Weekend Web Wandering – February 28, 2015

weekend web wandering lgCan you believe tomorrow is the first of March? The time, it flies (as Hercule Poirot might say). Well, anyway, I’ve saved tons of links for you today, so you might want to settle in with a cup of tea and see what grabs your attention.




If you’d like to see what I’ve posted here at Living Unabridged and what’s been inspiring me this month, take a peek at this roundup: Life via Blog: February. That’s all for this week, friends. Sorry for the length of this list but it was just too hard to cut anything out.

Live long and prosper. (Couldn’t resist.)

weekend web wandering

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  1. That is quite a list of links! As one of seven (and with the same name as the author), I enjoyed the article on “How this Mother of 7 does it.” I think my parents “did it” the same way (and I hope that I can do it even half as successfully should God bless us with a bunch.)

    The peanut thing has been fun to try to explain even before this newest study came out. As a WIC dietitian, I can’t say how many times I’d walk through nutrition pamphlets with clients, crossing out the “peanuts” under the list of foods to avoid and explaining “We used to recommend avoiding foods containing peanuts until kids were age 1 (or even later if they have a family history of allergies) because we didn’t know how to prevent peanut allergy and hoped that might help. Meanwhile, researchers were busy trying to see if that recommendation helps. Now we know that it doesn’t make any difference, so it’s okay that you give your children foods with peanuts in them after they start solid foods.” And then I’d go on to talk about reducing choking risk by spreading peanut butter thinly and avoiding whole peanuts until kids can chew them well.

    Often, I complain about how the media conflates the “nutritionists are always changing their mind” problem by issuing recommendations that the science doesn’t yet support (one study does not a recommendation justify). But this time it was the professionals who made the erroneous recommendation, and who deserve censure. I’d love it if every recommendation from a professional organization came with a letter grade and level of certainty such as those recommended by the United States Preventative Services Task Force (link to Wikipedia page describing that group).

    • Love your balanced approach. I do think it was probably one of those things that got conflated in parents’ minds: peanuts = choking hazard being the same as peanuts = always bad for little ones. Thinly spread peanut butter is how we’ve introduced each of our 5 to peanut butter. Anecdotally, so far, so good. But I know 5 children does not a scientific study make. ;)

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