November 4th, 2008

Here Goes! Election Day!

Should be an interesting one. Even though I’m very much interested in the results, it’s not my style to spend the day or even the evening staring at the television to get the results as early as possible. I figure there are more productive things I could be doing.

I’ll be taking care of voting this morning. I had hoped to get out to vote early, but things just didn’t work out that way.

However you’re voting, just don’t let long lines or anything else keep you from it. It’s an important election and you should do your best to make your opinion be heard.

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September 24th, 2008

PETA vs. Ice Cream

I saw this tweeted by eMom about PETA trying to get Ben & Jerry’s to switch to breast milk for their ice cream. Obviously just another publicity ploy, which is about all they ever seem to accomplish, but for once I’ll take the bait.

A stupid notion at best. You just have to look at how hard it is to get human breast milk for babies in NICU, and how many mothers struggle with production anyhow to realize that this is ridiculous.

Hey, I’m pregnant and planning on breastfeeding. Of course this idea annoys me.

So far as I’m concerned, there are very few uses I would allow my breastmilk to be put to. The first is obviously to feed my child. As I have so far always been one of the lucky ones able to produce excess, the rest I hope to donate to a milk bank so that it is available for babies who need it.

Not for ice cream.

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October 6th, 2007

Will There Be a Toy Shortage This Christmas?

I was listening to them talking on the news last night about a potential shortage of toys this Christmas. With all the recent recalls it seems that toys will be going through extra safety checks. This means retailers will probably sell out of popular toys before December.

To me this seems like a good time to talk to kids about expectations. I know there are hugely popular toys that come out every year. Many go for ridiculous prices on eBay when the supply available in stores is insufficient.

My kids haven’t done that to me yet. My daughter is just starting the phase of wanting every toy she sees on a television commercial. So far I just tell her we can put it on her Christmas wish list and to remember that she will not get every single things she asks for.

I’ve never understood why people spend so much for toys on eBay just because they can’t buy them locally in time. Maybe I’m crazy, but I’ve often thought that explaining that the toy will have to wait could teach a child patience. Is it really so bad for the child to not own the toy Christmas day?

If this toy shortage comes through, I would suggest that parents take some time to think about how many toys kids get for Christmas anyhow. I know we have to do toy cleanouts regularly, with old ones going to charity, just because my kids have so many. We don’t buy that many, but by the time you get through all the gifts from relatives and friends, it comes out to quite a stack.

A toy shortage does not have to be disasterous or ruin your child’s Christmas. I think if parents talk to their kids and keep expectations appropriate this can be a great chance for kids to learn what really matters in life and at Christmas.

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September 29th, 2007

Are Kids Spoiled These Days?

A lot of people think that kids these days are spoiled. And it’s easy to see why. Kids often have tons of toys, electronics and family life can seem to center around them.

Heck, the Navy even compared the current generation reaching recruitment age to aliens! Basically they feel that kids these days speak such strange jargon with their abbreviations (LOL), and that they are excessively used to being praised.

Well, we can argue that one back and forth all the time. Certainly a lot of parents have been told to do everything they can for their child’s self esteem, and many take that to mean praise every little thing. But I still have faith that most parents do the best they can and try not to overdo it.

I agree with the experts over on WebMD. They have a great list on how to raise a spoiled child.

One of the easiest mistakes to make in my opinion is not enforcing rules consistently. I suspect we all do this to some degree. The challenge is to not do it too much, and most especially to keep it consistent on the most important rules.

I love the idea of knowing how to praise a child properly. In a lot of ways I don’t think it’s so much what you praise as how you praise it. It’s been shown that telling your child that they’re smart is not as effective as telling they you’re proud of how hard they worked. It’s just more motivating.

I do know my kids have a lot more toys than they need. We have a plan to go through them hopefully soon and get rid of at least half. That will take care of a lot of the clutter. And you know what? My daughter is looking forward to it. We just did a smaller cleanout of her clothes, and she was delighted and very proud to have worked so hard on that kind of a project.

I don’t think my kids are too spoiled. I work hard at making sure they know they are a part of my life, but not the only thing. They help around the house. They have rules to follow. It seems to work pretty well.

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June 5th, 2007

Vaccines & Autism – Off to Court!

Lots of people have been trying to sue on this one. I know a lot of people believe there is a connection between vaccines and autism, no matter how many scientists insist otherwise. This lead finally to a look at the thimerosal in vaccines, and finally the sense to start taking it out. And now the courts are taking on the first case to see what the legal system comes up with.

I found some points in the article very interesting. Such as the point that children get more mercury from breastfeeding than from vaccines. I’d love to see some numbers on that one. Just seems amazing. That doesn’t mean to me that mercury in vaccines should be allowed, however. Why add more than necessary, especially all at once?

But I am inclined to doubt the connection. As I understand it, autism tends to become most evident at an age when vaccines are commonly given. But I also don’t understand why autism has become so much more common. Is it just a change in how it is diagnosed or is there something we need to worry about? Read the rest of this entry »

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