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Children's Tylenol Recall!

Johnson & Johnson Recalls Children's Tylenol and Motrin

Posted by Dr. Mercola | May 13 2010 | 11,730 views

tylenol, motrin, zyrtec, recall, johnson & johnsonThe U.S. FDA has urged consumers to stop using liquid Tylenol, Motrin, Benadryl and Zyrtec medicines for children and infants. Johnson & Johnson has announced a broad recall following the discovery of manufacturing deficiencies that could affect the quality, purity and potency of the drugs.

The FDA also warned that consumers should not give adult strength medicine to children instead, as this can result in serious harm.

According to Reuters:

“Some of the products affected by the recall may contain a higher concentration of active ingredient than specified; others contain inactive ingredients that may not meet internal testing requirements; and others may contain tiny particles.”

Making time for children
I really need to plug more kiddie time into my calendar.  The intentions are there, but the days fly by and it's never in the plans. Once per week, I attempt some family outing, but I consider motherhood my full time job. Seriously, I spend eight hours at work, but the rest I'm with my boys.  So, once per week doesn't cut it.  Soon enough they won't want me to be all mushy with them.  Now is my time to make the impact that will carry them over for the rest of their life.  I know it's not to late. Yet.

Do you use a tutor?
 I'm feeling the pangs of mommy guilt here.  I'm not able to be as in depth with my son as I get busier at work.  It really is true for me that when one area of your life greatly improves, others may fall by the wayside.  My children are not negotiable for that kind of mother fail.  I spend time with them, but that doesn't leave opportunity for as much educational activities as I would like.  I'm considering a tutor, but then I know I would just feel absolutely useless.  Any suggestions?

How old are the children?
I have a two and three year old. Both are boys.

Hide and seek books
Something like where's waldo but for preschoolers. I didn't realize how much fun it would watch my boys eagerly try to find the hidden objects. My boys are 2 and 3 and this created a lot of fun for a low impact activity. I pull it out on the nights I'm physically and mentally exhausted.

Summer Fun for the Children
I'm planning summer events for my boys. They're only two and three years old, but I still think they can get bored being couped inside all summer. It's so hot here, though, so I have to plan trips that indoors after noon.
Most local zoos offer at least six free days per year. We're going on the next one to see if Houston's zoo has enough to offer to purchase the zoo pass. San Antonio's Sea World is two and a half hours away, so that will be a weekend getaway
We have lots of Children's Museums and such available to balance out those scorching hot days when walking around just won't cut it.
Home Depot offers a children's workshop on the first Saturday of every month from 9a.m. to 12p.m. This should be true of every Home Depot. Pretty cool, because all materials and even a free kiddie orange HD apron are free.
What are you planning this summer?

Ten Ways to Make More Time for Your Kids
I found this on the web...wanted to share.
Ten Ways to Make More Time for Your Kids

Snuck in some bond time
I have two days off back to back this week.  It's not really a new thing, but I quit doing that to myself.  It's torture I would do everything the first day and the second day would just disappear.  The alternative is do nothing both days.  So for the past few weeks up until today, I took one random day off.  I procrastinated so much less.  I did things before and after work instead of saving added chores for my off day.  It really worked well.  I thought I was a big girl again able to handle two days off in a row.  Today, I took the boys to the bookstore and various errands.  We were together.  That's all that matters.  We got home after 5pm, so I spent the same amount of play together time I would have spent had I worked this day.   We spent it together so this is what really matters.  I didn't even realize how much they enjoyed it until I heard the wee one repeating things he heard me and brother say.  We all rolled over in laughter.  Another mother-sons bonding day. 
How do you fit bonding in on your off days and when you get off of work?  How much time do you set aside for play each day?

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The hardest part of everyday is when I leave my sweeties each morning.  What do you do to make morning bye byes easier?

one word
One Word That Can Change Your Reality -- And Change The Way You Think

Did you know that by simply removing one word from your vocabulary, and replacing it with another, you can put yourself in the driver’s seat and gain 100 percent control of your life? 

More often than not, the word “CAN’T” is the culprit of your failures. By replacing “CAN’T” with “WON’T,” you open the door to asking yourself the right questions that may help you get out of your own imaginary prison.  

Do you say “I can’t take a vacation,” or “I can’t get a better job”?  

By changing those statements to, “I won’t take a vacation,” and “I won’t get a better job,” what questions are raised?  

Why won’t you? What’s holding you back? What are you not willing to do to make it happen? Plenty of people have done those things, and are doing them right now as you’re reading this, so they’re obviously not real impossibilities!  

Start your transformation by paying close attention to when and how you use the word “can’t,” and then repeat the sentence in your mind, replacing “can’t” with “won’t.” Analyze the sentence, and you may be in for an awakening. September 28, 2007


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