Parenting Wizardry, Texting, and Butting In

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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.

Question of the Week: Swine Flu – To Vaccinate or Not To Vaccinate?

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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 »

Pet friendly rides, Hurricane Tracking, and Health Care

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10 safest rides for your pet pal. Don’t mess with Hurricane Bill—keeping tabs on the latest storm. Who’s afraid of swine flu? Not America. Flint, MI septuagenarian running strong. Common ground remaining elusive for proposed health care reforms.

Triathlons, Flying Pets, and Where the Beef Went

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Are triathlons safe? Relatively, but preparation is key. Flying with your pet just got cheaper. Officials remain cautious, even as Swine Flu cases fall. Red Cross offers trinity of hurricane readiness tips. Fresno CA beef plant sees hundreds of tons recalled.

How to Say No, Naked Babies, and Harry "Alcoholic" Potter

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Got preschoolers? Simple Mom has tips to make the most out of your staycation. Say “no” to your kids, without saying “no.” Is it okay to breastfeed in public? What about naked babies? Great discussion on the subject at the Washington Post‘s On Parenting blog. American Red Cross to offer Pet First Aid Training. The… Read more »