Frugality: Something New?

Over at Yahoo, there is an article from BusinessWeek about The New Age of Frugality. It talks about how people are beginning to think about spending less money, imagine that! It has some good tips and the family that the story is about also started a blog called Suddenly Frugal. I applaud the family’s decision to get themselves in the black and take charge of their finances! I just wish frugality wasn’t a fad that comes and goes so much.

Survive Anything

If you are enamoured with Les Stroud and sometimes think you might be able to survive in your backyard with no tent, then I have the website for you!

Popular Mechanics has a How To Survive Anything guide with tons of different articles and tips. Examples include 5 Steps to Get Ready for Disaster (Not Stuck in It), 22 Steps to Save Yourself When Natural Disaster Hits and the always useful How to Survive Anything Mother Nature Throws at You.

Tame That Baby Rage

According to a study done in Canada researching the roots of physical aggression, children are much more likely to be violent when they lack social skills than by playing video games, watching tv and all the other things that have been blamed.

Richard Tremblay, a professor of pediatrics, psychiatry and psychology at the University of Montreal says that aggressive behavior is natural and usually tapers off as children gain new social skills and ways of dealing with conflict.

Tremblay’s previous results have suggested that children on average reach a peak of violent behavior (biting, scratching, screaming, hitting…) around 18 months of age. The level of aggression begins to taper between the ages of two and five as they begin to learn other, more sophisticated ways of communicating their needs and wants.

Does Your Child’s Diaper Need a Hazmat Team?

Body Burden Testing is the new hot test for all of us humans. You can test your child for all the lovely chemicals and their levels that they have in their bodies.

The technology to test for these flame retardants — known as polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) — and other industrial chemicals is less than 10 years old. Environmentalists call it “body burden” testing, an allusion to the chemical “burden,” or legacy of toxins, running through our bloodstream. Scientists refer to this testing as “biomonitoring.”

The youngest child to have it done, 18 months old, had two to three times the level of flame retardants in his body that’s been known to cause thyroid dysfunction in lab rats.

What are we doing to our bodies and our children’s bodies?