We can thank the good people of the Manitoba Government’s Early Learning and Child Care program for enforcing the most bizarre lunch regulation you’ve ever heard of. In order to ensure that kids’ lunches are “balanced”, each one is checked against Canada’s Food Guide and “supplemented” by the school if any of the customary requirements are missing. If a child’s lunch box has to be “supplemented” on any given day, the parent gets fined. Strange. Yes. Canadians!
But it makes sense for parents who forgo the basics like fruits,veggies and proteins in favor of Doritos and Oreos. But that’s not so much how it works. Keep reading »
In the back of my mind, I’ve always felt that if I wasn’t in my current profession, I would absolutely love to be a sex health educator.
I remember being that kid — the one whose parents gave her all sorts of illustrated books geared at children illustrating your body and all the “special changes” it went through. I dutifully pointed out these pictures to any friend that came over for a playdate, much to their surprise, disgust or delight.
When I was in high school, I was the regional community service leader of a Jewish youth group. In between organizing canned food drives and playground clean-ups, I instituted a workshop on safe sex, complete with an accompanying VHS of a “90210″ episode on condoms. Hey! It was the mid-’90s and we were all for everything and anything Beverly Hills. #DylanAndKelly4Ever.
When I was teaching high school, I would have students come up to me after receiving a sex ed lecture asking if I could help them make an appointment with a local clinic just to get checked out. Hearing that one in four sexually active women have HPV really seemed to sink in (this was before the vaccine was regularly available). Keep reading »
Every November, Refe Tuma and his wife wait until their daughters are fast asleep, and then create intricate scenes with their toy dinosaurs, making it look like the toys have come to life overnight and wrought havoc around the family home. The brilliant parents call their tradition “Dinovember.”
It started with the mischievous dinos getting into a box of cereal and making a mess on the kitchen table, and quickly escalated to more sophisticated setups from there. One particularly adorable moment from Dinovember involved the dinosaurs cracking open a carton of eggs and seemingly dining on them during the night. When the girls discovered their toys’ slimy path of destruction the next morning, they whispered, “Mom and Dad are not going to like this.” Keep reading »
Do not ask me why VoucherCodesPro.co.uk is in the business of creating imagined composite images of adult Kardashian offspring based on their parentage. I do not have the answer for you. What I do know is that they have done this, and that the results are what I would call “troubling.” North West, Penelope Disick, Mason Disick — all adorable children with perfectly good-looking, if completely ridiculous, parents. What follows is what I can assure you NONE of these children will actually grow to look like. At least, not exactly. Warning: very scary. Keep reading »
Instagram-famous photographer and mom-to-be Loni Jane Anthony decided to share her diet secrets with the world in a feature that ran today on an Australian news site. The 25-year-old makes the claim that eating 10 bananas a day “saved her life.” And what exactly did she need saving from?
The Aussie claims her “excessive partying” and use of alcohol and junk food left her with a “whole range of health problems including candida overgrowth, hormone imbalance, irregular periods and hair loss.” Oh that, and she picked up some parasites and dengue fever after going on a “full-blown bender in Thailand” that she just couldn’t seem to shake.
That’s when she came across Doug Graham’s 80/10/10 Diet – a low-fat diet and lifestyle where you eat only whole, fresh, uncooked fruits and vegetables — from an extreme fruitarian, which she says miraculously cleansed her “internally really sick” body that was headed for an untimely death due to cancer. Loni insists her transformation had nothing to with weight loss. I’ll let you scroll through the multiple IG photos of Loni half-naked, digging into a watermelon and read through passages where she talks about how she’s living her passion on your own time because I’d like to call your attention to the part where Loni, WHO IS SIX MONTHS PREGNANT, talks about what she eats on a typical day. Spoiler: mostly water and fruit and the occasional alcoholic beverage. Keep reading »
There are a lot of worries parents might have as their child heads off to school: academic struggles, not getting along with teachers or classmates, bad behavior. The potential consequences for these concerns are worrisome as well. As a mother (and one who used to teach high school social studies), I don’t think it’s all that unusual to fret over things like these.
But one thing I didn’t think I’d have to be worried about is the possibility of my son being suspended for his sense of style. A 13-year-old 8th grader from Kansas was recently suspended for wearing a Vera Bradley handbag while attending school.
Suspended. For having a quilted bag. Seriously. Keep reading »