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Don't Buy Toys from China
The list of toy recalls is growing on a daily basis and appears to be endless. Before buying any more Christmas presents, now is a good time to research the toy market and possibly rethink your toy buying philosophy. Many parents and environmental groups are recommending that parents avoid buying any toys made in China altogether. Even if you follow the recall list closely and buy a toy not on the list, it may still show up on the list in the future. In light of China's reputation, it would make sense to avoid the chinese toys altogether.

There are many good products that are made in the USA and other reputable countries. Playmobile and Most Little Tikes are a few of the excellent toymakers who have no relationship to Chinese companies. ABC News has published a good article, "Avoid Lead Toys from China" which provides an excellent list of reputable toy companies. Also, be sure and follow the daily list of toy recalls released by the FDA. There are also many websites that appear to be good references: The Not Quite Crunchy Parent, China-Free Christmas November 2007

These recalled toys are everywhere. My neighbor took his 5 year old to a Halloween party where they were handing out toy vampire teeth as a party favor. Not realizing that the teeth had recently shown up on the recall list of toys with lead, the parents innocently handed out these toys meant to be put in the mouth! October 31, 2007

 

Educational Internet References

Child Behavior Disorders/Mental Illness:

Child Behavior Disorders from the US National Library of Medicine & Nat'l Institute of Health. This site provides extensive information and links relating to children's health.
Nemours FoundationThis is a comprehensive website for parents, teens and children. Easily understood, educational brochures about all stages of a child's life.
National Mental Health Association
This site has an extensive library of educational brochures pertaining to childhood difficulties and mental illness such as anxiety, depression, mood disorders, bullying, conduct disorders, learning disabilities, eating disorders and substance abuse.

Divorce:

Dealing with Divorce from the Nemours Foundation
Their House - My House: Raising your child in two different homes from the US Dept of Health and Human Services.
Marriage and Divorce in Later Life from the American Assoc. for Geriatric Psychiatry

Health Issues for Children:

When to Call the Doctor from the Pediatric Virtual Hospital
Children's Health
from the National Library of Medicine
Nemours FoundationThis is a comprehensive website for parents, teens and children. Easily understood, educational brochures about all stages of a child's life.
Growth Charts from the Nemours Foundation

Positive Parenting:

Teaching your child self control from the Nemours Foundation
Your Child's Habits from the Nemours Foundation
Parenting Influences from the American Academy of Pediatrics

Safety:

Safety Tips for Halloween from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

Also see Child Services for U.S., Child Services for Pinellas County, Florida
Internet References:
--Written by N Thompson, ARNP in collaboration with M Thompson, MD, Internal Medicine, Last updated November 2007

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