Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Let‘s Panic About Babies!

Seeing the book "Let‘s Panic About Babies!" just made me laugh.  I haven't read this one, but it looks to be a funny take on life with a baby for new parents and parents-to-be.  Definitely putting it on the list for my next baby gift.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Hormone-Colored Days: Parenting Gifted Children: Do Kindergarten Students That Start Ahead Fall Behind?

Hormone-Colored Days: Parenting Gifted Children: Do Kindergarten Students That Start Ahead Fall Behind?  This post is a little old, but as the parent of an advanced child, I find it quite interesting.  What is a parent to do?  Do you send your child to Kindergarten even though he/she can read, or do you move them to 1st grade and let them be the youngest in the class.  Either way, a gifted child is likely to feel out of place and "different".  The great debate continues...

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Kid's not perfect? Send her back!

I was disgusted to read this story of an international adoption gone wrong.  A pseudo-celebrity named Joyce Maynard traveled to Ethiopia to adopt 2 young girls who lost their mother to AIDS.  The had a father and brothers, but apparently the family was happy to hand them over to the nice white woman who would take them to America for a better(?) life.  Instead, a little over a year after uprooting the kids, taking them to a country they had never been to, and forcing them to learn to adapt to a new language and culture, this "mother" - and I use the term loosely - decided to send them to another home.  According to her, she found them a good home, with 2 parents and other siblings.  It really doesn't matter where she sent them.  The fact is, she made a commitment to these children and then, when she realized how much work it would be to take care of the girls, she decided to hand them off.  This is akin to bringing home a dog that is difficult to train and taking it back to the pound after it eats through your drywall.  Children from foreign countries are not accessories, despite what Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, and Meg Ryan might have you believe.  They deserve love and commitment, and if you are too self-centered to put a child's needs before our own, you should not be adopting anyone.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Deal of the week available from American store

If you are jumping on the "Buy American" trend, check out this store I just discovered.  The Keep America store offers a Deal Of The Week and provides a great clearinghouse of products such as toys and clothing, all made in the U.S.A.

Dumb ways we waste money on our kids

Today I came across a great article that shows 5 dumb ways that we all waste money on our children.  I completely agree on the impulse purchases, especially if my daughter makes a trip to the grocery store with me.  But it is hard to say no when my child is asking me to buy fresh fruit or broccoli!  Some impulse purchases are worth the higher price tag, I guess.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Pacifiers may actually help with breast feeding

In a new study, researchers suggest that pacifiers may actually help infants with breastfeeding.  This is in direct contrast to the current advice given by doctors, who are concerned that using the pacifier will confuse the baby and lead to problems with latching onto the breast.  Take a look at the article and read it with an open mind, but please continue to consult your pediatrician for the latest advice.  If healthcare professionals changed their views every time a new research study was published, they would be providing different advice from one day to the next.  No more nipple confusion: Study says pacifiers may help breast-feeding