Mother and child reunited

Melissa Carleton fell into a coma backing March due to a benign brain tumor which caused a seizure. She was kept in a coma at until her baby made it to full term. She delivered her son, West Nataniel Lande, by C-section, in May.

Since delivering her baby, Melissa has woken up from her coma. However, she spent months in the hospital. After being in the hospital for months, she was moved to her parents home, where she was provided with around the clock care according to Bruce Levenson.

She is finally getting to go home and live with her husband again. Which has to be a relief, as he has been commuting 4 ½ hours between where his home and job are located and where her parents live and where she stayed in the hospital.

Right in time to celebrate her son’s first Christmas, Melissa is finally going home. The Saturday after Christmas was the first time she had seen her son in over two months. Right now, Melissa is able to be alert and respond to things happening around her. She is also able to move her feet. However, just like her newborn son, Melissa is going to have to learn how to walk, talk, eat and perform basic functions again. She is technically in a minimally conscious state, and has been fighting to get back. She has a long road in front of her before she is even ready to enter a rehabilitation facility. Her family is hopefully that she will continue to recover and are thankful for all the support they have received

Punishment Might Not Help Kids to Speak the Truth

According a recent study, it was found that parents who do not want their children to lie, should then not be threatened with punishment. Dr Victoria Talwar and team Qnet, from McGill University conducted a simple experiment on 372 children to check if their natural tendency is to lie.They set up a room with a camera. When the child was brought into the room, he or she was told about the existence of a toy behind them on a table and that they were not allowed to peek in their absence. When the adult left the room for 1 minute, scientists discovered that nearly 68 per cent of the children took a peek and surprisingly 67 per cent of them chose to lie about it.Dr Talwar said, “The bottom line is that punishment does not promote truth-telling. In fact, the threat of punishment can have the reverse effect by reducing the likelihood that children will tell the truth when encouraged to do so.” Therefore, it would seem like quite a few of the traditional forms of punishment are not actually that effective.

Interestingly as the children got older, the study showed that they were more focused towards telling the truth. This was because older children seemed to have a better since of right and wrong and better standards of internalized behavior which prompted to do the right thing.

3-D Printing Advances Help Baby Thrive

Garrett Peterson is too young to understand 3-D printing, and he is too young to remember the days before this became a part of our lives. Garrett Peterson is too young to realize just what 3-D printing has done for him and the way that it changed his life, but that doesn’t mean that he won’t appreciate it one day.

Garrett Peterson was born in 2012, before we even started to hear a lot about 3-D printing, before it had become something that was in the news often. Garrett Peterson was born with a defective windpipe, and he needed help. Thanks to 3-D printing, this little boy has received the help that he was needing. 3-D printing has allowed little Garrett Peterson to receive a new windpipe, a windpipe that was created just for him. The medical advances that are coming about through 3-D printing are amazing, and Garrett Peterson will appreciate them one day, plus investors like Lee G. Lovett are going to be coming out in droves, and have already shown a ton of interest on services like Angel.co.

Dealing With an Ungreatful Kid At Christmas

My children are pretty well rounded, but my sister’s children are another story. It doesn’t matter what I buy them, or anyone else for that matter, they don’t like it. Part of the problem is because they have so much already that nothing surprises them. There is nothing that brings a glimmer to their eyes and nothing that she can do to tame their mouths. Their displeasure for the gifts they are bought is evident on their faces and in their speech.

How does a parent keep a kid from being disrespectful when someone else has spent so much time and effort picking out the perfect gift? Most people threaten their children with punishment if they open their mouth, but that doesn’t do a thing for their glaring eyes of disappointment. How can a parent tactfully deal with this and not cause a scene?

As I say on my About.me page, my kids are mannered because I trained them to be, they don’t come out of the womb like that. The first time my child embarrassed me in front of a relative was the last. The gift that he didn’t like was given right back to the relative. He was told that he didn’t deserve it and they should give it to a child who didn’t have as much. That’s exactly what happened. It wasn’t that he didn’t want the gift, it was that he had something else in mind and was disappointed.

Dealing with children these days takes an active approach. As parents, we have to say what we are willing to accept and what we are not. When we lay down the law we must stand good on what we say. By encouraging good behavior at a young age, it prevents embarrassing moments when they are older.

Hush Little Baby

The soothing sound of your mother’s voice when you were a child and upset is something everyone remembers. Her voice made everything better even if it seemed like it was the end of the world.

The gift of hearing was given to Ryan Aprea, a beautiful 2-year-old who was born at 25 weeks deaf. This lovable toddler was given a cochlear implant in hopes to aid him in hearing his mother’s voice for the first time. Good fortune came to this babe as he squealed in delight and laughed after hearing his mother speak for the first time. Ryan’s mother is overtaken with joy and reports that now with the implant, Ryan is responding more and making eye contact.

Over 65,000 people all of the world heard this little cherub giggle in delight. Needless to say, this is an excellent Christmas present for this family. Thanks for sending over this heartwarming story Bernardo Chua!

Turkey or Ham For Christmas Dinner?

Christmas dinner is one of the most important celebrations of the year. During this time, many families have different traditions that they uphold. As long as no one is browsing Skout at the dinner table we’re all good in my family. In days gone by, families had goose as the main course. Those days seem to be long gone, and most stick to a roast, ham or turkey. But which one is the most acceptable dish for the festivities? It really goes down to taste and availabilities.

