May 20, 2011

If you're hoppy and you know it, stay away from a middle school.

Frog Invasion

I admit it. Some people have jokingly referred to me as a “crazy pet lady”. Even as a kid, I had a thing for animals. Over the years, we have had dogs, a cat, mice, birds, fish, frogs, lizards and turtles. I think exposing my kids to animals and teaching them how to care for them has given them a great sense of empathy for all creatures. Which brings me to my latest “proud mama moment”.

All of the rain we had earlier this season has resulted in a baby frog invasion. There are literally thousands of them hopping around at my daughter and son’s middle school. Unfortunately, teenagers can be cruel. My kids came home with horror stories about the way the frogs were being treated.

Upon hearing this, my high schooler grabbed a few containers and took her brother and sister to the school to rescue as many frogs as they could. They spent a couple hours 3 days this week gathering up frogs and transporting them to a safer place. Thankfully, school will be out in a week and the frogs will only have to worry about birds and other natural predators.

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  • Heather

    Aww, that’s definitely when you know you did a good job as a momma :)

    • http://www.mybargainbuddy.com Karen Hoxmeier

      Thanks, Heather! :)

  • Heather

    Aww, that’s definitely when you know you did a good job as a momma :)

    • http://www.mybargainbuddy.com Karen Hoxmeier

      Thanks, Heather! :)

  • BJ Cunningham

    It’s just incredibly troubling how little regard for life people have these days.  Where are the school admins during this?  They should be stopping what’s going on and using it as a lesson in behavior, empathy, morals….  Thank God your kiddos stepped in and saved at least some of the frogs!

    • http://www.mybargainbuddy.com Karen Hoxmeier

      I sent an email to the principal and vice-principal. Hoping they do something. 

  • BJ Cunningham

    It’s just incredibly troubling how little regard for life people have these days.  Where are the school admins during this?  They should be stopping what’s going on and using it as a lesson in behavior, empathy, morals….  Thank God your kiddos stepped in and saved at least some of the frogs!

    • http://www.mybargainbuddy.com Karen Hoxmeier

      I sent an email to the principal and vice-principal. Hoping they do something. 

  • Shaiha

    What wonderful kids!  And you deserve kudos for raising them right.

    • http://www.mybargainbuddy.com Karen Hoxmeier

      Thanks, Shaiha!

  • Shaiha

    What wonderful kids!  And you deserve kudos for raising them right.

    • http://www.mybargainbuddy.com Karen Hoxmeier

      Thanks, Shaiha!

  • Kwalcott

    Your kids ROCK!  This story made my day!  Thank you! 

    • http://www.mybargainbuddy.com Karen Hoxmeier

       Thanks! :)

  • Kwalcott

    Your kids ROCK!  This story made my day!  Thank you! 

    • http://www.mybargainbuddy.com Karen Hoxmeier

       Thanks! :)

  • Cathy Zecchin

    When you least expect it, all you’ve taught your kids, and think they didn’t listen, you find they learned after all. Bravo, mom!
    Cathy Zecchin

    • http://www.mybargainbuddy.com Karen Hoxmeier

      Well said, Cathy! And thanks! :)

  • Cathy Zecchin

    When you least expect it, all you’ve taught your kids, and think they didn’t listen, you find they learned after all. Bravo, mom!
    Cathy Zecchin

    • http://www.mybargainbuddy.com Karen Hoxmeier

      Well said, Cathy! And thanks! :)

  • Donna

    You have done a great job with your kids Karen. I shared your story with my facebook friends!

    • http://www.mybargainbuddy.com Karen Hoxmeier

       Thanks for sharing, Donna! :D

  • Donna

    You have done a great job with your kids Karen. I shared your story with my facebook friends!

    • http://www.mybargainbuddy.com Karen Hoxmeier

       Thanks for sharing, Donna! :D

  • Violeta_Alvarado

    Love this story! Great kids!

    • http://www.mybargainbuddy.com Karen Hoxmeier

      Thanks, Violeta!

  • Violeta_Alvarado

    Love this story! Great kids!

    • http://www.mybargainbuddy.com Karen Hoxmeier

      Thanks, Violeta!

  • Anonymous

    Can’t wait to share your story with my family!  This will make their day!  It’s nice to
    know that there are others out there who care as much about animals/wildlife as much
    as we do.  You have a wonderful family and have taught your children well! 

    • http://www.mybargainbuddy.com Karen Hoxmeier

      Thanks, sweepygirl!

