♫ ♫ Raindrops on roses and info on head mites
Good parent portals and smart healthcare websites
Knowledge of publishers pulling my strings
These are a few of my favorite things ♫ ♫
Today I want to share with you some of my favorite websites. Sites and services I trust to steer me or others in the right direction. If you:
1) Have no children in your life in the form of offspring, nieces, nephews, or grandchildren
2) Cannot or will not move your body
3) Don’t eat or cook
4) Do not give a rat’s tiny hiney about the writing and publishing world,
then my apologies for bothering you today.
If, however, any of the above applies to you, you might enjoy the following (click on the red print to view):
I. Media Reviews
Kids in mind: Film ratings & parents’ reviews that actually work: This is one of my all-time favorite sites. Like us, these unsung heroes go to movies, but unlike us, instead of relaxing and picking Dots from their teeth, they take detailed notes and create a scene-by-naughty-scene synopsis. For example, how many boobies surface, how many heads explode, how many F-bombs fly, and how many bongs percolate. An overall rating from 1 to 10 in three main categories (sex and nudity, violence and gore, profanity) completes the assessment. In other words, if a flick sticks a 10-10-10, you best leave little Timmy at home.
The above doesn’t only apply to children, however. If frolicking naked nymphs or Bruno’s helicoptering penis aren’t your cup of mocha, you’ll be able to filter out these cinematic delights before you suffer the images.
Common Sense Media: This is another good site to check on a movie’s child-appropriateness, but I use it mostly for video game assessment. Reviews from both parents and children help guide my decision, much to my sons’ chagrin.
II. Medical Websites
Healthy Children.org: This site comes courtesy of the American Academy of Pediatrics and is a great resource for parents. Want to know about toilet training? Search away. Not sure how to talk to your child about divorce or death or any other number of unpleasant topics? Search away. I loved this site for my patients.
Family Doctor.org: As a counterpart to the above, this website comes via the American Academy of Family Physicians and can serve as a useful resource for adult disease. I don’t use it much, but if I did, I’d trust its advice.
Cathe: Cathe Friedrich is a well-known fitness guru. Her DVDs boast front-and-center display in my exercise room. And when I’m huffing and puffing and thinking I can’t survive one more cardio minute, I remind myself that this fit chick is older than me.
Allrecipes.com: When I need a new dinner option, I can always find something on here.
Diet Facts.com: When I want to know how frightening a restaurant entrée is, I can always terrorize myself on here. (Offers nutrition facts for over 500 restaurants.)
Writers.net: This site is an internet directory of writers, editors, publishers, and literary agents, and it also houses a great forum. Most any writing or publishing questions you have get answered here.
Writer Beware: Although the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America sponsor this site, one doesn’t need to write in these genres to appreciate the information. It’s simply a good site to weed out writing and publishing scams.
So there you have it, some of my favorite things. What are some of yours? Any great websites to share (rated PG-13 or less…)?
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