Myths About "Anti-Vaxxers" that Need to be Debunked. NOW.

  There has been a ton of media hubbub over the measles outbreak that has been birthed out of the land of happiness aka Disneyland. The disease is making a cross-country migration and is now being found in some mid-western states. There have been nearly 100 cases and (thankfully) no deaths. The culprits? Those darn "anti-vaxxers" of course! They MUST be the cause of such a preventable outbreak.   ...more
samanthamarieB Humphrey  Hello Samantha. I feel compelled to correct your numerous inaccuracies ... more

Myths About "Anti-Vaxxers" that Need to be Debunked. NOW.

  There has been a ton of media hubbub over the measles outbreak that has been birthed out of the land of happiness aka Disneyland. The disease is making a cross-country migration and is now being found in some mid-western states. There have been nearly 100 cases and (thankfully) no deaths. The culprits? Those darn "anti-vaxxers" of course! They MUST be the cause of such a preventable outbreak.   ...more
From a public health perspective, if you are anti-vaccinations, you are pro-disease. The author ... more

iPads are Why Your Baby Won't Get into Harvard

Your kid may be the best screen swiper of all time, able to create giggle-inducing hairstyles in the Toca Boca salon app, but all those iPad hours are keeping your child from building the skills they need for future endeavours, including fine motor skills. We've long heard about how devices are affecting social skills, but now we're also hearing about how a lack of imaginative play can affect children long-term, behaviour-wise and skill-wise. ...more
Hmm....Previous generations spent 10 hours a day mindlessly watching tv and playing violent ... more

The Official BlogHer Olympic Team Uniform WTF Panel

Today, BlogHer convened an important editorial panel to discuss a breaking news item of extreme social media significance: Olympic team uniforms. ...more
I hereby officially appoint all of you for live Olympic snarking. more

Must-Have Accessories for Traveling (Even in Europe)

Frequent traveling requires organization and planning, which I have learned over the past two years.  My four-to-seven-day journeys usually do not require a lot of things, so traveling light and having reliable travel accessories makes the journey a lot more easier....more
Craving the SIM case and battery charger! more

Recharged: When 13 People - with 32 Devices - Go on Vacation Together

We have just returned from paradise - land of magical tide pools, golden sunsets, surreal pelicans and blended cocktails. A chance for three families, bonded since the kids sang 'Wheels On the Bus' together in minivans, to de-stress in a decadent beachfront dream villa....more
Thanks, Denise. Whether we like it or not, I think our vacation typified the new downtime. ... more

The Ethics of Publishing "I Am Adam Lanza's Mother"

If you have access to US social media, you've probably seen the blog post, "Thinking the Unthinkable," at least once since last Friday's horrific massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Its author, Anarchist Soccer Mom (hereinafter referred to as "ASM"), shares harrowing episodes of life with her gifted but mentally ill 13-year-old son, and her frustrations with a failing mental health system. ...more
@chicbananas  @orangeros  @karabuntin You still remember your mom mentioning something about ... more

The Ethics of Publishing "I Am Adam Lanza's Mother"

If you have access to US social media, you've probably seen the blog post, "Thinking the Unthinkable," at least once since last Friday's horrific massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Its author, Anarchist Soccer Mom (hereinafter referred to as "ASM"), shares harrowing episodes of life with her gifted but mentally ill 13-year-old son, and her frustrations with a failing mental health system. ...more
The piece was compelling, but a sad and extreme invasion of privacy.  I also fear that NRA ... more

The Ethics of Publishing "I Am Adam Lanza's Mother"

If you have access to US social media, you've probably seen the blog post, "Thinking the Unthinkable," at least once since last Friday's horrific massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Its author, Anarchist Soccer Mom (hereinafter referred to as "ASM"), shares harrowing episodes of life with her gifted but mentally ill 13-year-old son, and her frustrations with a failing mental health system. ...more
@orangeros  @wdolderer  She used the title in the boy of her piece. She also said she was the ... more

A College Timeline for Neurotic Parents to Guarantee Acceptance

April is prime time for college neurosis. Seniors try to get off wait-lists while juniors are preparing to receive scores for the ACTs they bombed. But if your child is under ten, or better yet, still in utero, you can alleviate a lot of stress by adhering to this handy timeline: ONE MONTH BEFORE BIRTH -- Travel to Dhaka, so your baby will qualify for Bangladeshi citizenship....more
 @JennaHatfield Never too early to become neurotic! more