You can help support the Johnson’s Baby Cares charity program just by using a 50-cent coupon when you buy Johnson’s Baby products between April 15 and June 1.
Johnson’s Baby is partnering with Save the Children to help address the needs of families and their babies.
Actress Hilary Duff is also partnering with Johnson’s Baby to support one of the group’s first initiatives, which will be to assemble, donate and distribute “Johnson’s Baby” care kits immediately during and after disasters.
“As a new mom, I am inspired by this worthy cause, which aims to give all moms a chance to not only experience the joy of a healthy baby, but also an opportunity to be together and have moments of normalcy during crisis situations,” said Duff in a news release today.
For every 50-cent coupon used, Johnson’s Baby will contribute 25 cents to Save the Children.
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If you want to get involved in a cause, celebrate something or just offer recognition, there are several topics you can observe this month.
April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. This is an effort to increase public awareness about protecting children from abuse and neglect. To learn more, go to http://www.preventchildabuse.org/publications/cap/index.shtml
April is National Volunteer Month. What a wonderful opportunity to teach your children the value of volunteering in their community.
April is National Poetry Month. It’s a good time to exercise the creative part of your mind. When I was in middle school, a visiting writer encouraged our class to go outside and explore the world around us, from a blade of grass to the clouds in the sky … and to write about what we saw, smelled and felt.
Did you know there are days within April that also commemorate food?
April 12 is National Licorice Day, as well as National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day. But, I think I’ll hold out for Friday, April 13: National Peach Cobbler Day!
Your pets won’t be left out, either. April is National Pet First Aid Awareness Month and National Heartworm Awareness Month.
And, though Earth Day falls on April 22, we can spend the whole month exploring the value of protecting the world where we live. Something as simple as planting a tree or flowers can be a learning experience for our children.
I hope you enjoy this month of awareness and observance.
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Where is the magic? None of my children participated in an egg hunt this year. Nor did they color any eggs … although I did buy the eggs and the egg dye.
Let’s clarify. The oldest is 17. The middle child is 13, but she still loves egg hunts.
My 6-year-old didn’t seem to mind. He just enjoyed his basket of goodies the Easter bunny left him. (Bubbles, a book, a few eggs with quarters … )
Last night I told my husband I felt guilty about not making sure the kids attended all the usual Easter events. I was just tired, and our usual family get-together didn’t work out.
But, you know what? They were fine.
I think there is this imaginary bar that I set for myself, and if I don’t always meet it or go over the top, then I think I failed.
I need to stop that thinking and realize any effort is at least an effort.
When I was little, I loved the chocolate rabbit I would get for Easter. I’d nibble on the ears first, and then the nose, until the poor bunny was hardly recognizable.
There were chocolate rabbits in our house this year, so I guess that was partial success.
– Linda Lynn
My sister Betty used cloth diapers with all her children. I admire that she did this.
Each of her little babies was neatly wrapped with a soft, cloth diaper that was pinned on each side.
I didn’t know it at the time, but she was being earth-friendly. She was “green.”
On April 21, the day before Earth Day, you can experience “The Great Cloth Diaper Change” beginning at 10 a.m. at Science Museum Oklahoma, 2100 NE 52 St.
There are hopes this event will be part of an even larger effort to break last year’s Guinness World Record for simultaneous diaper changing.
And, at the same time, Cloth Diaper Oklahoma and the Real Diaper Association will be bringing attention to the benefits of using cloth diapers, instead of disposable diapers that can take hundreds of years to decompose.
At the moment, more than 232 locations in 13 countries will be the sites of thousands of parents and caregivers changing their babies all at the same time, all using cloth diapers.
The April 21 event begins at 10 a.m. with the actual Great Cloth Diaper Change occurring between 11 a.m. and noon. Cloth diapers will be provided to those who need one.
The first 100 participating families will receive a goody bag. Activities during the event will include a baby-crawling contest, a toddler trot, cloth diaper mini classes, prizes and more.
If you’ve never changed a cloth diaper, click here for step-by-step instructions from babycenter.com.
It’s one of those ongoing battles that I intend to win.
My young son resists every time I try to get him to brush his teeth.
