My Pillow Pets Silly Monkey Review

I am not sure if I have ever met a child who did not immediately like monkeys. Children will fall in love with them at the zoo, when they are on cartoons, because of children’s stories, and even because they watch a nature show about them. This love of monkeys by children easily translates to toys, where you will find no shortage of monkey toys. One of the stuffed animal brands that are becoming very popular would have to be the My Pillow Pets Silly Monkey. This stuffed animal has become very popular, and it is not hard to see why. Here is a basic review of the product, hopefully giving you all the information you would ever need about My Pillow Pets Monkey.

The most important thing people look at, most of the time, when purchasing a stuffed animal is how good it looks. With the My Pillow Pet Silly Monkey, you are going to be getting a fantastic looking item. The monkey is mostly brown, with a much lighter colored face that sticks out. It also has a nice little brown tail, cute ears, and a gigantic smile that kids are sure to love. It is one stuffed animal that you are not going to have to complain about because it looks bad.

The other nice thing about these items is how easy it is for young kids to change it from a stuffed animal into a pillow. All that needs to happen is for the child undoes the Velcro on the bottom of the pet. Once this happens the stuffed animal goes from standing on four legs to instantly falling flat and becoming a very comfortable pillow. Children love this feature of the toy, and it makes it a great nap time companion.

Children might love it because of the way it looks and that neat feature described in the above paragraph. Parents love them because they do not cost very much, making them a very reasonable toy to buy. They are also machine washable, making them very easy to clean if need be. They are also a very durable item, meaning you will not have to replace on immediately after you buy one.

All of those above features have made these items extremely popular. If you are someone who is trying to find the perfect stuffed animal gift for Christmas this year, or for a special someone’s birthday, than this might be exactly the gift you would want to get.

Monkey Costume – A Super Cute Costume Idea For the Whole Family

Halloween is a holiday celebration many of us look forward to. It’s my favorite holiday of the year. Dressing up our little ones in their first Halloween costume, or taking them out trick-or-treating for the first time can be such a thrill for parents. And hopefully the kids get a kick out of it too.

The Halloween season can sometimes be scary for little kids. The celebration parents had dreamed of can easily be ruined if the youngest member of the family is scared out of their wits by all the scary Halloween sights and sounds. Going with non-scary costumes is best for the first couple of years at least. This allows kids to slowly get comfortable with the concept of Halloween and enjoy the celebration without fear or bad nightmares. By wearing a fun and playful costume, they are able to get really into the spirit of Halloween without being freaked out.

The monkey costume is a great idea for kids. It’s just so adorable! There are a number of different options available, depending on the age of your child. It’s one of those classic costumes that can work for anyone. It will never look dated like the cartoon characters, and will always be a favorite. Who can resist a cute and cuddly little monkey?

The infant monkey costume is perfect for staying warm on those chilly Halloween nights. It’s designed like pajamas, so your little monkey will be cozy as can be. The cutest part of the costume is the monkey tail! There’s also a really cute infant monkey costume as a sock monkey for up to 12 months, it’s just adorable!

For toddler monkey costumes, there are some really cute styles to choose from. The flying monkey from the Wizard of Oz is brand new for this year, and there’s also a very popular Curious George costume, as well as your everyday cute monkey. There’s a fantastic selection of kids monkey costume choices, so you can find something to suit your little one’s personality. The flying monkey is a non-scary costume, but for adults it comes in the more scary version.

Overall, there’s a huge selection of child monkey costume options depending on your child’s style and taste, but they are all super cute. Plus these costumes are good for staying warm on Halloween, which is really important. If older kids are looking for something a little bit on the scary side, there’s some great gorilla costumes available.

If you are thinking about a theme for your family Halloween festivities, you could all go as a barrel of monkeys, with each family member in a different monkey costume, and there’s even a cute barrel of monkeys type of costume for dads that would really set the tone. Another idea is to all go as your favorite characters from the wizard of oz, perhaps with mom as the wicked witch and some flying monkey boys.

Whatever you decide to do, the monkey costume is a tried and true family favorite. It’s original yet adorable, and you’ll be certain to get lots of compliments on your little monkey. Happy Halloween!

Incivility: At What Cost?

Not long ago in Montreal an oriental lady and her husband were pulled over in a routine road traffic stop. The driver, a woman and recent immigrant, was driving on a learner’s permit. The police officer took identification from both the driver and her husband. A second police car arrived and the officers talked among themselves. After waiting for what seemed an interminable time, the husband got out to inquire what was taking so long, but he was ordered to return to his car. Finally, the officer returned the licence and other identification and at the same time gave the woman a ticket for a defective taillight. When the couple went to pay the ticket they discovered that a cartoon monkey was drawn on the licence next to the wife’s Cantonese signature .

Was this racism? Was it a practical joke? Whatever it was, it was disrespectful and hurtful. The couple had every right to complain. This one incident did inestimable and lasting harm to the police service’s reputation.

