Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Here's what happens when parents think they are smarter than science

Way to go Washington state!  Due to an outbreak, this school system did the smart thing and kicked out all kids who are unvaccinated.  Now if only the rest of the country would step up and follow suit...

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

McDonald's Happy Meal toy recall

McDonald's announced a recall of Hello Kitty whistles that were included with Happy Meals in October and November 2014.  The pieces can detach and present a choking hazard for children.

Monday, November 10, 2014

There's smelling good and then there's overkill

My daughter discovered perfume yesterday.  This was my fault, because I had an adorable decorative bottle in her room for quite some time.  I should have known it was only a matter of time before she would figure out how to open and spray it everywhere.  I couldn't even stay in her room because the small was so strong it had to be aired out.  Of course, she didn't understand why I didn't love her wonderfully scented room.  We had to make a deal that only 1 squirt of perfume is always sufficient.  Walking into work this morning, I realized that I wish some of the adults surrounding me had made this deal with their parents when they were younger. 

Friday, November 7, 2014

We're all perfect parents before we have kids...

I haven't blogged in quite a while, given my busy schedule of work and parenting, but I had to share this article.  It seems Ms. Natalie Bree Hajek-Richardson could not tolerate another second of a tantruming young child during her Nordstrom Rack shopping experience.  So she did what any self-absorbed non-parent would do: she told the mother to quiet her child.  This was a bad decision.  An angry exchange ensued, and the mother followed Ms. Hajek-Richardson to the parking lot and punched her in the face.  Although I do not condone the actions of the mother, who should never have resorted to violence, I also think the whole situation could have been avoided if Hajek-Richardson knew enough to keep her mouth shut and not tell a parent, even a bad parent, what to do with their child.  This is a painful lesson for her to learn. 

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Preschool should not cost as much as college

This is crazy!  People in New York City are willing to spend tens of thousands of dollars on preschool for their children.  I am all for spoiling kids a little, but this is excessive.  I can't imagine it will make those kids any more prepared for the real world than other, less-exclusive preschool programs.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

7 ways to stop the shopping habit

I just came across the article 7 ways to stop the shopping habit when I was looking around for financial advice on MSN Money.  Considering that I have vowed to cut down on shopping, this is perfect timing.  My kids have so many articles of clothing that I think they could wear something new each day for 6 months.  This is not a good use of my discretionary income.  Going forward, I am trying to spend wisely on high quality products that are certain to be used. 

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

New pics of Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon's adorable kids

Mariah Carey posted some new pics of her cute twins Moroccan and Monroe.  Here is a link to an article where you can view them all in 1 place. The kids look just like their famous parents.  I still can't seem to find information, however, on why her daughter wears glasses at approximately 18 months old.  I assume there is some sort of medical reason, and not just a trend that she is following.

The cost of caring for your special needs child

The ultimate goal of every pregnancy is a healthy baby.  Sometimes, parents are relived to bring home a little bundle of joy with 10 fingers, 10 toes, and no apparent health problems.  As the baby grows, however, subtle clues may become apparent that suggest that the child is not developing appropriately.  Parents who believed their child to be healthy and typically developing then discover that their child has a devastating diagnosis. 

Unfortunately this situation is happening with increasing frequency in our country.  Aside from the mental and emotional impact of raising a special needs child, parents also must face the financial impact.  This article that was featured in a recent Money Magazine delves into the costs and financial options of a family who is tasked with providing care and treatment for a special needs child.  Even if your child does not have any occupational therapy, speech therapy, or other needs, this article will really open your eyes as to the struggles faced by these families.