Back-to-school shopping is an annual wallet-draining ritual, but this year, you won’t have to give up appendages to get your kids everything they need for class. Or at least not as many. The National Retail Federation is expecting an 8% drop in spending this shopping season, the worst in more than a decade. As a… Read more »
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Two summers ago, product recalls made big headlines when numerous plastic toys manufactured in China were found to contain dangerous concentrations of lead paint. It was an eye-opening event for American consumers, yet it can still be challenging to find recalls that haven’t made the news, according to Jennifer Toney, founder of WeMakeItSafer.com. That’s something… Read more »
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We’re coming up on the fourth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina (prepare for the media onslaught!), you might recall that New Orleans revealed just how ill-prepared the government was to handle a disaster on any scale. But it also raises the question: how prepared are you in the case of a natural disaster? Ready America, a… Read more »
In 2008, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) reported that four out of five sunscreen products provided dangerously low levels of protection. The biggest issue, according to dermatologists, is the SPF rating system, which lacks any scientific standard. From the 1,000 products reviewed, a mere 143 brands were recommended. Most of these were less popular because… Read more »
NYTimes reviews three phones for young texters. Like, really young. When parents should butt into kid’s battles. Everything I know about parenting I learned from Harry Potter. (Half-Blood Prince spoiler warning!) New hurricane in town? Meet tropical storm Dave. Pilots are trying to save the lives of 5,000 unwanted pets.
In the ’90s, airbags were scrutinized as some publicly questioned if they caused more harm than they were worth. Today, it’s widely accepted that airbags do generally make drivers and their passengers safer — the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates they saved 25,782 lives between 1987 and 2008 — but even with… Read more »
There’s growing concern that swine flu (a.k.a. H1N1) could return with a vengeance this fall, and drug companies are scrambling to prepare a vaccine. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) claims there will ultimately be enough vaccine for everyone who wants it, although if initial shortages exist, pregnant women, children under 6 months, health care… Read more »
The animal kingdom is full of amazing creatures and surprising features. But little did you know that nature also has its fair share of lies and scandal! We’re here to dispel the most egregious animal myths. 1. Bears are slow-moving creatures Maybe at Jellystone National Park that’s the case, but everywhere else, it’s an entirely… Read more »
There’s a new website called Oh Crap, My Parents Joined Facebook that catalogs embarrassing messages and posts from parents who don’t quite “get” social networking. The site pays tribute to the new but frequent phenomenon of kids feeling like their privacy is invaded when parents send them a friend request. It’s an understandable sentiment. When… Read more »