A brown belt for Big Guy – not that it’s important
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It was testing week in karate and, as usual, Big Guy was under the gun. Not as much as he used to be, when he didn’t have a clue and had to frantically cram, but …

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You want to be sick? You’re finally getting your wish
Tuesday, 15 Feb, 2011 – 12:27 | Comments Off
You want to be sick? You’re finally getting your wish

Seriously, how was I supposed to know when Boots woke up crying that his butt hurt that he would be hanging his head over a garbage can an hour later?
The problem was, he’d been complaining …

The most boring way on Earth to end up injured
Monday, 14 Feb, 2011 – 11:00 | 2 Comments
The most boring way on Earth to end up injured

In the past year in a half, Big Guy has had a cast on his arm, an Ace on his ankle and, now, an arm in a sling. The causes were monkey bars, tripping at …

We can’t say we weren’t warned – but do we care?
Thursday, 27 Jan, 2011 – 16:59 | Comments Off
We can’t say we weren’t warned – but do we care?

There are two types of warning labels in this world:

The types that tell us that what we’re about to do or consume will shorten our lives, harm our health or turn us into crazed killers. …

A SWAT for forgetting that a hypothesis is just that
Thursday, 30 Dec, 2010 – 17:51 | One Comment
A SWAT for forgetting that a hypothesis is just that

So it turns out that the number of people going to emergency rooms as the result of food allergies might have been dramatically underestimated, according to new research.
Reuters reported this week that an article in …

A tricky conversation that went well
Wednesday, 22 Dec, 2010 – 10:16 | Comments Off
A tricky conversation that went well

Big Guy was looking over my shoulder last night as I was writing a post about 13-year-old Katelyn Carlson, the peanut-allergic Chicago girl who died from anaphylaxis after a party at school.
He often does that, …

Look out, guys! It appears that Vapor Rub works
Tuesday, 23 Nov, 2010 – 18:29 | Comments Off
Look out, guys! It appears that Vapor Rub works

It was near the top of my pre-mommy list of things I’d never do.
I’d never yell at the kids. I’d never say, “because I’m the mom, and I said so.” And I’d never make them …

Adding to our asthma vocabulary
Thursday, 18 Nov, 2010 – 12:03 | One Comment
Adding to our asthma vocabulary

It’s been a while – nearly three years, in fact – since Big Guy has had a major asthma episode. He’s done well, thrived even, despite a change in primary doctor and specialist that had …

Teeth-cleaning gum? I want it NOW
Friday, 12 Nov, 2010 – 12:47 | 2 Comments
Teeth-cleaning gum? I want it NOW

Teeth-cleaning gum? Oh my God, is this ever the answer to my prayers.
It sounds almost too good to be true and I feared at first that it might be because most Google paths lead back …

Battling obesity one Happy Meal at a time
Thursday, 4 Nov, 2010 – 13:13 | 2 Comments
Battling obesity one Happy Meal at a time

Four things my kids know about marketing and commercials:

Fruit snacks are neither fruit nor snacks.
Blowing up a juice bag and stomping on it won’t launch you into the air, though they have tried.
The toy is …

A SWAT for sucking the fun out of everything
Thursday, 28 Oct, 2010 – 21:54 | Comments Off
A SWAT for sucking the fun out of everything

I was about Big Guy’s age when apples again became the forbidden fruit.
I’m not sure where it happened, but I can guarantee you it wasn’t  in our town. I didn’t spend my childhood in Mayberry, …

Can playing football cause suicide? Can sensationalism cause hysteria?
Tuesday, 21 Sep, 2010 – 23:49 | Comments Off
Can playing football cause suicide? Can sensationalism cause hysteria?

There are more than 17,000 football players each year in the NCAA’s top two divisions. Anyone know how many have been diagnosed in the past year with chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a disease typically found in …

When your sick child really isn’t
Tuesday, 20 Apr, 2010 – 18:11 | Comments Off
When your sick child really isn’t

They’re probably not doing it because they’re out to get you – though it feels like it sometimes – but you’re right about the second part: Day cares do send kids home when they’re not …

School lunch do-gooding takes a goofy turn
Tuesday, 13 Apr, 2010 – 19:06 | Comments Off
School lunch do-gooding takes a goofy turn

Foods made with white sugar, fructose, corn syrup, or any thing ending in “-ose” are banned – presumably, this doesn’t apply to lactose – but peanut butter laced with honey is OK.
Crackers …

Don’t let the baseball bugs bite!
Friday, 9 Apr, 2010 – 13:57 | Comments Off
Don’t let the baseball bugs bite!

