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Hi.  I’m 32 years old and I love Dumbo.  The Disney film was made over 70 years ago and the main character doesn’t say a single word during the entire one hour and four minutes, but Disney still found a way to pull at my heartstrings.  I loved watching Dumbo as a child.  The circus always appealed to me and I loved seeing all of the vibrant colors on the TV screen.  As an adult and a mother of two now, I love the film even more, because I can appreciate the important message it teaches. In the film, a stork brings Dumbo...

Cristina Margolis, 26, was able to have a corneal transplant for her right eye on Dec. 2008. Margolis has now been chosen to ride in a float in the Rose Parade that will promote organ donation. (Dai Sugano/Mercury News) With the recent news of the two friends from Texas contracting the terrible eye infection called Acanthamoeba Keratitis (I’ll do you a favor and call it AK for short), I thought I’d share my personal experience with the little monsters that invaded my eye. In 2007, I was diagnosed with the very same eye infection and I...

For the past two years, I have turned my home into a daycare and been a child care provider. Like any job, there are positives and negatives, but for the most part, I love my job. I really do. The kids are awesome and it is a joy to see them growing, learning, and playing every day. I have been very lucky with the parents too, because they are equally as awesome and they truly appreciate what I do. However, I have come across some not-so-awesome parents in the past that I was just too polite to say these five things to:   1. Don’t...

I created a Weekly Behavior Report to give to the parents at my daycare that would inform them how their child does each week.  The title has a place for you to fill in the child’s name, the facility’s name, and the dates of the week the report is for.  (To make it easier on myself, I fill in the report as the events happen.)  I email the final report to the parents Friday evening.  The parents appreciate the reports and they look forward to receiving them every week.  If the parents have any questions or concerns...

One of my “Bad Mom” confessions is I still rock my baby to sleep. You’re probably thinking, “Yeah, so?  What’s so bad about rocking your baby to sleep?”  Well, my “baby” is three years old.  Yes, I know she is too old to be rocked to sleep and yes, I know we must look absolutely ridiculous.  (I am 5ft tall, so my daughter is already about half my size.), but this is something I have done since Day 1. The Cry It Out (CIO) Method was just not my style.  It still isn’t.  As soon...

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