Archive for January, 2011

30
Jan
11

Fast Food Crazy

I cannot for the life of me understand why people who have access to nutritional information still eat at Fast Food restaurants.  I’m not talking about people for whom this is the most affordable option for dining-out or people who choose to eat at one fo these places a few times a year.  The people who baffle me are the ones who know that books like “Fast Food Nation” or movies like “Supersize Me” exist, and yet they choose to remain in the dark about what it is they are putting into their bodies.  I really can’t complain if they know and continue to eat it.  Free will is a great and powerful thing.  But to CHOOSE not to know.  Or to know and not care, like those who are reading about this Taco Bell lawsuit and commenting that they don’t care if it’s meat because it’s delicious.  How can you not CARE?  It’s unfathomable.  To not be interested in what your putting into your body and how it effects your health makes absolutely no sense to me.

29
Jan
11

The Kindle Debate

A debate with a friend over whether or not I should buy a Kindle sparked a deeply philosophical discussion over the necessity for one.  Up until now, my objections were mostly tactile, but the more I think about, the more this question bothers me: Do I really NEED a Kindle? 

I am beginning to feel as though technology is complicating our lives in a way that is unnecessary and unnerving.  What happens when every book is available on an electronic device or on the internet?  Will we begin to close libraries?  What will we do with all the books?  Will there be arguments made about their storage?  Their usefulness?  Their destruction?  Will it turn into another way to keep the poor uneducated, with no libraries and no money to access technology?

Granted, I’m going a  little COnspiracy Theory here, but how is all of this technology actually BENEFITTING us as human beings, if at all?  Aren’t these things supposed to be “connecting” us to each other?  Then why are we all in our separate homes having coffee at our separate computers “talking” to each other through status updates and blog posts?  I don’t think I can contribute to that any more than I already do.  Plus, the mingled smell of coffee and printed paper still makes me swoon.

18
Jan
11

Arizona

I haven’t posted about the Arizona shootings because I wasn’t quite sure what to say.  I have been grately affected emotionally by the tragedy, and considering I don’t personally know anyone involved, I’ve been trying to figure out WHY it bothered me so very much.

Blaming Sarah Palin seems easy, and as much as I dislike her, I don’t really think that she can be blamed.  Her Crosshairs ad was certainly inflamatory, and many commented about the wording and the visual image.  It does SEEM to promotre violence against members of the government, but more importantly, it makes a pretty strong statement about the nature of politics in America.  “Eliminate the competition” seems to be the accepted solution to political tumoil for the Republican party.

Maybe this guy was influenced by extremist rhetoric.  He was certainly insane.  But we have to take a good look at the media and the extreme way politicians communicate when a mass shooting happens in Arizona and the general response is, “Well, something like this was bound to happen sooner or later”.  Is that really where we are right now?  Are we seriously at a place where we can’t blame an insane man for being crazy because the outside influences are so extremist and violent that it’s possible he might have been influenced by a game, a TV ad, a movie….  Is this the world we want to accept – a violent. extremist, society in which this very thing can happens and we shrug our shoulders and keep our heads down?

14
Jan
11

Active Parenting

One of the reasons why some of my friends have respect for me a s a parent is because I spend so much time doing things with my kids.  I don’t mean I spend time with them.  ALL of my friends, mostly stay-at-home moms, spend nearly all of their time with their families.  My friends who work, and I hope to be among them again one day, spend all of their non-working time with their kids.  But not all of them are DOING things with them.

My daughter and I sing songs every day.  She’s still a baby, so we mostly focus on the basics.  She rocks the Alphabet.  My son gets Circle Time almost daily.  There’s the calendar, the money count, books relevant to what he’s currently interested in, pre-reading games, geography, and a variety of other activities.  We do arts and crafts, science experiments, and play extended games of hide and seek.  In addition to that, we stay current with what’s going on for cheap or  free, or (thanks to my awesome parents) with a membership to the Zoo.  Every Saturday we have some sort of activity – community days, walks in the park,  a LONG drive to the National Museums to see dinosaurs, air planes, moon landers (all on separate trips, mind you!), etc…  We plan things together as a family  based on what my son wants to learn about, and we try to make sure his sister is as included as a young toddler can be.

I believe strongly that active parenting must be ACTIVE.  The relationships we build with our children from such a young age determine our relationships with them for the rest of our lives.  Their father and I chose this path because we wanted to be included in their learning process and we wanted it to be only natural to want to spend a day in the park instead of an afternoon watching ___________ (insert sport, TV show, movie here).  The only way to foster that is to model it.  I don’t understand what that’s not evident to most of the parents I know.  We’re well aware to watch our language around the baby because we’re modeling speech.  Why aren’t we also aware to model active lifestyles around young children because we’re modeling LIFE?

07
Jan
11

Autism and Vaccines

A few of my friends are currently engaged in a discussion about the causes of Autism.  Their focus is on a study of the MMR Vaccine in which the scientist was completely unethical.  Though I agree that THIS study doesn’t exactly support the claim that vaccines cause autism, I don’t think it completely discounts it, either.

I chose have the vaccine separated (when that was an option) with my son, and I’ve chosen to delay it with my daughter because she’s small for her age and there is no separated vaccine available.  I’m not avoiding it completely, but I don’t feel I can simply ignore the idea that vaccines may have been a trigger for Autism in the past.  I’m sure that if it were a trigger, drug companies have changed the formula at this point, so what may have been a trigger 10 years ago may not be one today.

The fact is, though research has advanced, I don’t think there has been enough discovered to completely rule out vaccines as a trigger, if not a cause.  I definitely think that many of the diseases children are vaccinated against are worse than Autism, but I also think that parents should read as much research as possible and make decisions about what they feel is best for their children.




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