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Archive for May, 2010

PARENT TALKS: LGBT Kids, Fatherhood & More

Teen depression Childhood Matters: Welcoming Homes and Hearts for LGBT and All Children
June 6 from 7 to 8 a.m. on 98.1 KISS-FM and streamed live on Childhoodmatters.org.
Join Nurse Rona and guests as they discuss family support and its role in protecting LGBT youth from high-risk choices such as drug use, unsafe sex, depression, and suicide.

Childhood Matters: Travels With Baby
June 13 from 7 to 8 a.m. on 98.1 KISS-FM and streamed live on Childhoodmatters.org.
Join Nurse Rona and Shelly Rivoli, author of “Travels With Baby,” as they discuss travel, safety and summer fun.
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Posted on Monday, May 31st, 2010
Under: Parenting Issues | No Comments »

SILLY Bandz Ban?

Silly Bandz (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)
Seems schools across the nation have started banning Silly Bandz, the colorful little bracelets shown above. School principals say they’re a “distraction” because kids fiddle with them in class, and trade them on the playground. Um, people? It’s the end of May. They’re kids. Or is it just me? Does this strike you as ridiculous?

Posted on Thursday, May 27th, 2010
Under: Just Bizarre | 6 Comments »

FAB 5 For the Weekend

Bay Area Discovery Museum PAN PACIFIC FEST: Join in the Asian-Pacific Heritage fun at Sausalito’s Bay Area Discovery Museum this Saturday for lion dancing, Hawaiian hula, Japanese drumming and more. The festival runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 29. It’s all free, but bring cash for the food carts.

SCREAMING THRILLS: Explore the physics, biology, thrills and chills behind amusement park rides at the new “Scream Machines: The Science of Roller Coasters” exhibit at Berkeley’s Lawrence Hall of Science. Open daily, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., now through Jan. 2. Tickets $6-12.
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Posted on Wednesday, May 26th, 2010
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PARENT TALKS: Potties, Family Travel & More

Potty training  (Photo by Ron Ennis, KRT) Potty Training and Nighttime Dryness
May 30 from 7 to 8 a.m. on 98.1 KISS-FM and streamed live on Childhoodmatters.org.
Join Nurse Rona and guests, Renee Mercer, a pediatric nurse practitioner and the author of “Seven Steps to Nighttime Dryness,” and Helen Neville, a pediatric nurse, parent educator and author, as they discuss potty training.
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Posted on Monday, May 24th, 2010
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TOY Recall: 44K Baby Blankies

Recall: Blanket Oh look – a recall that doesn’t involve collapsing cribs, deadly darts, flaming helicopter toys or lead paint! Nope, this time the feds and an import company, Rashti & Rashti, have recalled 44,000 pink baby blankets, sold at Target between January and August 2009, because those cute little balls on the giraffe’s horns come off, posing a choking hazard. No injuries to date. Details here.

Posted on Thursday, May 20th, 2010
Under: Health & Safety | No Comments »

3-D Shrek

Shrek Forever After (Courtesy Paramount Pictures/MCT) Unless you’ve been soundly snoozing, you know a new Shrek movie is opening this Friday — and this time, the tale about everyone’s favorite green ogre is in 3-D. The first reviews are starting to roll in – we’re still waiting to hear from our favorite movie critics, but the New York Daily News says, “Happily, it’s a move that revives our aging ogre, and renews his flagging franchise.” And OK Mag says, “You can see the ending, and even the fantastically corny final line coming the whole time, but when they finally do they still hit hard.” But the Hollywood Reporter says, “This fourth installment in the popular animated franchise demonstrates it may finally be time to let Shrek and Fiona live happily ever after.” Being a Shrek-ophile, I’ll probably go see it anyway, although those 3-D glasses are problematic over my normal specs. But here’s my question for you…

What do your little ones think of 3-D movies? Are they wowed? Or does the 3-D aspect make scary scenes scarier or more intense?

Posted on Wednesday, May 19th, 2010
Under: Movies | 1 Comment »

FAB Five for the Weekend

Miniature Horse Show (Photo by Alan Myers)
MINIATURE HORSES: Grab the kids and head for Walnut Creek’s Heather Farm Park Equestrian Center for a miniature horse show featuring the world’s smallest breed — they’re just 34-inches high. This free family-friendly show runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 22 and 23. Your kids can learn how to groom and lead a horse during special, hands-on workshops ($1 fee) from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

STARGAZING: Come gaze at the heavens when Oakland’s Chabot Space & Science Center hauls out the telescopes for a peek at the night sky. Star gazing sessions are held from 7:30 to 10 p.m. every Friday and Saturday evening, weather permitting, so check the website before you go.
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Posted on Wednesday, May 19th, 2010
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BOOK Giveaway: Gator on the Loose!

Gator on the Loose An alligator in the city pool on Memorial Weekend? Who you gonna call? OK, maybe not Ghostbusters. Try the Carters’ Animal Rescue Team, instead – they’re the heroes of Sue Stauffacher’s new book, “Gator on the Loose!” The comic tale of the Carters – 10-year-old Keisha, Mama, Daddy, Grandma, Razi and baby Paulo – is aimed at young readers, ages 8-10. And it can be yours!

Click “comments” and tell us, do you have an end-of-school ritual? Do you host a classroom party or neighborhood bash? Give homemade gifts to teachers? We’ll draw a winner’s name next week! (Meanwhile, congrats are due to Lyn Palme, who won last week’s “Jellybeans” giveaway!)

Posted on Tuesday, May 18th, 2010
Under: Books, Contest | 6 Comments »

TOY RECALL: Deadly Darts

Recalled toy dart sets This is just heartbreaking. Two boys, ages 9 and 10, died after accidentally inhaling rubber darts from a cheap toy. Now the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Family Dollar Stores is recalling 1.8 million of these toy dart gun sets, which include soft, pliable plastic darts. The incidents involved boys in Chicago and Milwaukee who were goofing around, as kids sometimes do, and apparently stuck the darts in their mouths.

Here’s where things get interesting. This isn’t the first such recall – there was a similar one in December after an 8-year-old boy died. At the time, I wondered Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Tuesday, May 18th, 2010
Under: Toy Recalls | 2 Comments »

PARENT TALKS

Building Healthy, Safe Communities
May 23 from 7 to 8 a.m. on 98.1 KISS-FM and streamed live on Childhoodmatters.org.
Join Nurse Rona and Joan Davis, president and CEO of the
Richmond Children’s Foundation, April Suwalsky, youth coordinator for the Richmond Children’s Foundation, and James Johnson of the Richmond Youth Council for this discussion on building healthy, safe communities.

Potty Training and Nighttime Dryness
May 30 from 7 to 8 a.m. on 98.1 KISS-FM and streamed live on Childhoodmatters.org.
Join Nurse Rona and guests, Renee Mercer, a pediatric nurse practitioner and the author of “Seven Steps to Nighttime Dryness,” and Helen Neville, a pediatric nurse, parent educator and author, as they discuss potty training.

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Posted on Monday, May 17th, 2010
Under: Uncategorized | No Comments »