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Monday, January 5, 2009

Family Nudge Alert..

The new law concerning required testing for lead in all products for children under age 13 is going to have a huge impact on family business. Many will not be able to continue in their business due to the cost of having their products tested.

Find out more about the law here: http://www.cpsc.gov/ABOUT/Cpsia/cpsia.HTML

Well, what about the little home businesses that are keeping dad home? Will dad be able to continue his work at home if his sole business is providing safe, homemade toys for families who want better quality and service? How about homeschooling products? This is going to have a tremendous effect! What about mom who is making ends meet to stay home herself with her children, perhaps sewing and selling those products? Will she be able to continue? Well, most likely not.

Good, honest, small family business is going to suffer. The family unit is going to suffer if those families have been working for years together making ends meet through the small home biz.

What about the not small business but ones that help families; consignment shops, thrift stores etc.? We read an article this am by an owner who would literally throw out all children's products from her Goodwill store. I knew this would be the only option for most. I thought about yard sales too, where in the world will all this needed help go? To the landfills of course. What a lovely site this is going to be. Landfills overflowing with perfectly good items that families in need could use.

I have a lot of thoughts on this, but can I encourage everyone to pray, pray, and pray more? To me, it's a blind sided attack by the deceiver to break down the family.

1 Thessalonians 5:17-18 Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
Family Nudge Alert signing off... Theresa

1 comment:

Melonie said...

I'm really concerned about this too. I found out about it a few weeks ago and have been trying to spread the word on my blog - hopefully the uproar from the blogosphere will get the mainstream media more involved in the ramifications of this, instead of letting it just be a blip on the radar.

As a parent I can sure understand the original intent to protect children, but WOW - I really don't think the CPSC thought things through about how this would impact businesses of all sizes, as well as families who are already seeking out handmade and used items either for budget needs or beliefs about the products they bring into their homes.

Hopefully many parents and businesspeople will contact their legislators and let them know that this act needs to be revoked or revamped in a more thoughtful way to better serve us all, rather than letting it take effect in February as is and doing more harm than good. "Best laid plans of mice and men", as it were. ;-)

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