RECALL: PAPP International Beaver Books Search & Smile Board Books

Choking Hazard

RECALL: PAPP International Beaver Books Search & Smile Board Books

Children's book recall |

Health Canada has recalled the following series of Beaver Books Search & Smile Board Books that feature a mirror at the back:

Title                     ISBN                             UPC                             Tracking No.
On the Go978177066-503369928410-3851



Outdoor play978177066-504069928410-3868
At Home978177066-505769928410-3875

The protective plastic sheet that covers the mirror at the back of the book can easily be removed and may pose a choking hazard.

While Health Canada has not received any reports of injuries relating to the books, Papp International Inc. was informed of one incident in which the plastic sheet was found in a child's mouth.

Customers are advised to immediately remove and safely dispose of the plastic film covering the mirror at the back of the book.

For more information, customers can contact PAPP International Inc. by telephone at 514-725-1515, via email or via the company's website.

From October 2013 to April 2016, approximately 55,002 Search & Smile books were sold at various retail locations across Canada, and approximately 43,447 were sold in the United States.


Screen Time: Why the 2-Minute Warning Doesn't Work

When all else fails, blame tech

Screen Time: Why the 2-Minute Warning Doesn't Work

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Just when you think you have a parenting strategy in the bag, some study comes along and rears the former advice on its head. Praise, anyone? The latest study claims giving kids a two-minute warning before pulling the plug on screen time is doomed to backfire.

In fact, giving kids a two-minute warning to say goodbye to the iPad will most likely make matters worse. Instead of easing the transition, the heads up that screen time will end imminently can provoke bigger tantrums. 

Researchers at the University of Washington were so taken aback by the findings, they ramped up control elements of the small study, which involved children aged one through five. 

“We were really shocked - to the point that we thought ‘well, maybe parents only give the two-minute warning right before something unpleasant or when they know a child is likely to put up resistance,'” said lead author, Alexis Hiniker. "... but every way we sliced it, the two-minute warning made it worse.”

But there was a silver lining. In 75 per cent of cases, kids transitioned fine when screen time reached an end. And it seems parents, rather than treating devices as electronic babysitters, tended to use tablets responsibly, e.g. while they tended to chores or to kill waiting time during car rides or at doctor's offices.

So if not the two-minute warning, then what? 

I admit this is a sticking point with my own son, and the catalyst for many a meltdown. So much so that I am often tempted to nix screen time altogether, though I know that's hardly a fair or realistic option.

The most success I've had (as suggested by the researchers) is to terminate screen time when a game or video has reached a natural conclusion. 

I'll tell my son he has to wrap it up shortly. I'll ask how long there is remaining in whatever he happens to be watching or playing, then I let him know that it's the last one. Nine times out of ten, this method works, unless he's playing a particular game in "infinity" mode. When there is no natural pause, he is loathe to hand it over. Setting a timer only winds up him more.

“The kids we looked at for this particular study are right in that power struggle age,” said senior study author, Julie Kientz. “Once you take that parental withholding component out of it, kids are a lot more accepting.”

What I've noticed is that my guy tends to be far more agreeable when there is an element of negotiation and communication involved. I can only imagine how I'd feel if I was watching or playing something and my husband came over and snatched my phone out of my hand. Pretty pissed.

When all else fails, many parents aren't above blaming the tech. A battery can just up and die. A wi-fi connection can suddenly, inexplicably drop out. But be warned. This method of deception comes with a very short shelf life. By age five most kids are way too savvy to fall for prey to the tech failure excuse.

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Couple Shares Humorous "Infertility Announcements" 

Laughing through their darkest hour

Couple Shares Humorous "Infertility Announcements" 

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Whitney and Spencer Blake really wanted a baby, and it just wasn't happening. With every thwarted attempt at becoming pregnant, the couple coped by posting "infertility announcements" in response to the myriad happy baby announcements on Facebook feeds.

Infertility is largely something couples agonize over privately, yet the Blakes were determined to eke out a silver lining. That silver lining came by way of six spoof announcements, tracking their fertility journey. 

"To be honest, pregnancy announcements were one of the hardest parts of infertility," said Whitney Blake. "We tried really hard to plaster smiles on our faces and celebrate with the people we loved who were growing their families, but it was so achingly difficult to watch everyone around us receive the blessing we desired more than anything." 

Infertility brought out feelings of jealousy and insecurity in the couple. Whitney describes the "ugly" feeling that comes with not being able to make a baby. "You feel unfeminine and broken and somehow less than what you should be."

In the midst of heartache and emotional upheaval, the couple decided the only way to come out the other side was to make light of the situation. 

It may not be to everyone's tastes, but poking fun at infertility helped the Blakes heal. At one point, Whitney even created an "infertility board game." She credits her husband for finding ways to help her laugh through the ordeal. (And as you can imagine, sperm jokes abounded.) 

To be sure, cracking jokes about infertility can come across as crass, insensitive, offensive even. Yet to many going through fertility treatments, and riding the brutal rollercoaster of hopes and disappointments, the posts have a cathartic quality to them. 

The Blakes have since adopted two little boys.

"Though the infertility is still there, the struggle is mostly not," reads a disclaimer on the last announcement. "...we have not forgotten how lonely and horrible infertility can feel, which is why we thought we’d create something to connect with others who are going through what we went through."

Humour can pave the path to healing, if only we give ourselves permission to laugh.

 RELATED: The Truth About Infertility