Category Archives: children

In Memorium

It just came to my attention that William F. Buckley, author, thinker, and conservative icon, has passed away.  I know this is a little unusual, since I don’t ordinarily use this space for such reflections, but I just wanted to … Continue reading

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This Just In….Teens Are Moody and Tweens Swear!

From the files of “tell me something I don’t already know”, comes this study. The headline is sure to catch the attention of every parent of a teen, or tween for that matter: “Teen Brain May Be Wired for Moodiness”. … Continue reading

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Taking On the School

Working with parents–mostly moms, actually–who are concerned about their son’s school performance, it has become increasingly clear to me that one of the biggest hurdles that parents face when trying to improve their son’s grades comes in communicating with teachers … Continue reading

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Betrayed by BPA (Bisphenol-A) containing Nalgene Bottles

Ever since I headed off to college, and started hiking out west, I have been drinking from my Nalgene bottle. All through college, schlepping a bottle to class and on countless backpacking and camping trips, my trusted Nalgene was there. … Continue reading

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Tell Corporations How you Feel about Recalled Toys and Product Safety (and reform the CPSC while we’re at it)!

I recently discovered a fantastic non-profit group called Parents for Ethical Marketing. According to their website, PEM is…” is a new grassroots organization of parents and others concerned about corporate marketing practices directed at young children.” They have some sobering … Continue reading

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Forgetfulness in Expecting Mothers

With each pregnancy I found myself getting more and more forgetful.  Having a baby meant losing very vital brain cells, and after each baby it seemed to get worse.  I am not sure if sure if I ever regained my … Continue reading

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Tell me Your Stories about Lead in Children’s Products (and I’ll share it with people who can do something about it!

I just got an email this morning from Elliot Burg, Vermont’s assistant Attorney General, about testifying in support of a bill that would prevent lead poisoning of children by exposure to lead in consumer products. It would be the toughest … Continue reading

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Sick, Twisted and Cruel, and Putting Your Kids at Risk

Meghan Goss over at the Humane Society of the United States shared with me a horrifying undercover video detailing the outrageously cruel treatment of sick and weak cattle in the Hallmark Meat Packing Plant in Chino, CA. These already sick … Continue reading

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No Scents

Honestly, sometimes I feel like I could post every day about some ridiculous disciplinary overreaction, and that 90% of the time, the student victim of the zero-tolerance abuse would be a boy. Take for example the case of an unnamed … Continue reading

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New Thimerosal Study Takes The Wind Out Of Eli Stone’s Sail

As a parent, what would you tell your children if they worked endlessly to justify a questionable action to you? You’d likely tell them, give it up. Sometimes we have to admit “we were wrong”. That is what ABC should … Continue reading

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