HPV & Our Sons: Why I'm Vaccinating My Boys

I've always been wary of vaccines. We did choose to vaccinate our children, but at a much slower pace than the suggested multiple-shots-per-doctor's-visit. It's not that I wanted to cause a mumps outbreak in my city; I wanted to slow things down, to have some control over the amount of stuff entering my kids' bodies. I wanted to be able to watch for individual reactions, not wonder which vaccine did what if some adverse reaction did happen post-shot. But let me tell you something: The moment my oldest son turns 11-years-old? He's getting the Gardasil vaccine....more
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HPV & Our Sons: Why I'm Vaccinating My Boys

I've always been wary of vaccines. We did choose to vaccinate our children, but at a much slower pace than the suggested multiple-shots-per-doctor's-visit. It's not that I wanted to cause a mumps outbreak in my city; I wanted to slow things down, to have some control over the amount of stuff entering my kids' bodies. I wanted to be able to watch for individual reactions, not wonder which vaccine did what if some adverse reaction did happen post-shot. But let me tell you something: The moment my oldest son turns 11-years-old? He's getting the Gardasil vaccine....more
I just declined it for my daughter for now. She was diagnosed with 3 food sensitivities in ... more

I'm Sorry That My Kid Hurt Your Kid

Dear Parent of a Child My Son Has Injured, Hi. I know our kids go to the same school and that we sometimes see each other at after-school pick up, but I'm hoping to avoid eye contact with you for a little while during this awkward recovery time. How is your daughter's face? (Or: How is your son's ankle?) Is her lip healing well? (Or: Is he able to walk without a limp yet?)...more
What I forgot to say was that we've started therapy with him once a week and had great success. more

I'm Sorry That My Kid Hurt Your Kid

Dear Parent of a Child My Son Has Injured, Hi. I know our kids go to the same school and that we sometimes see each other at after-school pick up, but I'm hoping to avoid eye contact with you for a little while during this awkward recovery time. How is your daughter's face? (Or: How is your son's ankle?) Is her lip healing well? (Or: Is he able to walk without a limp yet?)...more
We had similar issues with my son.  It may help you to investigate an occupational therapy ... more

Saying No to Math Club: Just Another Time Being a Single Mom Stinks

"Anna is my best Math student, and also tops in Science. She should join Math Maniacs and we'd also love to have her on the Imaginarium Lab team." Math club and Science club. She'd love it! She'd be so good at it! I want her to do it! But I know before I ask how this will play out. I ask anyway. "When do they meet?" "Right after school -- one every other Tuesday and the other is the second Wednesday of the month. They're done by four-thirty." I turn with an apologetic look to my daughter, who already knows how this will go, too....more
I was your daughter (only I was an only child). I have no lasting scars from what I couldn't do ... more

All that Yaz: Should We Get Rid of Birth Control Pills?

When it was introduced, Yasmin (and its sidekick, Yaz) was not just a birth control pill, but a girl's best friend. I mean, other pills have clinical names, like Necon 7/7/7 (my pill) or Lo-Ovral (my former pill) or Ortho TriCyclen (my former former pill) or Alesse (my former former former pill), so it's clear that they are just medicines. I didn't think I was going to hang out and talk about boys with Lo-Ovral, but I might with Yaz. Yaz is a person's name. It's kicky. I can trust my friend Yaz. ...more

I too was intrigued by Yaz when it was first launched.  My tubes are tied, so birth ... more