Category Archives: Commentary

How things change: Candy Cigarettes


  Chocolate cigarettes were quite popular in the 80s… What a terrible idea!  

That first ER visit: notes for next time

Head Gash

With an adventurous toddler in the house, a visit to the ER is more of a “when” than an “if”. It was bound to happen at some point. The backstory As is often the case, the incident happened with neither parents present, both of them being at work. Ms. Headgash was spending  the day at… social impact for the whole family


A few months ago I was introduced to Kiva. Kiva does a great job of summarizing what it does so I won’t try to paraphrase it: “We are a non-profit organization with a mission to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty. Leveraging the internet and a worldwide network of microfinance institutions, Kiva lets individuals lend as…

How Things Change: Start Cola Earlier!

Start Cola Earlier

Foam Mats Health Risk: The Test Results Are In!

Baby Foam Mats

On July 15, 2011, ANSES published its final report and recommendations regarding the potential health risks of formamide exposure from EVA foam mats. The short answer is that: Yes, formamide was found in these mats. But it’s not as simple as that.

How Things Change: Beer Benefits Baby!

Beer Benefits Baby!

My toddler has designed her own aromatherapy


When I cook or go to the grocery store I like to make the munchkin smell the various ingredients, especially herbs and spices. So there we were at the grocery store yesterday doing some weekend grocery shopping. She is comfortably seated in the shopping cart. I pick out a nice bunch of mint and stuck…

My two year old beats up on her boyfriend


  My not yet two year old daughter is in an abusive relationship. And while I somewhat jest here, abusive relationships are no laughing matter. People in abusive relationships often show patterns of abuse going back many years, across many relationships, whether they are the perpetrator or the victim. Where does it start? When can it start?…

UPDATE: Foam mats banned in Europe, why not here?

EVA foam floor mats

It’s been relatively quiet on the floor mat topic since it first became news in Europe in December. I was glad to see that it was picked up in other parts of the world in January as well, but not overwhelmingly so. It’s been mainly a word-of-mouth online campaign in North America. You can read…

5 steps to unspoil your child after the holidays

iPad addict

The holidays are over. You’ve cleared out the tree, taken down the decorations, escorted all your relatives out of the house, gawked at your latest credit card bill and implemented your latest attempt at New Year’s resolutions. Now all that’s left is to turn your children back into the well behaved and polite human beings…