Wee Bits: Brilliant Travel Advice for Parents, Shaming Kids Who Can’t Pay for Lunch, and a Killer Japanese Exfoliator

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This bit, from the New York Times, will make you blind with rage and disbelief: Shaming Children So Parents Will Pay the School Lunch Bill.

Speaking of feeling things: Jimmy Kimmel makes the most human, heartfelt plea yet for fair health care in this country by telling the story of his own sick newborn baby. “No parent should ever have to decide if they can afford to save their child’s life. It just shouldn’t happen.” This is WELL worth the watch, if you haven’t already seen it …  just know that you will weep.

Well, this is a lovely little tribute from the New Yorker to Ann M. Martin’s The Babysitter’s Club books. (Oh, how I loved those books.)

This Organic Life piece about traveling with kids (from local writer Kiley Bates-Brennan) is one of the most idea-packed travel pieces I have ever read, especially as it relates to helpful gear recommendations.

Ha! Best day of this kid’s life. (Not so, his mom’s.)

This is cool: All 54 locations of the Philly Free Library, captured on Instagram. 

I want literally everything I read about on the Strategist, and this Japanese exfoliator is no exception.

Thanks, Parents.com, for some fresh chicken-dinner ideas. 

Here’s a little something different for you this weekend: Chestnut Hill’s Home & Garden Festival, Sunday, May 7, is a family-friendly fest with home and garden vendors, a beer garden, food, shopping … plus rides, face-painting, a photo booth and free train rides for kids.

Deep, deep, deep sigh.