Kids

April 8, 2013

Scholastic Storybook Treasures: Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears and the Valentines Collection

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Before I begin, let me be clear there is nothing eco-friendly about this product; however, they are sweet stories. Any product sent to me, I feel obligated to review.

Scholastic Storybook Treasures is a series of DVDs that are well done featuring great children's literature. Children can read along while the stories are narrated by famous people, such as James Earl Jones. They typically feature five stories and are recommended for children ages four to eight.

We were sent the following DVDs:
Why Mosquitoes Buzz in Peoples Ears and more African Folk Tales

WHY MOSQUITOES BUZZ IN PEOPLE'S EARS (Written by Verna Aardema, illustrated by Leo and Diane Dillon, narrated by James Earl Jones) A tall tale sets off a chain of mishaps through the jungle grapevine from Mosquito to Iguana to Python to Owl.

HOT HIPPO (Written by Bruce Hobson, illustrated by Adrienne Kennaway) Hippo promises not to eat Ngai's little fishes in exchange for being allowed to live in the cool water instead of on dry land.

NOT SO FAST SONGOLOLO (Written and illustrated by Niki Daly) In this warm and tender story, Malusi, a South African boy, spends a delightful day shopping in the city with his grandmother, Gogo.

THE VILLAGE OF ROUND AND SQUARE HOUSES (Written and illustrated by Ann Grifalconi) A young girl from the West African village of Tos movingly tells how the men came to live in square houses and the women in round ones.

WHO'S IN RABBIT'S HOUSE? (Written by Verna Aardema, illustrated by Leo and Diane Dillon, narrated by James Earl Jones) Adapted from a Masai folktale, a rabbit can't get into her house because a creature is hiding inside.

DVD Features: 5 stories plus read along

Supports: Cooperation, Friendship, Problem Solving


The Valentines Collection Featuring One Zillion Valentines
ONE ZILLION VALENTINES (Written and illustrated by Frank Modell) Two enterprising friends, Milton and Marvin, prove that valentines are for everyone.

A LETTER TO AMY (Written and illustrated by Ezra Jack Keats) The wind spoils Peter's attempt to mail a special invitation to his special friend Amy.

GOGGLES! (Written and illustrated by Ezra Jack Keats, narrated by Geoffrey Holder) Peter and his friend Archie call upon faithful dog Willie to outsmart a gang of tough bullies who want Peter's goggles.

WILFRID GORDON McDONALD PARTRIDGE (By Mem Fox, illustrated by Julie Vivas, narrated by Mem Fox) In this gentle, moving story about caring and sharing, a small boy helps a friend remember her past by sharing his own special items.

WILL I HAVE A FRIEND (Written by Miriam Cohen, illustrated by Lillian Hoban, narrated by David de Vries) On the first day of school Jim worries that he won't make any friends. Will he meet anyone who feels the same way?

DVD Features: 5 stories plus read along

Supports: Friendship; Sharing; New Experiences


Of course, it is always best to read to your child, but these DVDs are better than many movies and kids' shows, in my opinion. At least there is the option to read along, bringing some print awareness to the experience, and they feature great children's literature. Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears: A West African Tale has always been one of my favorites.

Disclosure: The products described above were sent to us as free samples. Prior assurances as to the nature of the reviews, whether positive or negative, were not given. No financial payments were accepted in exchange for the reviews. The reviews reflect our honest, authentic opinions.

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March 28, 2013

How to help that nighttime cough? Zarbee's All-Natural Children's Cough Syrup

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There is nothing worse than being up with a coughing child all night long.  Both parent and child are exhausted in the morning.

We've reviewed Zarbees All Natural Children's Cough Syrup before, now we were sent their new children's nighttime syrup. 

Zarbee's Children's Nightime Cough Syrup, Grape

Zarbee's nighttime formulas offer fast, soothing relief from coughs and irritated throats. With Zarbee's clinically proven all-natural ingredients you're sure to get a restful night's sleep. Made with natural melatonin, Zarbee's nighttime formula will safely and gently help your little ones get the rest they need so they can bounce back fast!

Pediatrician Developed & Recommended

  • Safe & effective for children 2 years+
  • Pediatrician recommended
  • Soothes sore throats
  • Immune boosting formula
  • Drug, Dye and Gluten-Free
  • Contains 0.5 mg melatonin
  • Available in Grape
Hopefully that little bit of melatonin lets your little one sleep easier while suffering from a cough.
 

