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Leslie I truly am sorry if your kids don't know how to make healthy choices. My daughter loves baby carrots. I've never liked Little Debbies or Twinkies. I doubt my daughter would either. They don't have much taste or flavor. We prefer an actual delicious cake. My daughter also knows what is commonly called junk food in the USDA sponsored food pyramid and we do eat a small amount every day. We call it dessert. I think it's sad if you think kids will always prefer nasty taking junk food over good tasting healthy food. It probably explains why so many kids are fat. Their parents never teach them or feed them any better.
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Thanks for asking! We're fine. It was one of his stays just for a test so I had time to try to read blogs. The test came out great. :)
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As someone whose kid was immunocompromised and is still not exactly healthy this mom with the sick kid makes me mad. Not all kids can withstand the flu. For some kids it puts them in the hospital. I have told all my friends not to bring their sick kids to events where my kid is and most wouldn't anyway. Even for basically healthy kids knowingly spreading sickness goes beyond rude it's incredibly selfish. It also sets the sick kid up for a lifetime of thinking that their desires (wanting to go a party) matter more than anyone else's health or safety. I *still* douse both kids with soap or hand cleanser after any event with lots of kids because while most parents wouldn't take their sick kid there it just takes one.
Toggle Commented Sep 22, 2007 on Stay Home Sickies! at Silicon Valley Moms Blog
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Yes my point is the school should provide healthy choices for meals. I was worried about the school cafe making my daughter fat because it sells unhealthy fattening food while telling her it serves "healthy choices." I personally have solved this problem for my daughter and you're right I'm privileged to have choices. First legally I don't actually have a choice to avoid the cafe altogether since supposedly the kids are required to eat there. I do have the privilege of the income to easily provide my child an alternate breakfast and lunch but 12.4 millions of children or 11.4 of children depend on school lunches and breakfasts. According to the USDA they are "food insecure" which means they do not have "access, at all times, to enough food for an active, healthy life for all household members." The national school lunch site claims it serves 30 million kids a day. I presume that these parents care about their kids' nutrition but may believe the claims of the cafe since it is supposed to deliver healthy choices. They may also have other factors to deal with than preparing their kids' lunch everyday. Like many are working multiple jobs where they are paid hourly to make ends meet. My daughter's school is in a mixed income area and I know some of those kids are eating those school lunches and breakfasts every day. I see them by fifth grade and they are fat. As you probably know poor nutrition contributes to all kinds of health and learning problems. I think it's horrendous Anyway I can't solve the problem for all the other kids out there. That will take presidential action. A president who will actually take an interest in what our poorest kids are provided for food every day at school. I think it's the basest hypocrisy to speak out about childhood obesity and then remain silent about the fattening and unhealthy food served everyday for $.40 or $3 in our nation's schools.
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I agree with you. Thanks for bringing this up.
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Thanks for all your comments! It's so good to know I'm not alone being freaked out by this! My son still asks for Skarloey. We told him that Skarloey is going to the train depot to be repaired. That's what happens to the trains in the Thomas and Friends(tm) world. Some days he's okay with this. Other days he just cries. Kate RC2 is the distributor of the Thomas trains with lead-based paint. I'm going to get a lead kit and test the rest of my son's toys. It might be a bit of overkill but I'd rather be safe than go through this again.
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Oops! BTDT. But no sprinklers cos the car is in a garage. I say I park the family car in the garage because it protects the car from the elements. But one of the elements is...me! :)
Toggle Commented Jun 27, 2007 on Minivan and Sprinklers at Silicon Valley Moms Blog
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How terrible! My heart goes out to her family. And so sweet of George to think of others even at the time of his partner's passing. I am so sorry the doctors didn't recognize Kristine had a heart condition. I hope this does not add to her family's burden. As the mom whose child lived after a doctor told her he would die within hours I'm glad doctors don't possess the power over life and death. But I'm sure her family wishes doctors could have prolonged her life. I find myself haunted by the last words of her last Silicon Valley Moms post. She writes about wanting to get up early which she wrote was unusual for her. "Oh yeah, and I'm not dreading the day of work, either. I'm a little more centered than I used to be, I think. I keep wanting to take my temperature. I'm not sick, but I'm not acting like myself. And I like it." In other ways that post was typical all of her loving posts she wrote about typical yet tender moments with her family. But to me the last lines indicated someone who wanted to savor all the time she had. Thank you Kristine for having me reread that post again with a different perspective. One of my favorite SV moms photos is the photo of her daughter running through a fountain with such joy.
