Parenting News
Monday, February 18, 2019

marijuana dispensaries near children

Parents in a new national poll overwhelmingly agree on one place marijuana dispensaries should not be allowed: anywhere near children. With medical marijuana now legal in about two-thirds of U.S. states, there's growing concern about how dispensaries may impact surrounding neighborhoods and communities. Parents believe they should have a say in whether dispensaries are located near their child's school or daycare and most say they should be banned within a certain distance of those facilities. Here is a list of parents' greatest concerns:

  • 50% concerned of the risk impaired drivers may pose on children
  • 48% fear children could ingest edible marijuana inadvertently left
  • 49% teens have easier access to marijuana
  • 45% feel dispensaries set a bad example for kids
  • 35% fear dispensaries will bring violent crime to the area

arts + academics = success

A new study found that arts education has a significantly  positive impact on children’s lives. Kids who engage in the arts – whether it’s dance, theatre, or visual mediums – will be more likely to show compassion for others, less likely to have disciplinary problems, and will perform better on writing tests. The arts can also have a significant impact on children who are struggling in their classes. “Some students who don’t excel academically, they’re more engaged, because it gives them a different way to learn,” Tiffany Thompson, a first-grade teacher at Codwell Elementary. scary mommy


new kid-friendly vacation ideas

Is your family interested in avoiding the typical travel clichés this summer?  Check out buzzfeed's guide for parents that may spark your vacation plans.  Ideas include places to hike, horseback ride, fish, bathe, explore and relax.  Check out some of the refreshing ideas that include travel to: 

  • Wisconsin Dells
  • Canadian Rockies Sunriver, Oregon
  • Blackhills, South Dakota
  • Iceland

mid-flight birth

A JetBlue flight from San Juan, Puerto Rico, to Fort Lauderdale landed with an extra passenger after an expectant mother gave birth to a baby thousands of feet in the air. Flight crew and medical personnel on board helped deliver JetBlue's "youngest customer to date" during the 2 hour and 50 minute journey Friday. Coincidentally, the airplane was named "Born To Be Blue" and the newborn was a boy. However, JetBlue says the aircraft's name will likely be updated to reflect its newest traveler. USA Today


carrot fries

Trying to sneak more vegetables into your toddler's diet? How about swapping out french fries for carrot fries... they resemble french fries but have high levels of Vitamin A - unlike fast food fries.

Carrot Fries

  • 1 pound carrots, peeled and cut into sticks
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with foil. Toss the carrot sticks in the oil. Transfer to the baking sheet. Sprinkle with the grated Parmesan and bake for about 20 minutes until fork tender. For more healthy food swaps visit American Heart Association.

vaccinations - an imperfect science

The growing vaccine hesitancy is not confined to a particular religious or ethnic group or bounded by ideology, class or economic circumstance. And as anti-vaxxers grow worldwide, measles has returned with a vengeance - prompting the World Health Organization (WHO) to describe vaccine hesitancy as one of the top ten threats the world faces in 2019. Public health officials are faced with ever growing anti-vaccine messages on-line prompting them to retaliate with pro-vaccine messages. However, this strategy does not address the uncomfortable truth about vaccine science: that there is a lot that vaccinologists still don't know about vaccines and their interaction with our immune systems. As the writer for The Conversation says, "To admit that vaccinology is an imperfect science is not a sign of weakness, but of strength. Think of it as an inoculation against ignorance. " One thing is for certain, vaccines have saved more lives than any other intervention in medical history.


cold or flu?

How do you distinguish between a cold or the flu - particularly in the early stages? Influenza comes on suddenly with limb pain and fever in people who, a few hours earlier, felt absolutely fine. A common cold usually starts with a sore throat, a blocked nose and a cough and comes on more gradually. Body temperature rises much more gradually. People often associate a fever with the flu - but you can have a fever with a cold as well. This is one of the reasons why many people who have been vaccinated against flu still develop fever and flu-like symptoms, believe that the vaccine does not work. "They become skeptical of vaccinations, even though they are only suffering from a common cold – which, unfortunately you can still get, even though you have had the flu jab," explains the MedUni Vienna expert.


toxins in flooring + sofas

Children living in homes with all vinyl flooring or flame-retardant chemicals in the sofa have significantly higher concentrations of potentially harmful semi-volatile organic compounds (SVOCs) in their blood or urine.

A study just released from Duke University found that children living in homes where the sofa in the main living area contained flame-retardant polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) in its foam had a six-fold higher concentration of PBDEs in their blood serum. Exposure to PBDEs has been linked to neurodevelopmental delays, obesity, endocrine and thyroid disruption, cancer and other diseases.

Researchers also found, children from homes that had vinyl flooring in most areas were found to have concentrations of benzyl butyl phthalate metabolite in their urine that were 15 times higher than those in children living with no vinyl flooring. Benzyl butyl phthalate has been linked to respiratory disorders, skin irritations, multiple myeolma and reproductive disorders. science daily


alert - gripe water recalled

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has recalled gripe water distributed throughout the United States by Dollar General Corporation. Kingston Pharma, LLC is recalling all lots of “DG™ Baby Gripe Water herbal supplement with organic ginger and fennel extracts" due to the presence of an undissolved ingredient - citrus flavonoid. Officials say the product is not considered hazardous but could result in difficulty when swallowing the product for sensitive individuals. For more product and recall information please visit

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