Zarbee's is affordable (about $8).  Even though they make an adult formula, the kid's syrup works fine on adults too!

disclosure: The products described above were sent to us as free samples. Prior assurances as to the nature of the reviews, whether positive or negative, were not given. No financial payments were accepted in exchange for the reviews. The reviews reflect our honest, authentic opinions.

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March 26, 2013

AlternaVites Kids Quick Melting Multivitamin Crystals: What are those natural flavors?

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I am not a big proponent of multivitamins. We take them on occasion, but it is best to get your minerals and vitamins from natural foods. That being said, AlternaVites Kids offers an alternative to chewable or gummy vitamins with their kids quick melting multivitamin crystals.

The vitamin that is on the tip of every kid's tongue! Amazing Strawberry Bubble Gum Flavor Certified kosher pareve The coolest vitamin because it can be taken in so many ways! Sprinkle directly onto the tongue melts in your mouth Mix into smoothies, yogurts, puddings and shakes Lick off a spoon Sprinkle on top of fruit Get creative This incredibly versatile formula was made to fit easily into the way your family lives today so that there are no more excuses not to make vitamins!

It comes in two flavors, strawberry bubblegum and raspberry cotton candy, both of which make me shudder and search for artificial ingredients. The company states they contain no artificial flavors, colors, preservatives, or sweeteners; however, just listing "natural flavors" does not make me feel better. I want to know specifically what I am putting in my child's body.

I do, however, like that the powder formula makes it easy to put in a smoothie for kids that are reluctant to take vitamins, but a smoothie can be made with spinach, fruit, and lots of other goodies to make it vitamin rich without the addition of quick melting multivitamin crystals.

disclosure: The products described above were sent to us as free samples. Prior assurances as to the nature of the reviews, whether positive or negative, were not given. No financial payments were accepted in exchange for the reviews. The reviews reflect our honest, authentic opinions.

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March 25, 2013

Green Toys: Recycled Wooden Magnet Shapes of Babar

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We must be on a Babar theme for spring!

Enter any home with children, and chances are their refrigerator is covered in fun magnets.
Babar Wooden Magnetic Shapes have the added bonus they are made from recycled wood, nontoxic inks, and the packaging is made from 85% recycled paper.

Create all sorts of scenes with Mudpuppy Babar wooden magnetic sets.

Colorful wooden magnets show Babar, his family, friends, and other citizens enjoying life in Celesteville. Arrange the characters on the refrigerator or any metal surface. The full magnetic backing will hold even elephants firmly in position!

Based on the beloved Babar the Elephant books begun by Jean de Brunhoff in 1931 and continued by Laurent de Brunhoff.

These wooden magnets are truly delightful!!!!

disclosure: The products described above were sent to us as free samples. Prior assurances as to the nature of the reviews, whether positive or negative, were not given. No financial payments were accepted in exchange for the reviews. The reviews reflect our honest, authentic opinions.

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March 21, 2013

Optari Durable Totes and Accessories

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I have to admit, I am a little confused by the Optari products we were sent:


Apparently they are popular with tween celebrities, but they just remind me of Crocs. They are made of the same weird material, and the charm pop on just they way charms pop onto Crocs. Even the bottom of the tote looks like a shoe!
Our popular Sol Totes come in two sizes and lots of colors. Durable, waterproof, and easily cleanable, our customers use them for all sorts of things. Tote bag, beach or pool bag, gift bag, lunch tote, shower caddy, bathtub toy bag, diaper bag, etc., there are dozens of uses for a Sol Tote. Once you've chosen your tote, don't forget to customize it with our Fobbz and Mini Fobbz charm collections.

I couldn't find any information about what these Optari products, and I have always had my suspicions about Crocs. The Daily Green writes:
In the absence of direct response, I resorted to research. Their site says: "Think Crocs are made of rubber? Your friend is adamant they're plastic? You're both wrong. Crocs are made of PCCR, a closed-cell material that virtually eliminates odour. No one will clear a room with smelly feet if they are wearing a pair of Crocs. The material also discourages sweating, making Crocs even more comfortable." A quick Google reveals nothing, as PCCR is some sort of "proprietary" blend Crocs makes, likely a petroleum-derived foam. (Read Treehugger's take, or Debra Lynn Dadd's.

