July 2010

Ban on BPA in Baby Products a Small Step Toward Human Health

The banning of bisphenol A (BPA) in one single state is not a whole lot to celebrate. The optimist in me wants to say, “Yay! If California can do it, the rest of us can, too!” Unfortunately, I am feeling much more pragmatic today, and given the fact that California has routinely passed laws that support the environment, health, children’s issues, and plenty of other things I care about over the past couple of decades (at least) that my state still has yet to even give a damn about, I’m not going to hold my breath.

And the chemical is still being allowed to be manufactured. The ban, recently passed by the California House of Representatives, is part of the Toxic-Free Babies and Toddlers Act—which, as you might guess, means that the chemical is only being banned from materials meant for people ages three and under.

Ghostbusting 101 for Parents

Little SaraJean (Okay, that’s not her name, but I don’t like to use her name in my articles!) has recently become very, very obsessed with ghosts. I think the main reason is because her dad has her hooked on Scooby Doo, which is full of creepy creatures—and even though they are unmasked at the end of each episode, their frightening images are still left in the minds of kiddos who watch them.

Recently at our art class, I overheard some mothers discussing how they couldn’t believe their children had nightmares. “What on earth could they have nightmares about?” demanded one mother, and another promptly agreed.