Depending on who has the greatest will, one of us eventually gives in.
I’ve tried to instill this as a habit, but we’re just not there yet.
If you’re waging a similar battle or you have little ones you can assist with the care of their teeth, then I have a great opportunity for you!
Spiffies Cleaning and Teething Wipes are individually wrapped towelettes you can wipe on your child’s teeth, lowering the bacteria and helping to prevent cavities.
If you would like an opportunity to win a free gift of Spiffies products, send me an email at LLynn@opubco.com by March 28. Be sure to place SPIFFIES in the subject line of your email and I will randomly select a winner.
Ever want to talk to a penguin keeper? Well, this sounds fun.
Anthony Brown, primary penguin keeper for the Magellanic Penguin colony at the San Francisco Zoo, is going to be available for a live chat Thursday, March 15, on Twitter.
Brown began his zoo career as a volunteer when he was 12 years old. Now, 18 years later, he spends a lot of time with his waddling charges.
So, if you ever wondered how penguins stay warm, why they live in Antarctica and how many species of penguins there are, you might find your answers by chatting with Brown.
The 30-minute chat begins at 1 p.m. CST.
– Linda Lynn
My husband and I were sitting at our dinner table many years ago, trying to get our young daughter to eat all of her peas so she would have a ”clean” plate.
We tried coaxing then scolding, but she wouldn’t finish eating the peas. Everyone at the table was frustrated.
And then, it dawned on both of us. … She doesn’t have to finish eating her peas. And, suddenly, everyone at the table was relaxed and happier.
During my childhood I had adopted this notion you were supposed to eat everything on your plate.
I remember having to sit at the table until I had eaten most of my slice of pumpkin pie. I hated pumpkin pie. Love it now, but not then. But that was more a lesson of ‘if you put it on your plate, you need to eat it’ or that I should try new things. Not sure which.
Then, there was the time in kindergarten when I had to stay in the cafeteria and finish my meal and miss recess. I tried to tell the teacher I didn’t want to eat — I think it was chicken fried steak — but she was very stern and insisted I finish. She left a classmate to guard me to make sure I finished.
A few bites more, and I was vomiting in the trash can. See, I really didn’t want to eat it.
But, fast-forward, and we know now that forcing kids to eat everything on their plates isn’t necessarily a good idea. And, truly, the starving children in another country are not going to benefit or suffer more or less if your child leaves half of her sandwich from lunch every once in a while.
As grownups we hear “portion control,” so we need to make sure we’re not forcing our children to eat if they’re full. Maybe, in the future, they won’t have as many problems with controlling what they eat.
March is National Nutrition Month, and in connection with that, Fresh Healthy Eating, a San Diego-based company, offered these helpful tips for parents:
- Limit snacks. Children who fill up on a lot of calories from snacks eat less at meal times, and usually the snacks are not all that nutritious. Limit calories that come from snacking, and offer snacks that are healthy, such as a sliced apple with peanut butter, or vegetables they can dip into hummus.
- Eat more fruits and veggies. Fruits and vegetables offer a lot of vitamins and minerals, as well as antioxidants. In addition to including some in snacking, aim to make fruits and vegetables half of their plate at mealtime.
- Watch the sugar. Added sugars fill kids up with empty calories. Pay attention to the amount of sugar that is in food and how much they are consuming.
- Avoid the clean plate club. Many parents try to get their children to clean their plate by eating all the food on it. Problem is, children are in tune with their body cues and tend to eat when they are hungry and stop when they are full. When parents make them eat everything on their plate, they teach them to ignore their hunger cues, which can potentially lead to obesity problems later on. Ideally, parents should start with small amounts of food on the plate, so it’s not so overwhelming.
- Model healthy eating. One of the most important tools in getting kids to eat healthily is to model that behavior. Children who have parents who eat healthily tend to grow up eating in a more healthy way themselves.
By the way, peas are now one of my daughter’s favorite vegetables.
It’s time for me to declare war … on grime.
And, I’d like your help.
I’ve let the house get away from me! It’s running off down the street now, flailing it’s dusty window shades and leaving a trail of broken pretzels, scraps of paper and hairy fuzz balls behind.