Croc knockoffs like the ones made by iPlay are made of EVA plastic, which is a lot better than the PVC/vinyl most jelly shoes are constructed from. I wasn't able to find any sort of study that said anything about plastics leaching via scraped bitty toes into bitty bodies.

Reviewers on Amazon say this is a great bag to take into the shower at the gym, and my daughter was immediately attracted to it and wanted it.

When PR companies approach me, I always tell them their products will be evaluated based on their eco-friendly properties. So companies identify these properties for me, some stretch and find a reason. I was told this product was eco-friendly because it is durable and not wasteful. Clearly, it is not a green product, but a gimmick to bring the Croc craze to handbags.

disclosure: The products described above were sent to us as free samples. Prior assurances as to the nature of the reviews, whether positive or negative, were not given. No financial payments were accepted in exchange for the reviews. The reviews reflect our honest, authentic opinions.

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BPA FREE: Super Cute Warm Traditions Lamb Hot Water Bottle

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I discovered the healing power hot water bottles after giving birth. I prefer the heat and energy a hot water bottle gives versus a heating pad, but the rubber bottle is not the most inviting material to place against your skin. Children especially shy from it, and wrapping them in towels can be a bit awkward.

Warm Traditions Lamb Hot Water Bottle combines the soothing comfort of hot water and a snuggly little lamb:

The Lamb Hot Water Bottle is really a two-in-one deal. It is a 3-Dimensional and cuddly lamb when not used as an amazing hot water bottle. The fluffy lamb is able to accommodate a 1 liter thermoplastic hot water bottle (that is included) and keep you warm for hours. Perfect for children, teens and adults of all ages!! Keeps you warm at night, helps stomach aches, cramps & muscle aches. Helps warm up cold hands and feet. Helps you de-stress after a long day. Use while camping or at an outdoor stadium. A natural alternative to a heating pad. Perfect to use for your cat and dog too! Made in Germany

The hot water bottle is BPA free thermoplastic for "extra long lasting heat". The bottle is made in Germany, and the little lamb cover is made in the USA. It does appear to be made of polyester though, which obviously is not natural.

I wish I would have had this product last week when my son had a bad stomachache. This little lamb would have been quite a comfort.

disclosure: The products described above were sent to us as free samples. Prior assurances as to the nature of the reviews, whether positive or negative, were not given. No financial payments were accepted in exchange for the reviews. The reviews reflect our honest, authentic opinions.

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March 20, 2013

Children's Classics: Babar

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This is another one of those posts that probably doesn't belong here, but I feel compelled when PR companies send me products to review them, whether they are really natural or not. These DVDS are not natural (what DVD is?), and they do not deal with environmental or natural living topics, but here goes...
Babar the Classic Series: Best Friends Forever

Based on the beloved children's books by Jean and Laurent de Brunhoff, this DVD Collection features four endearing tales that explore core family values including acceptance, honesty and patience.
Episodes
City Ways
Between Friends
Friendly Agreement
An Elephant's Best Friend

Bonus Features: 8-Page Coloring Book


Babar the Classic Series: School Days

Based on the beloved children's books by Jean and Laurent de Brunhoff, this DVD Collection features four endearing tales that explore core family values including acceptance, honesty and patience. Includes a bonus 8-Page Coloring Book.

Episodes Include:
School Days
Kings of the Castle
Every Basket Has a Silver Lining
Peer Pressure


I do love Babar!

disclosure: The products described above were sent to us as free samples. Prior assurances as to the nature of the reviews, whether positive or negative, were not given. No financial payments were accepted in exchange for the reviews. The reviews reflect our honest, authentic opinions.

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March 15, 2013

Really Natural Children's Books: Orangutans

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Eye on the Wild: Orangutan by Suzi Eszterhas is a beautifully photographed book that introduces children to the life of an orangutan. This delightful non-fiction book gives children and mothers much to relate to as the baby orangutan grows into maturity. From nursing to needing a nap when baby is playful, moms can't help but connect to the universal motherhood experiences. Children also delight in these associations of the close relationship between mother and child, as well as watching baby orangutan learn to swing from branches at the same age baby humans are learning to walk.

