Breastfeeding and the Law

Bumped into this very interesting article and thought it’d be worth reprinting here… 50 State Summary of Breastfeeding Laws Updated December 2004 More than half of the states (37) have enacted legislation related to breastfeeding. Thirty two states allow mothers to breastfeed in any public or private location (California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode…Read More

Waldorf Schools and the challenge of values-based organizations

One of the many mailing lists in which I participate is one discussing Waldorf Education and, sporadically, Rudolf Steiner. Our children attend a Waldorf school and we are very happy with the program and curriculum and find that the underlying precepts of the pedagogy to be quite aligned with our own beliefs and views. However, as with any values-based organization, the Waldorf community has a tendency to sometimes split into an “us versus them” mentality,…Read More

We’ll help you pick a great baby name!

Before our third baby K- was born, Linda and I spent lots of time looking through baby name books and even phone books and professional directories, seeking inspiration. We also tried online baby name directories, but were uniformly unimpressed with their search technologies or how their results were displayed. None of them really helped us find a great name, though. So I built my own name search tool, which is now, only 13 months after…Read More

How Come Parents Never Talk About Parenting?

I met a fellow father this morning for tea and we chatted about what we were working on and shared the ups and downs of fatherhood, but afterwards it struck me that we didn’t talk about parenting itself. We talked about being parents and about our children, yes, but not about parenting. So I spent today thinking about the difference, and then just happened to get a message from a new reader who asked “what…Read More

Another reason to be suspicious of parenting book authors

Ever wandered into the “parenting” section of your local bookstore, just to be amazed at how many different books there are on the shelf? You name it, from books that have Dads sharing sneaky and underhanded tricks they did as boys (presumably the book isn’t intended as a primer for my son!) to books that are stories about crazy things that happen in the hospital delivery room (including my favorite: A woman who went to…Read More

Scholastic succumbs to the siren song of corporate sponsorship of education

If you’ve been to a public school lately, you can’t help but notice the Taco Bell and Pizza Hut signs in the cafeteria, the Pepsi machines in the hallway, the Harry Potter posters in the library and the Bratz book covers, all “to make school a better place”. Now one of the last bastions of children’s publishing has clearly been unable to resist the urge to shove their own advertising down the throats of our…Read More

What would you suggest to this tired Mom?

A few days ago we received a comment on one our discussions from a “tired mom” who related a situation that I suspect we can all sympathize with as tired, tapped out parents who don’t have the resources to always be perky and engaged with our children. We’ve since gone back and forth a couple of times, but I thought that the collective wisdom of the Attachment Parenting community might offer even more great ideas….Read More

What dreams have you dreamt today?

Living in a college town with a university known for its sports teams — the University of Colorado, Boulder — is mostly a benefit. Sometimes traffic near the university can be a bit out of control, but we have a great bus system here to compensate. There are some very interesting upsides, too, however, one of which I encountered just a week or so ago when I took my family out to the local “Old…Read More

Vaccinations and the fear of getting sick

Maybe it’s just me, but we seem to live in a society where people are getting more and more afraid of being sick. There are billions spent on finding vaccines for even the most benign illnesses and a shortage of flu vaccine is treated as a national health emergency and shows up as the cover story in all the major news magazines.Read More

The challenge of being The Toy Police during the Holidays

An interesting thing happened upon opening our Hanukkah presents a few days ago… our son and daughter were given cute, if somewhat wacky, slippers from a relative who knew that we do our best to avoid visible, overt characters and brands on our toys. When we looked, however, we realized that the slippers were Hello Kitty and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. We were surprised, needless to say!Read More

Eventually, just about every kid has homework

Unless you’re one of the few who practice unschooling, there will come a time when your kids are going to have homework from school and are going to need assistance from you to complete the assignment. In the earlier grades it’s fun but as they proceed in the years, the material becomes more sophisticated and, frankly, harder.Read More

The essence of good toys

Every year we have the same challenge, trying to identify what toys and games we can purchase for our children that aren’t junky, horribly, ugly, plastic trash (obviously, that’s a value judgment. 🙂 One place I thought I’d start this year was with, since they have a huge range of toys and games, and with partners like Toys R Us, I figured they’d have a good organization too.Read More

Giving up on Privacy as part of Parenting

It’s not news to anyone who is a parent that when wee folk are afoot your sense of privacy has to be modified, somewhat forcefully. It’s not so much that you can’t have privacy, it’s more that you need to redefine privacy to encompass the new members of your family.Read More

Five million reasons per year to discourage your kids from smoking

Our children are still a bit young to worry about this, but I was shocked to read a report from the BBC that documents research from Harvard University and the University of Queensland where they calculated that almost 5,000,000 people were killed in the year 2000 from smoking. Yes, you read that right, five million people in one year.Read More

On Halloween, the Candy Fairy Visited Our House!

While I’d like to think that I’m not a complete curmudgeon, I have to admit that many of the most popular holidays in the United States aren’t ones that I enjoy or particularly want my children to participate in. For example, I’ve already written about how Mother’s Day is a bit daft – see Happy Mother’s Day? – because people should be thankful of each other every day, but given the time of year, the…Read More