Lovin’ Spring Break and Links

Spring Break is pretty cool this year – it lasts for more than a week. The different holidays spread out this year so it makes the holiday a little longer than usual.  I’m not complaining!

We’ve been catching up with friends and family all week.  Of course it’s also a time to reflect on family and life during the holiday.  On top of that we’ve been trying to take care of things that need doing around the house.  Vacations like this end up being busy.  But it’s been good and it will be a bit sad to see out oldest and my wife head back to school.  Only a few more months until the Summer though!

I hope your holiday (be it Passover or Easter) has been great!

Here are some great articles to check out:

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Is There Anything Wrong With Painting A Boy’s Toenails Pink?

I heard about a recent brouhaha over a J Crew ad that come out in which a designer has painted her young son’s toenails pink.  In the ad, designer Jenna Lyons says “Lucky for me I ended up with a baby whose favorite color is pink.  Toenail painting is way more fun in neon.”

Over at Fox News, Dr. Keith Ablow criticized the designer’s decision to paint her son’s toes pink  Dr. Ablow claims in his criticism “This is a dramatic example of the way that our culture is being encouraged to abandon all trappings of gender identity—homogenizing males and females when the outcome of such ‘psychological sterilization’ [my word choice] is not known.”
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Sesame Street and Teaching Kids About Money – For Me, For You, For Later

Who doesn’t like Sesame Street? I grew up watching it and now I watch it with my kids (the little one loves singing Elmo’s World).  Not only is it fun to watch, but they do a great job of teaching children as well.

Sesame Street has teamed up with PNC Bank to produce For Me, For You, For Later – First Steps to Spending. Sharing, and Saving™.

The site, part of the SesameStreet.org website, provides instructional materials to help teach children about money and saving.  In it you will find videos, songs, and printable materials.

Children may not always get a formal education in money and saving but what they do get is the example we set as parents.  The materials in For Me, For You, For Later help parents talk to their children about the basics of money.
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Mentioned in The Consumerist and Links

Exciting times here at Parenting Family Money. So we were out all day at a family event yesterday.  Later in the evening I check in on the site to do some work (like this here roundup) and what do I find?  The Consumerist mentioned my housecleaning service article. Give it a look: Deciding Whether A House Cleaning Service Is Worth It Give it a look.

Awesome stuff!  I’ve had this site since June of ’09 but really haven’t worked hard on it until March of this year.  It’s great to get a notice like The Consumerist on this young site. [Read more…]

Theoretically a Toddler Can Get Her Hand Stuck In a Baby Wipes Box

So, I think theoretically, a toddler, say around 21 months or so, can get their hand stuck in a box of baby wipes.

I say theoretically because that would never happen around here…

But, say a toddler were playing with a box of wipes.  And say the child was sticking her hand in the top pulling out wipes, you know, to clean dolls and such.  By my calculations, a child could stick their hand in up to the wrist and not be able to pull it out.

You would find out about this because you would hear the child start to get irritated and panic behind you (like if you were at a desk and the child were a few feet away playing, I’m just saying).
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When Does Being Sick End and Links

It’s been a rough season for us. We’ve been in a wicked cycle of viruses that go through the kids, then it hits me, then the kids get sick from some other virus.  There’s really nothing more helpless than a child that’s sick, especially when they are young and can’t really understand what’s going on or tell you what’s bothering them.

I hope as the weather gets warmer, the viruses disappear.  It’s getting ridiculous. [Read more…]