Glove: Check.
Bat: Check.
Water bottle: Check.
Batting helmet: Uh, Mom, I don’t know where it is.
Didn’t I tell you to put all your baseball stuff in your bag?
The helmet won’t fit in my bag, Big Guy retorted.
Dang …

We are the world; we are the soda companies
Tuesday, 9 Mar, 2010 – 21:41 | Comments Off
We are the world; we are the soda companies

It’s not quite the east coast and west coast rappers sitting down over tea and crumpets, but when three manufacturing rivals get together for a joint project, it’s big news.
Except in the case of the …

Confessions of a closet snacker
Wednesday, 3 Mar, 2010 – 18:45 | 2 Comments
Confessions of a closet snacker

Back when my job involved actually leaving my house, there wasn’t a lunchbox in the world big enough for me.
I usually ran out the door without breakfast, triggering the need to pack snack one. The …

The first step to solving a problem is knowing you have it
Monday, 1 Mar, 2010 – 19:15 | Comments Off
The first step to solving a problem is knowing you have it

Here’s a tricky one to tackle:
According to an article in March’s edition of Pediatrics, nearly 30 percent of overweight teens don’t know that they’re overweight. And if they don’t know they’re overweight, they’re less likely …

Finally, a nutrition campaign that takes a practical path
Wednesday, 10 Feb, 2010 – 19:50 | Comments Off
Finally, a nutrition campaign that takes a practical path

Yes, I eat the occasional burger and fries. Ice cream and cookies, too.
Now that first lady Michelle Obama has stepped into the confessional and admitted as much herself, I feel safe in going public as …

When it comes to media use, I’m going to go down swinging
Wednesday, 20 Jan, 2010 – 19:55 | 2 Comments
When it comes to media use, I’m going to go down swinging

Just when the experts thought kids couldn’t cram a single second more of electronics time into their days comes a study that shows, not only that they can, but that they have.
According to research the …

Good luck to New York in its assault on salt
Monday, 11 Jan, 2010 – 21:38 | Comments Off
Good luck to New York in its assault on salt

From the state that led the battle against transfat comes the latest assault on manufacturer-induced nutrition nightmares: New York City wants companies to cut down on the amount of sodium in food.
Good luck on that …

The $60.42 answer to the question of helping children with asthma
Wednesday, 2 Dec, 2009 – 22:28 | Comments Off
The $60.42 answer to the question of helping children with asthma

With a callous eye toward the bottom line, insurance companies unhesitantly ax coverage for medications asthmatic children need. Don’t deny it. It’s happened to us.
If executives won’t shell out $300 to prevent an emergency room …

Dirt gets its due again
Tuesday, 24 Nov, 2009 – 22:23 | Comments Off
Dirt gets its due again

Bacteria are normal. Bacteria are good. Bacteria can even help the immune system.
So say researchers at the University of California, San Diego.  According to an article in The Guardian, the very same staphylococci that causes …

Food for thought, but not for healthy bodies
Monday, 26 Oct, 2009 – 23:12 | Comments Off
Food for thought, but not for healthy bodies

E tu, Cheerios?
I don’t know why I’m surprised. Everyone’s doing it, because children’s cereal is such a lucrative market. I knew you’d jumped the shark with Honey Nut Cheerios, but at least you were up …

Kids should stay in boosters until 8, study reaffirms
Tuesday, 20 Oct, 2009 – 22:31 | Comments Off
Kids should stay in boosters until 8, study reaffirms

If you have a chance to pass a law that would reduce by almost half the chance that a kid would be injured in a car accident, how quickly would you ask, “where do I …

Food allergies aren’t funny, but here’s a SWAT for a bill that’s a joke
Thursday, 8 Oct, 2009 – 20:13 | Comments Off
Food allergies aren’t funny, but here’s a SWAT for a bill that’s a joke

You have a nasty habit of speeding. You know your break-neck tendencies put others’ lives in danger, but you do it anyway.
But then along comes a proposal that would pay you to not speed. Sounds …

It’s not the harried kids. It’s the frazzled parents
Monday, 21 Sep, 2009 – 21:55 | Comments Off
It’s not the harried kids. It’s the frazzled parents

I have to admit that, other than what now appears to be a daily pool commitment, I’ve been living the easy life in the past few months since Big Guy’s busted wrist booted him out …

For those who needed proof, study links obesity and soda
Friday, 18 Sep, 2009 – 22:14 | 2 Comments
For those who needed proof, study links obesity and soda

I’m not sure when it happened, but sometime in the past 20 years soda became the new water.
It wasn’t that way when I was a kid. Growing up, we had soda on special occasions – …

The occasional benefits of frustrating delays
Friday, 28 Aug, 2009 – 15:40 | Comments Off
The occasional benefits of frustrating delays

Once in a while, procrastination is our friend.
Big Guy was due for a checkup on his busted wrist almost two weeks ago. But due to a series of delays, some my fault, he couldn’t get …