KinderCone »

Starting first grade marks a milestone in every child’s life. While the prospect of learning and meeting new friends proves exciting for both children and their parents, embarking on something so new and unfamiliar can feel daunting, too. To help make this transition easier and more fun, young children in Austria and Germany are given a Schultüte, a cone made from sturdy, colorful paper and filled with treats and school supplies, as they leave home for the first day of first grade.

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You’re Not the Boss of Me »

As a best selling author and renowned parenting expert, Betsy Brown Braun offers advice on the tricky task of raising 4- to 12-year-olds in her book: You’re Not the Boss of Me. Throughout the book, Braun reassures us that every parent has been frustrated with the occasional “bratty behaviors” of children while reminding us that we the power to shape how our children behave.

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The Hot Mom to Be Handbook »

In the midst of the excitement and happiness of expecting a child, the unanswered questions of impending Motherhood can also make it feel incredibly daunting to first-time Moms. What’s an expecting Mom to do? If conflicting advice from friends and relatives leaves you feeling even more anxious than assured, take a deep breath and flip through The Hot Mom to Be Handbook, a hip and honest book about the ins and outs of Motherhood.

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Renewing My Commitment to renu: What happens to Consumer Trust Post-Recall? »

 
Ever since one day playing tennis during law school and I realized that the ball was completely blurry on the other side of the court, contacts (right alongside contract law) became a part of my daily routine. Along with them came renu saline solution, and all was well. That is, until the spring of 2006, when Bausch had a major voluntary recall of renu with MoistureLoc due to possible linkage to fungal eye infections. My optometrist recommended another brand. I switched. The other brand worked fine. It was safe. Four years passed, and renu faded from my brand retinue.

Enough, Enough of the “So-Called Mommy Bloggers!” »

That’s it. I’m finally ready to throw pieces of blog shard at the next person who refers to the “so-called mommy bloggers.” I got quoted in a piece this morning from the AP entitled, “Procter & Gamble hosts bloggers in stepped-up counteroffensive on Pampers Dry Max diapers.” In the article’s opening foray appears this one line, “It hopes the effort — including flying in the four so-called "mommy bloggers" from around the country because they can influence parents seeking product reviews, moneysaving tips and other advice — will deflect undeserved criticism.”

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iPhone App Searching: There’s an App for that! Just where? »

How do you find if “there’s an app for that”? Besides the list of the Top 50 free and paid applications in the App Store, and maybe a “Hey you HAVE TO try this” recommendation from a friend, finding helpful and entertainment apps can be a mystery. There's hundreds of thousands of them after all, with thousands more emerging weekly as brands and developers get into the game. The suggested apps or “application of the day” generally prove to be much too broad or uninteresting.

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12 brand new parenting books- a brief review of each! »

As the single most frequent complication of childbirth, Dunnewold and Sanford understand the importance of caring for yourself emotionally in order to succeed through the postpartum period and through the new adventures of motherhood.

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Why should you monetize your blog with OpenSky? »

Connecting cool stuff with cool bloggers. So here's our BIG IDEA. There are amazing things being made all over the world right now by people whose businesses are just too small to reach the radar of the big chains. People like Donald from Duluth, Minnesota who makes really delicious almond butter. But no matter how awesome your stuff is, if you can't find a place to sell it you're kind of screwed. You don't need a graduate degree in economics to figure that out.

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Buying organic beef one cow (or a half or a quarter) at a time »

eating organic beef I must admit I first heard of buying a cow on TLC's Jon & Kate Plus Eight. You might not be a big fan of them, and Kate might say she's more organic than she is in reality. However, she's got some pretty good ideas when it comes to buying organic in bulk, and buying a cow is one of them.

Buying organic meat in bulk

I've been looking into buying a share of a cow locally. If I purchase a quarter of a cow I'll receive 80 to120 pounds of organic, grass-fed, hormone-free, all natural, raised-not-just-in-the-good-ole-USA-but-less-than-50-miles-away beef. The price is approximately $4 per pound for a quarter of a cow, and the price goes down from there. This is much less than whait I pay at the grocery store for name-brand “natural” beef and it's greener because it takes much less to package and deliver the meat.

ChargePod – Taming Charger Madness »

The MC Office received a ChargePod demo unit recently. I saw it sitting on a table and couldn't immediately identify it. The unit looks like a silver air hockey puck with seven holes around its edge. You plug the puck either into an AC outlet or your car (via an adapter) to power it up. You then have six "power ports" to charge any and all of your batter operated devices. The unit ships with three included "adapter tips" to connect it to an iPhone/iPod, cell phone (mini-USB) and camera (micro-USB). Also included is a coupon redeemable for a free fourth adapter of your choice via the CallPod web site.

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Ron vs. Ron: iPad – Tool or Toy? »

This month, we begin a new feature at TechDad Central; Ron vs. Ron – I will be matching wits (and tech wizardry) with my friend Ron N from San Diego. A bit of background on him; he earned an Electrical Engineering degree from Stanford and an MBA from Harvard – despite these qualifications, he’s actually fun to be around with plenty of opinions. Most importantly, he’s guaranteed to take the opposite point of view of anything I say. That’s why we’ve been friends for 22 years! The picture to the right is Ron vs. Ron on the golf course - in our pre-Dad days.

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