It's boo to woo-hoo for the mom dismayed by the junk food-laden menu at her daughter's camp. When she expressed a desire for healthy snacks, she was told by camp staff that her daughter's "special diet" required her to eat at the nurse's station away from the other kids.
Fortunately the resulting backlash prompted the camp to rethink its menu. Admittedly, eating processed snacks is cheaper and easier to store than fresh fruit. But Oreos and Cheese Doodles alone don't help nourish an active, growing kid.
According to an article in the Huffington Post, the new and improved menu includes carrot sticks, pretzels, raisins and apple slices.
Kudos to this mom's squeaking wheel for making a difference to all the campers, who will no doubt reap the benefits of more healthful snack foods.
Just goes to show—even with kosher, nut-free and dairy-free requirements—you can still make healthy eating happen, if you put your mind to it.
So parents, moral of the story from Caron Gremont, rally other parents and speak up if you want change.
We've all been there. You don't want to drag your kid along for errands, but things need to get done. Eventually your child digs her heels in, refusing to leave the car. If you're Christina Moon, you leave the air-conditioning running and lock the car from the outside. It'll only take a minute, you think to yourself.
But according to an article in Today Moms, Moon's split second decision to leave her 4-year-old daughter in the family SUV may result in her serving time in jail.
To 32-year-old Moon, much like this mom, the situation seemed perfectly safe. But by the time she returned to the parking lot—15 minutes later—her Ford Explorer was surrounded by police. Someone had no doubt spotted Bella in the SUV, and called 911.
“Finally, I did my return and I ran to my car and I saw the police car circling the parking lot and my heart just sank. I knew as soon as I saw that vehicle that was it—I knew he was there for me,” Moon said.
In addition to $2,000 in court costs, the Michigan mom faces a $500 fine and a 93-day jail sentence for negligence. She has also been investigated by Child Protective Services on four occasions.
Already this year 21 kids in the U.S. and Canada have died from heat stroke as a result of being left in vehicles. So the truth is plain; even though that errand may just take a minute, it's a minute too long.
“The purpose of the laws is not to be the parent police,” said president and founder of KidsAndCars.org, Janette Fennell. “What they’re really meant to do is to say, maybe you don’t know this is serious, but it is.”
But some people feel that prosecuting moms like Moon is taking the letter of the law too far, adding that leaving kids in cars unattended was commonplace for past generations.
Moon feels the response to her actions has been heavy handed. “It’s been very traumatic and stressful,” she said. “We all think it’s just absurd… where is the common sense?”
We're born hairy. It's a fact of nature, a losing battle that we keep on fighting. But could you embrace your hirsuteness and ditch the razor for good? Paloma Goñi has. In an article in the Huffington Post, the Spanish writer explains why her loathing of hair removal drove her to stop shaving once and for all.
We may be a hairy bunch, yet that doesn't mean we are comfortable with letting our underarms turn into unkempt forests. So why do we do it? Societal pressure has some bearing, sure, but is it more than that?
I admit it. I've gone whole weeks leaving my leg hair to grow wild under the cover of winter. When no one would have to lay eyes on the dark sprouts shooting up all over my calves...
But what to do in summer? And what if you live in a warm climate like Málaga, as Goñi does. Her boyfriend doesn't seem to mind her shaving boycott, yet recent hairy tight experiments prove that the general public is more than a little repulsed by skirted women donning hairy legs.
Many European women don't shave their armpits as a matter of course. Big deal. Have you ever gone on a no-shaving bender? What was the reaction? I personally like the feel of smooth legs and wouldn't be caught dead with more than a day's growth on my legs and pits during hot months.
Would you still wax or shave if you didn't feel pressure to do so? Do you, like Goñi, regard not shaving as a female taboo?