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Recall of Popular Nap Nanny

Recall of Popular Nap Nanny

Four Retailers Agree to Stop Sale and Voluntarily Recall Nap Nanny Recliners Due to Five Infant Deaths WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and four major retailers are announcing a voluntary recall to consumers who own Nap Nanny® recliners made by Baby Matters, LLC of Berwyn, Pa. Retailers currently participating include [...]

How to Raise Motivated Kids?  A Conversation with Psychologist Dr. Alduan Tartt

How to Raise Motivated Kids? A Conversation with Psychologist Dr. Alduan Tartt

I have a 5-year old and a 2-year old.    Lately, I have been thinking about the subject of how to raise motivated kids, particularly with my older child. My son is a pretty independent kid and generally doesn’t resist tackling a project or homework. (Although I sometimes get “I’ll do it in five minutes.”) But [...]

What Matters

What Matters

“People may not remember exactly what you did, or what you said, but they will always remember how you made them feel,”  I’m not sure who first said this quote, but it applies perfectly to my children’s pediatrician Dr. Yorck Von Conrad. I first met Dr. Von Conrad when I was five months pregnant and [...]

What to Do During a Hurricane

What to Do During a Hurricane

Reprinted from http://www.ready.gov/hurricanes If a hurricane is likely in your area, you should: Listen to the radio or TV for information. Secure your home, close storm shutters and secure outdoor objects or bring them indoors. Turn off utilities if instructed to do so. Otherwise, turn the refrigerator thermostat to its coldest setting and keep its [...]

Bad Kitty for President

Bad Kitty for President

It’s hard to miss that we are in the height of the  political season.  But how do children learn (and make sense) of the political process?  Bad Kitty is one of the more popular books that breaks down the presidential race to a level even an 8-year old can understand.  It was written by NY [...]

Making the Most of the Parent-Teacher Conference

Making the Most of the Parent-Teacher Conference

Along with pumpkin carvings, buying candy for Halloween and the raking of leaves, this time of year brings fall conferences with teachers.  It’s a time for parents to check in to see how their children are doing so far. Chris Bethell is a San Francisco father of five (9-year-old, 11-year old, 18-year-old twins and 20-year [...]

On Being Spiderman

On Being Spiderman

Last week I was conducting an interview for a work assignment.   We were talking about Big Bird and the Politics of Public Television. The conversation turned to our children.    The man I was interviewing mentioned that his 4-year old daughter loved super heroes.  My 4-year old son recently has been enamored with Spiderman, Batman, Captain [...]

10 Great Baby Shower Gifts

10 Great Baby Shower Gifts

I have two close friends who are expecting babies in the coming months.  It’s so exciting!  When I was pregnant I relied on friends to guide me through the process. Did I need a bassinet or not? Should I buy newborn clothes or buy onesies in a bigger size? What kind of baby bottles should [...]

Hot Holiday Toys 2012

Hot Holiday Toys 2012

Ok I know that community outdoor swim pools JUST closed.  And I know major toy stores and big-box retailers are trying to get you to part with your hard-earned money and buy even more toys.  Even still, I couldn’t resist taking a peek at the list out by Toys-R-Us on what they are dubbing the hottest [...]

American University Professor Breastfeeds During Class

American University Professor Breastfeeds During Class

Watch my interview with Adrienne Pine, the American University professor, who breastfed her 11 month old during  class.  She says she wasn’t trying to make a statement. She just wanted to feed her baby (and we all know when baby wants to eat- baby wants to eat now!)   Pine says there’s a larger issue [...]