Topic: children’s health

I Think It Sucks To Red-Shirt Your Child For The Wrong Reasons

I Think It Sucks To Red-Shirt Your Child For The Wrong Reasons

Red-shirting has always been around but has gained a lot of traction in recent years in the parenting world. For the grade school uninitiated, this is the practice of holding back a child from beginning school even though their birthday falls within the confines of a state’s school cut-off date. It is done for a variety of reasons- developmental, academic, age and future athletic prospects are all reasons cited for holding a child back from starting school. More »

Yes, My Son Is Small For His Age. Please STFU About It.

Yes, My Son Is Small For His Age. Please STFU About It.

I cannot tell you how many times we have been out in public and had a stranger make a comment about our son’s small size. It usually starts when they hear him speak- he sounds like a child his age or maybe even older (likely from listening to his very talkative older sister and picking up new vocab all the time). We get the curious stare and then “wow, how old is he?” We answer and it’s always the same “Oh, he’s so little for his age!” Yes, we know. We have always known. More »

Anonymous Mom: I Hate My Germ Factory Nephews

Anonymous Mom: I Hate My Germ Factory Nephews

Before I had a child of my own, I merely disliked them. They made me long for those proverbial “good ol’ days,” when children were seen and not heard. A golden age of yore when they had it half right (I mean, I’d rather not see them either, truth be told). However, thanks to their mother and grandmother, who, God only know why, have worked them up to a fever pitch over my new baby, my feelings have escalated to complete abhorrence (yes, I consulted a thesaurus in composing this piece). More »

STFU Parents: How Parents Talk About Vaccines On Facebook (And Why Those Discussions Matter)

STFU Parents: How Parents Talk About Vaccines On Facebook (And Why Those Discussions Matter)

The increased discussion surrounding vaccination in the media isn’t surprising given our increased usage of social media. While social media can be used to share legitimate articles about vaccines, it can also be used to spread misinformation that gets lots of parents talking. In fact, one study claims that social networks play a significant role in parents’ decision to vaccinate their children. What this means is that not only do parents influence each other’s opinions through discussion on sites like Facebook, but they influence each other’s actions, as well, even when dealing with something as serious as immunization from deadly diseases. More »

Real Or Fake: Sanctimommy Arguments For Ruining Halloween

Real Or Fake: Sanctimommy Arguments For Ruining Halloween

Sanctimommies pop up year round but Halloween is very special time of year  for those looking to wag some parenting fingers. As you’re scrambling to put together this year’s Halloween costume and organize a tick or treating route, you better believe there will be Facebook statuses and online comments about how “evil” Halloween is and how that Halloween candy consumption needs to be put into check. Whether it’s a concern about cavities, “tripping hazards,” or Satanic Worship, you’ll be truly spooked. More »

Every New Parent’s Web Browser History

Every New Parent's Web Browser History

When entrusted — or rather suddenly confronted — with a newborn, many a modern parent understandably turns to the Google. For better or worse, you’ll most likely be crowdsourcing images of your newborn’s poop to gauge normalcy while also picking through old BabyCenter comment threads about curious skin rashes. If you’ve recently welcomed a baby, your web browser history probably looks a little something like this. More »