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How To Give (And How NOT To Give) Print E-mail
Wednesday, 13 November 2013

This doesn’t have anything to do with mothering, except in the larger “mother the world” sort of way, but bear with me.

I know a lot of us are looking at the disaster in the Philippines and wanting to help. It reminds me of Hurricane Sandy, and how quickly people want to reach out, give a warm blanket and a hot meal and a hug. I love that about humanity – when something like this hits, it stirs our hearts, even if it’s half a world away.

A good friend of mine works at World Vision a non-governmental organization that is one of the tops, in my opinion, at being right there in an international crisis with aid. He’s worked for them for years, has seen First Response teams in action across the globe, and knows what he’s talking about. Which is why I stopped and read this article he posted yesterday – The Ten Worst Things To Donate After A Disaster.

I strongly encourage you to take a quick look at it; some of the things on the list surprised me, like “food”. Who doesn’t need food after a hurricane? But the truth is, all food donated has to be exhaustively inspected first – and stored until it can be inspected – and that takes up a lot of space and manpower. Sending a check can feel cold and “easy”, but giving money to a great organization that already has a structure in place to handle and emergency and simply needs the cash to buy the supplies to help people will actually be doing more for the victims than waiting in line at your post office to mail a box of canned goods.

It’s a fast read, so go through it, and if you’re going to donate, please research charities and donate to one that is equipped to do the most good with your money. As I mentioned before, we love World Vision and that’s our first-response charity of choice, but wherever you send your money, send it somewhere that counts.

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Why Parenting Matters Print E-mail
Wednesday, 24 September 2008

I've had many of you email in response to my posting yesterday about my friend's new website Tumblon. You've all expressed interest, and many have asked additional questions. So rather than hear my interpretation of it, see what my friend Graham, the co-founder, of Tumblon, has to say about why he started the site and what he hopes you gain from it. Click below to read his article on why parenting matters, and I'll see you all again tomorrow -


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National Child Health Day Print E-mail
Monday, 01 October 2007

Since the US Department of Health and Human Services has declared October 1 to be “National Child Health Day”, I thought I’d take the day to mention one of my favorite websites – Healthy Child Healthy World.

Let’s face it – we’re not living in the same world we grew up in. I’m not one of those people that long for the good ole days when we didn’t have to use seatbelts, much less car seats. Kids today stand a better chance of surviving a car crash, avoiding SIDS, and skipping the lead paint snacks. At the same time, our environment is more crowded with pollutants and toxins than ever before; new plastics and chemicals not tested on kids are making their way into our mainstream life in the shape of toys, cleaners, and even furniture; and even as we come up with anti-bacterial soap, bacteria come up with a way to be resistant to it.

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Sunscreens Not Protected By The Constitution Print E-mail
Thursday, 02 August 2007

Ladies and Gentlemen, not all sunscreens are created equal.

The Environmental Working Group recently release a comprehensive study of hundreds of brands of sunscreen, testing for effectiveness, how well they live up to claims, how safe they are for children, and more.

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Car Seat Recall Print E-mail
Friday, 11 May 2007

If you don’t subscribe to the CPSC automatic emails notifying you when a product’s been recalled, I encourage you to sign up today. I get a lot of emails from them about children’s products and don’t pass most of them on to you – it’d be almost a full-time blog. But one came through today that I thought worth passing on.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced a recall today of the Evenflo Embrace Infant Car Seat/Carriers. They estimate it’s about 450,000 units to come back, which apparently has a handle that can unexpectedly release, allowing the seat to rotate and the child to fall to the ground. Almost 700 injuries have been reported, including skull fractures and concussions, so if you own this product please check in right away. Here are the contact numbers:

Evenflo Recall Hotline: (800) 490-7497
NHTSA Recall Hotline: (888) 327-4236
CPSC Hotline: (800) 638-2772

And as I said before, if you don’t already, sign up for the CPSC recall emails. You can choose to have just children’s recalls sent to you so your mailbox doesn’t get too clogged up. I think you’ll agree it’s worth it!

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