Archive for 2010

Buying an Xbox Kinect

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This is just a quick note to say that I’ve ordered an Xbox Kinect as a Christmas gift for the kids… Or maybe it was for me? I guess time will tell. 🙂 After reading some reviews, I’ve been thinking that a Kinect would make a cool gift, but I’m not crazy about getting up […]

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Published on December 18th, 2010 - One Comment
Filed under: Fun,Gift Ideas
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Kids Not Learning Cursive in Schools

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Guess what? Sometime between Son #2 and Son #3 hitting third grade, our local school district decided to stop teaching cursive. While they’ll still learn to sign their names, they won’t learn to read or write in cursive. I’m not sure why, but this really bothers. Honestly, I can’t remember the last time I chose […]

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Published on November 19th, 2010 - 7 Comments
Filed under: Education
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How to Treat a MRSA Skin Infection

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Earlier this week, we took our eight year old son in to see the doctor. He had what can only be described as a boil on his left forearm, and it was clearly infected. We’ve dealt with our fair share of things like impetigo in the past, and this was clearly different. As soon as […]

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Published on September 3rd, 2010 - One Comment
Filed under: Health
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Where to Buy Silly Bandz?

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On the off chance that you haven’t heard, Silly Bandz are all the rage with kids these days. We were actually first introduced to the Silly Bandz craze by our preschool and 2nd grade sons this past school year, and they’ve since swept the nation. While our kids’ obsession has cooled off a bit this […]

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Published on July 12th, 2010 - One Comment
Filed under: Fun,Toys & Gifts
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School Start Times: Later is Better for Teens

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I just ran across an interesting article about school start times. This isn’t particularly surprising but, according to a recent study, delaying the start of school by as little as half an hour would significantly benefit teens. During a two month trial in Newport, Rhode Island, researchers found that delaying the start of school from […]

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Published on July 7th, 2010 - 5 Comments
Filed under: Education,Health
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Intuniv Update and a Switch to Lexapro

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I’ve been meaning to write this for awhile, but just haven’t been able to find the time. As I’ve previously noted, our twelve year old started taking Intuniv (guanfacine) to treat his nervous tics, as well as to improve his impulse control and reduce his aggression. The good news is that his tics became much […]

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Published on March 26th, 2010 - 5 Comments
Filed under: Health
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Treating Impetigo That Won’t Go Away

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Our five year old son has been battling impetigo for the past couple of months. We’ve had it on the run several times, and actually thought it was completely gone at one point, but it’s kept coming back. Admittedly, a part of the problem was inconsistency on our part when treating the problem early on. […]

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Published on February 13th, 2010 - 9 Comments
Filed under: Health
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The Best Time of Day to Take Intuniv

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A couple of week ago, I noted that our son had started taking Intuniv to treat his nervous tics. He started out with a 1mg dose, increased to 2mg after a week, and then to 3mg a week later. Easing patients onto Intuniv in this fashion is the standard approach. Unfortunately, shortly after he started […]

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Published on February 9th, 2010 - 442 Comments
Filed under: Health
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Intuniv for Treating Tics and Twitches

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As I’ve noted in the past, our oldest son has a history of tics and twitches. In the past, these have come and gone, often associated with stressful periods in our lives, and never lasting more than a few months. This past fall, our son (eleven years old at the time) started middle school, and […]

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Published on January 28th, 2010 - 174 Comments
Filed under: Health
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