Dear Amy: Over the last couple of months, a close single-mom friend of mine has very nonchalantly mentioned that she'll give her toddler a melatonin supplement before bedtime a few times a month so the toddler won't wake up in the night while my friend is out partying.In my opinion, using any sort of substance, natural or otherwise, to get your child to sleep simply because you want to go out is horribly selfish and irresponsible on so many levels.I feel like the adult thing to do would be to talk to my friend about it, but she is having a hard enough time as a single mom and is pretty sensitive.How do I go about telling her how much this is bothering me without offending her?I'm at the point I don't want to pick up the phone when she calls.-- Appalled & ConcernedDear Appalled: Regarding the use of melatonin with young children, I shared your question with Dr. Dipesh Navsaria, a pediatrician at the University of Wisconsin.Dr. Navsaria responds: "Melatonin plays a role in sleep and … [Read more...] about Ask Amy: Single mom gives toddler melatonin so she can party
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Inmate No. 15000-030 is released into the frigid January morning at 8:46, a gray custodial suit of sweatpants and long-sleeved thermal clinging to his immense frame, a bushy salt-and-pepper beard wrapping around his face, a guard escorting him with a high-powered rifle slung over his right shoulder. Most politicians would appear hopelessly—dangerously—misplaced in a federal prison. Kent Sorenson is not most politicians. Standing over six feet tall and weighing every bit of 270 pounds, with 11 tattoos and a cleanshaven head, Sorenson is probably the only state senator to have ever been mistaken for a member of the Aryan Brotherhood. That happened during his first stop on the penal turnpike, the Metropolitan Correctional Center (“The MCC”) in Chicago, an administrative facility with maximum-security lodging where the “fish” was viewed warily by fellow inmates. A white supremacist, they figured, sizing him up. It didn’t take long—as soon as … [Read more...] about Kent Sorenson Was a Tea Party Hero. Then He Lost Everything.
Sleep = big, big money. Kaitlyn Flannagan for Observer/Getty Images The first conversation with my professional sleep coach veered into late-night hot dog consumption around 30 minutes in.Luckily, I slept fine after July Fourth, I told Dan Daly, who works for Equinox, the up-up-upscale gym chain that recently launched an intensive 12-week program to help its members sleep better. But even on non-holidays, I (and all Americans, I suggested patriotically) sometimes overdo it. How should I handle that situation? Belly full of meat, thrashing around, staring at the ceiling, desperate for sleep? Daly, a blonde and fit former college swimmer, told me that, sure, evening snacks are often a problem. But, it’s not always that simple. “We want to look for the biggest rock,” he said. That rock could be food or perhaps my sputtering A.C. unit. Either way, “move it, then the path becomes clear.”Absorbing such mantras was difficult while also thinking deeply about the … [Read more...] about A Solid Night’s Sleep Is the New Luxury Good. Have Fun Affording It.
Dear Cathy,I look forward to your weekly column in my paper, however, I’m afraid I must disagree with your mention of foam and aluminum foil as good toys for our cats to play with. Foam is easily bitten in to and swallowed, as is aluminum foil, both of which can cause intestinal problems and blocked colons (where the object can’t be passed). Aluminum foil is also deadly. Ask any veterinarian and they will agree of the dangers. In fact, most cat toys out there are harmful to cats. Pom-pom balls and feathered toys should be used under close supervision.If the consumer reads the warning label on our cat toys, they would see that it says under warning, “product could cause harm if ingested.” The best toys are handmade crafted organic pet toys in Chesterton, Ind. I’ve bought my cat toys from them for many years, and my “girls” are perfectly happy and safe, giving their cat-mom peace-of-mind. This “helicopter mom” thanks you for letting … [Read more...] about Why pets must be supervised with their toys
Dear Cathy,My wife and I recently purchased our fourth German shepherd. Two have passed, and we have one who is 11 years old. Our previous puppies' ears stood up at about two to three months, but our new addition turns four months tomorrow, and her ears still droop. We feed her a brand of puppy chow, she has had all her shots, and is otherwise healthy. Is this a normal progression, or do some dogs take longer to develop? — Bruce, Las Vegas, NVDear Bruce,A German shepherd puppy's ears can take up to six months to stand erect, and generally occurs sometime after teething. You are still well within that time frame for it to happen naturally. Her ears may be a little further apart on her head compared to your other dogs, which may contribute to the slower progression. Too much play with other dogs and too much head petting by you and your family can also break down the cartilage some and keep the ears from standing erect.For now, I wouldn't worry too much, but I suggest visiting your … [Read more...] about When should your dog’s pricked ears stand up?