High in the trees of the rainforest in Sumatra, a baby orangutan is born. Follow her from birth to adulthood, as she learns to look after herself. See her eating her first solid food -- mashed fruit, learning to climb, and relaxing in the "nest." She will stay with her mom, learning how to survive in the forest, until she is five years old.
I really like this book as it is developmentally appropriate non-fiction, well-written, and beautifully photographed.  Creating such connections to nature and wildlife ensure are children will grow up to protect our environment. 
 

disclosure: The products described above were sent to us as free samples. Prior assurances as to the nature of the reviews, whether positive or negative, were not given. No financial payments were accepted in exchange for the reviews. The reviews reflect our honest, authentic opinions.

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March 14, 2013

Really Natural Skincare for Girls: Willa Naturals

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Willa Naturals is a brand I am not familiar with, so as always, I refer to the Environmental Working Group (EWG). Unfortunately, EWG only evaluates beauty products for hazards to your health and not whether a product is truly natural. These products appear to not be too bad for you, but I have some suspicions about Will Naturals being natural. I can't pronounce or recognize the name of many of the product ingredients.

Willa Naturals was developed for young girls:

Hi. I'm Willa.

For the past 3 ½ years we have been developing a skincare line for girls called willa® . It all started when my mom and I looked for skincare products for me and we couldn't find them - at least not natural products.

My mom always nagged me to wear sunblock, wash my face, moisturize - you know the drill. But even though I knew it was important to take care of my skin, I never enjoyed doing it...the products available just didn't feel good-and believe me I tried everything.

willa consists of 17 products; each is special and different from other brands because they were developed by girls, for girls. We worked with the best skincare laboratories in the USA to develop natural skincare formulations girls would love to use. Each product also underwent rigorous testing to ensure they were both safe and effective. Willa products are free of harsh chemicals, parabens, phthalates, sulfates, DEA and of course are not tested on animals.


We were sent four products to try:

As I mentioned above, I am concerned about some of the ingredients. I am always wary if an ingredient has a number after it, as I feel it indicates it is a chemical. I briefly researched a few ingredients from the above products:
Polyquaternium 51: The Good Guide finds there are no health concerns, but the products it is listed in are from cosmetic companies such as Maybelline and L'Oreal. Obviously, these are not natural brands.
HYDROGENATED POLYDECENE: EWG gives this ingredient a hazard score of two stating it is "an end-product of the controlled hydrogenation of Polydecene(q.v.)".
sodium C14-16 olefin sulfonate: Can be derived from coconuts, like sodium lauryl sulfate, but is an even harsher surfactant. Paula's Choice asks:
Used primarily as a detergent cleansing agent, but is potentially drying and irritating for skin and is also tricky to formulate with due to stability issues, though it does produce copious foam. Secondary surfactants can be used with this cleansing agent to minimize its negative impact on skin, but why not just use a cleanser that contains gentler cleansing agents?
Is using a sulfonate any better than using a sulfate? It is if you want to claim your product is sulfate free.
Acetyl Dipeptide-1 Cetyl Ester: According to Bio Inc Beauty, this ingredient "is based on lipo-dipeptide Tyr-Arg - a peptide found naturally in the body. This peptide was discovered to promote the natural release of signal agents that trigger happiness and feelings of well being". Being based on a natural peptide in the body does not make the ingredient natural. I am not sure how it is made.
Laureth-3: I can't figure out how this differs from sodium laureth sulfate, unless of course, you are avoiding that word sulfate.

I think that our beauty products should be simple. The ingredients should be understandable. True our skin may require different things at different ages, but it is especially important our young girls are not exposed to chemicals when they are entering the world of beauty products.

disclosure: The products described above were sent to us as free samples. Prior assurances as to the nature of the reviews, whether positive or negative, were not given. No financial payments were accepted in exchange for the reviews. The reviews reflect our honest, authentic opinions.

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March 11, 2013

Consciously Parenting

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Consciously Parenting: What it Really Takes to Raise Emotionally Healthy Families (Volume 1) by Rebecca Thompson, M.S. is a must read for parents.

In this book, Consciously Parenting: What it Really Takes to Raise Emotionally Healthy Families, Rebecca Thompson offers solutions that go beyond trying to change behaviors and are based on what truly matters: Building connected, trusting family relationships and bonds that can weather any situation. Her approach is grounded in science and research and uses straightforward language and examples to explain how parents can connect in deep, meaningful ways with their children.

The book combines ideas from attachment parenting and science.

I really like what Thompson says about "Watching Our Words", and it is lesson not only parents but educators need to remember.