  • Anonymous

    Can’t wait to share your story with my family!  This will make their day!  It’s nice to
    know that there are others out there who care as much about animals/wildlife as much
    as we do.  You have a wonderful family and have taught your children well! 

    • http://www.mybargainbuddy.com Karen Hoxmeier

      Thanks, sweepygirl!

  • g.swanson

    Your kids are the best & for them to step up to the plate to help these defenseless creatures is very commendable!! Let’s hope your email to the principal will put an end to the horror stories so the fate of the remaining frogs will have a “hoppy” ending. Keep us posted  ”proud mama”.

    • http://www.mybargainbuddy.com Karen Hoxmeier

      Thanks, G!

  • g.swanson

    Your kids are the best & for them to step up to the plate to help these defenseless creatures is very commendable!! Let’s hope your email to the principal will put an end to the horror stories so the fate of the remaining frogs will have a “hoppy” ending. Keep us posted  ”proud mama”.

    • http://www.mybargainbuddy.com Karen Hoxmeier

      Thanks, G!

  • Cipeet

    you are guiding your children in the right direction, good job 

  • Cipeet

    you are guiding your children in the right direction, good job 

  • jan

    And how many are now living with you??!!

    • http://www.mybargainbuddy.com Karen Hoxmeier

      They wanted to keep a few, but we talked about it and they came to the conclusion that they would be better off in the wild. Phew!

  • jan

    And how many are now living with you??!!

    • http://www.mybargainbuddy.com Karen Hoxmeier

      They wanted to keep a few, but we talked about it and they came to the conclusion that they would be better off in the wild. Phew!

  • Nancy

    You have taught your children well, Karen.  My daughter age 36, still does “turtle patrol” stopping her car safely and carefully helping a turtle cross the road.   

  • Nancy

    You have taught your children well, Karen.  My daughter age 36, still does “turtle patrol” stopping her car safely and carefully helping a turtle cross the road.   

  • Debra

     You should be sooooo proud of your children!  Thank goodness for them!

  • Debra

     You should be sooooo proud of your children!  Thank goodness for them!

  • Ellndeanrn

    Good work. If only everyone had empathy for the helpless this world would be a better place.

  • Ellndeanrn

    Good work. If only everyone had empathy for the helpless this world would be a better place.

  • Becky

    I loveeeeeeeeee that!!! Kudos to you Karen for raising such admirable children! 

  • Becky

    I loveeeeeeeeee that!!! Kudos to you Karen for raising such admirable children! 

  • Lovethelake

    I LOVE all your personal stories, Karen!  Thanks for letting us in on your little part of this world!   Deanna

    • http://www.mybargainbuddy.com Karen Hoxmeier

      Awww Thanks, Deanna! 

  • Lovethelake

    I LOVE all your personal stories, Karen!  Thanks for letting us in on your little part of this world!   Deanna

    • http://www.mybargainbuddy.com Karen Hoxmeier

      Awww Thanks, Deanna! 

  • Psdeines

    You go for it kids!!!!  We are to take care of God’s creatures. 

  • Psdeines

    You go for it kids!!!!  We are to take care of God’s creatures. 

  • brenda

    fun- we had a baby frog invasion one year too!  way fun – in our window well.  I grew up the same- and now raising my kids the same, butterflies, frogs, tadpoles, mice, dog, etc– they love it!!  thanks for sharing

  • brenda

    fun- we had a baby frog invasion one year too!  way fun – in our window well.  I grew up the same- and now raising my kids the same, butterflies, frogs, tadpoles, mice, dog, etc– they love it!!  thanks for sharing

  • maura

    God bless you for teaching your children to be so caring!!! 

  • maura

    God bless you for teaching your children to be so caring!!! 

  • Jolene

    Thats awesome, though I’m wondering shouldn’t the school be doing something to prevent their students from doing cruel things to animals?  

    • http://www.mybargainbuddy.com Karen Hoxmeier

      Absolutely! Kids told me school admin made an announcement over the PA system this morning to leave the frogs alone… Today is Friday. Trouble began on Monday… :(   

  • Jolene

    Thats awesome, though I’m wondering shouldn’t the school be doing something to prevent their students from doing cruel things to animals?  

    • http://www.mybargainbuddy.com Karen Hoxmeier

      Absolutely! Kids told me school admin made an announcement over the PA system this morning to leave the frogs alone… Today is Friday. Trouble began on Monday… :(   

  • Laura K

    Parents should use this as a ‘teaching moment’ on tolerance and empathy for animals AND PEOPLE….you are ‘teaching your children well’, Karen…

  • Laura K

    Parents should use this as a ‘teaching moment’ on tolerance and empathy for animals AND PEOPLE….you are ‘teaching your children well’, Karen…

  • Charlotte

    Good for you and your kids! Even a frog deserves to live!

