Wednesday Morning Open Thread

What’s up?

Just a friendly reminder that MomsRising will be live-tweeting from the White House tomorrow — and you all are invited! To join us, follow the #MomsatWH hashtag on Twitter at 9 a.m. PT/ 12 p.m. ET. You can also ask questions via Facebook @momsrising. Thanks all!

Singing children’s praises to bolster their self-esteem is losing ground to more rigorous curriculums, in which praise is fine-tuned, according to a story in the Washington Post.

Parents published an article, “Six Secrets of Kids Who Rarely Get Sick,” which is timely considering I am desperately trying to avoid illness before my half marathon at the end of the month. So far a fever and cold have hit DH and DD. DS has a cold, and I am feeling rundown but have not had any other symptoms. Ugh!

In related news, Parents ran an article on natural remedies for everything from sore throats to head lice.

From the Boston Globe: A mom challenged Rick Santorum for his comment that no one in the United States dies from a lack of healthcare coverage. Good for her.

What else is in the news? What’s up with you?


Monday Morning Open Thread

What’s up? will meet with the White House for a live tweet chat this Thursday morning at 9 a.m.PT/ 12 p.m. ET — and you all are invited! Here are the details:

Can you join our live online Tweet Chat with the White House this coming Thursday, January 19th at 9:00am PDT/12:00pm EDT and be a part of that Twitter conversation by posting your questions and ideas in real time?  To join us, just follow @MomsRising on Twitter starting at 9:00am PDT/12:00pm EDT on Thursday, January 19th and be a part of the live conversation with the White House.  We’ll be using the Twitter hashtag #MomsatWH

Do you have any UI or 2012 priorities questions that you’d like us to have at the ready? Send them our way! Even if you can’t be online on the 19th, your questions and input are needed! Please email me at Monifa at MomsRising dot org your 2012 priorities questions ASAP so we can have them ready on January 19th.

I will be there — please join me!  

Carolyn Hax had a great column on how to find your “groove” when a child has gone off to college.

For the first time, New York City is shutting down one of its charter schools for mediocre performance, according to the New York Times.

What is it with people’s — er, men’s — discomfort around public breastfeeding? A heavy metal comic artist in Britain just called the cover of a heroine breastfeeding “offensive.” You have got to see the way women’s breasts are often drawn in these comic books at BlogHer. Misogynist much?

I am sure I am not the only diehard Dirty Dancing fan here who would appreciate this lovely write-up in Huffington Post about Patrick Swayze’s widow Lisa Niemi.

Speaking of Patrick Swayze, who died of pancreatic cancer at 57, a sausage a day or regular consumption of any processed meat can up the chances for the disease by a fifth, according to an article in the UK Mail. Yikes!

Finally, this video at Yahoo News is disturbing. It compared the fashion models of today with regular-sized women. As it turns out, models in the ’70s and ’80s were typically 8% thinner than the average woman. Today they are 23% skinnier than the average woman. Yuck.  

What else is in the news? What’s up with you?