Archive:  November 16th, 2010

Horses have seen better days: according to the CPSC, about 10,000 ride-on and stick-horse toys will be sent to the glue factory because they pose a strangulation hazard. Evidently the reins can loop around a kid’s neck and choke them out – which is exactly why we always advocate riding classes for young children.

Admittedly, these two horse toys were kind of hard to come by. The Rocking Horses were found on RockingHorseDepot.com from November 2006 through December 2009, and the Horses-on-sticks were found in Love’s Travel Stop and Country stores nationwide from May 2010 through July 2010.

If you’ve gifted any of these toys to your loved ones, you should give them a head’s up that their kid might be currently strangulating. If you by chance gifted them to kids that you don’t like, then you can just pretend you didn’t read this. We won’t rat you out. We’re cool like that.

Sauce: CPSC

Sauce: CPSC

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Forgetting The Simple Things

Kevin Metzger, “Thedadvocate” at DadRevolution, put up a little blurb about something he’s forgotten lately – to hold his three year old’s hand more often. He mentions that his younger daughter gets the shaft, as his older daughter usually gets the hand-holding because of her cerebral palsy.

It got me thinking – what simple thing am I forgetting to do?

I know I don’t sit down on the floor with my son as much as I should. A lot of times after work, I’ll flap down onto the couch or worse – into my second office-chair of the day in front of my computer – leaving my son to either fend for himself, or try to get my attention in less constructive ways. I often forget that to me, it’s a no-brainer to sit on the couch – but to an almost-2 year old, he’s more happy trucking around our apartment and playing with whatever he can reach on the floor. If I’m down there, I’m automatically more engaged in his life, and he’s more likely to sit with me. You’d be surprised what kind of attention span you can pull out of a 2 year old during a Lakers game if you’re just sitting on the floor with some Mega Bloks in front of you.

Thanks Kevin, for reminding me – just in time for the Lakers game tonight!

Sauce: DadRevolution.com

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