Jul
19
2011

Are Music Festivals Suitable for Young Children?

Why It's (Not Really) a Family Affair

Are Music Festivals Suitable for Young Children?

Even though a new survey suggests that one fifth of British parents have taken an under-five to a festival, do kids really have a place there?

It's summer and festival season is well upon us. From Edgefest to Glastonbury, there is no shortage of amazing music festivals on both sides of the Atlantic. Obviously parents still want to rock, but the question is, are festivals suitable for young children?

A reporter for the Guardian discovered the resounding answer, after his five-year-old son flung himself on the ground, hands clutched to his ears, screaming "No! No! No!"

After attending the Tragically Hip Canada Day concert at Toronto's Downsview Park, this yummy mummy concedes that music festivals and young children don't really mix. While my own two-year-old stayed at home with a sitter, other children were schlepped around the trash-strewn field way past bedtime and subjected to a rock blare that would likely cause long-term damage to their ear drums.

Before you tsk-tsk the choices of some parents, consider that of 1,500 parents surveyed at parenting website Gurgle.com admitted to taking an under-five to a music festival in the past year.

No one wants to miss out, moms and dads included. Yet, as always, a little common sense goes a long way. It's worth bearing in mind the type of festival and the age of your kids. Five-and-unders should probably give the beer tents a miss.

While stories about someone giving birth knee-deep in Glastonbury mud may make you cringe, festivals can be a great experience for the whole family and a lesson in music appreciation which kids will cherish as they grow older -- when they can brag to their friends, "I saw so-and-so way back when".

Would you bring a young child to a festival, or is it selfish and irresponsible?

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Jul
19
2011

Sunscreen: Are You Getting Enough?

Diagram Reveals How Much, How Often

Sunscreen: Are You Getting Enough?

With the mercury rising to record-breaking levels all over North America this week -- and yummies everywhere getting hot under the collar -- it's more important than ever to slap on the SPF. But how do you know if you're getting enough, often enough? Many of us are guilty of simply blobbing on the cream and hoping for the best.

Thankfully, Information is Beautiful's David McCandless has done the dirty work for you. Confused and tired of guessing just how much sunscreen was required, and how often, he began looking at studies and doing research of his own. One question led to another, and then another...

"Four months later," he says, "I emerged blinking from the soup of information surrounding sunscreen, ultraviolet radiation and skin cancer, drenched in knowledge."

The somewhat pale-skinned McCandless admits he "really should get out more". Perhaps he'd better wait until the current heat wave subsides, though.

Other tips for staying cool and collected during the melt, courtesy of the Red Cross:

Avoid being outdoors in the hottest part of the day, between about 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Try going out in the early morning or later evening when the sun is not as strong.
Slow down activities that make you hot. Work and exercise in brief periods.
Take frequent breaks.
Dress in light, loose clothing, and wear a hat.
Drink plenty of cool fluids, but avoid caffeine and alcohol.

The following diagram illustrates his findings. Further information is available at: informationisbeautiful.net.

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Jul
18
2011

Ivanka Trump's Daughter Named

Trump's Expanding Empire

Ivanka Trump's Daughter Named

“I just left the hospital and the baby is beautiful. [Ivanka's] doing great,” says proud granddad, tycoon and Celebrity Apprentice judge, Donald Trump. “Arabella Rose is the baby’s name — I just found that out by the way.”

29-year-old Ivanka, meanwhile, tweeted: “Jared and I are having so much fun playing with our daughter! Arabella Rose is beyond adorable. She’s truly a blessing.”

On Sunday July 17 in New York City, Ivanka Trump and husband Jared Kushner welcomed their first child, a daughter. In October 2009, Trump married Kushner, owner of the New York Observer.

“We have our work cut out for us to ensure that our daughter is grounded and not spoiled,” Ivanka admitted.

Understatement of the year?

Watch a recent interview with Ivanka about being a new mom.

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