Boston’s bright idea, risky play for kids, big breakfast changes, ticks and the ultimate packing list. That’s what we’re talking about this week.
1. Boston’s Bright Idea Has Us Totally Jealous
Kudos to Boston. Beantown has come up with one bright idea that has us feeling green with civic envy: free sunscreen dispensers in city parks. The Boston city councillor who proposed the sunscreen-for-all initiative says that skin cancer and melanoma are not only some of the most common cancers—they’re also sadly the most preventable. The relatively inexpensive dispensers (at least as far as city projects go—they’re about $200 per unit) were donated by two cancer-fighting charitable organizations, so the initiative isn’t even costing the city any taxpayer money. The sunscreen dispensers look a little like our own ubiquitous hand sanitizer dispensers in both size and shape—and it stands to reason that public access to free sunscreen might decrease the occurrence of preventable healthcare crises and lessen the load on the healthcare system—just like free access to sanitizer and flu shots. Not to mention that it will help out those moms who sometimes forget to slap on the sunscreen before taking their kids to the park (been there). It’s civilized, smart, and we’re hoping it catches on here.
2. A Little Bit of Risk Could Be Good for Your Kids
Free-range parenting advocates, rejoice. A new study in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health has found that overprotective parenting, especially when it comes to play, contributes to sedentary children, and that letting kids run a bit wild can have beneficial effects on their physical, emotional and social health. Big news, considering ParticipAction’s recent annual Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth, which graded kids’ activity levels at a dismal D- for the third year in a row. Injury-prevention expert and mother of two, Mariana Brussoni, expressed concern about the rise of a growing movement she calls ‘anxiety-based caregiving’—think the parent on the playground constantly telling their kid to be careful—and advocates stepping back and considering the child’s developmental best interests before making knee-jerk decisions on safety. It’s an interesting read that might trigger a little nostalgia for the unsupervised play of yesteryear.
3. General Mills Makes a Big Change
‘Breakfast behemoth’ General Mills, maker of rainbow-bright cereals like Trix, Reese’s Puffs and Lucky Charms, has announced plans to remove artificial colours and flavours from its cereals by 2017, opting to use spices and juice concentrates to colour the cereal without altering its flavour. While some food experts have dismissed the change as a marketing ploy, sugary cereal still being junk food at the end of the day—we’re happy to see a major company that actively markets to kids take a step in the right direction—no matter how small.
4. Ticking, Ticking, Ticking…into the Future…
You’ve probably heard: ticks are the new mosquitos. Exciting, right? Who would have thought we’d become nostalgic for a time when a mosquito transmitting West Nile was all we had to worry about? Now ticks, and Lyme disease, are real concerns. There’s no need to panic or hole yourself up indoors all summer though—a good bug repellent and some know-how is all you need. Ticks take hours to actually burrow into the skin, so when you and the kiddos come in from a walk in the park, brush down everyone’s arms and legs and do a check-over. For tips on identifying ticks, and what to do if you find one, we like this fact sheet from the Tick Encounter Resource Center.
5. What They Really Need for Overnight Camp
Sending any all-grown-up babes to overnight camp this summer? Whether you’re terrified and they’re thrilled, or you’re thrilled and they’re terrified, we know a few things to be certain: in all likelihood they’ll have a blast, the time will fly by, and the packing list the camp gives you won’t have everything they’ll really need on it. We’ve been there, packed that, and forgotten that, so learn from our experiences. Here’s what we send our own baby Savvies off to camp with.
Have a good week!
An amazing rap from a cool dad, what they really want for Father’s Day, women in science getting the last laugh and an amazing teacher’s gift. That’s what caught our attention this week.
1. Taye Diggs Raps About Being A Good Dad In ‘#DadJam’
Taye Diggs might just be the coolest dad ever. The actor has teamed up ‘dad pant’ makers Dockers to release a Father’s Day video extolling the virtues of Fatherhood, dubbed the #DadJam. Encouraging fellow dads to ‘get down with your dad self’ and praising the awesomeness that is Daddyhood—it’s a heartwarming watch that will having you chuckling—and grooving—in your seat. Watch it here.
2. What Dad’s Really Want for Father’s Day
This Sunday, June 21 isn’t just the first day of summer, (huzzah!) it’s also the designated day for setting aside time to celebrate all things dad, and to remind all the dads in your life of how much they mean to you. We love to give Dad a special treat before taking him on an outing he’ll love. According to a recent article by cricketscircle.com, we’re not that far off the mark. 17 real dads were asked to reveal what they really, truly want for Father’s Day, and their answers—much like dads themselves—were equal parts humorous and sweet. For laughs and some gift-giving inspiration, give it a read here. Some of our faves: real chocolate pudding that is completely free of superfoods, a sappy sweet handmade card from the kids, and to sleep past 6 am. We hear ya Dad, we hear ya.
3. Women in Science are #DistractinglySexy
The Nobel Prize-winning scientist Sir Tim Hunt made headlines for all the wrong reasons last week when he made some extremely cringe-inducing remarks regarding his female co-workers and women in science generally. ‘Let me tell you about my trouble with girls,’ the British scientist reportedly said. ‘You fall in love with them, they fall in love with you, and when you criticize them, they cry!’ The icing on the sexist cake was that the comments were made at a conference honouring women in science. Oh the irony. The Twitterverse was quick to respond, and women in science soon rallied under the hashtag #DistractinglySexy, tweeting tongue-in-cheek photos of themselves in their work uniforms—often full lab gear, a biohazard suit, or a face mask. Sexy indeed. We applaud these ladies for responding with wit and humour, and we think the right word to describe how they look is ‘inspiring.’
4. Our New Favourite Way to Thank a Teacher
The end of school is nigh! Time to rejoice, or perhaps panic—or maybe a bit of both. But before the last day of school, make sure the kids take a moment to thank their teacher for a wonderful year. A handwritten note is a must in our books, and a thoughtful gift is a lovely touch. Our Community Manager, Christine, told us this week about the special gift her nephew’s class gave their teacher, and we think it’s so brilliant, we had to share it. The whole class completed individual random acts of kindness for strangers, documented it with notes and photos, and had it all compiled in a book to present to their teacher. Amazing—we know we’d be floored to receive such a thoughtful gift, and the teacher will surely treasure that book for years to come. And what a great way to teach kids about the old adage, ‘it’s better to give than to receive.’
5. Win a Daily Care Basket from Aveeno
Finally, we wanted to let you know about a great contest were running in conjunction with our sister site, the BabyPost.com. Head over to our Instagram to see the amazing basket we’re giving away—there’s one for you to win, and one for you to win for a friend. Each one is stuffed full of goodies from Aveeno to make taking care of baby a little easier. Enter here for a chance to win.
Have a great week!
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