In my local area, there are hardly any turkeys to be found. During Thanksgiving, there were frozen birds as far as the eye could see. It wasn’t always this way around here. Recently, turkey is for Thanksgiving and ham for Christmas. If you differ from that tradition, around here you have to buy earlier. But what if you lived in an area where they didn’t have the normal things, but rather something exotic to celebrate. 

In Greeland, they use raw whale skin for their main dish. Kind of like sushi, this dish is typically taken from the beluga whale. It’s not totally raw, they use a rare cooking process, but I would take ham any-day over this. In Japan, KFC is the tradition for Christmas. In Norway, they roast a lamb’s head and serve it on a platter with several other offerings. The one that gets me the most is the tradition of South Africa. They deep fry worms known as the mopane. 

So whether it is turkey or ham at your house, just remember it could be something far worse and less appetizing.

How Many Gifts Should A Child Get On Christmas?

Today’s child wants more presents under the tree than before. They want them piled high and in abundance. But how many gifts is plenty for a child? I see so many families going in debt for gifts that their children will break or lose by the following holiday season. So what is acceptable and what is going to far?

The price ranges will be different for all families, and for Susan McGalla,  depending on their budgets. The area of the country and the prices also must be taken into consideration. Children don’t need half of what they get. The rule of thumb is that a child should get four gifts, they should include a need, a want, an article of clothing and something to read. Even the baby Jesus only got three gifts, why do kids now days want so much more?

Handmade gifts are also coming back in a big way. So many are finding that sentimental offerings are much better than store bought junk. Try to make the gifts have meaning. Try to get something that the child can really use, not just the latest fad. Get them something that means something to them or the family heritage. A want should also be included, but don’t go overboard. If a child gets stuff year round, then Christmas doesn’t have to be as celebrated as those who save all their gift giving till this time of year.

8 Year Old Raises $1 Million for Friend With Liver Condition

While the young Jared Haftel can certainly be charitable in more ways than one, few would expect children as young as 8 years old to be capable of large scale campaigns.

Eight year old Dylan Siegel decided to write a book when he found his friend Jonah Pournazarian suffered from a rare form of liver disorder. The “Chocolate Bar” book priced at $20, managed to generate over 25,000 copies in sale, the proceeds of which will go to University of Florida where Dr David Weinstein is working to find a cure. While there is no cure at the moment, Jonah and Dylan and hopeful a cure will found soon in the near future.

Dylan’s book has been a huge success ever since it was published and the phrase “that is so chocolate bar” is used to denote something that is awesome. Dylan in own words said, “I like to go swimming, that is so chocolate bar.”

Jonah is one of the rare 500 diagnosed with glycogen storage disease type 1b. The disease was considered to be extremely fatal in the 1970’s while Jonah continues to have difficult time managing his illness. The disease has lowered his resistance to bacterial infections and he had to be hospitalized over 20 times last year. He is fed through a tube in his stomach with a mixture of cornstarch and water.

Non-Medical Ultrasounds May Harm Baby and Mother-to-Be

The first picture of your baby. How exciting! And if the baby is still in the womb at the time the image is made, even better. It’s unique, it’s precious, it’s a way of announcing your pregnancy and it may also harm your baby and/or you.

The FDA has issued yet another warning against having an ultrasound done by a non-medical professional who promotes these first baby images as ‘keepsakes’. These non-medical professionals can be found in malls, baby products stores and other public locations where expectant mothers may be found, but mothers-to-be should heed the FDA warning and avoid them.

Ultrasound machines use waves to produce images of your unborn baby. Andrew Heiberger feels they are a safe and useful tool when used by the hand of a professional, but potentially harmful when used by a Johnny-come-lately at the local mall.

Ultrasound tools can and do produce a small amount of heat that can heat tissue up and create small bubbles in some tissues. Tissues of your developing baby. Tissues surrounding your baby. When the ultrasound machine is in the hand of an untrained person, the tendency is to make the session last too long or too require more than one session and the longer and more frequent the ultrasounds are administered, the great the risk of harm to the unborn baby and/or mother.

When Awesome Means Chocolate Bar

Dylan Siegel was just 6 years old when he decided he had to do something to help his best friend Jonah Pournazarian, so he just simply sat down and wrote a book. He did not understand how the publishing industry worked after he made his book he just told his mom to go make copies. His mother realizing the importance of this for both little boys, found a publisher and “The Chocolate Bar  was reproduced and sold in all 50 states and in over 60 countries. It’s a great gift for kids along with a bottle from The Antique Wine Company for the parents.

Jonah Pournazarian is the best fried of Dylan Siegel and he has a very rare disease called glycogen storage disease type 1B only 500 people in the entire world have this disease. It unfortunately has no cure. But only being 6 at the time he wrote the book Dylan just knew he needed to raise the money to help fund a cure.

Every 3 hours he has to be fed through a tube in his stomach a precise mixture of water and corn starch. It helps to keep his glucose level steady otherwise he would die from low blood sugar. They cannot miss an alarm because it would mean Jonah’s death.

Dylan Siegel has given his friend the gift of hope with his book bringing in one million dollars in sales. Every penny made of the book goes towards research. They are now closer to a cure