Topic: activities

Despite The Risks, I Will Let My Kids Play Contact Sports

Despite The Risks, I Will Let My Kids Play Contact Sports

A group of parents and players have filed a class action lawsuit against FIFA and a number of U.S. Soccer organizations to change the way concussions are handled in the sport. Despite the risk of injury, I would let my son and daughter play football or any other sport they were interested in, because everything comes with risks, and I don’t want to be a mother who says, “Don’t do that because you might get hurt.” More »

This Stay-At-Home Dad Wants To Ban Play-dates And It’s Just Not Possible

This Stay-At-Home Dad Wants To Ban Play-dates And It's Just Not Possible

Chicago stay-at-home dad Chris Bernholdt is in the news today for stating that the play date should be abolished in favor of spontaneity for kids. I see where he is coming from, truly. I am definitely in favor of the way things “used to be” when we were kids with more unstructured play, more outdoor play and less parental intervention but in 2014, I just don’t think it is possible to ban play-dates. More »

Slathering Sunscreen On Your Kids Is Doing More Harm Than Good

Slathering Sunscreen On Your Kids Is Doing More Harm Than Good

One of the first things that any good parent understands is the need to slather your new little baby with sunscreen and keep their new, little, pink baby skin under a canopy every time you hit the beach. What kind of a monster lets a baby get a sunburn? While I’m certainly not advocating purposely burning a baby, I am advocating questioning what you’ve been told. Research suggests that vigilantly protecting your kids from the sun could actually lead to cancer in the future, instead of protecting against it. More »

You Are Deluded If You Throw A Pampered Chef Bridal Shower To Sell To Your Friends

You Are Deluded If You Throw A Pampered Chef Bridal Shower To Sell To Your Friends

Just when I thought I’d heard it all, some “innovative” momtrepreneur comes out of the gate with a brand-new bridal shower party idea to extort all her friends. Now, I have to say, that I normally don’t mind attending bridal showers and baby showers, even though I expect them to be slightly boring and low on booze. I do mind being invited to manipulative MLM marketing parties (think Mary Kay, doTerra, or Pampered Chef) where I am expected to buy unwanted products in exchange for having a good time with friends. More »

7 Things You Can Register For If You Don’t Plan On Having A Baby Or A Wedding

7 Things You Can Register For If You Don't Plan On Having A Baby Or A Wedding

We all know that very few people have a burning desire to buy someone swaddling blankets or china – we do it because we’ve deemed these friends worthy enough to receive gifts to commemorate what society has labeled a “gift-worthy” milestone. Well, there are plenty of gift-worthy milestones that have nothing to do with pushing a baby out of your vagina or legally merging with someone who statistically you will divorce over 50 percent of the time anyway.

Here are some ways to get people to shower you with gifts, because damn it – you’re worth it! More »