Childhood Vaccinations: The Truth Minus the Bias

What a heated controversy vaccinations are these days. Seems that everyone gets their child vaccinated when they're told to because that's what is logical and best for bumpkin - but, what if it wasn't so good for bumpkin? How would you know and how could you be sure the information you got was accurate, reliable and factual? Such is the problem I've run into while determining whether vaccinations are a healthy choice for my little one. Everyone has an opinion about vaccinations, I just want the facts so I can then form a sound opinion....more

Still No Parent Instruction Manual For Kids!

When babies are born, parents learn instantly that they are alone with no instruction manual to help them care for and guide them in parenting their children. The zillions of pieces of unsolicited advice are also not much help. Skills honed over a lifetime prove to be insufficient against the omniscient child brain. For example, those of us who are lawyers who seldom lose an argument in court or at a negotiation table cannot win one at home....more

Baby Vaccinations

We all have at least heard something regarding the endless debates over the past couple of years, that have been centered around baby vaccinations.  As a new parent, I tried to read up on as much information that I could, and also spoke to some of our friends in the medical field to make up my mind about having my son receive all of his vaccinations....more

Vaccinations, dorm shopping, test scores, oh my!

So my university requires a million and one vaccinations. Well, at least that's what it feels like. I am so happy that my mom keeps record of all the vaccinations I've had somewhere that we can find because otherwise I would have gone to get another Tdap vaccination...or been kicked out of school and living homeless on the streets. Not really for the homeless part...but sometimes I feel like that's what's going to happen if I miss something. I went to Ikea yesterday and was completely overwhelmed....more

"The 10 Biggest Mistakes Parents Make" - Seriously? Seriously??!

If I had to make a list of the things that I'm most intolerant of, I'd put fear mongering up there near the top. I'm not a fan of advertisements, public service announcements, campaigns, TV shows, articles or blog posts that use fear to push their agenda. Which is why when I read the Lifescript post Top 10 Mistakes Even Smart Moms Make, I was more than a little upset. ...more

Revised List:

1. Frequently ignore child while talking ...more

(VIDEO) Whooping Cough Is Back: How to Spot It, How to Prevent It

In some cases, pertussis is deadly. The CDC reports that 18 people died in the U.S. as a result of the disease in 2008, and already two babies have died from pertussis in California this year. ...more

I'm sorry to hear you got it twice. My father got it and it was terrible and lasted for so ...more

Book Review - House Rules by Jodi Picoult

House Rules by Jodi Picoult About twenty times a day I think, “If I only I knew then what I know now.”  For example, today I thought: ...more

Virulent Systemic Feline Calicivirus

Guest Post by Dr. Fern Crist Virulent Systemic Feline Calicivirus – What Do We Really Know?...more

How to Care for Your Older Cat

Peaches and Peonies by B.E. Kazmarski...more