey made sure to spend weekends with dad in order to try to grow their relationship.
Strong Female Influences
While mom and dad were both large influences in her life, there were many more strong role models for Kelsey to follow. Kelsey spent plenty of time with her godmother, Haylee Ann. Haylee and Kelsey were extremely close and this relationship would prove integral to Kelsey’s growth.
13th Birthday Party
When you celebrate your first birthday as a teenager, you definitely want to make it special. For Kelsey, her birthday request wasn’t crazy or out-of-this-world. Instead, all Kelsey wanted to do was spend an afternoon at the salon with her mother. Unfortunately, this simple request would turn into a family nightmare.
Professional Hair Treatment
During the appointment at the salon, Kelsey decided that she wanted to get highlights. With darker hair, Kelsey thought that blonde highlights would really change the way that she looked in the best way possible. Christin gave the hairdresser the go-ahead and soon Kelsey’s big transformation was underway.
A New Kelsey
By the end of the appointment, Kelsey looked like an entirely new person. Her blonde highlights made her hair look incredible. Kelsey was essentially glowing with happiness while her mother glowed with pride. Kelsey was filled with smiles, and she was soon ready to head to her dad’s for her weekend away. Wouldn’t her father be excited to see her new hair? Wouldn’t he be so proud?
Taking a Trip
As part of their divorce arrangement, Kelsey would split time between her mother’s house and her father’s. When she would visit her father, Kelsey would put her phone away as much as possible. After all, she really wanted to maximize her time with her father. So when Kelsey was slow to reply to texts, Christin wasn’t immediately concerned.
While Kelsey was gone, Christin started to nurture a feeling deep inside of her stomach. She couldn’t shake the idea that something had gone wrong. Still, Christin waited patiently and soon enough, Kelsey would return home. Only, when she came through the front door, Christin saw that something was VERY different and VERY wrong.
Dealing With Heartache
When Kelsey had arrived at her father’s house, tragedy had struck almost immediately. Her father and stepmother were horrified by the new haircut. Against Kelsey’s will, they had her hair completely ‘chopped off’. A ‘chop off’, for those that don’t know, is a style-less technique used in order to get rid of volume. In the blink of an eye, Kelsey’s beautiful makeover had been destroyed.
Dealing With Dad
To say that Christin was angry would be an understatement. She was beyond furious at what Kelsey’s father had done. So, Christin jumped into her car in order to confront Schaffen and his stepmother. Christin was beside herself, but she wanted to hear their reasoning. According to Schaffen, they had cut off Kelsey’s hair as a form of ‘punishment’. According to Schaffen, this was the consequence of her action to celebrate her birthday with a haircut.
To the Internet
It became readily apparent that Schaffen felt like he was correct. On the other hand, Christin felt like her daughter had been terribly mistreated. Without many places to turn to, Christin decided to share the story of her daughter’s punishment on the internet. Christin wasn’t looking for pity or attention, she was just furious!
Put on Blast
Within a day, comments began to pour into Christin’s social media account. Somehow, the story that she had shared had gone viral. Pretty soon the story had been shared more than 25,0000 times while more than 40,000 people had posted a reaction. Needless to say, Kelsey’s story was getting some media attention. People were uniformly shocked and disgusted by what Schaffen and the stepmother had chosen to do.
In order to navigate the situation more publicly, Christin would set up the Team Kelsey page on Facebook. Thousands of people would soon ‘like’ or ‘follow’ the page in order to stay updated on the situation. Christin thought it was important that Kelsey saw that she had support. To this point, Kelsey had been depressed, horrified, and embarrassed by how her father had treated her.
As it turned out, Kelsey’s story would soon catch the attention of a very important person, the Chief of Police. Soon, Schaffen was under fire by more than just the internet, he was in legal jeopardy. The suspect father would soon find himself standing before a judge. Schaffen and his new wife would both end up suspended from their jobs as a result of their actions.
Loss of Custody
The judge was not done laying down the law on Schaffen and his wife. As a final measure of protection for Kelsey, the judge decided to rescind custody rights from Schaffen. It was clear that Schaffen wasn’t interested in the well-being of his daughter while Christin was doing everything that she could. Christin was granted full custody!
