Thursday, August 2, 2007

Three for Thursday: Mothers in the ‘Hood, A Breastfeeding Café & Booster Seat Bill Advances

Item #1: The MotherHood

The blogging team of Emily McKann and Cooper Monroe have launched a new web site community for moms entitled, The MotherHood. The site features an array of stuff including entries from blogs about parenting, places to create interactive groups to discuss parenting issues and link lists to interesting posts.

One of the key rules here, as opposed to some other mom-oriented sites: You can’t be mean. As Emily and Cooper wrote:
“Don't judge or be mean. If you don't have anything productive to say, don't
say it. We embrace different opinions, and we do not tolerate nastiness of any
kind. We are all on our own life path, and we ask you not to criticize others
until you have walked a mile in their shoes.”
Item #2: Salt Lake City’s Breastfeeding Café (Seriously)

No lie. It’s a café. In a Salt Lake City Library. Which city officials have named “The Breastfeeding Café” in an attempt to make moms feel more comfortable nursing in public. (Now, now . . . please refrain from snarky “stacked” comments.)

Library spokeswoman Christy Porucznik, who has a toddler, told a Utah news outlet that she “wants to show women that it is possible to breastfeed in today’s hectic world.”
I, for one, think this is great and hope the moms don't find themselves on the receiving end of nasty comments from library patrons.

Item #3: Bay State Booster Seat Bill Advances

A bill to mandate that children under the age of 8 or are under 57 inches in height ride in booster seats was passed through the state Senate this week. Under the proposed legislation, parents found driving with children who are not restrained in booster seats face a fine. The current law requires that children be transported in safety seats until the age of 5 or when they're under 40 pounds.

In order for this legislation to become law, it must make it through the House of Representatives and secure the governor’s approval.

(Go here for my position on this bill.)

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(Image from The MotherHood.)

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