• Welcome to Uncommon Sense with Katie Coombs

    The show is an attempt to restore the greatness of the country one family at a time. Discipline is the foundation of success in all areas of life.
    Accountability, responsibility, hard work, and ethics comes from the home.
    Parents have to be leaders not friends. The decisions we make must not just be for ourselves but for our family, the community, and society as a whole.
    Parents can't sacrifice their authority for kindness. We must use our common sense to arrive at logical conclusions. Not religion. Not political affiliation. Not following the latest trends. About the show...

Respecting Authority When Life Depends on It

There is great turmoil in the country right now regarding actions taken by police officers that have led to the shootings and deaths of several men and even one 12 year old boy. As with anything that happens in our country, there is huge division on the fact that several of these deaths have not lead to charges against the officers involved. Many are questioning the function of grand jury proceedings and it seems everyone is an expert on the matter at hand. Racial tensions are increasing and the protests have turned ugly in many cities. In times like these, I think it is very important to respect the feelings of everyone and not jump to the conclusion that one side is right and the other side is wrong. Most of these situations happen in an instant and it is easy to say how you think you would respond in the same position, however, most of us will never know. All of the tragic endings bring up an important fact that must be discussed with your children from the time they are old enough to listen.
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No Elf on The Shelf Needed

It’s that time of year again. The Elf on the Shelf. It seems to get more popular every year as discipline goes down the drain. $30 buys you a month of good behavior from your children and probably 11 months of sheer terror when you can’t use the Elf any longer. For those not familiar, the Elf can be purchased for $29.99 and parents then hide the elf around the house in various positions during the month of December. The Elf reports back to Santa every night so kids believe they need to be good during December to get gifts on Christmas morning.

Most of the children in our house are now past the Santa years but the Elf on the Shelf has been around for a long time and I never understood the idea. I have heard all of the excuses people use as to why it is a great thing. I am told that kids behave better under the “you better watch out” theory with the Elf acting like a spy for Santa each day. Others say it is just to promote the magic of Christmas which leads me to wonder how in the world the “magic” of Christmas ever evolved into any belief whatsoever in Santa or his elves. Read more