Daily News Roundup

Are your kids drinking enough water?One of the best things we can do for our children is to help them develop a love for water, and the only way that is really possible is for them to see their parents having a love for water. If this sounds like an impossible task, start off slow. Start by diluting juices, and work your way up to making fruit infused water, and then hopefully a glass of ice water will begin to feel appealing. It’s not going to happen overnight, but it is possible. [Today Moms]

Dairy Queen, Taco Bell, and KFC among the worst when it comes to nutritionDespite promises from fast-food chains to change the way they market their meals to children, kids now see more ads for fast food than ever, researchers say. [MSNBC]

Kinect and your kids: what works, what won’tWhen I first unpacked the Kinect, the new controller-free motion-capture system for Xbox 360, I thought how awesome it would be to play with my daughter. She’s 2 1/2 (going on 14), so I figured Kinect Sports’ rudimentary bowling and ball kicking would be easy. And it was, when it worked. The sad fact was that though my kid was definitely ready for Kinect, Kinect wasn’t ready for her. [MSNBC]

Fighting bullying with babies - More important, we are beginning to understand how to nurture this biological potential. It seems that it’s not only possible to make people kinder, it’s possible to do it systematically at scale – at least with school children. That’s what one organization based in Toronto called Roots of Empathy has done. [The New York Times]

With love and fear, Alzheimer’s youngest caretakers watch over parents
One Saturday morning, Austin Mobley noticed his mother staring at him blankly.
“Who are you?” Tracy Mobley asked, he recalled.
“Mom, are you joking with me or what?”
“No,” she replied. She was adamant. “Who are you?”
It’s a gnawing fear that one fateful day, the memories of aging parents will fade and they won’t be able to recognize their own children. For Austin, it started early. He was 6. Austin is in an emerging generation of young caretakers of parents who have dementia. [CNN]

Stress in America: overweight children are affected moreThe new report, “Stress in America 2010,” found that the majority of Americans continue to live with moderate to high levels of stress, and while they know this isn’t healthy, they say they face obstacles that prevent them from managing or reducing their stress. They also acknowledge that they have trouble adopting other healthy behaviors like eating right, exercising and getting enough sleep. [Time]

Chinese baby formula advocate sentenced to 2 1/2 years in jail for incitementA Beijing court handed down a 2 1/2-year prison sentence Wednesday to Zhao Lianhai, who became an activist after his son suffered kidney problems from contaminated baby formula. Zhao was convicted of inciting public disorder because he set up a Web site to help other parents with sick children share information and demand compensation. [The Washington Post]

Louisiana schools to report parents who don’t pay up for school lunchParents in Louisiana who can afford to pay for their children’s school lunch — and whose kids go three straight days without paying — will be reported to the state Department of Family and Children Services. [Fox News]

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