Thanks to advancements in technology, 6-week-old Kaiba Gionfriddo survived a rare lung obstruction called bronchial malacia and is now a thriving toddler. Gionfriddo was out to eat with his parents the first time he stopped breathing and was not diagnosed with the condition until much later. At its worst, the condition was causing baby Kaiba to stop breathing on a daily basis. When he was finally diagnosed, desperate doctors opted to try an experimental treatment--and you won't BELIEVE how and the miraculous results!Continue Reading >
Nathaniel Dancy Jr. of New Jersey was in the car with his father, Nathaniel Dancy Sr., on the way back from buying new shoes when his father started having a stroke and aneurysm. Thankfully, Nathaniel Sr. had his wits about him enough to pull off the highway and pull over into a nearby parking lot thereby saving his son and himself from being in a car accident. Nathaniel Jr. returned the favor by getting his father, who had stepped out of the car and was throwing up, help. Did I mention that Nathaniel Jr is only 5 years old? Yup, he's 5!Continue Reading >
A Texas mother was recently arrested for placing an ad on Craigslist offering to put her 3-year-old son up for adoption. Stephanie Redus claims that even though she posted up the ad, she was never going to actually give up her child. Who in their right mind would think it's okay to try to put up their kid for adoption through Craigslist? Well apparently the 29-year-old mom is not in her right mind because she claims she did it because she struggles with depression and anxiety.Continue Reading >
A mother in South Carolina is under arrest after she allegedly opened fire on her family, murdering her two kids in cold blood and seriously injuring her husband. Pickens County deputies responded to an early morning crash on Tuesday in the small community of Dacusville; Suzanna Simpson was behind the wheel. Using the vehicle registration officers went to her home, which was just down the road and found a horrifying scene.Continue Reading >
In Stuyvesant Town's playgrounds in New York City, young sunbathing co-eds are outraging local soccer moms and, according to parents, offending the delicate sensibilities of their wee little ones. The weather is heating up and girls just want to get some sun. What are these moms afraid is going to happen? A child is going to see a little side boob and want to eat?
I'm a mom of little girls and I consider myself to be conservative in what I let them see and watch. I try to keep life PG-rated and age-appropriate, but I know that life is life and, as parents we cannot censor everything our kids are exposed to. Our best solution is to raise our children with good moral values and an open mind. We teach by example and there are some things that are just not worth getting all up in arms about, like sunbathing co-eds at the local playground.Continue Reading >
Child abuse is an ever growing and worrisome topic, which is why I was inspired by a new child abuse ad created by the Spanish international nonprofit Aid to Children & Adolescents at Risk (ANAR). You see, this isn't an ordinary ad because it contains a hidden message that only children of a certain height can see.
The non-profit teamed up with Spanish ad agency Grey Group Spain, and intends on creating awareness towards child abuse. It aims to impact this crime in a positive way. But what does the secret message aimed at children say?Continue Reading >
Public School 244 in New York City is the first elementary school in N.Y.C. (and in the nation) to go all vegetarian, all the time. The Queens school wanted to start serving healthy food options to students so they started serving a vegetarian lunch three times a week, then four times a week, and now they've gone completely vegetarian.
The school has 400 students in pre-k through third grade. Schools' Chancellor Dennis Walcott has expressed pride at the school's "trailblazing" move. Principal Robert Groff shares that children enjoy veggie offerings, including black beans and cheddar quesadillas served with salsa and roasted potatoes. Yum!Continue Reading >
Residents of a rural community in Northern California have been told by police to keep their doors locked as they conduct an intense manhunt for an intruder who stabbed an 8-year-old girl to death in her home Saturday around noon. Leila Fowler's 12-year-old brother found her severely injured after he encountered the intruder in their home and the man ran away. The boy immediately called his parents who alerted 911. Unfortunately, little Leila was pronounced dead at the hospital.
She would have turned 9 in June.Continue Reading >
A New Jersey junior high principal has banned female students from wearing strapless dresses to a formal school dance on the grounds that they are "inappropriate" and too "distracting" for the boys. The school is Readington Middle School in Readington Township, New Jersey and the principal is Sharron Moffat. Excuse me a minute while I go and check to see what country New Jersey is in and what century they are living in.
Yup, I was right, New Jersey is in the United States of America and they are indeed in the 21st century! I think it is absolutely absurd to ban strapless dresses and the reasons that Moffat gives are beyond absurd. Strapless dresses are appropriate formal wear and distracting boys with bare shoulders is not a valid reason to ban attire. I have a few words for Ms. Moffat.Continue Reading >
Herbert and Catherine Schaible have been accused of violating their probation after their 8-month-old baby died last week, the second of their children to die when the Philadelphia couple refused to seek medical help. The case is a little complicated, but basically, the Schaibles plead guilty to involuntary manslaughter for the 2009 death of their 2-year-old son, Kent, from pneumonia when they refused back then to get medical help for the toddler. That case resulted in 10 years probation.
The most important condition of their probation was that they seek medical care for their remaining children ... But their 8-month-old son, Brandon, died last week after he suffered from diarrhea and breathing problems for days and the parents AGAIN refused to get him medical treatment.
Why would parents refuse medical treatment for their kids?Continue Reading >