The Summer Itch

The Summer Itch - coming soon to a backyard or ball field near you. Soon for me was last night. Watching my daughters' softball game for barely 20minutes, in the cold, I came home itching with a couple small red marks on my back. I couldn't seem 'em, but no denying they were there - NoSeeUms. We usually think of ants, mosquitoes, bees and tics when the topic of outdoor critters comes up at … [Read more...]

Dog Bite Prevention

This week is Dog Bite Prevention week, sponsored by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Veterinary Medical Association. Whether or not you own a dog, our children will come into contact with dogs and many kids, including my own daughter, are quite frightened even by the smallest of pooches. Here's some helpful information from the American Academy of Pediatrics (written by Zach … [Read more...]

Minipeddi…is this a mini-joke?

I almost dropped my tea when I read the Globe last night. Spas for kids? Is this real?? Sadly, it is very real.You've got to check out the picture gallery - seeing is believing! Before I go into a mini-tirade about what is wrong with these pictures, let me point out the few good points:1. this is an interesting way to promote mom/daughter bonding, if used sparingly and for special occasions, in … [Read more...]

Please…Be Wise, Immunize!

This one hit close to home. This was one of those stories you read and think "wow...good thing it wasn't anyone we know". Well, in this case not only did I know someone in the story but that someone is my brother; and this story does have a happy ending.You may have seen The Boston Globe article last weekend. It was was a very small one with the title "hub visitor develops measles". Never a good … [Read more...]