Daily News Roundup
Processed, Fatty Foods May Dumb Down Your Kids: Study
Feeding children lots of fatty, sugary and processed foods may lower their IQ, while a diet rich in vitamins and nutrients appears to boost it, British researchers say. This is particularly true during the first three years of life when the brain is developing rapidly, the study authors explained. They speculate that good nutrition may promote brain growth and cognitive development. (Yahoo News)
Popular kids – except those at the absolute top of the social ladder – are most likely to act aggressively toward other kids, a new study finds. It isn’t aggression that makes kids more popular. But becoming more popular makes kids more aggressive, said study author Bob Faris, a sociologist at the University of California, Davis – suggesting that those kids see tormenting others as a way to gain and cement status. (Yahoo News)
LOS ANGELES — The Walt Disney Company has started an ambitious and risky march toward the one corner of childhood it does not already dominate: newborns.
Late last month, the company quietly began pressing its newest priority, Disney Baby, in 580 maternity hospitals in the United States. A representative visits a new mother and offers a free Disney Cuddly Bodysuit, a variation of the classic Onesie. (Yahoo News)
A Doctor’s Guide to the Sleepover
Sleepovers and slumber parties are now an intrinsic part of childhood, but a night away from home can create problems for both children and parents, writes Dr. Perri Klass, a pediatrician. (New York Times)
U.S. Plan to Replace Principals Hits Snag: Who Will Step In?
The aggressive $4 billion program begun by the Obama administration in 2009 to radically transform the country’s worst schools included, as its centerpiece, a plan to install new principals to overhaul most of the failing schools. That policy decision, though, ran into a difficult reality: there simply were not enough qualified principals-in-waiting to take over. Many school superintendents also complained that replacing principals could throw their schools into even more turmoil, hindering nascent turnaround efforts. (New York Times)