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Loving Your Grandkids

By Jessica FoxWeb Exclusive When I got pregnant with my first baby, I was consumed with taking care of myself. I tracked my weight on a chart, made sure I got enough calcium and exercise, and wrote my birth plan. I picked names, my husband remodeled the baby room, and we had a fantastic co-ed baby shower. We were so busy being pregnant, that I barely considered what it would be like to actually be a parent. When June finally came and my wonderful son was born, I relied on my intuition to lead my parenting. Having not read any parenting guides, I could only do what... read more

How Much Should You Pay the Babysitter?

My daughter, the one who wants to get her ears pierced, charges $2/hour. She began her childcare career as a mother’s helper, playing with her little brother’s friend while a parent was at home. But now she’s a full-fledged babysitter. She’s taken a “When I’m in Charge” class at the American Red Cross and she has lots of experience with her younger siblings. She would know what to do in an emergency and she’s very responsible. She’s the kind of babysitter, I imagine, who puts the toys away and tidies the kitchen after the kids are in bed. “I think you should raise your... read more

Celebrate the 100th Anniversary of International Women's Day

March 8, 2011 Today is the 100th anniversary of International Women's Day. International Women's Day (IWD) is a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future. The first IWD event was run in 1911. Read More... Visit the links below to learn more and take action. International Women's Day Website Women for Women International, On the Bridge Events Google, International Women's Day Page The Global Fund for Women, Top Ten Wins for Women MADRE, International Women's Day Page   read more

Pillow Talk

By Paul M. Fleiss Issue 96, September/October 1999 The subject of child sleep is of interest not only to parents but also to scientists. Entire medical conferences are organized around the fascinating subject of sleep. Medical journals regularly publish the latest scientific data on child sleep. Unfortunately, not all "scientific" studies on sleep are correct, and not all self-appointed sleep experts give accurate, child-nurturing information. Too often, cultural biases regarding sleep predominate over genuine biological facts. Many of the so-called "sleep problems"... read more

My Daughter Wants Pierced Ears

My daughter, who’s eleven and a half, is planning to pierce her ears when she is twelve. She’s been begging me for permission for years. I’ve been stalling. My mother wasn’t allowed to pierce her ears because her father thought it was unseemly. My grandfather–who drank too much and talked too loudly–also believed only prostitutes wore anklettes. But when I was in second grade, my mother and I went together to get our ears pierced. I must have been seven, she was 38. I’m not sure I even wanted pierced ears. But my mother did. And she wanted company. A few months later she... read more

Action Alert: Ask US Senators to Oppose Defunding of Product Safety Database for Public

March 02, 2011 From Kids in Danger: The database, SaferProducts.gov, that the CPSC has been working on for two and a half years is days away from launch. It will go live on Friday, March 11. CPSC has carefully crafted the site to both solicit important safety information from consumers and encourage accurate reporting. The database will provide consumers with a place to report injury and safety information and provide consumers, researchers and the CPSC with important information on injury trends and emerging hazards. The House adopted an amendment to the... read more

Turn Around and They're Grown by Peggy O'Mara

Issue 107By Peggy O'Mara My oldest daughter left today on a jet plane. She’s the first of our family to go to Europe. And, as the first child, she and I have shared many new adventures together. When she was born nearly 27 years ago, I was swept away by my love for her. People had told me about the difficulties of a new baby. Few had whispered of the wonder. I was astounded by the immense love I felt for her, amazed at my utter devotion. It was as if I were in love for the first time; my past life seemed mean-ingless and ... read more

Ten Things About Turning Ten

A fish or a dwarf frog might make a good pet “Do I have to go to school tomorrow?” Athena asked in a half whisper as she shrugged off her robe and pajamas. “It’s my birthday.” She frowned. “I don’t want to go to school on my birthday.” Athena’s staying home, helping me clean up for baby playgroup, opening birthday cards from grandparents, and generally feeling happy about turning ten. She started the day with breakfast in bed (Me: oh god, how can I do this? I have to get lunches made and the other kids off to school. Couldn’t I just skip this part?).... read more

Make a Joyful Noise! Singing with the Family Folk Chorale

By Milva McDonaldIssue 123, March/April 2004 I was always told I couldn’t sing. Growing up, I heard the requests to “Keep it down!” when I sang with the radio, the laughter at my attempts to belt out well-loved songs, and the remarks that I just couldn’t carry a tune. I don’t doubt that this scenario sounds familiar to many adults. Let’s face it—most of us have singing phobia. But the fact that I’m in the majority has been small solace. There is good news, though. I have found greater joy than I could have ever imagined by taking up singing in adulthood with my whole... read more

American Consumers Say No to Walmart!

Given the turmoil in the Middle East and North Africa, you may not have heard that Walmart has been losing money. Walmart reported a two percent drop in revenue in the fourth quarter, continuing a steady downward spiral for their sales in the United States. This is the best news I’ve heard in a long time. I like a bargain as much as the next person. It’s fun to find good deals, to spend less and get more. But I don’t shop at Walmart because it is truly one of the worst companies on the planet. Every time you “save” money by buying something... read more

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