6 of our children have now died from vaping!

We wonder how this can be true…

so quickly as a country…we know what we must do…


We don’t care about the reason.

We don’t want to listen to the excuse.

We begin almost immediately…

to ban e-cigarette use.


When lawn darts first hit the market

families thought this toy was great

until so many children got hurt…

they were banned in ’88.


We ban cribs when they aren’t safe

as well as car seats too.

when something can hurt our children…

that’s just what we do!


Our country acts so quickly!

Our decisions are quite brisk…

when we see our children hurting

when our children are at risk!


Yes, we are quick to ban a danger

that may send our children to heaven…

except, of course, if that danger


is an AK 47.

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What is Really Happening with Best Walkers for Babies


Within a couple of years, people began to understand that baby walkers weren't safe. Baby walkers are such an enjoyable and exciting means to continue to keep your baby entertained! Greatest baby walkers are simple to use with all the essential aspects for the pleasure of your son or daughter. Finest baby walker for carpet needs to be chosen if your house has carpeting.

Pros and Cons of Using Baby Walkers

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What to Expect From Baby Walkers?

Alongside their safety concerns, another knock on walkers is they may delay your child's development. It's important to not forget that baby walkers aren't intended to teach your baby to walk. Always make certain you're not letting your kid go a very long way if he or she's using the baby walker. One of the chief reasons baby walkers have the capacity to be this risk is that mobility can be a bit too great.

Baby walkers might prove to be dangerous in the event the youngster is left in it unsupervised and space isn't optimized for walker usage. They are still popular places to put the baby so they can play and be upright before they are walking. The ideal baby walker is going to be one which meets the requirements of your growing child. Very best baby walkers that don't have toys connected also enable your child to gain from anything they see, hear, and feel.

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One day I ran to Grandpa…And I looked into his ear.

“Mommy says you’re pretty smart….Do you keep your brains in here?”


It’s too dark in here. I can’t see a thing…I don’t know what to do.

Grandpa is there any way…I’ll ever be as smart as you?”


Grandpa sat me on his lap…he gave my hand a squeeze.

“The wisdom you are seeking can be found in all of these.”


He pointed to his bookshelf and said, “Sally..take a look.”

“All my wisdom…everything I know…I learned from children’s books.”


By listening to or reading the words or inspecting the pictures drawn

Oh...the wondrous things I’ve seen…Oh…the places I have gone.  


I’ve been to worlds where strange things happen.

I’ve seen animals dance and sing.

I’ve known fairies and dragons and pirates…and Princesses and Kings.


I’ve been to Africa with a curious monkey

on a bear hunt under the pines 

rescued from a well in China 

and to France with Madeline 


Along the way, everywhere I went my imagination has been churned

And I’ll be glad to share with you…some…of the things I’ve learned:


It seems I’ve learned so many things I was not taught in school

Like what happens when my teacher’s missing…and how Wimpy kids are cool. 


I’ve learned about the weather from Freddy, he’s a frog.  

I’ve seen a cold and snowy day…I’ve seen it raining cat’s and dogs


I learned some girls like to be fancy, that there’s an alphabets in my soup 

I learned it’s okay to wear the color pink…and that everybody poops. 


I learned about dragons, they love tacos, 

I visited the Wild Things land

I learned that when I’m nervous or scared I have my kissing hand. 


I learned the beauty of inventing words…like this one...maple surple

I watched as a boy named Harold drew the moon…I learned nothing rhymes with purple.


Dr. Seuss taught me colors and counting…I played a game with his Cat in the Hat 

his Lorax taught me ecology…Now what do you think about that?


I’ve learned meatballs can fall from the sky…and when you’re in a jam

What’s the best thing you can give yourself…of course...green eggs and ham.


Amelia Bedelia taught me how to think…she takes things so literally.

I’ve learned of joy and tenderness…under the Giving Tree. 


I learned to watch the world around me from a poky little pup 

while a little engine and a steam shovel…taught me never to give up.


I’ve learned that love and tolerance are what matters in the end.

I’ve learned a lion and a mouse or a spider and a pig can be the best of friends.


I’ve learned an express train takes you to Santa…that a reindeer’s nose can glow. 

I’ve learned a snowman can come alive…and a Grinch’s heart can grow 


I’ve learned not to give a mouse a cookie…it causes too much of a fuss

I’ve learned that cows can type, bears like honey and not to let pigeons drive the bus.


I’ve learned gentleness from a bull…integrity from a bat 

I’ve learned how one bear can be big and brown…while another wears a hat. 


I’ve learned fish can come in rainbow colors…that a wolf can huff and puff 

I’ve learned a caterpillar can be hungry…and billy goats are gruff. 


I’ve learned to wake up in the morning with a smile…I’ve learned to sing a happy tune

I’ve learned to think of others...to be nice…and say good night to the moon. 


As I grew up it didn’t stop…how my learning did expand

as I followed a rabbit down a hole…and flew to Neverland. 


I learned about life on the Mississippi…watching a young boy and Indian flee

I learned about kindred spirits in a town called Avonlea.  


