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.
In a few weeks we will be kicking off our community fundraising week for the charity Kolcraft supports called KIDS. KIDS is an amazing organization that helps kids in distressed situations all across the globe. Part of our fundraising efforts is our Kolcraft Cookbook containing yummy recipes from Kolcraft employees. We decided to give you an early sneak peek into our fundraising week and cookbook with this delicious meatloaf recipe submitted by Paul Reidy. Paul is a Senior Marketing Manager at Kolcraft who is busy bringing to market the the latest strollers. When he isn’t at Kolcraft, you can find Paul playing in the Chicago Hockey League or on stage at Second City (hence the humor in his recipe).
Springing ahead and getting up early may not be everyone’s favorite day of the year, but it brings with it a promise of new beginnings. Working at the #1 crib mattress company, when we hear “spring ahead”, we can’t help but think of the other kind of spring that comes with new beginnings – a crib mattress!
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.”
This Saturday is Dr Seuss’ birthday. Dr Seuss is an icon of love for reading and children. You can turn his birthday into a fun celebration with your kids and help them appreciate and love reading!