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Archive for January 2009

For at least the two months of my son’s life, his screaming would drive me nuts. My blood pressure would shoot through the roof, my heart would pound, I’d have the overwhelming urge to run far away, and the Hulk had nothing on the rage I felt toward my little bundle of frustration. His screams, attributable to nothing I could conceive other than possibly tired (not hungry, not uncomfortable, not sick), were like an endlessly ringing phone with a really annoying ring tone.

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Catie OBrien

Catie O'Brien

A parent should never have to watch their child die, but that’s exactly what has happened to Christine and Kevin O’Brien.


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Money Savvy Piggy Bank

Money Savvy Piggy Bank

There are countless magazine articles, self-help videos, and sites on the internet offering advice for how to save money for your children’s future. Educational savings accounts and the like can be helpful and are important topics that someone more knowledgeable than I can cover. The most important things, though, are simple and should precede and guide more complicated decisions. They are especially relevant in these times of economic uncertainty. Following these basic tips will help you save for your children’s future and teach them good habits by example at the same time.

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I’d like to keep the political content of the Amazing Pudding as low as possible, but I thought this video from the Bush girls to their father was well worth sharing. As an author at Dad-o-Matic put it, “At the end of the day, like him or not, even the President of the United States of America is still just a dad”.

Is there any human-produced sound as wonderful as a child’s giggle?

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I’ve known for a while that there’s a correlation between the direction of hair whorling and handedness, i.e., that clockwise whorls are nearly perfectly indicative of being right-handed and counter-clockwise whorls are indicative of left-handedness or ambidexterity in about 50% of cases. Having noticed my son showing some preference for his left hand, such as for sucking his thumb, I was curious to note which direction his whorl goes. Imagine my surprise when I saw that DS has two whorls – one going each direction!

If clockwise means righty and counter-clockwise means lefty or ambidextrous, what does a pair of whorls mean?

Two whorls?!

Anyone know what, if anything, this might be correlated with? Ambidexterity? I did a quick search at Scopus, but I didn’t find much. Counterclockwise whorls are rare, occuring in about 5% of people, and multiple whorls are even rarer. Apparently, that also means research on their significance is also rare. 😦

Pointers to sound research on this would be appreciated. My curiosity is definitely piqued. 🙂

I’ve been a parent for nearly five months now, and I’m still baffled as to why kids fight so hard against sleep. It’s usually really obvious when they need to nap. They’re cranky, lethargic, uninterested in playing, and rubbing their eyes. Obviously, kids of toddler age and older can willfully disobey or resist their parents, but what about infants? Why do so many kids cry and scream when put down for a nap? It’s clear from their behavior that they need naps, and they are happy and refreshed upon awaking, so why fight? By some kids’ tantrums, you’d swear sleep is life-threatening. 

Any ideas?

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I can't keep up with blogroll maintenance any more so I've given up. Instead, below you'll find shared links from Google Reader and Delicious. If you read enough of them you should be able to figure out most of the parenting sites I frequent.

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