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HealthParenting Styles

Yummy or Yuck? Part 2: Let them eat dirt (or not?)

With discussions about increased allergies and hyper-sterile environments (in the (over)developed world at least), there is a body of parenting lore that supports the idea of building your child’s immune system by exposing them to germs through outside play, engagement with animals etc. Now presumably this idea isn’t completely crazy. …

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The Trials and Joys of Being a Furry Big Sis

            While I don’t necessarily consider myself a dog’s mom, our trusty Luna thinks of herself as the biggest sister. Since I’ve been writing serious and contentious posts lately, she advised that we write something more upbeat for a change. So without further ado, I’ll …

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Household

Bunny Love – The pleasures, and perils, of rabbit ownership

In the Northern hemisphere it’s spring, the season of renewal, flowers, plastic eggs, and bunny rabbits. In the United States rabbits are the third most popular pet after cats and dogs. They are also one of the most frequently abandoned. Personally, I adore our bunny and think he’s the best …

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Household

Snakes are Awesome

My kids desperately wanted a pet. I desperately wanted not to take care of this pet. My parents are animal lovers, so I grew up with a series of dogs and cats; I know how involved pet care can get and I’m just not that into it. True story: while …

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HouseholdPolitics

Pet Politics

I have often wondered how I would have handled it if my child had been allergic to animals. Having grown up on a farm, I find a life without animals to seem rather absurd and almost unnatural. Today we have two cats and two rats, and we also nanny some dogs …

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