Anthony Weiner is in the news again. Apparently, more photos and conversations from his sexting, sex chatting days have surfaced. I'm sure this isn't a shock to may people. While learning about the latest developments, I began to wonder if parents understand that Mr. Weiner represents an ongoing problem among teens.
In particular, I noticed that the way I "do" parks has definitely changed since becoming a mom. No longer do I feel the need to "do it all" in a day. In addition, I'm okay with not going on every ride. I'm more than okay with going for only a few hours. It's more relaxing to just enjoy it.
Not to mention, I have fun staying in one section alone. We spent over an hour in the "Net Climb" section of Shamu's Happy Harbor at Sea World in Orlando. We genuinely enjoyed being kids again. I'm sure our son enjoys it this way too. Having his parents climb through tunnels and on nets is super fun and special.
While I was watching my 6'4" husband net climb & tunnel crawl, at least 4 stories up in the air, I thought to myself, 'Wow ... I never imagined seeing this!'
Then, I thought about how much all of us do, so differently as parents, as compared to our lives before children. Do you notice it too? Granted, your days may not be filled with your husband singing Chipmunks tunes at random hours of the day, when your child is no where near. And you may not have a husband that is addicted to the new adventures of "The Fresh Beat Band." However, you surely have your own stories of parental life. I'd love to hear them.
As an "FYI", we used our Fun Card. For the price of a one day ticket, purchased almost a year ago, we were able to enjoy Sea World for an additional 2 days for free. You can't beat that. Deals are great. But quality time is what it's all about; the bonus was that this time it was at Sea World in Orlando.
Update: December 15, 2018
Shamu's Happy Harbor is currently closed & will reopen in 2019, remodeled as a Sesame Street themed land. The Sea Carousel is still accessible.. However, the large net climb structure, Water Works, and Fun Ship are slated for removal. The Seven Seas Railway, Shamu Express, Flying Fiddler, Jazzy Jellies, Ocean Commotion, Sea Carousel, and Swishie Fishies will survive, although relocated, liley with new theme & layout. New rides, new buildings & the entire area is upposedly going to look like Sesame Street. I have to wonder if there will be a Sesame Street themed net climb area, as there is a similar one in Busch Gardens, their sister park in Tampa, Florida. While I will miss my memories, I look forward to improvements & new activites!
For many years, before the chicken pox vaccine was available, parents used to have "chicken pox parties." The idea was to get it over with,
as you knew it was only a matter of time before your children became infected with the chicken pox. Now, apparently, some parents are taking this to a new level. Chicken Pox Lollipops? There is a Facebook Page titled, "Find A Pox Party." This multi-state group of parents favors "natural immunity." In so going, they purchase and sell chicken pox laced lollipops. The concept is simple and dangerous. A child that is acutely infected with chicken pox licks a lollipop. You buy the lollipop. You give that lollipop to your child. Your
child gets infected with chicken pox. However, the consequences are not simple; in fact, they can be deadly. Pediatricians do not recommend these parties. And we definitely are against these chicken pox lollipops. We recommend disease prevention, period. Any intentional injury or disease is unacceptable.
Anyone who knowingly infects their child in the name of "natural immunity" while not being aware of the dangerous and deadly consequences, needs to become better informed. I hope that that the information in this blog post will educate many and thereby prevent disease. Parents may think, "What are the chances of that happening to my child? It almost never happens." Remember, it only takes one time, one disasterous infection, for a parent to live a live filled with regret.
Chicken Pox Infection Complications
Secondly, it is important to be educated regarding the possible complications that can arise from a chicken pox infection. Most people think it is only a simple skin infection that itches a whole lot; then goes away. Many complications can arise from chicken pox. Chicken pox can cause a myriad of complications, including, but not limited to shingles, cellulitis, osteomyelitis, seizures, cerebellar ataxia, meningitis, encephalitis, pneumonia, hepatitis, conjunctivitis, retinal vasculitis, secondary blindness, and a whole slew of secondary bacterial infections, including MRSA.
Sharing Chicken Pox Lollipops Equals Sharing Many Unknown Diseases
Illegal - Federal Crime
More Chicken Pox Disease & Vaccination Information
This July, the National Restaurant Association partnered with Healthy Dining to form Kids LiveWell. This is a new program that highlights meals available at participating restaurants that are considered healthy meals for children. The healthy meals will have an apple icon next to the item, in order to alert parents to healthy meal options available for their children.
In order for a meal to be consider a healthy option in the program, it must contain:
* a beverage,
* 600 calories or less,
* less than 35% calories from fat,
* less than 10% calories from saturated fat,
* less than 0.5 grams trans fat, &
* less than 35% of calories from sugar, &
* less than 770 milligrams sodium.
Participation in the Kids LiveWell program is voluntary. Participating "inaugural" restaurants include Au Bon Pain, Bonefish Grill, Burger King, Burgerville, Carrabba's Italian Grill, Chevy's, Chili's Grill & Bar Restaurant, Corner Bakery Cafe, Cracker Barrel, Denny's, El Pollo Loco, Friendly's, IHOP, Joe's Crab Shack, Outback Steakhouse, Silver Diner, Sizzler, T-Bones Great American Eatery, & zpizza. The Healthy Dining company states more restaurants are expected to join with an expanding list of healthy dining options for children.
If you click the restaurant logos on the Healthy Dining website, the nutritional values of foods are listed. And the National Restaurant Association also provides nutritional information on healthy dining for kids in their in the Kids LiveWell program.
Yesterday, there were many moments of silence observed ... at the White House South Lawn, the U.S. Capitol steps, the Supreme Court, and at the BCS national championship to mention a few.
How can we make sense of this? How can we make sense of this to our children when we don't understand it fully ourselves? There are several guidelines as to how you can best help your child, regardless of age, cope with the aftermath of a tragedy.