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LizP and Kristi I checked some of the books from our library and I didn't see an age range printed anywhere. Maybe this is true for newer picture books? Kristi I do agree that a rating systems has its own set of problems. I don't know what the right answer is. I just want better warning than I currently find. Susie I'm all for discussing and reading about death and other complex subjects with young children with a grownup but I'm talking about books that my 5 year old daughter reads on her own.
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The bill has been amended to waive the fee for dogs that are trained or being trained as a service dog or work in law enforcement and rescue. I hope that will be enough for CCI.
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Thanks for the reminder. Glennia sent me stuff at least twice about Maya's Mom. So don't feel too bad. I kept meaning to join, but got interrupted by my kids. The irony. I just joined Twitter and Maya's Mom and added you and Glennia as friends. I can't add anyone else ATM because my computer is wigging out deleting my backlog of PAMP email. Another irony.
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I agree with the prior comments. And I was a kid whose parents took her out of school at least once a year to travel around the world. My daughter is too young to have homework. But I'd do what my parents did. My parents would have found out from me the full details of the homework, including when it was assigned, and what I was supposed to have done already. This assignment sounds reasonable as I understand it from your post. If your kid had read the book as she was supposed to, she'd had two weeks to write 3-5 paragraphs. So my parents would have told me off for not reading the book in time(if I hadn't), and for not starting the report earlier since I knew I had a vacation. Then they would have grumbled a lot, and told me I had to do work during vacation and what a pain it was, and how I should have planned better. And how I should plan next time in great detail. One thing my parents really did right was to show me how sometimes there were rules and things I had to do that interfered with my life that I had to do anyway. If I was being treated unfairly, my parents were there for me in a heartbeat. But if I had the same homework as everyone else, I had to do it. I still remember how they made fun of the easy second grade spelling homework I had filled with words I already knew, but they still made me do it.
Toggle Commented Mar 31, 2007 on Spring Break Homework at Silicon Valley Moms Blog
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I'm glad you're okay for now! I'll definitely be giving my daughter the HPV virus vaccination.
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I like Sanjaya. He makes me laugh.
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I like Sanjaya's personality. He's cute and sweet. I think he can sing. He's just not a pop singer. More like a Disney singer. That's why he's still around. Brandon forgot his words unlike Sanjaya and he's a backup singer so I think folks felt he should do better.
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You're really lucky. My mom is a great cook and really concerned about food. She read labels before it was fashionable to do so. Ironically, she's often too ill to babysit. Her childhood was spent in a cave during WWII. And my grandparents with whom I ate many processed foods both lived to 96. And yes I also buy organic, fresh from the farmers' market. But I will gladly trade some junk food for my mom's health.
Toggle Commented Feb 27, 2007 on Grandma's Pantry at Silicon Valley Moms Blog
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I agree that the state should stay out of this matter. I don't spank my kids. But there are many ways I wish the state would help and does not.
Toggle Commented Jan 24, 2007 on Spank This at Silicon Valley Moms Blog
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My biggest financial fear is that my husband's company will go under. My son has had a very costly medical condition and still needs constant medical care. My husband's medical insurance through his company has paid for it all, and as long as my husband has COBRA, or switches to another job with insurance, we're fine. However if we ever lose COBRA, we're toast. No insurance will insure my son ever and his medical bills are too expensive without insurance because of the markup you mentioned above. A visit to a specialist costs $300-$500 billed and he visits at least once a month. The insurance actually pays about $60. If we were really poor, we could get California insurance for our son (but not ourselves) and I believe some women get divorced or don't marry and are "single mothers" just to get health care for their kids. They can't afford it otherwise and their company doesn't offer it. Our backup plan is to move to the UK as I'm a British citizen. However I think it's insane we'd have to move from the richest country in the world just to get health care.
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We'll miss Greg too.
Toggle Commented Dec 5, 2006 on bye, bye, Greg! at Silicon Valley Moms Blog
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I actually already have a laceup corset for Ren Faire
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What a great memento! Thanks for sharing the story.
Toggle Commented Sep 8, 2006 on Love Comes By Telegram at Red Nose
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What an adorable shot!
Toggle Commented Aug 31, 2006 on Love Can Be Surprising at Red Nose
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I suspect there's a link between mercury and autism, but today none of vaccines given to children under the age of 6 contain thimersol aka mercury, except the flu shot. When in doubt read the FDA site http://www.fda.gov/CBER/vaccine/thimerosal.htm Unless you're a real whacko who believes the government loves to poison little children. Mom of four fills me with fear. As the mom of an immunocompromised kid. I would love to vaccinate him, but can't for another six months or so.
Toggle Commented Aug 4, 2006 on a Pox on Your House at Silicon Valley Moms Blog
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