Monthly Archives: April 2011

Are You The Neighborhood Drug Dealer?

Think about what is in your medicine cabinet. I’m sure there is something in there that would be appealing to the age group ready to try drugs or a child who already has. Cold medicine with alcohol? Pain pills from that surgery a year ago? Antidepressants? Sleeping pills? Move stuff around and you’d probably be surprised by what you find.

And don’t think crafty kids aren’t above going through their grandparents cabinet, aunts or uncles cabinet, or the cabinet of their BFF’s parents.

What do they do with these drugs? Besides taking them straight on, I’ve heard of pill parties. Everyone dumps their pills into a huge bowl and they take handfuls and wash them down with alcohol. Others might say pill parties are an urban legend, but really, who wants to take that chance?

Here are some disturbing facts from NJ Family magazine:

  • 2.1 million teens abused prescription drugs in 2006.
  • 3.1 million 12- to 25-year-olds used OTC cough and cold medications at least once to get high.
  • Prescription drugs are the #1 choice among 12- to 13-year-olds.
  • One-third of all new abusers of prescription drugs in 2006 were 12- to 17-year-olds.
  • 13 is the mean age of the first non-prescribed use of sedatives and stimulants.
  • One in 7 boys and one in five girls has shared or borrowed a prescription drug.
  • Nearly 1 in 10 high school seniors admit abusing pain relievers.
  • Girls age 12 to 17 are more likely than boys to misuse OTC medications, but the trend reverses with 18- to 25-year-olds.
Want to read and learn more? Click HERE to view the entire article, and most importantly what you can do to prevent being the unwilling neighborhood drug supplier.

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Who’s Easier to Raise? Boys or Girls

I think there  is a school of thought out there that girls are easier to raise when they are little, and boys are easier to raise when they are older. I’m not so sure. I have a 3 1/2 year old who is proving to be quite the independent little person who challenges my patience. If this the easy part, then I’m scared!

In your years of parenting, what have you found the case to be?

Parenting magazine posted a great article where they take a closer look at this topic:

I often say that I spend more time and energy on my one boy than on my three girls. Other mothers of boys are quick to say the same. Forget that old poem about snips and snails and puppy dog tails, says Sharon O’Donnell, a mom of three boys and the author of House of Testosterone. “Somehow it’s been changed to boys being made of ‘fights, farts, and video games,’ and sometimes I’m not sure how much more I can take!”

Not so fast, say moms of girls, who point out that they have to contend with fussier fashion sense, more prickly social navigations, and a far greater capacity to hold a grudge. And as a daughter grows, a parent’s concerns range from body image to math bias.

Stereotyping, or large kernels of truth? “I think parents use ‘which is harder?’ as an expression of whatever our frustration is at the moment,” says family therapist Michael Gurian, author of Nurture the Nature. “Boys and girls are each harder in different ways.”

To continue reading, click HERE.

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Spring + Playgrounds = Be Safe!

It’s national playground safety week. With the weather (finally?!) turning nice here, the parks are parked with kids of all age ranges. Besides trying to make sure the bigger kids don’t bulldoze down your little one, there are some important things to watch out for, and to look for, when pulling up to that playground.

Here are 5 tips, provided by NJ Family magazine:

1. Check the surfacing material beneath the equipment to ensure it is acceptable.

2. Check the temperature of equipment surfaces.

3. Be observant of the conditions of the playground

4. Supervision and proper clothing can reduce risk

5. Ensure the equipment is age-appropriate.

To read more about each point and understand what you should do, click HERE to read the entire NJ Family article.

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One Bike. Two Bike. Red Bike. Blue Bike.

My daughter REALLY wanted a pink princess bike from the Easter Bunny. Only problem is, this momma hates most licensed products (and yes, despite this they have entered my home, but mostly in small items). No way was she going to get a Barbie, Princess or anything of the sort bike. Which, unfortunately, doesn’t leave a whole lot of options. Especially when you’re shopping in the under $100 range (yes, I found those gorgeous $200 Trek bikes. She’s 3. I couldn’t do it). Bike-wise, it left us with blue or purple. The blue bike had a pink floral seat, pink handle bars and pink pedals. Best I could do. I’m sure she’ll be disappointed. But isn’t it best to learn this lesson early on?

I honor of our blue/pink/best I could do bike, here’s an article on helping your budding bike riders learn to ride a two-wheeler. Click HERE to read. And another HERE

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I’ve Missed You

Sorry for the month-long lack or posts or mommy love. I haven’t forgotten about you. In fact, I’ve missed you. But, as I’m sure you are all TOO well aware of, life gets in the way sometimes. Complicated life. Life that can be a little mean and play a cruel joke.

Image from HERE.

I’m a big girl. I had my temper tantrum. I cried. I boo hooed the unfairness of life. Then I picked myself up and dusted myself off. After all, it wasn’t just about me. I had a daughter who needs me. I have a loving and supportive husband. Both of whom love me no matter what.

So, I’m back. Refreshed and looking forward to blazing a mommy trail in this world. Sharing what I know (which isn’t all that much!) and passing along important information from those who know much better than me.

By the way, Momsense is sharing a TON of information via our Facebook page and Twitter page. Don’t miss out on great information, ideas and advice we’re sharing in short clips and links.

Thanks again lovely moms! Talk to you soon.

PS: working on another fab giveaway 🙂


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