Kudos to three wonderful things I've seen in the past week or so:
1. Slate.com article about nailbiting that validates my own feelings (as a nailbiter and mother to a nailbiter) that there's nothing wrong with it and that parents should leave kids alone and let them make their own decisions about nibbling/picking.
2. Click magazine issue about the body. Virtually every time I've seen a children's publication deal with describing digestion, they gloss over or entirely ignore the elimination part. WHY? How completely foolish. The Berenstein Bears even go so far as to have a diagram of the digestive system that completely leaves off the colon. Aack! There must be some pretty backed-up bears in Bear Country. Not only does Click's March issue describe the colon and the need for elimination, they actually use those dreaded words "pee" and "poop" and have an entire article about animal feces. Two thumbs way up - and one colon down - for Click for being matter-of-fact for teaching kids that digestion and elimination are interesting, not shameful!
3. The amazingly addictive and fun creative thinking game, The Impossible Quiz. I've made it into the mid-70s so far and have no idea how many questions there are. But I WILL find out.