Positive, affirming statements about our children go a long way toward creating a connected relationship. When we use words that affirm our child's innate goodness and willingness to help, we will begin to see more of those traits in our child.

Thompson also speaks of how our own needs influence our children's behavior, and I can see that reflected in my relationships with my children clearly after reading parts of this book.

Unfortunately there is no information about green paper or eco-friendly printing processes for this book.

disclosure: The products described above were sent to us as free samples. Prior assurances as to the nature of the reviews, whether positive or negative, were not given. No financial payments were accepted in exchange for the reviews. The reviews reflect our honest, authentic opinions.

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March 7, 2013

Children's Literature: Ambition's Not an Awful Word

Screen shot 2013-03-07 at 2.50.23 PM.pngAmbition's Not An Awful Word by Zack Zage is a cute book, but I have to take offense with the title's improper use of the apostrophe "s". This is not a proper contraction, and it is not a possessive. I feel proper writing should always be modeled for children, and this is a children's book. I also find the font difficult to read. That being said...

When Mrs. Grundy asks the students in her fourth grade class what they want to be when they grow up, Zack Zage goes all out. To his dismay, his precocious dreams are met with less than glowing enthusiasm. Children will love this story about an ambitious little kid with big dreams. AMBITION'S NOT AN AWFUL WORD will have you and your kids howling. The illustrations by Adam Watkins are fabulous. And, the glossary is unforgettably funny. It is a gift to all the parents who have struggled to stay awake while reading a bedtime story to the kids. Ambition is one of the most important traits you can encourage in a child. It is the beginning of everything they will accomplish in life. This very humorous story will make it clear how important it is to encourage children to explore their futures. What do Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, and Oprah Winfrey have in common? They were all normal kids with big ambitions. While their level of success is not guaranteed in life, it is virtually impossible without loads of encouragement. AMBITION'S NOT AN AWFUL WORD should be required reading, not just for every child, but for every parent, boss, teacher, and mentor of any stripe. If the parents of Bill or Steve had insisted on an accounting degree or dental school, I would be writing this synopsis on a typewriter. ZACKZAGEOUS - An overwhelming desire to learn, to excel, and to achieve. It takes root during childhood. It is nourished by a parent, teacher, or mentor as well as exposure to the book, AMBITION'S NOT AN AWFUL WORD. Dream it! Believe it! Work hard for it! Achieve it!

I agree the illustrations are excellent, and ambition is definitely something we want to encourage in our children and ourselves. 

The glossary is probably the best part of the book! For example, the definition of "forgotten lore" is "All of the history, knowledge, and beliefs that are no longer remembered. There is a lot of forgotten lore on high school and college campuses."

This book is printed in the US, but unfortunately there is no information on the book jacket or website about green paper or printing processes.

disclosure: The products described above were sent to us as free samples. Prior assurances as to the nature of the reviews, whether positive or negative, were not given. No financial payments were accepted in exchange for the reviews. The reviews reflect our honest, authentic opinions.

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February 14, 2013

Scholastic Storybook Treasures: The Red Hen and More Cooking Stories

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Cooking food definitely leads to better eating. Stories about cooking inspire children to explore the world of whole foods rather than fast food dining.

The Red Hen and more cooking stories is a read along DVD collection from Scholastic Storybook Treasures.

You can collect the entire library of Scholastic Storybook Treasures and read along on screen with your favorite classic children's stories, brought vividly to life on DVD.

THE RED HEN (Written and illustrated by Rebecca Emberley and Ed Emberley, narrated by Walter Mayes) Filled with humor and sparkling illustration, this is the classic story of Red Hen and her adventures in baking.

BREAD COMES TO LIFE (Written and illustrated by George Levenson, narrated by Lily Tomlin) Watch each step of how to bring bread to life, from the sowing of the seeds to the shaping and baking of the bread dough.

HOW DO DINOSAURS EAT THEIR FOOD? (Written and narrated by Jane Yolen, illustrated by Mark Teague) These mischievous dinosaurs show that burping, spilling and playing with one s food are not the best ways to enjoy a meal.

ARNIE THE DOUGHNUT (Written and illustrated by Gerald McDermott, narrated by Michael McKean) When Mr. Bing buys Arnie in a doughnut shop, Arnie realizes he must persuade Mr. Bing that a doughnut can be more than just a sweet snack.


