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“Did she wear her helmet?” It was the first question I asked when my husband and youngest came into the house. “Yes,” he explained grimly. “She was the only kid at the birthday wearing one, but she wore it.” He walked past me shaking his head. My little one danced around me, chattering about the [...]

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  This is a quick hit. Today, October 25, and over the next few days (Oct. 26 and 27) there is going to be a GMO Mini Summit. Some of the heavy-hitters in the No GMO movement are going to be discussing the future of food live on the Internet and via teleconference. Whether you’re [...]

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When Kids Get Lost in a Crowd

I went to a church fair this weekend. It was the last night of the fair and a Saturday night, so it was fairly packed. At one point Big Girl walked over to a garbage can to throw away her food wrapper. She came back and said, “Mommy, there’s a little girl over there who [...]

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Earlier this month I was invited to an event in New York City. I wish I could have attended. Olympic gold medalist Summer Sanders was coming out to launch a new safety campaign, Helmets on Heads, part of a 10 year pledge to educate one million children about helmet and bike safety. (FYI: Helmets on [...]

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The Environmental Working Group (EWG) released its Guide to Healthy Cleaning. The results really shocked me. I searched the database for some of my tried and true — and green, I thought! — cleaning products. Many of them have horrible ratings. Heck, my beloved Trader Joe’s liquid laundry detergent scored an F. Yes, an F! [...]

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Earlier this week we were all outside. The kids were playing basketball. Well, maybe playing isn’t the right word. “Mommmm, she won’t share.” “Little Girl, share.” “No, it’s my turn.”(Scuffling and pushing ensues.) “Girls, stop it. Big Girl, just let her play with it for another two seconds.” (Said dramatically) “No, it’s my ball. Besides, [...]

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Not Ready For a Bed

Little Girl has been tented since she launched herself out of the crib and broke her collar bone. Horrible, terrible experience, and one that makes me shudder to this day. A few months ago, she made a teeny, tiny hole in the mesh. Over time, the hole got larger, but it was never a danger [...]

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Every morning Big Girl and Little Girl have cereal and yogurt. It’s organic yogurt free of artificial flavors and colors, but I still wonder how healthy it is. You see, it comes in a big plastic tub. I believe the tub is BPA-free, but I can’t really be absolutely sure, can I? I looked it [...]

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The past few Sundays — as her sister naps — Big Girl and I have been going for bike rides. We travel a half mile east, another half mile north, and then head east, north, and east again until we get to a local park. Inside, we slip onto the bike-only track. I won’t lie: [...]

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A few years ago I wrote a story about lead poisoning for Parents Magazine. After my month of interviews I can tell you that almost half of the homes in the U.S. contain lead. Also, that most instances of lead poisoning go undetected. And that the most common age to become affected is between ages [...]

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