The debate around circumcision, at least among the parents I know, is mostly a private, polite discussion. Although I've known parents who have adamantly argued why their son (or son-to-be) absolutely should or should not be circumcised, it hasn't led to the same kinds of confrontational disagreements that breastfeeding or naming your child Elvis. Perhaps it is because there are so many sensitive factors (other than the obvious) surrounding the procedure, including health, the horrible possibility of something going awry, explanations about looking similar to or different from dad or other kids, and of course, religious traditions.
The conversation has ceased being polite and private in California, however, with a ballot item that could prohibit circumcision in San Francisco. Thought to be the first of its kind in this country to make it to the ballot (and it did with nearly 8,000 petition signatures), the proposed ban would make circumcision of males under the age of 18 a misdemeanor
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- Jessica Ashley, Senior Editor | Parenting – Mon, Jun 13, 2011 9:02 PM EDT
The debate around circumcision, at least among the parents I know, is mostly a private, polite discussion. Although I've known parents who have adamantly argued why their son (or son-to-be) absolutely should or should not be circumcised, it hasn't led to the same kinds of confrontational disagreements that breastfeeding or naming your child Elvis. Perhaps it is because there are so many sensitive factors (other than the obvious) surrounding the procedure, including health, the horrible possibility of something going awry, explanations about looking similar to or different from dad or other kids, and of course, religious traditions.Read More »from What would you do if it were illegal to circumcise your son?
- Jessica Ashley, Senior Editor | Healthy Living – Mon, Jun 13, 2011 7:03 PM EDT
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services kicked off the weekend with an announcement that eight common substances may cause an increased risk of cancer. Among those now listed in the "Report on Carcinogens" are inhalable glass wool fibers and styrene that are present in Styrofoam. Authorities have determined these elements as "reasonably anticipated to be human carcinogen."Read More »from Do you still use Styrofoam? 8 new additions to the carcinogens list
They upgraded formaldehyde, which was already on the list, to a "known human carcinogen." Aristolochic acids were also deemed to have this risk. Formaldehyde is present in household items that include hair straighteners, bubble bath, cosmetics, glue, household cleaners, wrinkle-free fabrics and particleboard. It can trigger watery eyes, breathing difficulty, asthma attacks, and now has been shown to cause nasal cancer in rats.
The FDA warned consumers to discontinue use of aristhocholic acids ten years ago, linking it to kidney failure and urinary tract cancer. The recently released carcinogen report cites
Do not think for one little moment that just because Shine's geared toward women that there are not men who a part of this big, crazy family. Some of those gentlemen are the compassionate grandpa, offering words of wisdom and giving a pat on the back to other bloggers and other commenters. And let's be honest, some of the guys are more Weird Uncle Larry or Crazy Cousin Vic. No matter who they (or you) are, men have a lot to say here. That's why we're handing over the mic to them for this week's Facebook Friday round-up of the best, strangest, and funniest comments on the questions Shine posted.Read More »from Facebook Fridays: What men on Shine really think
We asked: Are you stuck in a semi-happy marriage?
A marriage of two cannot stand on a commitment of one. One person cannot carry a relationship. It takes work ALL the time, whether you're with your spouse or not. ( - Terence)
Pay attention to your man. Simple. ( - Rudy)
Too many women who think they wear the pants...take your thumb off your man's head or he will divorce you. ( -
- Jessica Ashley, Senior Editor | Author Blog Posts – Fri, Jun 10, 2011 10:08 PM EDT
By Jessica Ashley, Shine staff
You have thousands of photos of your kids hopping through sprinklers, getting stuck in the middle of the slip-n-slide, and hovering at the top of a diving board. And why would you not? They're drenched and giggling and wearing tiny, ruffled bikinis or super-huge board shorts. Soaked kids are adorable -- almost as adorable as soaked animals.
Take a break from snapping your own summer pics to check out how insanely sweet these clumsy elephants in kiddie pools are. Even better, these little ones won't beg for a snow cone or cry when it's time to dry off.
- Jessica Ashley, Senior Editor | Love + Sex – Fri, Jun 3, 2011 11:06 PM EDT
Read More »from Facebook Fridays: Mostly, we're crabby. But sometimes, we're awesome
We were all up in your business this week, digging into the details of your relationships, inside your kitchen, and even pressing you about your friends. After all that, we asked you to let one little adorable boy inspire you. Luckily, you played along. Here are your biggest gripes and a few bits of rainbow-dusted good loving we read on Shine's Facebook page this week.
We asked: What do you hate most about cooking?
The nasty clean-up, overly complicated recipes, trying to please a house full of picky eaters -- thanks, guys, for reminding us how un-fun whipping up a meal at home is. Take-out, anyone?