I learned from wizards, witches and Hobbits…from creatures big and small

that goodness wins out in the end…and there’s magic in us all.


“I could go on and on.” Grandpa said but to one thought I must return

of all the things I know...I know there’s always more to learn.


And if you spend a little time reading before long this I know

Oh the things that you will learn…Oh the places you will go.



Then Grandpa sat me at my desk…and he gave my head a kiss

He patted me on my shoulder…and then he told me this....


If you’re seeking wisdom, Sally you don’t have far to look


Everything you need to know…can be found in children’s books.

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She wished that she could be a star...

but her wish was over soon

“Why be a star?” She wondered.

“When she could be the moon?”


But the moon spends all her time in darkness

that wouldn’t be very much fun

so she no longer wanted to be the moon

she’d rather be the sun!


But the sun is bright and hot all the time...

with no air conditioning…so she vowed,

she no longer wanted to be the sun

she would rather be a cloud.


But clouds do not control their flight

as they soar across the sky

then she wondered to herself,

if that’s the reason why clouds cry...


As she stood their wishing she could be

the wind, the flowers or the sea

she thought to herself…how none of these

could ever wish that they were me.


She concluded she must be pretty special,

to be able to dream the way she does

so she made one final wish that night


to be exactly who she was.

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You have to love the reasoning of a child.

You have to stand in awe…

You have to love it

Oftentimes I think that, as adults…

we could use a little more of it…


Their son saw magic everywhere

In ever cranny 

and every nook

When they asked how he sees so much magic

He smiled…


because I know where to look.

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I am your baby…just born yesterday…I have all my fingers…all of my toes

and even though I can’t talk yet…here are 10 things I’d like you to know.


You will receive  a lot of good and bad advice…

you won’t always be able to tell them apart

so the first thing I have to tell you….

is to trust yourself and follow your heart 


Please…never call me stupid or I might end up feeling that way.

protect me….keep me safe and warm…life will be more appealing that way


And don’t be alarmed if I get hurt…when I bruise…be there to soothe and numb it…

remember your job is to help me learn about life…

not to keep me protected from it


Mistakes are just a part of who I am…and in my life they will be interspersed

So if you want me to believe in myself…

you must believe in me first.


I will be a child for a while…so be forgiving and patient with me

even the times when I make it difficult for you to be the parents you imagined you’d to be.


Finally, remember to love me no matter what… it’s the last thing I need you to know

your love is something I always will need…something I’ll never outgrow.


So there you have it…10 things you should know…

at least I think that’s the right amount…

after all I was only born yesterday…

I can’t talk 


how can you expect me to count!

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She knew her daughter’s heart was pure 

and that compassion she’d never lack

when the leaves began falling from the trees 


and she tried to put them back.

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We watched our granddaughter play volleyball…”There she is!” we both exclaimed

when she stepped onto the court…when she got into the game.


She only played a short time…didn’t even have time to mess her hair

The ball never came her way, but that didn’t matter…we didn’t care.


Her team won the game!…and though it was sad to watch the other team lose

We were happy!

What a beautiful day!

Then we went home and watched the news….


A child wearing a home-made gas mask in Syria…

her father’s face so worn and drawn.

They were pulling bodies out of the rubble…

after 7 years their war goes on….


7 years of war…cities destroyed by hatred…fighting and bombs

children who may be lost forever from their dads, their homes, their moms….


And we thought how lucky it is for our granddaughter…

playing volleyball so innocent and free

while halfway across the world there are children not as fortunate as she.


Who are running for their lives…while around them building fall

Who I imagine would give anything…to be playing volleyball.


And we’ll be happy watching her next game…

happy to be there win or lose…

Forgetting for a moment the rest of the world…


until we go home and watch the news.

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What can we say to our children as we watch them running to and fro?

What advice can we offer them…you know…advice to help them grow?


For weren’t we all children once…running to and fro?

And aren’t there things we learned back then…we’d like for them to know?


We could start with:


Life is to be lived…don’t always do what’s right.

Don’t always color within the lines…by all means fly a kite.


Believe in yourself when others don’t…ride in a boat upon the sea…

Stop to count the stars at night…at least one time…climb a tree.


Do the best you can in all you do…If you make a mistake…don’t fret.

Watch the sunrise in the morning…and in the evening watch it set.


Swing on a swing, slide down a slide…run…for no reason at all.

Enjoy the warmth of summer, the birth of Spring…and the changing leaves in Fall.


Eat ice cream whenever you want… hug…and kiss…and share….

Never knowingly hurt another being….sometimes…it’s okay to swear.


Travel to new places…learn to ride a bike while pedaling with no hands.

Never be in hurry to grow up…smile as often as you can.


Do what you know is right…don’t be afraid to take a chance…

Sing whenever you feel like it… feel free to cry and laugh and dance. 


Love life when everything is bright…and love life when all is black

for you’ll find if you love with all your heart…the world will love you back.


And perhaps the best news we could end with….

advice that never will be wrong:

No matter how much older you become…


always bring your child along.

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