Happy 4th of July all! We went to the Great America Water Park and Amusement Park in Santa Clara, California, on Saturday and caught the fireworks on our way out. Despite being up until almost 10 — God, Eli was cranky! — the kids begged us to stay until the bitter end. They caught the fireworks from the car, and then crashed hard.
We may brave the crowds tonight to see fireworks in Berkeley or Oakland, but at least during the day we are going to chill at home. What are you up to today?
In celebration of Independence Day, I am titling this diary “Let’s Keep America Beautiful.”
Good news all: next year’s Netroots Nation in Providence is gauging interest from parents to offer childcare. I will be there with both kids in tow. If you do plan on coming and bringing your kids, could you register and let the NN folks know? Thanks!
From our brother site Daily Kos: a diarist took on (false) claims by Gov. Chris Christie on the state of public schools in New Jersey. In related news: the Milwaukee public school district has announced that it will lay off 519 employees, including 354 teachers, according to Slate. How is this good for our kids or the economy?
In other education news: Sen. Carlos Uresti of Texas reminded voters that “cutting big government means failing education” in an editorial for the Houston Chronicle. Are we willing to sacrifice public education to cut the budget? I pray not!
A friend of mine, Ana Flores, over at the Spanglish Baby blog is hosting a contest to give away money to the winner’s favorite charity. To win, all you have to do is sign up at Moms Clean Air Force, and let Ana know that you did either at her blog or her e-mail: ana at spanglishbaby dot com. Then your name will be entered at random dot org for the chance to win money on behalf of your favorite charity. Thanks!
In related news, Dr. Oz — yes, that doctor on Oprah — had this to say about air pollution:
“It’s sobering news that one in five people still live in communities with lethal levels of smog and particulate pollution — the toxic soup of chemicals, metals, acids, ash and soot that triggers asthma attacks, heart attacks, strokes and early deaths. Makes you want to close the windows, bar the door and stay home.”
So glad to see a high-profile doctor make the connection between pollution and health.
If you have a child of Hispanic descent, here is a resource for scholarships.
Congratulations to Patrick Donohue, who heads the Sarah Jane Brain Project, for gaining bipartisan support for a bill that would promote a seamless, standardized and evidence-based system of care for children and young adults with brain injury. Donohue’s organization is named after his 5-year-old daughter who was shaken by a nanny when she was a baby.
Here is one of those amusing yuppy parenting New York Times story, this one about the theft of high-end strollers between $400 and $1,000. In this case, a mom with a $400 stroller left it outside in Brooklyn, and it was taken. This is my question: I know that strollers can be more useful in the city than a car — I walked everywhere with my babies. But it seems to me that it is more stressful to keep tabs on such an expensive piece of baby “furniture”, especially if you don’t want to lock it up. What do you think? Are these high-end strollers really worth the money?
What else is in the news? What’s up with you?