Archives for May 5, 2020

Whiskers, May 7th Pet of the Week!

The most magnificent animals are found in the most dreadful situations. Frightened little Whiskers was found in a box at one of the train stations! You should see him in person—he has gorgeous black-and-white medium-length fur and the most beautiful, long, white whiskers we can remember seeing. He’s having a tough time adjusting to a kennel environment, and he’d be so much better off in a loving, supportive home. Because the shelter is closed to the public, adoption appointments are conducted through email, so contact AnimalRescue@longbeach.gov to meet Whiskers. Ask for ID# A642071

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(This rescue encouraged by the usual suspects.)

The perfect book for young children this Mother’s Day

As Mother’s Day approaches, this picture book is a must-buy for young children, YOU BE MOMMY (written by Karla Clark, illustrated by Zoe Persico, published by Feiwel & Friends, ages 2-6). Playful and rhyming, the story follows a wiped-out mother as she requests a role reversal with her young child. It’s a delightful story about a tired-out mother that lets her rambunctious toddler have a turn being the parent at bedtime in this humorously charming debut picture book—perfect for Mother’s Day!

Find out more here.

Self Disclosure: I received a free copy of the above book to facilitate this post. Images were also provided.

Shopping tips for children’s glasses

Children are fickle beasts. Take meal time, for example. One day, they love pizza. They adore pizza. They sing and smile about pizza while eating it by the fist full. Pizza is definitely a winner. Then, towards the end of the week, the exact same pizza is put in front of them and you’d think world war three had been announced. The tears. The anger. The inconsolable anguish. So, what changed? The answer is nothing. Bringing up a child is like bringing up a small drunk psychopath. Good luck second guessing them. However, second guess them we must when it comes to eye glasses. Vision is important. Kids who can’t see clearly can’t learn clearly. And that can affect mood, outlook, self-confidence, and … yeah, it’s not a great list of outcomes. That’s why getting the choice of frames right is key. And we think we’ve cracked it. You need lighter frames.

Children and lighter frames

Even in adults, lighter frames are nowhere near as noticeable as bulkier chunky frames. Ultimately, lighter frames present less of a fashion statement. They become more of a tool for seeing and reading rather than being seen as a daily demand or rule (which is how some children towards the more precocious end of the personality scale – which is to say, all of them – will view the repeated instruction to wear their glasses). Lighter frames are also more likely to be forgotten when in use. As opposed to much larger frames that will present an opportunity for children to fiddle, lighter frames are sort of set-and-forget technology, delicately perched on the nose and largely forgotten about throughout the day.

Light frames are harder to break when you think about it

This takes a leap of imagination, but picture the scene if you will. Two children drop their glasses onto the hard surface of a school hall or playground. Another child running by absentmindedly kicks the glasses as they hit the floor, propelling them across the ground and into a brick wall. Now. Which of a thick pair of glasses and lighter frames do you imagine will stand more chance of breaking? Bingo. The heavier frames will break, the lighter frames will bounce and survive. Children are walking disaster zones. Glasses will be dropped. Glasses will be kicked. Glasses will be lucky to survive the whole school year. Choose light frames and save money on replacements.

Thinking of sunglasses? Find out more here!