Are you a mommy? Got a brain? Then you might find these links interesting. Welcome to another Mommy Brain Monday!
Breaking News: No Red Bull for Babies! I'll admit it: I'm a drink nazi. As far as I'm concerned, all men, women, and ESPECIALLY children should drink waterwaterwater, plus a maximum of 4 ounces of juice per day. I think sports drinks are the equivalent of glorified Kool-aid, unless you're an actual ATHLETE. So the thought of children drinking energy drinks distresses me. And also confuses me, because I can't figure out what insane parent would give their kid a freaking Red Bull. I mean, seriously, I know a loooooot of parents, and none of them have ever said to me, "You know, little Johnny is just too calm. I think I'll give him a 5 Hour Energy, so he'll run around like a maniac, and neither us will sleep for the next 48 hours." But apparently it is a problem, especially with the preteen and teen set, so the American Academy of Pediatrics has published an article addressing kids drinking energy drinks and sports drinks (like Gatorade.) Read the abstract, and if you want more detail, click on the link to "full text."
Thank You, and Get Real. Regular readers know that I have a love/hate relationship with babble.com. This week's example is a nifty little slideshow called "Food for Toddlers in Daycare". OK, I'm down--I'm always looking for nifty ideas for the girls' lunchboxes. So, I really love the Peanut Butter Strawberry Wrap (replaces strawberry jelly with strawberry slices--I think they'd be cool with that.) But: Funtastic Party Sandwiches? Really? Let me tell you, a Funtastic Party Sandwich is an elaborately prepared rocket ship shaped sandwich with garnishes, painstakingly arranged on the plate. Soooooo, do you stay at the daycare until snacktime and then whip it up? **eyes rolling** THANKS AGAIN, BABBLE!
Anyhoo, the slideshow does have some interesting lunchbox snack ideas, some other ideas that are great but would work better at home for snacktime, and a few that will make you roll your eyes and laugh. Enjoy!
Nipple Etiquette. "Dear Prudie" on Slate is kind of like a modern, online "Dear Abby." The best part is that because the column is online, and on Slate, the "Comments" section is as entertaining and fun to read as the actual column. This "Nipple Etiquette" column is an older, but thoroughly entertaining "Dear Prudie" that I missed when it was originally published, but completely enjoyed earlier this week, largely because the first letter is about the issue of whether or not it is rude to wear clothing that your nipples knowingly might show through. Love it. I absolutely love in-depth discussions about completely unimportant and trivial "issues" (like NIPPLE ETIQUETTE, for example.) Hope you enjoy as much as I did.
"Even Our Amish Will Fight You"