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Hasbro Responds to Teen: Gender Neutral Easy-Bake Oven to Hit Shelves 2013

The Hasbro team has responded to McKenna Hope, the teen that set out to change things for her younger brother Gavyn Boscio.  After he and his family were discouraged by the selection of Easy-Bake Oven’s that were so blatantly designed to appeal to girls and girls alone, his brave sister McKenna decided to speak out. She began a petition online to urge Hasbro to alter their marketing scheme, adamantly claiming that the packaging and color pattern sent a “clear message: women cook, men work.” With over 40,000 signatures and plenty of encouragement from celebrity chefs, her fight for a gender neutral Easy-Bake Oven became a reality.

She met with Hasbro executives on Monday and was pleased to discover that her request is already in the process of being answered. By the  fall of 2013, Hasbro will launch a black and silver edition of the Easy-Bake Oven. The gender-neutral design is highly anticipated for the entire family that started it all a mere few weeks ago.

The fact that at such a young age McKenna could not only shed light on, but win, the gender-equality cause she was fighting for is nothing short of inspiring.

For more information, visit Yahoo.

Happy Thanksgiving from BabyEarth Grow!

Every fourth Thursday of November, families generally gather round to catch up, eat ungodly amounts of food, watch football, and most importantly give thanks.

From everyone here at BabyEarth, we are thankful for you and your little ones. Thank you for having the cutest kids around, for giving us the opportunity to serve you, for being avid readers (here’s hoping!), and for your loyal support of what we do and who we are. We appreciate your business, and wish you a relaxing and very Happy Thanksgiving!

 

‘Sesame Street’s’ Elmo Puppeteer, Kevin Clash, Resigns

It seems Sesame Street can’t stay out of the news lately, from attacks on Big Bird to the ultimate demise of Elmo as we know it. The mood at Sesame Workshop, the educational non-profit organization behind Sesame Street, is at an all-time low as the behind-the-scenes face of Elmo steps down after 28 years of loyal service to the fuzzy red, ticklish puppet that we all know and love. Kevin Clash, the man behind Elmo, has resigned from his post after two recent allegations that he had sexual relationships with underage boys.

Undoubtedly a loss for Sesame Street, the gossip mill circles in anticipation over whether or not the allegations carry any weight.  After the anonymous 24 year old male who issued the first allegation retracted his statement last week, it’s hard to tell. However, after Cecil  Singleton stepped forward yesterday alleging Kevin Clash had taken advantage of him as well, Clash ultimately stepped down from his position to deal “with the[se]  personal matters privately.” Clash did not want to tarnish the reputation Sesame Street has built as a popular educational platform for children, stating “Personal matters have diverted attention away from the important work Sesame Street is doing and I cannot allow it to go on any longer.”

Sesame Workshop issued a statement stating that “Unfortunately, the controversy surrounding Kevin’s personal life has become a distraction that none of us wants, and he has concluded that he can no longer be effective in his job and has resigned from Sesame Street.  This is a sad day for Sesame Street.”

Though I can’t say Elmo was my absolute favorite- I have an allegiance to the Cookie Monster as we both have quite the sweet tooth-it saddens me to see Kevin Clash go on some level. Don’t get me wrong, if the claims are true, it sickens me and I hope that these men find justice and peace. With that said however, there are too many rumors flying around at the moment for me to decide how I feel just yet. I am not one to quickly judge, so I’ll leave that up to you.

How do you feel about the allegations made about Kevin Clash? Is there any truth behind the claims? If the claims are false, how can someone live with themselves to slander the very character, both literally and figuratively, they grew up on?

 

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Teacher Sues District Over Right To Breastfeed

Breastfeeding is a special journey that nurtures the bond between baby and mom, so much so that mom’s body becomes completely in sync with her little one’s feeding needs. In fact, the cry of her baby-heck-any baby, can bring on an embarrassing moment in public… So, what happens if your workplace is less than accommodating?

According to Yahoo! Shine, a California mom, and now former teacher, is suing her previous school district after being told she could not pump breast milk during working hours.  Sarah Ann Lewis Boyle, an employee of the Child Development Center within the Carmel Unified School District, returned from her maternity leave in September of 2011.  She had requested to pump breast milk during the work day which is in accordance with California law.  However, Boyle was allegedly told by her supervisor to train her “breasts not to make milk between the hours of 7 a.m. and 1 p.m.” What? I hate to bring up politics, but that comment is oddly reminiscent to a certain representative’s remark during an interview on KTVI-TV in which it was said the female body had certain ways to “shut the whole thing down.”

In short, Boyle was uncomfortable with stretching out feeding times and had made a request to Human Resources to accommodate her breastfeeding needs. Though HR replied that they would, no changes were made. Boyle found herself sneaking off into the attached bathroom of the classroom to pump while also watching the kids through the crack in the door. The stress-induced environment had weakened her breastmilk production, and she eventually stopped trying. By February however, she was asked to resign after her first-ever negative evaluation. As a result, Boyle filed a complaint with the U.S. Equal Opportunity Commission and was given the green light to file a lawsuit.  Prior to doing so she tried to reason with the district once more to which they responded that they would strongly deny her claims as they were more than accomodating.

It seems that this issue comes up time and time again in the workplace as well as the general public.  What’s your opinion of this story? Have you ever dealt with a similar issue? What’s the best course of action?

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Going Gaga for GaGa Deals

Ever feel like after an exhausting but successful day of bargain hunting you deserve a trophy? No?  Just me? Well, regardless, we all love a good deal.  Granted, I’m no Extreme Couponer (or Extreme Cheapskates for that matter!  Oh, TLC, you’re too much…) but I do fancy myself to be quite the go-getter in my attempts of cutting costs.  With the financial woes facing parents today, finding the best bang for your buck is more important than ever.  That said, if you are unfamiliar with BabyEarth’s GaGa Deals, I have three words for you: you are welcome!  Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 6 p.m. EST we post an item to GaGa Deals every hour on the hour.  Now, here is where it gets interesting, you can visibly watch the price tick down penny by penny as the hour elapses.  It is the perfect way to get some fantastic deals on some great baby stuff,  but stock is limited so don’t miss out!

Check the site often; you never know what we’ll post next!  New addiction?  Perhaps.  Please don’t hate me! ;)

Welcome to BabyEarth Grow!

The gestation period has been long (whew!) but we are so very proud to announce our newest addition to the BabyEarth family, BabyEarth Grow!  Our vision is to open up the lines of communication so that we can offer you not only a place to shop, but a place to learn, share, laugh, and grow as a parent.  This is a safe haven designed specifically for you to make your job easier with a random assortment of interesting content, news, links and more.  Don’t be shy to join our forums and comment on our blog posts – we would love to hear from you!  So without further ado, please join us in welcoming BabyEarth Grow, and come grow with us!