Monday, June 09, 2014

A Funny Book About 21st Century Parenthood

These books will make you laugh. Someone Could Get Hurt: A Memoir of Twenty-First-Century Parenthood.

According to
No one writes about family quite like Drew Magary. The GQ correspondent and Deadspin columnist’s stories about trying to raise a family have attracted millions of readers online. And now he’s finally bringing that unique voice to a memoir. In Someone Could Get Hurt, he reflects on his own parenting experiences to explore the anxiety, rationalizations, compromises, and overpowering love that come with raising children in contemporary America. 
In brutally honest and funny stories, Magary reveals how American mothers and fathers cope with being in over their heads (getting drunk while trick-or-treating, watching helplessly as a child defiantly pees in a hotel pool, engaging in role-play with a princess-crazed daughter), and how stepping back can sometimes make all the difference (talking a toddler down from the third story of a netted-in playhouse, allowing children to make little mistakes in the kitchen to keep them from making the bigger ones in life). It’s a celebration of all the surprises—joyful and otherwise—that come with being part of a real family. 
In the wake of recent bestsellers that expose how every other culture raises their children better, Someone Could Get Hurt offers a hilarious and heartfelt defense of American child rearing with a glimpse into the genuine love and compassion that accompany the missteps and flawed logic. It’s the story of head lice, almost-dirty words, and flat head syndrome, and a man trying to commit the ultimate act of selflessness in a selfish world.

Friday, June 06, 2014

Model Natalia Vodianova Instagrams Stunning Breastfeeding Photo

Some ask the question, "Do we really need to see it?"

According to Hufffington Post;Natalia Vodianova instagrams breastfeeding photo

To that question, she says, "Yes... because if we continue to treat it as a secret art form, reserved for private rooms and hushed conversations, it will remain a taboo. It will become lost in the passage of time, further misunderstood and out of reach for future mothers."  
Her declaration makes it all the more refreshing to see a supermodel sharing a breastfeeding photo on Instagram. Natalia Vodianova, a Russian model notable for her work with Calvin Klein, released the first photo of her son, Maxim, who was born in early May. Unsurprisingly, it is a beautiful moment between mother and baby.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

A Baby Named Cheese.

I was listening to the radio when a report came on about babies named cheese.  And I thought that can not be true.  So I Googled it, and here is just one article that I found;

Time overviews this strange naming trend in an article titled, Oh Have You Met My Kids Panda Phone and Cheese the Weirdest Baby Names of 2013/

I'm still amazed.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Digital Media for our Kids?

Fast Company has an interesting article discussing how much digital media our kids and young infants are getting.

Is it a good thing, or are we going to far?

You can read about it here >>> What is this app doing to my kids brain?.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Toy 'R' Us to Launch New Kid Tablet

Toys 'R' Us is soon to offer a $150 Tabeo tablet for kids.  It will have parental controls, have a kid-friendly 7-inch screen and will go on sale October 21 but can be pre-ordered now.

According to an artilce at news;
Toys "R" Us will sell a new Android tablet aimed at the younger crowd.
The 7-inch Tabeo tablet sounds like a lot of entry-level Android tablets. Powered by a 1GHz processor, the multitouch device comes with 4GB of built-in storage but can handle up to 32GB with a micro SDHC card.
 This is one of a group of computer tablets that are aimed at kids.  I think there is a bright future for these products and that your kids can learn a lot using tablet computers.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Breasfeeding and Cancer in the News

Several new outlets are reporting on a new study that states the long term brestfeeding my be tied to more aggressive kinds of breast cancer.

Long-Term Breast-Feeding Tied to More Aggressive Cancers Though nursing is thought to reduce risk, more advanced tumors noted in study.

According to the article;
Women who breast-feed for six months or more face a higher risk of developing the most aggressive types of breast cancer, but it's not clear whether there's a cause-and-effect relationship, a new study finds.

Maria Cheng of The Associated Press, writes in an article titled Experts debate merits of breast cancer screening;
At a breast cancer conference Friday in Barcelona, experts discussed how to implement mammogram screening programs across Europe, balancing fighting cancer with the goal of targeting only those women who need to be screened.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Breast-Feeding varies by race and place.

According to an article titled CDC: Breast-feeding varies by race, place in USA;
A new study confirms that Hispanic women generally breast-feed more than white and black women do. But it finds surprising regional differences in U.S. breast-feeding rates.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Baby Slings Recall

NPR is reporting More than 1 Million Baby Slings Are Recalled.

And ABC is reporting Baby Slings to Be Pulled From Market.

Consumers looking for a replacement are urged to "contact Infantino at (866) 860-1361 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. PT Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's Web site at"

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Graco Strollers Recalled

Over at they are quoting from an AP story about the recent Graco Stroller Recall in an online article titled Fingertip amputations prompt stroller recall.

About 1.5 million Graco strollers sold at Wal-Mart, Target and other major retailers are being recalled after some children's fingertips were amputated by hinges on the products.

The recall by Graco Children's Products Inc. includes certain model numbers of its Passage, Alano and Spree Strollers and Travel Systems. The Exton, Pa., company received seven reports of children placing their fingers in a stroller's canopy hinge as the canopy was being opened or closed. Five children had their fingertips severed and two children received cuts on their fingertips.

You have to wonder how this could happen, but sadly because I worked in a manufacturing plant at one point in my life I understand the design process and what it takes to get complex goods to market. Safety of the end user is not always the focus, though it should be. I just hope this causes all those who design products for children to put safety first, as so many of them claim that they do.

For more information about the recalled strollers, consumers can call 800-345-4109 or visit

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Wilde and Clarke: "I Had a Little Dog"

Wilde and Clarke singing "I had a Little Dog"

Notes from YouTube;
I Had a Little Dog, a Children's song written & performed by Key Wilde & Mr. Clarke