Catlike Kitten Helmet Review: A Great Bike Helmet for Toddlers

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When Caleb was a baby, and got his first YBike Pewi, he had a helmet that I think Sarah got off Amazon at the time. Knowing her ability to research things on the internet, I’m sure it was a good one. And it got some good use, but it seemed like it wasn’t really fitting that well anymore, and seemed like with a new bike that Caleb had, it would be a good idea to get a new helmet.

The one we went with was the Catlike Kitten Helmet, and we’ve been really pleased with it. Catlike was founded by Pepe del Ramo (nicknamed “El Gato”), who was a member of the Spanish amateur team and went professional from 1983-1988. The Kitten helmet is their helmet for toddlers and youngsters just getting started on the bike (although they also make it in Medium for those adults who really like the style).

Catlike-HelmetFrom the first time we put it on Caleb, we could tell it was a significant improvement over his previous helmet. The fit was much better, probably because of all of the adjustment options it has. The strap over the ears and under the chin are easily adjustable…much easier than some of the other helmet straps I’ve tried to use.

As you can see in the photo below, one of the best parts is the MPS EXE wheel adjustment on the back of the helmet. One of the biggest problems with Caleb’s old helmet, is that it would constantly slide up on his head, and he’d be riding around with his forehead totally exposed. So, if he were to really bite it on his bike, his old helmet would have been pretty useless.

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With the MPS EXE wheel adjustment, once you have adjusted the straps to get the right fit, you can get a really snug fit by tightening the wheel. The system has a micrometric wheel adjustment: every “click” tightens or loosens the retention arms by 1mm, so that exact stability assured. With this snug fit, the helmet doesn’t slide around on his head at all, and so it stays where it needs to, in case he were to have an accident.

It also just feels incredibly durable, and while Caleb hasn’t necessarily said anything about the fit or how the design helps him bike any easier…I’m sure all of the vents on the top must have some positive effect. Seeing the quality of the Kitten helmet, I’m definitely going to look into their adult helmets when I need to get myself a new helmet. There really isn’t anything that I think could be improved upon for this helmet for Caleb.

I’d say that if you are looking for a good quality helmet for your toddler, as they start riding a bike, this would be a great one to pick up. You can find the Kitten helmet here or you can view all of their products here.

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This review is cross-posted on Dazed Dad

Presbyterian Church (USA) Votes to Allow Same-Sex Marriage

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Almost two years ago, I wrote a blog post during the 220th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA) with the title, “Presbyterian Church (USA) Votes NO on Marriage Equality.That is no longer the case.

Yesterday, during the 221st General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA), 61% of voting commissioners voiced their support to allow ministers to officiate at same-sex weddings, in states where same-sex marriage is legal. Later, over 70% voted in support of changing the definition of marriage in our constitution from “a man and a woman” to “two people.” Starting on Sunday, June 22nd, any PC(USA) minister who wishes to take advantage of this Authoritative Interpretation, can officiate a same-sex wedding in states where same-sex marriage is legal. And once half of the 172 presbyteries vote in favor of changing the definition of marriage, that could also go into affect with the year.

Two years ago, I was angry. I wasn’t at GA, but was following the live stream, and people were saying some truly horrific things (things that caused me to get so upset that I dropped an F-bomb in one of my tweets). You can read that post here.

I will say that there was a remarkably different tone in the Assembly Hall yesterday as I watched the live stream. Sure, there was some not-so-good exegesis occurring, there were people calling for a Task Force (a Task Force? really?? What do people think the PUP report was…other than something that was finished and completed 8 years ago), and there was a fear in the room that all of our ecumenical and mission partners around the world might pull their support from the PC(USA).

Before the first vote, I was wondering if we’d be at about 65%/35% in favor of same-sex marriage based on some of the earlier voting. And that was just about the split that continued through the rest of the overtures and topics related to marriage and civil unions.

I’m thrilled to be a part of a church now where pastors can offer pastoral care to all of their parishioners, where pastors can marry same-sex couples without the fear of being taken to church court or defrocked, and where we can fully honor our LGBT brothers and sisters and let them know that we support marriage equality for all.

Obviously we all have people in our lives who don’t see this as good news. There are some who are deeply troubled by the decisions made at GA yesterday. I have family members who are not supportive of same-sex marriage and I’m sure there are folks in the church I serve that are not supportive of these decisions. And so there is some work of reconciliation to do – some work of figuring out how to live together well now that we are in a new era for the Presbyterian Church (USA) denomination. There will be conversations that churches will be having in the next few months to talk about what this means for individual congregations, and how those who disagree on this issue can continue to be together in community and work together to bring about God’s kingdom. And I’m sure we will figure that out. The leaders of the PC(USA) have also issued a pastoral letter to those who may disagree with these decisions; you can read that here.

But I’m sure that some individual congregations will pack up, say “Enough is enough!” and head off to the EPC, ECO or other groups. And that’s okay. That may be what they need to continue to serve God in their contexts.

Some of our worldwide mission partners will cut ties with the PC(USA), claiming theological superiority and purity. And that’s okay.

Some will call the good work done yesterday an “abomination” and will urge pastors, churches and individual church members to “divest” (how ironic) from the PC(USA) until these changes are reversed. And that’s sad.

But I can accept all of the above, because I believe we did truly make a decision in line with the inclusive grace and love of Christ yesterday.

And we did, perhaps, make the PC(USA) seem just a little bit more relevant to a generation that is not present in our churches right now, an entire generation that has told us, in more ways that we can count, that the church’s attitude toward LGBT folk and about marriage equality has certainly hurt us and is what is primarily driving their peers away from the church.

If you’d like to read more about the recent decision, you can check out some of these articles:

And if you’re Presbyterian, or you just want to show your support for the decisions that were made yesterday, you can download the rainbow PC(USA) seal that I made last night in both a gradient version here (my favorite) or in a solid color version here.

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Using Bible Blackout for Ministry and Engaging Scripture

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Yesterday I wrote about creating a Bible Blackout, being inspired by the work of Austin Kleon and his Newspaper Blackouts. And I’m always looking for new activities to do at youth group and new ways to get youth interacting with scripture, so it seemed like a pretty good idea.

And the youth loved it.

Or maybe it was the Sharpie fumes…I’m not sure – but either way – it’s worth doing sometime with your youth, or with any age group in the church. Here’s how I went about creating Bible Blackouts with the youth. [Read more...]