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Lunchboxes: Easy Greening

Some of us are so focused on the challenge of what to put in our kids’ lunchboxes that we don’t consider the lunchbox itself. But a 2006 report found disturbing amounts of lead in vinyl lunchboxes. Th…


Toy Story: Safety Concerns in the News

As any concerned parent now knows, the general innocence and benevolence of children's toys has come under some serious fire. I am not referring to toys depicting inappropriate human sexuality or indu…

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Buying Safe Christmas Toys

Lawn darts--one of the more memorable Christmas gifts I received as a child. My brothers and I started our first game on a small field. We tried to throw the lawn darts into a small plastic hoop a f…


FDA Survey Reveals Lead in Many Vitamins

News regarding the presence of lead in certain paints and, frighteningly, in a number of recalled toys and imported candies has been widespread, and is something many of us are aware of. However, the …


Again, Why Do We Buy Wooden Toys?

The other day I had a fellow parent come to visit with their child for a play date (someone please come up with a more palatable term other than a "play date"!). The parent looked around at the bevy o…


Top 10 Products to Keep Out of Your Home

Here are the top 10 products that I believe you never want to cross the threshold into your home. Don't despair if you have them as most can be removed, sealed in, or otherwise gotten rid of! I have t…


No Playing Around: Avoid Lead in Toys

In 2007, recalls of children’s toys containing high levels of lead imported from China made national headlines. In response the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) met with Chinese officials wh…


Keeping Off the Grass-like Turf

Yes, I realize that my last posting was on a similar topic: Replacing the front lawn. So, I thought it most appropriate to follow up with a cautionary tale on the road to a suitable lawn alternative w…

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Nail Polish May Contain Lead

Q: I've been reading about the dangers of nail polish. Are the newer, "green" ones safe? --Shannon, CA A: Are you a nail biter? A nail biter who wears nail polish? That nail biting may lower your I…


Arts and Crafts: Make it Safe

It's ironic that such a relaxing, restoring and expressive activity—making art and crafts—can also be so toxic. Although legislation controlling many of the dangerous ingredients in hobby materials ha…


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