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Weekend Reads: Kids and Veggies, Same Sex Parents, Teenage Malaise, Etc

Why hello hello!  In my most current weekend reads tradition, I would like to again complain about the snow.  It’s terrible.  My 6.5 ft fence in my back yard now appears to be about a foot tall.  I went in to the office twice this week and spent about 10 …

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You know what else is a public health crisis? Autism.

Like many parents, I spend a lot of my day attempting to not sound totally nuts. For example, last Sunday I made an impassioned plea to the staff at my local YMCA: “Has anyone turned in a hair dryer? It’s not a regular hair dryer, it’s a wall-mounted hair dryer, …

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Weekend Reads: Vaccine News, Good Dads and Kids in America

Well hello hello!  My house is on it’s 4th or 5th foot of snow in the last two weeks.  It’s just as fun as it sounds.  Anyway, what are you looking for this weekend?     If you’re looking for….some vaccine news: Meet one of the men behind the anti …

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Vaccination is a Choice: There’s One Right Choice, and One Wrong One

One of the biggest issues of the pro-vaccination movement is that we are struggling to know how to get through to the other side. Not just the anti-vaxxers, but also the people on the fence, the people who delay vaccines, and the people who don’t understand what’s at stake. It’s …

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Weekend Reads: Secular Values, Alternative Bed Time Stories, etc

Well hello hello!  We made it to February folks.  Here in the northeast, we’re currently headed towards our second big storm in under a week, and I am REALLY looking forward to shoveling more.  Really.  Need something to read while you’re housebound with snow (or whatever it is you people …

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Internet Vaccine “Research” and Google U

The other day, I was reading one of those seemingly perpetual discussions in parenting groups about vaccines. I doubt I have to tell anyone reading this the various arguments that get thrown around on either side, but something struck me this time around that I’ve noticed before – the idea …

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Truly Scary Costumes for Modern Kids

If you’re still scrambling for costume ideas, fret no more! This Halloween, your kid can be the spoOoOoOOOkiest kid on the block, with these unique, DIY costumes! I’ve done some digging, using mostly “natural” parenting blogs as inspiration, to come up with these truly scary costumes for children (or adults, …

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Anti-GMO & Anti-Vax Sentiments Cross Left-wing and Right-wing Lines

    I’m not often wrong, but I admit when I make a mistake. I was always aware of pseudoscience littering the internet and permeating our communities. I must admit that I fell for a stereotype of clear-cut pseudoscience camps. Until recently, I thought science-deniers were neatly packaged into two …

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Why Vaccines Should Be Mandatory (Hint: Food Babe, Mercola, & Google U)

My colleague Erich recently wrote a superb post responding point-by-point to anti-vaccine nonsense at Modern Alternative Mama. He puts forth some solid arguments that I predominantly agree with. The main point on which we respectfully disagree: “I also feel strongly that parents, not should, but MUST have the right to …

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11 Things I’m Going to Keep Saying in the Vaccine Debate … and 4 We Shouldn’t

  Kate Tietje, at Modern Alternative Mama wants to thank the trolls.               She is referring to the response to her recent article, 15 Things We Need to Stop Saying in the Vaccine Debate. It’s become common on the internet recently for Article A, …

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