Step2 in conjunction with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada has voluntarily recalled the Whisper Ride Touring Wagon. This wagon was exclusively sold at Toys R Us stores nationwide and online at ToysRUs.com from February 2013 to August 2013 for about $130. The two-seat wagon is 25-inches wide by 41.25-inches long by 20-inches high with blue seats, a tan wagon base and a red canopy. The Step2 logo appears on the canopy and on the side of the wagon base. The removable blue seat backs of the Whisper Ride Touring Wagon can detach and allow the child in the wagon to fall out, posing a fall hazard.
Consumers should immediately stop using the wagon and inspect it to determine if the seat belt is attached to the removable blue seat back. Consumers with the recalled wagons should contact Step2 toll-free at (866) 860-1887 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit the Step2’s website at http://www.step2.com/recall/ for more information.
13-year-old Keith Orr was never the most popular kid in his grade, but ever since his teammates designed a play for him to score a touchdown,he’s been the MVP.
Keith has a learning disability and struggles with boundaries; however, he embraces all of his peers with love and care. In order to help him learn about teamwork, his parents signed him up to join the football team – who knew he would make such an impact in the lives of his fellow teammates.
The coaches and fans knew nothing of the generous act of kindness that was going to occur during the football game on October 5th. The first of the two plays got the team as close to the goal line as possible without scoring. Then, during the next play, Keith was handed the ball and a rush of players ran with him across the goal line.
Keith described scoring his first touchdown as “awesome.” This Thoughtful Thursday is dedicated to the Olivet Eagles for showcasing teamwork.
There comes a time when mother and daughter—or mother and daughter-in-law—will form an exciting new relationship. And that time begins at the precise moment a new grandchild is born. Suddenly, the “mom” becomes the “grandma”…and the “daughter” becomes the “mom.” Do you see where I’m going with this?
Truth of the matter is, roles change—and with that comes a whole new set of rules.
For me, it began when my middle daughter started having her babies (note: she now has three beautiful little creatures). It suddenly dawned on me that she had developed her very own way of doing things. For instance, she insisted the baby did not need an extra blanket. The baby could certainly go outdoors without a hat. And the baby had to sleep on its back. NO EXCEPTIONS.
My first grandchild…sleeping on his back
But back in my day (can you just hear me saying that?!), the baby always was kept extra warm. The baby always wore some type of head covering outside. And the baby always, always, always slept on its stomach. NO EXCEPTIONS.
My first child…sleeping on her tummy
I have to admit, though, today things are quite different indeed for new moms. First off, strict rules are pretty much out the window (i.e., let the baby “tell” you what it needs.) Dr. Spock’s Baby and Child Care (my generation’s beloved, trusty, go-to manual on parenting written by a world-renowned pediatrician) has been replaced by books with such titles as Secrets of the Baby Whisperer and Bringing Up Bébé. And everything, everything!, it seems, has to be organic—from baby’s sheets to baby’s shampoo. Sheesh.
My point is, times change. Accepted parenting practices change. And we “old folks” need to change with them. (Didn’t our own moms have different ways of raising us?) We shouldn’t be stubborn or confrontational. We shouldn’t take it personally as an affront to our own choices. And although we don’t have to necessarily think we’re suddenly hip, we do need to respect the new mom’s way of doing things.
The truth is, her way isn’t wrong. It just may be a little different than ours. But in the end, it’s all done with the greatest of all loves: a mother’s love. And how can you argue with that?
Author and her first child on the day she was born in February 1979
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