Damage from incivility is instantaneous and almost irreversible. Consider the recent report from Connecticut where a state trooper was suspended because of his response to a 911 call. The call was for aid for a severely injured motor cyclist. The trooper responded to the call saying “Too bad” and hung up. On the second call the trooper said ” Yeah. Help will get there. Shouldn’t be playing games”. The cyclist died of brain injuries five days later. There was no suggestion that assistance was delayed because of the trooper’s response, but irreparable damage was done.

On a practical level incivility in word and gesture demonstrates arrogance and disrespect. Needless to say this invites a response in kind that frequently spirals downward into distrust and confrontation. In policing, officers’ arrogance and incivility brings the service as whole into disrepute. In the worst-case scenario whole segments of communities, most notably visible minorities, hold the police in contempt. Much of it can be traced to a lack of respect and police incivility.

A number of years ago my partner analysed the public complaints filed against his police service and found to his astonishment that over ninety- percent stemmed from a lack of civility.

Civility is defined in the Shorter Oxford English Dictionary as acting in a civil manner and civil is defined as “sober”, “decent”, “humane” and “polite”. Many scholars, such as Stephen L Carter , make the compelling argument that civility is the cornerstone upon which a free and democratic society is built.

Does the lack of courtesy have real consequences? Of course it does. Here are a couple of case studies that make the point.

Malcolm Gladwell in his intriguing new book Blink recounts the research undertaken by Wendy Levinson who wanted to determine why some highly skilled doctors got sued a lot, while other doctors who made lots of mistakes never faced a medical malpractice lawsuit. Her research revealed that the surgeons who had not been sued spent three minutes longer with their patients than those who had been sued .

In depth analysis revealed that there was no discernible difference in the quality or quantity of medical information given by either group, it came down to bedside manner. Those doctors who displayed dominance were more likely to be sued than those who demonstrated concern for their patients . Gladwell writes, “But in the end it comes down to a matter of respect, and the simplest way that respect is communicated is through tone of voice, and the most corrosive tone of voice that a doctor can assume is a dominant tone.”

Gladwell also describes the work of a psychologist John Gottman at the University of Washington where since the 1980’s he has conducted fifteen-minute interviews of over 3000 married couples in his “love lab”. Couples are asked to engage in a seemingly innocuous conversation, such as a discussion of the family pet. After the conversation, Gottman can predict with over 95 percent accuracy whether the marriage will last. Ironically the marriages of many argumentative couples lasted, whereas the marriages of couples who were outwardly polite to each other proved to be doomed. What made the difference? Was there any factor that made a difference between the two groups?

Of course, Gottman uses sophisticated measuring devices of the couple’s emotions during these seemingly innocuous conversations . But Professor Gottman concluded that there is one emotion above all others that is the greatest indicator that a marriage is in trouble. That emotion is contempt.

Gottman says, “Contempt is closely related to disgust, and what disgust and contempt are about is completely rejecting and excluding someone from the community. … Contempt is special. If you can measure contempt, then all a sudden you don’t need to know every detail of the couple’s relationship.”

William H. Simon, a Columbia University law professor writing on the problems associated with solicitor-client privilege tells the story of a recent experiment at the Veteran’s Affairs Medical Centre in Lexington, Kentucky. The hospital responded to large losses in two malpractice cases in an innovative way. Instead of trying to limit disclosure of damaging information when mistakes were made, it adopted a policy of routine disclosure. When mistakes were made, the hospital informed the patient or family and apologized. They recommended the patient consult a lawyer and made the relevant information available immediately without request. When a malpractice claim was made, the hospital responded promptly with a reasonable offer of settlement.

Professor Simon writes, “The hospital’s premise was that malpractice law suits are fuelled less by financial motives than by anger and distrust. Disclosure and apology go a long way toward assuaging such feelings.”

True, many patients learned of mistakes that they never would have known of without the disclosure. But the astounding result was that, although the number of claims went up, the average payout and the total costs of claims dropped dramatically. The hospital considers the program a “resounding success.”

Lawsuits against police have become more prevalent. It was revealed recently10 that the Toronto Police have paid over $30 million since 1998 to settle claims against it and against its members. The terms of the settlements were confidential. The media report caused considerable public consternation. In fairness, each case must be assessed on its own terms to know whether the amount being paid to settle litigation was appropriate. But still, it cannot be denied that lawsuits against the police are a big budgetary item.

Perhaps there is a lesson to be learned by police communities across North America from the Lexington Veterans’ Medical Centre experience. Candour, full disclosure and apologies have a big payoff, and not just in human terms. More important, full disclosure ensures that lessons are learned, corrective action taken and a platform established for continuous improvement. Confidentiality and lack of transparency only leads to the perpetuation of problem conduct.

The big lesson, however, is that civility really matters. Incivility breeds anger, disrespect and distrust. And there are costs, both real and hidden.