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Parents Daily News Roundup

Monday, December 19th, 2011

Goody Blog Daily News Roundup

Bloomberg is Said to Pick Cornell for Science School
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg plans to announce on Monday that he has chosen Cornell University to create a new science graduate school on Roosevelt Island, capping an intense yearlong competition in his ambitious bid to spur a boom in New York City’s high-tech sector.

Asthma Drugs in Pregnancy Might Pose Risk for Kids
Infants born to mothers who use inhaled glucocorticoids — a class of steroids — to treat asthma during pregnancy may be at risk for endocrine and metabolic disorders, a new study indicates.

Study: 1 in 3 American Youth Are Arrested by Age 23
By age 23, at least a quarter of all youth in the U.S. — and perhaps as many as 41% — are arrested at least once for something more serious than a traffic violation, according to a new study of American teens.

Parents Petition Proposed APS Redistricting
The plan to re-district Atlanta Public Schools is not sitting well with everyone. One group of parents is now taking action against the district.

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Parents Daily News Roundup

Friday, December 16th, 2011

Goody Blog Daily News Roundup

Body Weight More Contagious in Childhood Than Adulthood
How much we weigh as adults is more influenced by the people around us during childhood than those we spend time with as adults, a new study suggests.

Kids’ Leukemia Risk Tied to Dads’ Smoking
Children whose fathers smoked have at least a 15 percent higher risk of developing the most common form of childhood cancer, a new Australian study finds.

Can Calorie Counts Convince Teens Not To Buy Sugary Drinks?
Does calorie information help consumers make healthier choices? Not always. But a new study finds that when calorie counts are presented in an easily understandable way, even teenagers — those experts in never listening to useful advice — can be persuaded to avoid high-sugar choices.

Looks Like Candy, Tastes Like Candy, But It Can Kill Your Kid
Most kids will eat anything that looks, smells or tastes like candy, including medications, according to a new report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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A Family-Friendly CD That Rocks!

Thursday, December 8th, 2011

With smash hits likes “The Wheels on the Bus” and “Itsy Bitsy Spider,” parents don’t always get to listen to music they necessarily enjoy. Don’t get me wrong–these catchy tunes are popular with children for a reason. But sometimes we need a break from the perpetual nursery rhymes.

That’s where Stephen Kellogg and The Sixers’ Gift Horse comes in. We’ve loved listening to this new album from the grass-roots American rock band. As a fan of The Sixers previous work, I think it’s safe to say their newest release is one of most mature and cohesive albums to date. Several of the songs focus on themes of family or growing up in the U.S., which I know is a relatable topic for most of us.

“I wrote the last two songs on the record, ‘Roots and Wings’ and ‘Noelle, Noelle,’ while we were making it,” says Kellogg on the band’s website. “I realized I had more to say about the subject of family, and that makes me think it’s got to be a huge thing for a lot of people. So I try to write in a way that’s going to positively impact people without being too obvious or literal.”

Check out the “Roots and Wings” music video below. And let us know in the comments section what your favorite family-friendly albums are–that don’t mention spiders or bus wheels.

 

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Shark Attack! Air Swimmers Take Over Our Office

Thursday, December 1st, 2011

When working in an office, there are a few things you expect to see every day: a coffee maker, printers, computers, etc. You do NOT expect to see a shark floating past your cubicle. Kourtney Eidam, our toy editor, and I had a little fun testing out a super cool toy in the office a few weeks ago. This Animal Planet Air Swimmer had us highly entertained, and it’s easily one of our favorite toys for the holiday season. But you’re going to have to see this flying shark in action to believe me!

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Parents Daily News Roundup

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

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Baby, Mother Pulled Alive from Rubble in Turkey
A small baby was rescued alive from the rubble Tuesday in eastern Turkey, two days after a devastating earthquake toppled buildings in the region.

CDC Committee Recommends Boys Receive HPV Vaccine
A federal government advisory committee voted Tuesday to recommend that boys as young as 11 be vaccinated against the human papilloma virus, commonly referred to as HPV.

Toddler Watches Military Dad Read Prerecorded Bedtime Story
A video of a 2-year-old girl watching her military dad read a book to her in a recording has gone viral. The little girl looks captivated by her father reading, and she follows along.

