Kolcraft and Sealy partnered with SIDS of Illinois last week to be part of Mt. Sinai’s 2nd Annual Baby Shower and to discuss Safe Sleep. The day was filled with a lot of learning and plenty of raffles and giveaways, including Sealy Mattresses. But our main mission was to raise awareness on Safe Sleep and […]
This weekend one of our Kolcraft parents will be participating in the Chicago Walk Now for Autism Speaks with his son, Alex. It isn’t Autism Awareness Day, week or even month, but it got us thinking about how for parents with autistic children like Alex and his dad it’s Autism Awareness Day every day.
This week is national Screen Free Week which we think is a fabulous idea. For many of us, media time has become part of our daily family living whether it’s computers, smartphones, DVDs, the Cloud or whatever is at our virtual fingertips. Let’s face it, sometimes screen time can calm down a restless toddler at a doctor’s office, can distract kids on long trips or can even be a learning tool. However, there is something to say for turning off the screen – no matter what size – and playing outside, using imagination for play, reading a book together even as a family or having family game time.
On March 21 we will celebrate the acceptance, value and inclusion of people with Down Syndrome. Why March 21st? Because 3/21 symbolizes a third copy of the 21st chromosome. Throughout our Baby Matters Blog journey, we have been lucky enough to meet amazing families who have children with Down Syndrome. These courageous families inspire us and remind us of the beauty and miracle of every baby. They remind us to make sure we teach values of inclusion, kindness and beauty in our differences.
Bullying – a parent and child’s worst nightmare that all too often becomes a reality. The reality of bullying cost the life of 12 year old Bailey O’Neill. It is not enough to read this news report and fell sad or disgusted. As parents we have to DO something. It is up to us to stop bullying – each and every parent has to take responsibility and say, “NO MORE.”