A toddler in Ontario, Canada was suspended for three days because she snuck a cheese sandwich into her daycare. Her father says that he had no idea that she had food with her, but her teacher spotted it right away and she was handed a suspension slip for three days. The school has a strict “no outside food” policy to protect workers and children who have food allergies. Is this fair?
The policy is definitely fair. Food allergies are no joke, and I unfortunately have first-hand experience as a parent of kids who need to avoid certain types of food for health reasons. My second son was diagnosed with a peanut allergy when he was 4 years old, and thus our allergy education began. My third child has celiac disease, which isn’t an allergy, but it does require a specific, special diet, and if she strays from it, it can make her really sick. Finally, my fourth child has several food allergies — milk, eggs, peanuts and tree nuts.
Nobody in my family has suffered a severe reaction, but I do carry Epi Pens for the two with allergies, just in case. That’s a situation I never want to find myself in. I’ve noticed that daycares, preschools and regular schools around here haven’t really caught on to the food allergy thing, but epinephrine is now routinely stocked at schools and can be administered in case of emergency here, which is awesome. I’d love it if I had the opportunity to send one of my children with food allergies to a facility that was aware of the dangers of outside food.
However, I feel that an automatic three-day suspension is excessive. Notifying the parent for the first infraction is crucial, but booting the kiddo out of daycare shouldn’t be the first step. A written warning should suffice that indicates that a suspension would take place if it happened again.
Regardless, I’m sure her dad will check her pockets, bag and hands more carefully the next time he drops her off.
Barbie may be over 50 years old but she continues to be a top gift pick for girls as young as 3 years old. However, some moms don’t let their kids play with them, citing her unrealistic and impossible proportions as a bad influence on their children’s body image. However, one designer seeks to create and mass produce a more realistic “Barbie” doll. Would you be inclined to purchase a Lammily?
Nickolay Lamm is the designer behind the Lammily, a doll with more realistic proportions than her flashy counterpart. Not only is she shaped more like the average woman, but she has articulated wrists, knees, elbows and feet. Having a jointed doll will allow for more realistic play than a traditional Barbie doll is able to offer, which makes them more like an action figure than a fashion doll.
I think it’s great. I don’t have a huge problem with Barbie dolls myself, but I love how the Lammily can be played with more realistically. My 4-year-old likes the few Barbies she has well enough, but she mostly strips them naked and then puts more clothes on. They don’t really “do” anything, which I suspect is the premise behind the concept of a fashion doll — after all, children enjoy dressing (and undressing) things. But how awesome is it to have a doll you can not only dress up but have fight dragons, play soccer and climb the sail of a pirate ship? My girl would love all of these things.
And I think having a toy with a more realistic body image to share with our kids is always a good thing. They are bombarded enough with media that isn’t always body positive, so this is a step in the right direction.
Lamm has established a crowdfunding campaign to back his project, and you can learn more about Lammily and get in on the action to help this doll become a reality.
You go to jail, you lose your rights, correct? A Wisconsin mom found out that her baby’s rights were lost as well when she wasn’t allowed to use a breast pump during a week-long incarceration.
Britney Weber was jailed for seven days due to two contempt of court charges that were related to traffic cases. Her baby girl was three weeks old at the time and she was not allowed to use a breast pump to maintain her milk supply. Her baby is now having trouble tolerating the formula she is being given, and Weber is upset.
Understandably so. Weber says that the staff was unconcerned with her plight other than stating that using a breast pump was prohibited, and she also wasn’t allowed to take prescribed iron supplements during her stay.
While I understand that having room to store expressed breast milk is a legitimate concern for the institution, she should have been allowed to pump and dump to attempt to maintain her supply. If she didn’t have a breast pump, they could have consulted with a local lactation consultant or their WIC office — they often offer manual pumps to moms.
Yes, being jailed is a punishment, but her baby is now suffering as a result of their decision. I hope that this mother gets information on relactation, because it can be done. Not allowing Weber to pump and not allowing her to take her iron pills just isn’t right. I know that jail staff have busy jobs, but perhaps this incident will lead to policy change not only at this location, but jails and prisons everywhere.