These are sweet stories, and the next best thing to actually reading to your child (which is the best thing!).   There is even a recipe included for Simply Splendid Cake that children can make with a little assistance.

There is nothing eco-friendly about this product; however, it may inspire your child to eat better or at least take an interest in food preparation.

disclosure: The products described above were sent to us as free samples. Prior assurances as to the nature of the reviews, whether positive or negative, were not given. No financial payments were accepted in exchange for the reviews. The reviews reflect our honest, authentic opinions.

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January 31, 2013

Glass Dharma Glass Straws: Reusable, Durable, and Healthier than Plastic

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If you have sensitive teeth, have children, or just like to have fun, Glass Dharma glass straws are for everybody! I love these straws!

Since March of 2007 GlassDharma has been producing glass drinking straws. The GlassDharma mission is to create world-wide awareness about single use plastics and how damaging plastic straws are to our environment. Glass Straws provide an alternative that eliminates the need for straws made from plastic.

Actually, we were sent a set of straws four years ago to review on my other blog. We have only broken one, which we could have sent back for the lifetime guarantee.  These glass straws continue to remain clean, durable, and popular with my family, plus they help us live a more plastic-free life.

There are five reasons why you should switch from plastic straws to glass ones:

    1. Glass Dharma's straws are handmade in the USA (Fort Bragg, CA)
    2. Glass doesn't leak toxins into your beverages
    3. Glass straws are dishwasher safe making them easy to clean and sterilize
    4. Glass Dharma straws are guaranteed for life against breakage
    5. Glass straws won't end up in our oceans as part of of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch

Some of these straws also come with a little cleaning brush, but we find that the dishwasher does a great job when you place them in the utensil section and don't really need it.
 

Glass Dharma straws come in a variety of sizes and designs (dots!) to fit your beverage needs. From cocktails to smoothies, there's a perfect glass straw. I am so thrilled to have more Glass Dharma straws in my kitchen!

disclosure: The products described above were sent to us as free samples. Prior assurances as to the nature of the reviews, whether positive or negative, were not given. No financial payments were accepted in exchange for the reviews. The reviews reflect our honest, authentic opinions.

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December 27, 2012

Parenting Help: Taming Aggression in Your Child

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This is another one of those product reviews that makes you wonder why it appears on Really Natural. We are sent products, and I faithfully review them. Even if the topic is not natural living per se, products can have eco-friendly qualities. When reviewing a book that has nothing to do with the green life, I look for recycled material, FSC-certified paper, etc.

Taming Aggression in Your Child: How to Avoid Raising Bullies, Delinquents, or Trouble-Makers by Henri Parens offers sound reasoning for parents:

Taming Aggression in Your Child: How to Avoid Raising Bullies, Delinquents, or Trouble-Makers is a guide to preventing children from developing aggressive behaviors from birth through adolescence. Hostile destructive kids become hostile destructive adults and often create serious problems for society, and Dr. Henri Parens argues that effective parenting can help prevent aggressive behaviors like bullying, delinquency, and even criminal behavior from developing.

Parens explains to caregivers and educators what causes aggression to develop in children and how it affects them as they grow, differentiates between compliance (the goal of effective parenting) and obedience (an often mis-used term, signifying an unquestioning yielding to authority), and explains how to achieve compliance in children through effective limit-setting, discipline, and punishment. He also demonstrates how to help children learn to express hostility in acceptable ways, how to handle temper tantrums in growth-promoting ways, and how to optimize the parent-child relationship in order to minimize the development of aggression in children.

Offering concrete strategies for dealing with aggression, Taming Aggression in Your Child is a must read for all parents, whether you are frustrated by your toddler's temper tantrums or worry that your older child is bullying siblings or classmates.

Although I would not classify my child has aggressive, there are some strong-willed behaviors I think I could positively affect from advice in this book. Two things that struck me about aggression written by the author:


  • It's shaped by our experiences.

  • It's all about how you can optimize your child's aggression profile.


Actually, I think adults can learn a lot from this book too about controlling their anger emotions.

I couldn't find any information about the eco-friendly qualities of the actual book.

disclosure: The products described above were sent to us as free samples. Prior assurances as to the nature of the reviews, whether positive or negative, were not given. No financial payments were accepted in exchange for the reviews. The reviews reflect our honest, authentic opinions.

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