  • Charlotte

    Good for you and your kids! Even a frog deserves to live!

  • Cheryl

    nice! 

  • Cheryl

    nice! 

  • Terry Lee

    I love you and your kids for saving the little frogs. Thank you. Signed, Kermit.

  • Terry Lee

    I love you and your kids for saving the little frogs. Thank you. Signed, Kermit.

  • Nitegallerygirl

    Your children have learned empathy for animals. A respect for all life. That’s just wonderful !

  • Nitegallerygirl

    Your children have learned empathy for animals. A respect for all life. That’s just wonderful !

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1280776952 Anonymous

    Great kids!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1280776952 Anonymous

    Great kids!

  • Bombaybrutus426

    Have they named them all?

    • http://www.mybargainbuddy.com Karen Hoxmeier

      @39e4d49810c77c1569044f791ad4f24b:disqus Yes, they are Sleepy, Grumpy, Happy, Doc, Dopey, Sneezy, Bashful, Flopsy, Mopsy, Cottontail, Greg, Marsha, Peter, Jan, Bobby, Cindy, Chandler, Ross, Phoebe, Monica, Joey, Rachel……   ;)

  • Bombaybrutus426

    Have they named them all?

    • http://www.mybargainbuddy.com Karen Hoxmeier

      @39e4d49810c77c1569044f791ad4f24b:disqus Yes, they are Sleepy, Grumpy, Happy, Doc, Dopey, Sneezy, Bashful, Flopsy, Mopsy, Cottontail, Greg, Marsha, Peter, Jan, Bobby, Cindy, Chandler, Ross, Phoebe, Monica, Joey, Rachel……   ;)

  • Freckles333

    well you should be a proud mama ! Your children actually CARE about all living creatures and are willing to lend a hand when it is needed. The acorn doesn’t fall far from the tree !
     

  • Freckles333

    well you should be a proud mama ! Your children actually CARE about all living creatures and are willing to lend a hand when it is needed. The acorn doesn’t fall far from the tree !
     

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1483883848 Michele Ackley

    Karen, Your story warmed my heart.  I loved the fact that you and your children cared so much as  to go the extra mile for the frog’s safety.  Kids can be so cruel and think it is funny to torture defenseless beings. I too am an animal lover.  I think your kids are awesome!!!  

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1483883848 Michele Ackley

    Karen, Your story warmed my heart.  I loved the fact that you and your children cared so much as  to go the extra mile for the frog’s safety.  Kids can be so cruel and think it is funny to torture defenseless beings. I too am an animal lover.  I think your kids are awesome!!!  

  • Patti

    What a wonderful thing for the kids to do!  I am a lover of animals myself and so are my married children.

  • Patti

    What a wonderful thing for the kids to do!  I am a lover of animals myself and so are my married children.

  • ziggyrieley

    That is fantastic! I was camping with my Webelo son at a Boy Scout Camporee recently and there were a lot of snails. My son loves all creatures but unfortunately some kids don’t feel the same way. One boy was crushing them with his foot. When our scout leader intervened he said “but they’re only snails” Fortunately the Scout leader of the other boys came over and stopped them. I was really surprised to hear this from a Boy Scout! I hope his leader straightened him out!

    • http://www.mybargainbuddy.com Karen Hoxmeier

      Killing things just for the sake of killing things is horrible. Even snails deserve to live… as long as they stay outside. ;)

  • ziggyrieley

    That is fantastic! I was camping with my Webelo son at a Boy Scout Camporee recently and there were a lot of snails. My son loves all creatures but unfortunately some kids don’t feel the same way. One boy was crushing them with his foot. When our scout leader intervened he said “but they’re only snails” Fortunately the Scout leader of the other boys came over and stopped them. I was really surprised to hear this from a Boy Scout! I hope his leader straightened him out!

    • http://www.mybargainbuddy.com Karen Hoxmeier

      Killing things just for the sake of killing things is horrible. Even snails deserve to live… as long as they stay outside. ;)

  • Qparrish

    That is GREAT!! Congrats for raising such caring kids that aren’t afraid to stand up for what they believe in.

  • Qparrish

    That is GREAT!! Congrats for raising such caring kids that aren’t afraid to stand up for what they believe in.


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