Halloween and Trick-or-Treat Alternatives for Parents
As kids eagerly count down to trick-or-treat, some parents worry about Halloween. Safety and health issues , stranger danger, religious objections, too-scary decorations, older kids trick-or-treating, costume concerns: here are child-friendly Halloween and trick-or-treat alternatives.

4 Tech Tips for Parents to Embrace Digital Education
Learning the ins and outs of the latest technology is a lot like learning to swim or ride a bike: The younger you are, the more naturally it comes.

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Interview: Rachel Zoe’s New Assistant, Jeremiah Brent, Talks Nursery Design

Friday, September 23rd, 2011

“Cuddle Yellow” or “Lemon Gold?”

Not to worry — you won’t have to ask yourself that question again. On behalf of all expectant mothers out there, a new online tool was launched last week to help you complete a nursery without the headache. Fisher-Price and Sherwin-Williams have partnered together, bringing parents the “Room to Bloom” website.

Rachel Zoe, a new mother and well-known celebrity stylist, met with us to explain some highlights of the site. Here’s what we learned: First, you select the furniture collection you would like to work with. Next, a room with undecorated floors and walls appears on your computer screen. Pick colors and patterns from a sidebar, based off of your furniture choices. Once you’ve designed your baby’s new room, print the image or share it on Facebook to show friends. And of course, everything you see is also available in stores, down to the exact paint color.

We caught up with Rachel’s new assistant, Jeremiah, after the demonstration. Hear what he had to say about designing a nursery with Rachel Zoe, and how he went from tinkering with Transformers to appearing on season four of Bravo’s hit series, The Rachel Zoe Project. 

Tell us a little bit about your background. What were you doing before Rachel Zoe’s television show?
Jeremiah Brent: I used to paint… And then I got tired of painting. So I literally went down one weekend to Toys ‘R Us and bought $300 worth of Transformer toys and taught myself how to build furniture from them.

Whoa… I’ve worked with some toys for the magazine and those are really difficult!
JB: I know but they’re great because it taught me how things move and how they fit together, how they collapsed. So it started as a hobby and became a design business. What that transitioned into was working with actual interiors. I did a ton of houses, and I had that (job) for years. And then this opportunity with Rachel came up, and I was like “Well, how can I say no.”

So Rachel told us her favorite collection on Room to Bloom was the “SnuggaBunny.” Do you want to tell us what your favorite is?
JB: I actually love that one, and I love “Coco Sorbet.” It’s really beautiful. I think gender neutrality with all of these, and especially with those two, is really big. I’m not a huge fan of crazy colors; it’s just the way I am. And it’s easy for those parents who are expecting, but they don’t know what.

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Parents Daily News Roundup

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

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Some Young Children May Need Only One Flu Shot This Year
Usually, children between the ages of 6 months and 8 years need to get two vaccines given four weeks apart. But experts are saying that some children who would normally need two flu vaccines, only need one dose this year, IF they got vaccinated last year.

Video Games Improve Adult ‘Lazy Eye,’ Study Suggests
Although amblyopia can be successfully treated in children by putting a patch over the “good eye” to force the brain to use the weaker “lazy eye,” few options are available for adults with this condition. But a recent study shows a 30% increase in visual acuity for adults who play video games.

One Sperm Donor, 150 Offspring
There is growing concern among parents, donors and medical experts about potential negative consequences of having so many children fathered by the same donors, including the possibility that genes for rare diseases could be spread more widely through the population.

At Elite New York Schools, Admissions Policies Are Evolving
With an acceptance rate of 2.4% percent for incoming kindergarten students with no ties to the prestigious Trinity school, elite New York schools are beginning to change longstanding admissions practices as they try to balance institutional loyalty and a diverse student body.

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Parents Daily News Roundup

Tuesday, September 6th, 2011

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Study: Kids exposed to secondhand smoke miss more school
Children who live with smokers miss more school due to illness than those who live in households with non-smokers, according to a new study published in the journal Pediatrics.

Spotting autism’s unique shape in the brain
Doctors currently diagnose autism in children by observing behavior. But researchers at Standford University believe they have developed a way to use brains scans that may help identify autism in children in the future.

Family violence linked to child obesity
Children whose mothers said they were chronically abused by their partners were more likely to be obese by age 5 than similar children whose mothers did not report such steady family violence, Boston researchers report.

The case for the 4-day workweek
Is a 4 day work week better or worse for families? Would working 10 hours, 4 days a week be better for you? Here are both sides of the debate…

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