Usually, I don’t like to copy/paste reasons for doing anything from a manufacturer. However, these reasons just...
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It’s almost always a good idea to shop used, especially for kid stuff, since they grow out of it so quickly. However,...
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Of course I’m listening! What did you say?

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Award winning author,educator and Singledad.com contributor, Annie Fox, gives single parent families advice on parent-teen communication. Read the original post:  Of course I’m listening! What did you say?

Review: My Tool Box by WJ Fantasy

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Eric Cooper
Oh, who didn’t have a kid’s toolbox growing up? Then you could walk around and be just like dad (or mom). Who didn’t? I didn’t. Not for lack of wanting one, mind you, but because Santa thought I’d rather have some other little doodad. I’m sure I enjoyed whatever was in the toolboxes place, but that didn’t stop me from wanting a kid toolbox of my own. So, instead, many, many years later, I get to review one. WJ Fantasy created a Grade-A toolbox for youngsters. Inside a sturdy cardboard toolbox with wooden carrying handle are a hammer, a screwdriver, a saw, some pliers, tool belt, and 4 books (one for each tool). Pros: Durable construction of toolbox, tools, board books, and...

Review: Felt Tales by Babalu

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Eric Cooper
“Felt? What kid wants to play with felt?” was my initial reaction. And I stood by it – what kind of gift is the gift of felt? But, importantly, I kept an open mind and I played with the kids and 3 of the Felt Tales boards: Busy Day on the Farm, Heroes to the Rescue (Fire and Police officers), and Pirates at Shipwreck Cove. I have to admit, it’s rather fun. In fact, in an age of colorful, everything-is-moving-quickly, electronic toys, the Felt Tales were a breath of fresh air. Interestingly enough, my kids taught me a lesson about them, as well: if you have 3 boards and many characters and objects – why not mix and match? A police woman could be on a pirate ship that houses animals....

Have a beer, save a life from prostate cancer

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Paul Banas
Happy to help on this awareness campaign. All it takes is to just to remember to ask for the PSA test to be added to your blood workup next time you’re in for a physical. It’s no big deal. Pints for Prostates is a grassroots effort to reach men with a critical message about prostate cancer screening using the universal language of beer. Started by prostate cancer survivor and drinks journalist Rick Lyke, the goal of the program is to communicate with men in a friendly and non-threatening way about the need for regular prostate health screenings and PSA testing. Recent studies have shown that PSA screening does a great job of discovering prostate cancer but doesn’t translate into...

New Homedics Restore Water Purifier and Sanitizer is a good tool if you live in an area with a potentially unsafe water supply

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Paul Banas
We recently tried the Homedics Restore Water Purifier and Sanitizer. Based on the included documentation, it’s a good choice if you have concerns about the cleanliness of the water in your area. At the same time, we found there was no discernible taste difference between water purified by the Biomedics model versus our old fashioned Brita filter. The Homedics “machine” is a new water filter on the market and provides both Brita-style filtering of water as well as ultraviolet light sanitization. The Homedics unit is proven to kill 99.9999% of bacteria, 99.99% of viruses and 99.95% of microbial cysts every time with a special UV bulb that will always deliver the required kill...

Help for helpless dads (and moms) with no support system, but lots of cash

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Paul Banas
Finally someone has come up with the ultimate service for new parents who have no time, no clue, but lots of coin. Gifted At Birth (giftedatbirth.com) sends you everything you need to take care of baby every week, for three months after the baby is born. They’ll even help you choose the right items for your lifestyle (green, idiot-proof….). All this for the low low starter price of only $124. If you live in Manhattan, a postpartum doula wiil come to you to explain how everything works, including the baby. Outside the diamond-studded boundaries of NYC, however, it will be a burly UPS guy who won’t have a clue. You have to admire the moxie of a company that can make the promise...

How to take a great holiday photo of your kids or baby

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Paul Banas
Christmas (ugh!) will be here before you know it, so let me be the first to suggest taking that photo this weekend instead of waiting until late November. Our budget doesn’t allow a pro photographer this year and I like to think of myself as pretty handy with a camera. I know at least I can take a picture as well as the photo guy at the department store. With new digital cameras that take 100s of photos for free, there’s no reason most people can’t do this as well. My wife always loves the finished product, but she always laughs at me for two things: my equipment and my setup. First, she thinks it’s amazing that I bother with a tripod and also that I clean my lens obsessively...

Monkey Bar Buddies helps little girls stay little kids on the playground

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Paul Banas
I met Gina Wismiller at the ABC Kids Show a few weeks ago and I liked her product because it resonates with the situation in our house. My daughter is nine years old and still plays around like a kid. She likes to wear dresses, but like any kid, she wants to be ready to take advantage of any climbing/jumping/tumbling activity. However, when she’s wearing a dress or skirt, that’s not possible. Therefore, she’s quit wearing the skirts and dresses in the closet, much to the disappointment of my wife who spent money and time finding them for her. Enter the Monkey Bar Buddies, a kind of over the underwear short that girls can wear under their skirt. Part of the magic is in the name...

New risks of texting while with baby

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Paul Banas
Another excellent article by Jane Brody of the New York Times on the importance of talking and communicating with your baby, including looking him or her straight in the eye. Prior generations didn’t have distractions like iPhones and Blackberries and parents talked to their kids. Now, we have to avoid the temptation to text, and talk instead. Ms. Jacoby’s general advice to parents: “Reward your little one’s communicative attempts with your heightened attention to his/her conversation. Be prepared to put down your cellphone and look them squarely in the eye as they share their thoughts with you.” Communication begins as soon as a baby is born. The way you touch, hold, look at and...

Child too sick for school? Ask yourself these five questions before bringing a sick child to school.

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Paul Banas
The start of a new school year also brings the start of cold and flu season, exacerbated by slimy fingers touching everything in sight. If your child is sick, how do you know when it’s time to rearrange your schedule and keep him or her home from school. Every situation is different, but you can start by asking these five questions 1. Groggy and listless? If your usually happy camper doesn’t seem like himself and it’s hard to get smile, let alone a giggle, this is a good indicator that this isn’t a normal day. 2. Lack of appetite or thirst? If your child really wants to eat or drink nothing at all after a full night’s sleep, this isn’t normal and it’s...
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