Dishes!! So not cool (- Claudia)
Cleaning those dried out pots and pans, and the dishes. :-( ( - Tonaya)
I hate coming up with ideas. I try all these great recipes and my family ends up not liking it, so I stick with the basics...chicken, steak and pork chops. (- Lisa)
it takes too long when i have other stuff to do! ( - Stacy)
the "I'm not hungry, Ma" after spending all that time on
- Jessica Ashley, Senior Editor | Parenting – Fri, Jun 3, 2011 8:26 PM EDT
There's only one informative line in the news item about sextuplets born in a suburb of Philadelphia on Wednesday. The rest of the blip isn't even about the six babies, but filler referencing "Jon & Kate Plus 8" and how rare sextuplets are.Read More »from Sextuplets born in Philly and not yet famous: Can they even do that?!
In fact, the situation has been kept so quiet that all that seems to be known is that the newborns are recovering in the neonatal intensive care unit of Abington Memorial Hospital, that they were equally divided boys and girls, and that they were indeed born prematurely.
Names of the babes? Not known. Parents? Not released? Home? Somewhere "nearby."
The world must be stunned at this silence, lack of camera crew and boom mics, and blank screen where we're used to seeing an outpouring of diaper donations, ginormous jerry-rigged strollers and the mother of all conversion vans outfitted with several rows of car seats.
Are these parents even allowed to NOT be media hungry? To NOT sell their 3-pound, 1-ounce babies' souls to the reality TV devil (that
Jack Kevorkian, earlier this year. [credit: WireImage]Jack Kevorkian, the controversial character who ardently championed the right to die, passed away to recordings of Bach today at the age of 83.Read More »from Jack Kevorkian, the defiant "Dr. Death", dies
Kevorkian had been hospitalized for a month to treat pneumonia and kidney problems, but was too weak to employ his own methods for himself, his former attorney Geoffrey Fieger said.
"If he had enough strength to do something about it, he would have. Had he been able to go home Jack Kevorkian probably would not have allowed himself to go back to the hospital," Fieger announced at a news conference.
Kevorkian became famous in the 90s when he went public with the drug-injection method he claimed allowed him to help 130 ill patients die. He defiantly destroyed state orders against him and released a video of one of his patient's deaths that aired on "60 Minutes" in 1998. The 52-year old patient was suffering from Lou Gehrig's disease. Although he was brought to trial four times (he was acquitted three of those times, and his case found to be a
Nadya Suleman's outrageous Octo-stroller in 2009 [credit: FilmMagic]Just when you thought (or hoped) Octomom Nadya Suleman had slipped away from the spotlight, news about the fertility doctor who treated her has placed her center-stage.Read More »from Octomom's doctor loses license
The California medical board found Wednesday that Suleman's doctor, Michael Kamrava of Beverly Hills, committed gross negligence while treating the now-35-year old single mother. Kamrava transferred 12 embryos to Suleman, which the board found to be excessive and an "extreme" diversion from standard practices. For women Suleman's age, it is recommended that no more than two embryos are transferred at a time, depending on the patient's circumstances.
Eight of those embryos survived, adding to Suleman's family that already included six children. Kamrava also treated Suleman for her first six children. The doctor once claimed he was simply following Suleman's wishes.
The state medical board also investigated two other patients Kamrava treated, noting he was repeatedly negligent, among other offenses. They ruled to strip
- Jessica Ashley, Senior Editor | Parenting – Wed, Jun 1, 2011 7:48 PM EDT
If anyone is going to lay out an "oops" pregnancy in a funny way, it's Tina Fey. In the opening pages of her book Bossypants, Fey launches right in about how she was born, writing, "My brother is eight years older than I am. I was a big surprise. A wonderful surprise, my mom would be quick to tell you."Read More »from Is it ever OK to tell our kids they were an accident?
Although she was "fussed over and doted on," how she came to be was not planned. And I can relate to this. My parents never directly referred to me as a happy accident but they weren't secretive about the fact that conception wasn't exactly on the calendar. It never bothered me because many of my friends growing up were born under the same unplanned circumstances. That information was shared, not out of judgment or with eyes rolled as our mothers placed one more plate on the crowded dining room table, but because was what it was.
Times, of course, have changed. My mother also counts herself among the women with conception issues because it took her three months to get pregnant with my
- Jessica Ashley, Senior Editor | Moments Of Motherhood – Tue, May 31, 2011 7:52 PM EDT
Normally, broken crayons make me crazy. But normally, they collect at the bottom of my purse, melting into Lego pieces and sticking together with unidentified granola snacks to create disgusting evidence that I have a small child and don't regularly purge the junk in my bag. But today, I was cruising around Pinterest today (oh, thou newest and loveliest of Internet addictions) when I saw these bright and beautiful crayons arranged perfectly into a monogram.Read More »from Box of crayons + cheap Ikea frame = perfect teacher / new mom / nursery gift
To be fair, they are cut, rather precisely. But this, it seems, is the hardest part of a pretty easy project with sweet results. The instructions are here on Cheap & ChicNursery (with props to Ashley at Nesting Sticks for originating the idea), with plenty of wiggle room to customize this crayon monogram for a kindergarten teacher, to hang in your baby's nursery, or divide up the space between siblings sharing a room.
You probably have all the supplies you need, or will with a quick trip to Ikea or Target or somewhere else you can