We made it to FRIDAY, Mama friends! Once again I’ve picked through the many, many national news stories this week to get you the news you NEED to know and actually CARE about! Enjoy this news for moms with just a little bit of my editorial thrown in!
An Era Is Over: Toys “R” Us Is Closing ALL Its Stores
If you’re a child of the 80’s like me, you can sing all the words to the iconic Toys “R” Us commercial, “I don’t wanna grow up, I’m a Toys “R” Us kid!” Well…looks like the kids of today are the LAST Toys “R” Us kids standing. The long-troubled toy retailer announced this week that it will close ALL its stores ASAP after struggling under massive debt and stiff competition from Amazon, Target, and Walmart for years. So if your kids have Toys “R” Us gift cards, get thee to the stores and spend them NOW, MAMAS!
And, watch this commercial for nostalgia one last time…
American students walked out…and up
Wednesday March 14, one month to the day of the shooting that killed seventeen people at Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, thousands and thousands of American students walked out of their classrooms to protest American gun laws and stand up for their own safety. Some also did an alternative “walk up,” a movement started as an alternative to leaving class where kids would do things like “walk UP to a student sitting alone,” and “walk UP to a teacher and tell them how much you appreciate them.” In my opinion, you can do a walk out AND a walk up, and we don’t need to be telling kids there is one or the other. Politics aside, I LOVE that kids are ACTING out on their beliefs and not standing idly by when their lives are hanging in the balance. I was inspired by the bravery of teens yesterday, and I won’t be looking down on them because of their youth (1 Tim. 4:12), whether I agree with them or not.
Child-resistant medicine bottles aren’t actually child PROOF
A CBS News report this week says parents are making a dangerous and sometimes fatal mistake in believing that child-resistant prescription bottles are child proof. Torine Creppy, president of Safe Kids Worldwide, says there’s an important distinction that parents need to know about, and that child-resistant bottles are really just meant to slow kids down IF they get hold of a medicine bottle, so that a parent or caregiver will have time to intervene.
Mom Sara McClaren knows this reality all too well. Her 2-year-old, Isaac, was recently hospitalized after ingesting medicine, even though it was on a high shelf in a child-resistant bottle.
“Isaac was able to come into the bathroom and climb up and get up to this shelf and then not only did he get onto that shelf, he was able to open up the container and then open up the medicine bottle that has a childproof lid on it in just a couple of moments,” McClaren told “CBS This Morning.”
Safe Kids Worldwide offers the following tips to parents on kids and medicine safety:
- Put all medicine up and away, out of children’s reach (above counter height) and out of sight (such as in a high cabinet). Remember to keep visitors’ purses, bags and coats out of reach as well, as they may contain medicine.
- Remember child-resistant does not mean childproof. Put medicine away immediately after every use, even if you need to take it down again for another dose in a few hours.
- Save the Poison Control help number in your phone: 1-800-222-1222.
Put those medicines OUT OF SIGHT, and keep your kiddos, safe, parents!
That’s the news you need to know this week, mamas. Check back next week for more!