The Gap – For Kids By Kids

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Gap has recently fired an Indian company that was accused of using child labor to make Gap clothing. The clothing in question were hand stitched blouses which were to be sold in the U.S. just in time for the Christmas season for about $40 a blouse.

This is not the first incident Gap has had with manufacturer’s using child sweatshop labor. In fact, in 2000, Gap came under fire when a BBC documentary uncovered young girls making Gap products in Cambodia.

These children are rounded up from local villages and sold by their parents into the sweatshop labor industry. They are sold to the company’s they work for. There are children as young as 10 years old working 16 hour days with no pay.

The following movie clip is a satire.

Information on the Cambodia Bust.

What You Can Do:

Clean Clothes Campaign

Consumer Advice

Global Exchange – Anti Sweatshop Campaign

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Because it needs to be said

Again and again and again.

The rampant cases of sexual abuse in our country is a very close topic to my heart. I feel it is the preference of most people to look at the issue with glazed eyes and then turn away. No one wants to talk about it. No one wants to deal with it. We just want it to go away. It doesn’t work like that. I don’t have any magical solutions but I know it needs to be talked about in order for any type of headway to be made. With that being said here is an article that is both disgusting in its implications but not shocking to me in any way.

Within the article, a lawyer mentions that she believes there is at least one sexual abuse perpetrator in every school. I don’t doubt that for a second. In fact, I believe she is probably being conservative.

In my own town there is a case from a 72 year old retired teacher that is now being accused of multiple cases of past abuse both in the Tri-Cities and in Seattle.

I think that what is most important to keep in mind is that we only ever see a very small tip of the ice-berg when it comes to viewing the vast scope of abuse that is occurring. As far as the media goes, we are only seeing large public cases, not the ones kept under wraps with settlements and cover ups. Even more so, we don’t see the unnumbered cases that never go reported to anyone. They are kept within the victim and left to fester. We hope that the festering results only in hardship for the victim to recover from but unfortunately, far too often, the victim later become the perpetrator. Perhaps not abusing his/her victims in the same way they were harmed but taking the shape of other forms. I am reminded of that depression commercial that plays on the TV. Who does depression hurt? Everyone. It is the same with abuse. It has a trickle down effect that will magnify itself in many ways. Damaged relationships with family, spouse, peers and friends, lack of appropriate boundaries with children, compensating behavior, etc.

We plan on homeschooling. Not necessarily for this reason all though it certainly is a contributing factor but in reality schools aren’t the beast of this problem. We could home-school all children and this would still be taking place.

I don’t know what the solution is. I know that what we are doing now isn’t working, that is for sure. I also know I want stricter penalties and public penalties at that. None of this right of privacy crap.

I think if one thing could be done to help cure this epidemic it would be for mother and fathers to bond better with their children in infancy. To establish that firm attachment that is needed in those vital first few years. It sounds naive and far too simple but really I think it ultimately boils down to unfulfilled needs that were never met. Not to say this directly leads people to be abusive but I believe that this lack of appropriate attachment manifests itself in our society in many untold ways. If you’ve never read it I highly recommend reading The Continuum Concept (a separate post will be written about this later).

Bumbo Recall

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So, have you heard about the new Bumbo recall? Here’s a thought. How about don’t leave your child unattended. Most especially, don’t leave them unattended when what you are leaving them in doesn’t have a 5 point harness. Eventually your child will learn how to get out of the seat. It is probably best that when that magic day occurs they are not 3 feet off the floor when you are in another room. That is what I have to say about that. Perhaps then a recall wouldn’t be needed. There is also a lot of controversy on this seat due to other reasons but I don’t have the time to go into that now. I haven’t really formulated an opinion on them either way. All though they do seem mighty convenient but then again one always has to wonder at what cost…

Recall HERE

It’s that time again boys and girls…

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It’s time for more recalls! Without further adieu.

Recalls for 10/25/07

Halloween Pails (lead) – Dollar Store: http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml08/08051.html

Football Bobble Head Cake Toppers (lead): http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml08/08050.html

More Jo Ann’s Garden Tools (lead): http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml08/08049.html

Diego Toy Boat (Lead): http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml08/08048.html

Dollar Tree Metal Jewelry (lead): http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml08/08045.html

Shrek & Spiderman Metal Jewelry (lead): http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml08/08044.html

Cars Game Pieces (magnets): http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml08/08039.html

For a list of all children’s lead based recalls go HERE.

For a list of toys made in America go HERE.

Worthy of Consideration…

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What pregnant mother doesn’t enjoy getting to see her baby for the first time via ultrasound and to share those pictures with family and friends? Or hearing their babies heartbeat for the first time? These practices are so routine within prenatal care that one hardly gives them a second thought. I know I certainly didn’t lose sleep over it during my pregnancy with Camden.

However, I read an article tonight that is quite compelling in its arguments. While I haven’t gone to any of the original sources or studies yet, the argument that these very routine procedures in industrialized nations could be one of the links between the rise in autism and birth defects has given me much to think about (and yet one more topic to study).

I would be interested in locating a study of the occurence of autism and the other birth defects mentioned in a control group of pregnant mothers that did not undergo ultrasounds or doppler use.

Here is the ARTICLE. It is from Winter 2006.

P.S. That is Cami in utero.

The Problem With Agency…

Is that it can lead to this…

I have a child who chooses her own clothes and dresses herself. Most days work out ok. Others can lead to this. As long as it is modest I try not to pass judgement. I tried so hard not to laugh at this outfit but it happened anyway. I really need to purchase her a button that says “I dress myself.” And these boots were purchased for under jeans. Not that it matters to my daughter. LOL.

Here are some more marvelous outfits she has chosen over the last couple years:

 

And my ultimate favorite…

The plus of this is that at least when she is older and she looks back at pictures and comments about how bad I used to dress her I can look at her with a clear conscious and say “Sweetie, you took care of that all by yourself.”