Quicker-than-quick Takes

2101 2101_ () 2101 2101 1. I was on The Good Catholic Life radio program yesterday with Pat Gohn. I talked about the upcoming Mom’s Day Away, and also my blog and book. I skyped in, while also speaking on the phone, which was fun! It was almost like being in the studio fo realz.

2. There is still time — and tickets available — for the Mom’s Day Away. It’s Saturday, April 2 in Stoneham (outside of Boston). If you’re thinking about coming, DO IT! Don’t be shy. I was thinking it might seem intimidating, seeing all the people talking about meeting up with people they know, but really, there are going to be plenty of people there who don’t know anyone. But they will by the end of the day!
3. Over at Faith and Family Live, we’re talking about new recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics that children should stay rear-facing in their carseats until they are two! I don’t know how you feel about that but I’m a little…iffy. As in: can my child handle another year of facing a seat instead of getting to see what everyone else is looking at.
4. In light of that discussion, I was reminded of a TED talk I saw a few years ago about how carseats for bigger kids came into fashion. If you have a few extra minutes to check it out, it’s very compelling.
5. I signed up for something that has revolutionized our lives — emealz! I paid $15 for the fine ladies at this brilliant website to come up with a weekly menu for me (for the next three months). The meals are based on the weekly sales at Publix (my grocery store of choice) and so far, so GOOD. Do you want to know more? I’m going to write about it later this week.
6. Thanks for all your comments about my movie experience. And also, many thanks to my readers who walked me through changing my homepage. It worked and you are the best!

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  1. I'd love to come to the Mom's Day Away if someone would pay my airfare and hotel. 🙂

    The emealz thing sounds wonderful! Can't wait to read more about it!

  2. scotch meg says:

    Rachel, if you hear from someone who can get to Boston but needs a place to stay, let me know. I will find a friend to host them. Seriously. I'd say I'll host them, but I'm already doing that for someone.

    Also, I can't believe that they're recommending rear-facing until TWO. Maybe they only know short kids. Unless carseats have changed dramatically in the past ten years, my children's legs and feet would not fit rear-facing at age two. Or at page one. Or even in some cases at age six months. It was always a bit of a strain to keep them rear-facing for the legally required time!

  3. Michelle says:

    #3 -Yeah, I am wondering about the logistics of the car seat until the kid is two. Sounds very uncomfortable for the poor kid.
    #5 – I have a friend who is using this too and LOVES it!

  4. writermomof4 says:


    On #3: All four of my kids were rear-facing until they were between 3 and 4 years old (when they outgrew the rear-facing convertible seat). None of them complained. After all, until you turn them forward, they really don't know what they're missing, especially when they have older siblings to entertain them! When they're forward, that's when they want a sip of your diet coke and you can no longer sneak through the drive-through without getting them something too! My oldest son (now 14) was a tiny kid and learned to read at 3 1/2. My biggest problem with him rear-facing? He was constantly asking me "Does that sign say _____?" and be asking me about a sign that I'd have to turn around to see! Not real safe while driving.

    Just please keep in mind that these recommendations, while they seem sudden, have been considered "best practice" for over 10 years. In fact, the AAP used to say that kids needed to stay rear-facing for "at least 1 year and 20 lbs, but for safety should remain in a rear-facing convertible car seat until it is outgrown." It's not just "sorta safer". We're talking astronomically safer! Since car crashes are the number one cause of death to kids, and a top cause of serious injury (including spinal cord and head injuries), why wouldn't you want to keep them in the safest position as long as possible?

    Check this out for more info: http://cpsafety.com/articles/stayrearfacing.aspx

  5. Brittany says:

    Recommendations on rear facing your children until at least age two are to keep your child safe in the case of an accident! Rear facing is 500x safer. Why would you not want to do something that is better for your children?! I personally see no problem with it. Buy a new bigger convertible carseat and children will fit just fine. Who cares if they are looking at a seat? They have the rest of their lives to see what is out there when it is time to forward face and rear facing is a better way to ensure that they will actually have the rest of their life if you were to be in a serious accident one day!

  6. We did emealz for awhile. It is a great thing if you have kids who are adventurous eaters. My kids and husband are not so we would only use 2 – 3 meals a week so it was not worth it for our family. I have friends who use this and LOVE LOVE LOVE it! so it is well worth the $15 to try.