two recommendations

As usual, Leo Babauta is right on the money over at Zen Habits with a wonderful, joyful, spot-on post about parenting here.  I recommend, and wholeheartedly concur with his conclusions.

And, for the married folks among you - especially but not only the older married folks - I have heard about this stuff and having now tried it I say to you: "Yes" is right, get some!  US peeps - you can get it at here.  Run out of ideas for gifts to give a spouse who has everything?  Inside the outer packaging of its box the selection pack contents come in a sweet little red drawstring organza bag.  Best recommendation?  The woman who wrote in to say her husband wants them to sell it in five-gallon pails (!!)