Trick-or-Treat Lasts For Weeks Around Here

I put the kibosh on the unlimited Halloween candy fest the day after beggar’s night. The boys gorged for one glorious day.“Gorge!! Are you serious??” my 13-year old protests as he reads over my shoulder. “I had one Butterfinger on beggar’s night! The next morning, as soon as we woke up, you told us we could only have two pieces.”...more

I put it all in one bag and keep it in my closet. I give them three pices at three different ...more

How Martial Arts Can Prevent Fighting in Kids

My 11 year old son has been taking Tae Kwon Do since he was 4 years old and is preparing to test for his black belt, but in the 8 years that he's been studying martial arts he has never once had a real life situation that called on his years of training, until yesterday. ...more

Some Suprising Facts about CyberBullying and Children's Online Safety

Predators seeking and stalking children online.  A parent's nightmare.  As scary as it sounds, the most typical case of a child being solicited online (i.e....more

Kids eat quiche????

Do kids really eat Quiche???...more

Some do and some do not. The least picky eater we have won't touch quiche because she does ...more

Scholastic Changes Its Mind, but Not Completely

Many of you have been following the story of Scholastic and their request that author Lauren Myracle change the lesbian moms of one character into a mom and a dad. According to the original article on this by School Library Journal, Scholastic would not consider the book for its book fairs unless the change was made.Over 4000 people--many of you--signed a petition at Change.org asking Scholastic to reconsider. The hard-working folks at Change.org, especially Michael Jones, editor of their Gay Rights blog, also worked behind the scenes with Scholastic, and now bring us some good news: Scholastic will now include the book in their spring book fairs. All is not yet resolved, however....more

Scholastic Canada said that they were including it in their book catalogues and fairs (which ...more

Sharing is Caring, But Saying No Isn't A Bad Thing Either

Growing up, I didn't always like to share. Since I was the oldest, it seemed that my mother felt the need to make me feel as if I was obligated to share with my younger sisters and brother. I always had the notion that if I shared, then they were supposed to reciprocate as well. Well needless to say, I had two of the stingiest younger sisters ever.  I used to call them hoarders....more

Autism and Mercury: It's a Fishy Hypothesis Now

Remember the hypothesis that mercury triggers autism?   It's starting to smell a little fishy.  At least according to a new study out showing that children diagnosed with autism actually have lower levels of mercury circulating in their blood streams.  It has nothing to do with vaccines, dental work or other sources of mercury...  ...more

Loss and a Gift

My 8-year-old daughter is already learning the power of girlfriends: http://saraellington.wordpress.com/...more

From Happy Days to Hoarders: What Do You Think of What Your Teens Watch?

BlogHer's Shannon wrote an insightful post looking into preschool television shows back in January. But what about television that tweens and teens watch? Television that you and I watch (or will watch someday) with our kids? I'm not talking about individual shows, I'm talking about television in general. With a gazillion channels to choose from and DVRs abounding, one can certain insulate against undesirable shows easily. But what about our kids? ...more

I like a couple of the shows my kid watches -- Phineas & Ferb and Wizards of Waverly ...more

Scholastic Bans Book with Lesbian Moms from Book Fairs

[Updated: 10/24, 10:40 a.m. ET: Change.org has posted an action alert about this, complete with an easy automated message you can send to Scholastic.] Most of us with young children in public school know about Scholastic Book Fairs. Many of us remember them from our own childhoods. Now comes news that Scholastic has banned a book from the fairs because one of the characters has lesbian moms.  (Thanks, Roger!)School Library Journal reports that Scholastic has refused to include Lauren Myracle’s new book Luv Ya Bunches (Abrams/Amulet, 2009), about the friendship among four elementary school girls, "because it contains offensive language and same-sex parents of one of the main characters, Milla." Myracle's books have been on the American Library Association's list of the top 10 most challenged books, cited for "offensive language, sexually explicit, and unsuited to age group."In this instance, Myracle agreed to change some of the offensive language (mild stuff like "geez," "crap," "sucks," and "oh my God"), but refused to change the character's two moms:...more

A few of us (Canadians) were discussing this on Twitter and found out that Scholastic Canada ...more

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