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Drew Brees: Setting a Good Example for Parents

Monday, February 8th, 2010

What a sweet picture: New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees lifting his one-year-old son, Baylen, in the air following the Saints’ win in the Super Bowl yesterday.

And it warmed my heart even more to see that Mom and Dad had decided Baylen would be wearing noise-reducing headphones for the occasion.

Consumer Reports’ Tobie Stanger has a great post about this, with lots of links to info on how to protect your hearing and your kids’ hearing.  (Full disclosure: I’m the social-media reporter for Consumer Reports.)

Check out the post, then talk with your own kids about the importance of protecting their hearing. And be sure to tell them that Drew Brees is one cool dad.

Think YOU Were Never a Pain When You Traveled With Your Parents?

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010

Just another happy family-travel pic, huh?

I remember that day.  On a family vacation, we stopped at Four Corners, the only place in the United States where four states (Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, and Colorado) come together at one place.

My brother and I (AKA, the hormonal pre-teen) were obviously underwhelmed and Mom had probably had it up to HERE with both of us.

Now that I’m the mother of a teenager, I crack up even more when I see this photo.

Help for Haiti: Our Kids Can Help Make a Difference

Friday, January 22nd, 2010
Haiti Earthquake

I love hearing about families whose kids are donating their allowance money, selling lemonade and collecting donations for relief in Haiti. Our kids need to know they can make a difference in the world, and there’s so much need right now.

To donate money to help Haiti, visit, 1-800-REDCROSS or 1-800-257-7575 (Spanish) or mail your donation to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, D.C. 20013 or to your local American Red Cross chapter.

Or text “Haiti” to 90999 to send a $10 donation to the Red Cross, through an effort backed by the U.S. State Department. Funds will go to support American Red Cross relief efforts in Haiti.

What’s the Rush?

Monday, January 11th, 2010

As the mom of a 14 year old, there’s always pressure to enroll my kid in the latest “enrichment” activity… Summer reading, music lessons, sports lessons… Fortunately, after a few years, you realize there are only so many hours in a day — and so many dollars in a budget — and you find a happy balance.

But woe to the soon-to-be new parents out there, who are now being told they need to enrich their child before he even has a chance to take his first breath. Take the BabyPlus Prenatal Education System, a product that straps onto Mom’s bulging belly, emitting 16 varied sounds that resemble a mother’s heartbeat.

For $149, your unborn baby has class twice a day for an hour, and the sonic pattern introduces her to a sequential learning process, based on the natural rhythms of the womb. (So the natural rhythms of the womb aren’t enough?) The rhythms of the sounds increase incrementally as the pregnancy progresses. Until what? The baby pops out snapping his fingers, doing calculus and demanding an iPod?