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Here’s what caught my attention this week:
A dingo, pee-filled swimming pools, David Cameron’s lost child, a stress video and more. I saw some pretty good stuff this week. Here are the top five that got my attention.
1. I came across a little factoid recently that moms who take their kids to swimming pools might find interesting. According to a 2009 survey in the US, 1 in 5 people admit to peeing in pools. It’s not a total shocker at first read. But here are a few points to consider. Firstly, adults completed the survey—so I’m assuming the number is higher than one if there are children in the pool. Secondly, that means that if there are 20 people in a pool, four or five people are peeing in it. Thirdly, as a former competitive swimmer, it means I ingested a lot of second-hand bad water in my lifetime. But I digress. The good news? A lot of pools are now half chlorine/half salt which makes the chemical reaction between chlorine and urine less toxic (itchy eyes and skin). What’s most important is to encourage your kids to pee in toilets. That means you too, adults.
2. For all you moms who are stressed out this time of year, I feel your pain. You are in the thick of it—nursery school graduations, track meets, end of year recitals, teachers gifts, swimming lessons, soccer games…the list goes on and it’s a long one right now. Here’s a video from my friend and medical genius Mike Evans. It explains a little bit about stress and how we can make it work to our advantage. Good luck with that!
3. To know me is to know I’m a big advocate of the ‘Get Outside and Play’ movement. (Is it a movement?) My kids have the cuts and bruises to prove it but we have survived. This ad from Australia says it all. For once I have nothing to add.
4. Australia was big this week—according to the Australian courts, the dingo really did eat that baby. The 32-year-old case about an Australian mother charged with killing her infant (but claimed wild dogs were responsible) was popularized in the mid-90s thanks to Seinfeld character, Elaine. That video made me laugh harder today than the first time I saw it. But back to the dingo and the mother…I’m glad she was cleared. From what I read, it’s tough to believe she could have been responsible. I’m also pleased that Elaine has a new hairdo.
5. In more exciting parenting news from around the world, it was reported early this week that David Cameron, British Prime Minister, left his eight-year-old daughter at a pub in the English countryside for 15 minutes. By mistake. When he and his wife both left ‘The Plough’ in separate cars, each one thought the child was with the other. Is this a story about bad parenting or is it a case of ‘real things happen to famous politicians too’?
What do you think? Have you ever left your child somewhere by mistake?
Toe-besity, a pregnant Yahoo! CEO, a hilarious birth plan, a delicious summer smoothie and great outdoor games for the kids. There is so much to talk about this week.
1. So I recently came across the term ‘toe-besity’. It’s an affliction felt by many women who are unhappy about the size of their toes. So displeased, apparently, that they are electing for surgery to improve the look of them. Shorter and thinner is what they are after. It’s the latest in the world of plastic surgery. Just when you thought that waxing your nose hairs was taking things a bit far, we learn that women are getting toe reductions. Good news for Havaianas, perhaps. Bad news for society?
2. Well, the recent Silicon Valley news that Marissa Mayer, former VP at Google, has moved over to Yahoo! as the new CEO, is big. There is a lot to this story that’s newsworthy but what makes it even more interesting is the fact that she is pregnant. She reportedly entered into talks with Yahoo! in June when she was 5–6 months pregnant and told them right away about her condition. The board didn’t blink. This is a big step for corporate America and women in business. She seems like an incredibly smart and accomplished woman, to be sure. What I find interesting is that people are already positioning her as an example of someone who can have it all. She hasn’t even had the baby yet. Let’s hope it works out for her and for Yahoo!. Interesting times…
3. We have all met the ‘perfect’ first-time parents who are sure that having children won’t change their aesthetic, hipster lives. They will allow no plastic into their homes. Their child will be the first to sleep through the night—every night. They will be speaking Mandarin by age two. Here is a hilarious birth plan note that has been making the rounds as of late. My favourite line: ‘In the event you are ever unsure how to proceed today, please ask yourself, ‘What Would Gwyneth Do?’‘
4. Moms are always looking for drinks that are not filled with sugar to help keep the kids hydrated during the summer months. We’re also always looking for ways to get as many fruits and veggies into them—whatever way we can. That’s why this delicious summer smoothie recipe caught my attention this week. One of our mom bloggers shared it and I just love it. You will too. Note: the frozen banana is important for the texture but if you don’t have time (or patience) to wait, just add crushed ice.
5. I have written before about my views on kids and their need to move, play outside, get off the couch, put down the screen, etc. That’s why I am particularly proud of our latest gallery: 13 Old School Ways to Play. I encourage parents to implement at least one of these games a week for the rest of the summer. You’ll enjoy the time as much as the kids will. I promise.