7 Reasons Your Son Should(not) Play Football

As a result of this post, I will be attending an NFL Health and Safety Event next week. If you have certain concerns, questions you’d like answered, please comment! I can’t wait to share what I learn!

I am so torn on whether or not my son should play football! (Believe it or not, his dad is too!)  Here are some reasons why he should(not) play …

  1.  NFL coaches wouldn’t even let their sons play. “I was able to ask two NFL head coaches if they would let their sons play football. Both said no. They cited the speed of the game and the elevation of serious injuries…”  via Should My Kid Play Football? A Sports Reporter and Mom Weighs In
  2. But it’s a ‘passage to manhood’ thing. “There are .. players who are trying to prove something to themselves. They are trying to prove they are not afraid… ” via Why You Should Let Your Son Play Football
  3. It’s too dangerous, barbaric, and the head traumas are harmful.    Is Football Too Dangerous
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Needed: More Attention to Boys’ Development

I totally appreciate and agree with this article as we’re dealing with some similar issues now. I recommend reading it.

NY Times: By Perri Klass M.D. boys development

When you learn how to examine the female reproductive system in medical school, you generally work with a professional surrogate patient, and there is often a humiliating moment when you try to palpate the ovaries only to be told, in no uncertain terms, that you are way off-target. At such a moment, the male reproductive system seems quite simple and accessible.

Yet simple it is not. Recent research suggests that we should be paying closer attention to male development, not just to help boys understand and care for a particularly sensitive and vulnerable part of their anatomy — but also to help answer larger questions about what is happening to boys and their growth.
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3 Reasons to Workout with the Wiggles

I made a New Year’s resolution to workout and lose weight (really original, right? 🙂 )… but one of my challenges is scheduling my workouts. So, I’ve started working out with the Wiggles show which works because … 

1) it’s got a lot of cardio moves – look at the amount of kicks and jumps in this video!
2) my kids love the show and the dancing anyway; hopefully it will tire them out as much as it tires me out.
3) it’s a free workout! (I always love free) No gym membership required!

I could probably do the same with the Fresh Beat Band – but those moves are too complicated for me :-).

3 Reasons Suction … Sucks!

Ooohh! I can’t stand seeing a child with a runny nose and snot just oozing down his face and clumping up on his top lip. And it gets worse when he takes the back of his hand wipes it across his cheek leaving a streak of yellow snot glue – or he sticks his tongue out and snatches it into his mouth like a frog catching a fly. YUCK!!  

If he’s two and under, he can’t help it.  That’s when you know it may be time for the dreaded task of suction. You may disagree, but I think suction is almost worse than changing a poopy. Let me tell you why …
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Merry Christmas 2012!!

Merry Christmas! 

Hubby made breakfast, the boys are already fighting over gifts, the Disney parade’s got us feigning for a trip … it’s Christmas 🙂 ! Thankful for it all!

christmas tree

Santa’s Been Busted

If you’ve been following me at all, you know I have not been touting the mystical figure of Santa Claus to my kids. But they’ve been talking to their friends and watching television (I think their teachers are even talking about Santa) so they are catching on.

Santa Claus

Santa Claus (Photo credit: Christopher S. Penn)

This morning, I was wrapping some gifts to be shipped to my parents, and my three-year-old ‘caught’ me.  He surveyed the gift wrapping paper, bows, and boxes and decided, “Mommy is Santa Claus!”

I’m not going to lie. I smiled and nodded. “That’s right son.”

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