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The wind at your back: On why I hate potty training.

Published on June 22, 2011 By Jaime

Dear Person Who Designs Building Layouts, I feel like I might be over-stepping, given that all of my CAD classes were ones that I was in while cutting algebra, and I basically flunked my technical drawing classes, cuz they were the last period of the day, and, well, everyone knows that’s when you get the […]

Smack and Faeries: On kids, and innocence.

Published on May 19, 2011 By Jaime

I grew up in the city.  I grew up with DARE and Officer Friendly, and Stranger Danger, and I learned about sex at roughly the same age that I learned Santa Claus didn’t exist.  I played with Barbie dolls, but the story lines were lifted straight from the Santa Barbara soap opera my cousin watched […]

Product Recall: Monkeez & Friends™ Wrist Rattles and Baby Booties

Published on April 14, 2011 By Jaime

Firm’s Recall Hotline: (800) 394-4225 CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772 Wrist Rattles and Baby Booties Recalled by Midwest-CBK Due to Choking Hazard WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using […]

Basic Training: Attachment theory

Published on April 14, 2011 By Jaime

Supernanny. Nanny 911. Belligerent teens on the Jerry Springer show. Everywhere you look, you’re deluged with parenting tips, even if you don’t have kids. Booksellers make a fortune off of parenting books, and discipline books. But, can you believe everything you read? Here’s a short look into the longstanding theory that fostering attachment leads to […]

Product Recall: Arm’s Reach Co-Sleeper

Published on April 6, 2011 By Jaime

Arm’s Reach Concepts Recalls Infant Bed-Side Sleepers Due to Entrapment, Suffocation and Fall Hazards WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell […]

Product Recall: Infantino Toy Trucks

Published on April 5, 2011 By Jaime

Infantino Recalls Toy Activity Trucks Due to Choking Hazard WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt […]

An inconvenient life: On allergies, kids, and school

Published on March 22, 2011 By Jaime

I just read a news article about a 6 year old first grader in Florida with a life threatening peanut allergy.  Let me say that again.  6 years old, with a life threatening allergy. Trace amounts of peanut residue can cause her to stop breathing, can cause her throat to swell to the point that […]

Unbuckling the Myths: On car seats, and car safety

Published on March 21, 2011 By Jaime

Today is a banner day in the world of car seat geeks.  The American Association of Pediatrics revised their 2002 guidelines for car seat use, to state that children should ride in a rear facing car seat until 2 years of age, at minimum, up from the 1 year minimum previously recommended.  In both recommendations, […]

Lies, Damn Lies, and Playdate Statistics: On honesty and perfection

Published on March 17, 2011 By Jaime

I was talking with a friend of mine the other day, and something she said struck me in that thoughtful place.  She mentioned that I was ‘safe’ to be honest with.  That because I freely admit my more than occasional failings at this parenting game, she feels comfortable admitting her own shortcomings.  So that got […]

Tsunamis, and Earthquakes, and Tragedy: On kids, exposure to sadness, and charity.

Published on March 14, 2011 By Jaime

So, like most people, this household has been glued to the coverage of the devestation in Japan.  Typically, I’m careful about what I expose my kids, who are 6 and 2, to on television.  I think it’s important to know that bad things happen, and that there are things you can do to protect yourself, […]