While everyone celebrated the new custody agreement, Kelsey was still left afraid to go to school. After all, she was tremendously uncomfortable with how she looked. A few followers offered to donate money for a trip to the salon. Aunt Kelly (remember her?) would end up establishing a GoFundMe account to pay for the salon. Incredibly, Team Kelsey supporters would donate more than $3,500!
Back to the Salon
In order to celebrate, Kelsey would go back to the salon with the strong women in her life. Kelsey’s hair would get fixed up and the entire salon would join together in order to celebrate. At the end of the long ordeal, Kelsey was able to find happiness again thanks to the hard work of her mother and the caring words of encouragement that came from the internet.
Could There Be Answers to the Famed Peanut Allergy on the Horizon?
Peanuts are incredibly delicious as they permeate candy, condiments, snacks, and numerous other parts of the food industry. At the same time, peanuts also contribute to one of the most common food allergies on the face of the Earth. Those who are allergic to peanuts often have deadly allergies, known as anaphylaxis. This reaction can cause someone to stop breathing if they even simply inhale some of the dust associated with peanuts. As a result, many kids have to carry around an EpiPen that might be needed to save their life. Therefore, peanuts, peanut oil, peanut butter, peanut chocolate, and more can pose a serious health risk. Indeed, some kids will never know the delicious taste of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Some people might even be shocked to hear that peanuts can be found in potato chips, icing, and more! It is hard for people who have severe food allergies to have a normal life. Furthermore, peanut allergies have actually been becoming more common. Many schools have even banned peanuts to protect their students from harm. This is a drastic, but necessary, measure in the eyes of many people.
Now, there might be an answer for those who have been waiting for what seems like forever. Scientists from Australia have recently announced that they might have found an answer to this common problem. A team of researchers have been using a novel treatment method called immunotherapy to help children get over their allergies to peanuts. In this treatment option, patients are intentionally exposed to something that they have a serious reaction to. In this case, that item would be peanuts. Of course, this exposure takes place in a controlled setting to minimize the potential health risks that might come with an intentional allergic reaction.
When children in this experiment are exposed to peanuts, the immune system reacts. After all, this is the basis of an allergic reaction. Over time, the body is exposed to doses in higher and higher amounts. With the right treatment, the body learns to handle the reaction and the allergic reaction gradually subsides. This is called tolerance. Essentially, the body “gets used” to the peanuts. In this clinical trial, which lasted for 18 months, about four out of every five children who were involved in the trial had developed a tolerance to peanuts. Now, five years later, most of the kids who devleoped a tolerance are still eating peanuts to this day. This represents a breakthrough in the field of medicine that has the potential to help children all over the world who suffer from severe peanut allergies.
It can be exhausting for parents and children to go around constantly wondering if they are going to be exposed to peanuts that might lead to an allergic reaction. It can be hard to carry around an EpiPen every day. Now, there might be a way to get around this problem. At the same time, this is only one study. There is still a long way to go and parents should not go around giving their peanut-allergic children allergens to force a reaction. The next step is to try to replicate the results of this study on a larger scale. Then, this therapy needs to reach the open market to be distributed. At the same time, this study still represents a tremendous hope for those who suffer from allergies. If the results of this study can be replicated on a larger scale, it might provide a way to help people who suffer from food allergies.
Happiness Is: When the Kids Grow Up and Move Out of the House
Research tells us that people with children are happier overall than single adults. Why? For a number of reasons, including:
- Parents don’t have to worry about being alone.
- Children are evidence of a legacy in this world, and they give parents a sense of purpose and fulfillment.
- Parents are happier knowing that they have someone to take care of and provide for them in their old age.
However, according to Fartherly.com, the parent’s happiness that exceeds the happiness of single people won’t be realized until these parents become empty nesters, and the kids actually move out of the house. Parents have to daily practice delayed gratification and wait decades before their ultimate happiness blossoms.
But still, is it all worth it? Is sacrificing your youth for decades worth any measure of happiness you might experience later in life?