The shiny luster of my kitchen floor has become, well, lackluster. Trampled by dirty shoe soles, little bare feet, and muddy dog paws, and paired with countless spills of milk, juice and pop, my beautiful porcelain tiles have surrendered and succumbed to a dingy coating that will take some real scrubbing to remove. And let’s not even discuss the grout! Yikes!
When my husband and I first moved into our home, the baseboards, sinks and floors received a cleaning every week. It was a Saturday morning task that took just that — a Saturday morning.
Now, three children and a golden labrador later, our house is asking for an intervention.
There’s not piles of trash and it’s not ready to be condemned. But it needs attention.
So, what are your quickest, most effective tips you can share with me?
What’s your “I-have-to-have-this-cleaning-device” special weapon? What’s your favorite cleaner? Or maybe you’ve gone green and discovered vinegar.
Although I’ve gotten used to the crunch of popcorn and broken chips beneath my feet, I’m listening … with rubber gloves on.
Instead, some parents have complained that a protective cover on the top of the bottles meant to limit how much liquid pain reliever could be drawn into a plastic syringe didn’t work correctly. When those consumers inserted the plastic syringe, it pushed the protective cover, or flow restrictor, into the bottle.
J&J’s McNeil Consumer Healthcare, plagued by about 25 product recalls since September 2009, said Friday that it is recalling all 574,000 bottles of a grape-flavored version of the liquid medicine on the market. The product, which was distributed nationally, was introduced in November.
It’s one of the first nonprescription medicines reintroduced after all the recalls and an ongoing factory shutdown have kept most of McNeil’s medicines off the market for well over a year, costing the company well over $1 billion in lost revenue, plus many millions for ongoing factory improvements.
The new infant Tylenol bottle comes with a plastic syringe that’s to be inserted into the flow restrictor at the top to help measure the right dose. The syringe has an opening in the tip but no needle. Consumers are to insert the tip of the syringe into the flow restrictor, turn the bottle upside down and then draw out the right dose. That’s then squirted into the baby’s mouth.
McNeil changed the design to make it easier to get the dose right and to limit spillage if the bottle is knocked over, McNeil spokeswoman Barbara Montresor said. The prior version had an open-topped bottle and a dropper with a flexible bulb at the top, similar to a turkey baster.
McNeil is part of the consumer health business segment at J&J, which is based in New Brunswick, N.J. The company’s prescription drug and medical device divisions each have issued at least two recalls in the last couple years.
I just saw on Facebook that babycenter.com has released its list of top 100 baby names.
What was on the list? Maybe Bella? Or Jacob? Or Tanner? Or Zoey?
Here’s a sneak peak at the top 10 from the list:
It made me start thinking about the names I considered when naming my three children.
Here’s a list of some of the names I considered, and I know some are not mainstream, so I’ll explain my reasons for some. (I’m a little heavy on girls’ names, since my first two children were girls.):
1. Annie (My grandmother’s name, my mother’s middle name … and I liked it)
2. Andi (I think we just like names ending with an i)
3. Mamie (One of my favorite great aunts)
4. Emma (Another one of my favorite great aunts
5. Maggie (My other grandmother’s name)
6. Luna (This one my husband had to talk me out of. It’s Spanish for moon. I still like it, but friends warned me my child would gain the nickname Looney Luna.)
7. Maya (I loved this name until I was dining in Mazzio’s and the mother in the booth next to us whined out the name slowly “Myyy-uhhh.” I wouldn’t even consider the name after that.)
8. Joiner (Not sure if I’m spelling it correctly, but it was a nickname my husband’s dad was called because he would tell other players what hands other cardplayers had. We also considered Jonah.)
9. Quint (Burt Reynolds played the character “Quint Asper” in the TV western “Gunsmoke.” My youngest daughter had become a huge fan of the show while I was pregnant with my son.)
10. Katelyn (This was a popular name at the time, but, because it was so popular, I just shortened the name to Katie for our oldest daughter. When she started school I was surprised by all the Katelyns and Katherines who were answering to the name “Katie.” I had chosen a much-used name after all.