Entries by Yummy Mummy Club from 08/2012

The Truth About the Five-Second Rule

| Posted 08.02.2012 | Canada Living

So much for the five-second rule. Another urban mommy myth bites the big one. Seems anything that drops on the floor -- be it the cookie or the soother -- is contaminated long before those five seconds are up. According to the medical director of the infection prevention and control program at Loyola University Health System, Jorge Parada. "When it comes to folklore, the 'five-second rule' should be replaced with 'when in doubt, throw it out.'"

The Mom Behind the Olympic Athlete

| Posted 08.08.2012 | Canada Impact

2012-07-25-olympicbanner.pngCanadian Olympic Diving sensation Alexandre Despatie owes much of this success to his mom, Christiane. When he was just three weeks old, Christiane took her newborn son to a class to learn to swim -- a perfect start to a successful career in diving. Alex has won three world championships and two Olympic silver medals and has became a Canadian heartthrob.

Giving Birth to a Child Doesn't Make You a Parent

| Posted 08.13.2012 | Canada Living

I did not give birth to Allie. I'm her foster mother, but I have no rights to make key decisions for this child in my care. Allie's "real" mother has never been with her daughter for more than two hours at a time. "Mom" has never taken Allie to the park, given her a bath, or put her to bed.

Girls Need Female Role Models With Integrity

| Posted 08.20.2012 | Canada Impact

It seems shameful that a girl or young woman should feel consumed by the alleged cornerstones of physical beauty -- perfect weight, perfect measurements, and perfect skin. If you are a mother, an aunt, a teacher or a friend to a young girl or woman, you possess the power to mentor, to help change their minds about the meaning of being beautiful, thus rescuing their potential and redirecting them toward qualities that are worthy of cultivation.

Why Do Home-schooled Children Outperform? Their Parents

| Posted 08.30.2012 | Canada

I know there are some who might use the finding that home-schooled children outperform their public school counterparts as an argument against the latter, but "the system" is apparently not the telling factor here. Nope. It's parents. Homeschooled children tend to outperform traditionally-educated kids, because their parents are more involved and the kids respond to that involvement.