Yes, according to a study from The Daily Positive, where questions were asked of patients in a terminal palliative care unit. One of the top ten regrets that dying patients had was that of not having children. The research stated:
“With today’s modern thinking, kids may be viewed as inconveniences or hindrances to pursuing your goals. But keep in mind that your children will be the ones to show you love when you are old. They will also be the ones to whom you will entrust everything you’ve worked hard for after you’re gone.” (Top 10 Regrets When You’re Dying, Dale Partridge)
Geraldine had a difficult time raising six children as a single mom in Texas. She often worked multiple jobs while sewing on the side to make extra money. Life was difficult, but with a mind made up, every one of Geraldine’s children grew up, finished school, and made a life for themselves.
When all the children were out of the house, Geraldine began enjoying her life by traveling, modeling, and sewing for fun. On her 65th birthday, her three daughters took her to Hawaii. At the airport, Geraldine ran into Mrs. Phelps, an upstanding career woman in the community who had all the trapping of success, but no family.
Geraldine worked for Mrs. Phelps for over 15 years as her cleaning lady. Mrs. Phelps was in her late 60s, but the onset of Parkinson’s disease made her look 15 years older. When she saw Geraldine, Mrs. Phelps gave a convenient hello, but Geraldine’s energy and bubbly personality took over the conversation as she introduced her daughters and enthusiastically told Mrs. Phelps about going to Hawaii for her birthday.
“Wow, sounds like you’re going to have a great time,” Mrs. Phelps said longingly. “I don’t have any family. I never had kids.”
“While you were busy working, I was busy having babies,” Geraldine said. “Now my children are taking me on vacation for the time of my life. I thank God that I made the better choice.”
Geraldine’s story illustrates what researchers have told us: having children makes parents happier than singles later on in life when the kids move out of the house. The time invested in parenting makes the post empty nester season in life all worth it.
Dad Films Zoo Tiger Attacking & Getting Stopped
When a boy goes to the zoo with his dad, especially under the age of 10, he typically expects to see big animals in cages, hear a lion roar, see walruses and seals, and watch elephants pick up things with their trunks. There might even be session watching chimps and gorillas move around from branch to branch. What he and his father do not expect or have on their mutual agenda is for junior to become the next snack target of a full-grown tiger.
Tigers are not dumb animals. They are exceptionally geared to hunt and take advantage of opportunity to keep themselves fed in the wild. Even in a zoo, where there wellbeing and food sources are taken care of, the instinct innate within a tiger’s mind is constantly operating and working. So, when 7-year-old Sean decided to stand in front of the containment window to the tiger’s den and his father was filming him, neither expected what happened next.
The father and son went to the Dublin zoo for the holidays as a good time off and bonding session opportunity. The personal camera filming starts off with Sean smiling to his dad while turning back quickly to look at the tiger in the far part of the den. The cat sees the boy and is already in motion moving forward but it freezes when the boy looks at the tiger. As soon as Sean turn around again to look at the camera, the tiger rockets forward with claws extended fully expecting to catch the boy and apply a killing bite on his back. It’s only at the very last second that the tiger senses that something is between it and the child, skidding to crash into the barrier wall that keeps the tiger contained. However, the thud into the clear wall and the clawed paws and teeth were enough to make Sean jump away for safety while his father filmed the entire event.
As far as Sean’s father is concerned, the social media verse is probably taking sides whether he kept his cool continuing the filming or whether he should have grabbed his son. Sean probably had a few nightmares the next night or two afterwards as well. Either way, the tiger attack was likely not going to be something either of them forgot anytime soon. And it’s probably likely Sean’s mother gave his father a good whacking on the back of the head for letting the boy anywhere that close to the tiger’s den in the first place, even with the obviously effective barrier for safety. Moms are like that.
For the rest of us, Sean’s furry friend at the zoo gives us all a good reminder that animals a fundamentally wild and remain that way. They don’t switch to Disney characters simply because they now live at a zoo. It’s something everyone should accept and understand clearly, but every year there’s a story of some knucklehead going into a cage or den to pet the animal because it seems so sedate and calm. It’s enough to make anyone wonder what would happen if “survival of the fittest” did apply to humans.
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