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Monday, October 24th, 2011
The entry period for this giveaway has now ended. Congratulations to Lindsey S. of Effingham, IL and Amy C. of Middletown, NY for winning the two balance bikes!
Riding a bicycle is one of the most-anticipated childhood milestones, so if you have a little one who can’t stop moving, a balance bike (a pedal-less bike that teaches coordination, strength, and speed) is a great idea to improve gross and fine motor skills.
Parents.com has collaborated with TykeRider.com, an online retailer dedicated to selling high-quality balance bikes and helmets, to give away two “Early Rider” Classic balance bikes, valued at $180 each.
The Early Rider brand, based out of the United Kingdom, features balance bikes in three versions (Lite, Classic, Evolution), all with “Fat Boy” rear tires for extra stability. The Classic version, designed for 2 to 5 year-olds, is made out of wood and environmentally-friendly and has an adjustable seat with faux leather seat pad.
To win a balance bike, share what special milestone you’re anticipating for your child in our Comments section below. Two (2) winners will be chosen randomly to win the sweepstakes giveaway, which runs begins Monday, October 24 and ends Monday, October 31. Click here to read the full contest rules.
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Friday, July 8th, 2011
Curbing Kids’ Screen Time is Hard: Study
Interventions designed to help kids lose weight by cutting back on the time they spend watching TV or playing video games are so far largely unsuccessful, according to a new report.
New Study Recommends “Obese-Proofing” Your Home
Whether or not your child becomes obese could greatly depend on parental behavior and the home environment, a new study reports.
Systematic Cheating is Found in Atlanta’s School System
A state investigation released Tuesday showed rampant, systematic cheating on test scores in this city’s long-troubled public schools, ending two years of increasing skepticism over remarkable improvements touted by school leaders.
Urban, Low-Income Kids More Likely to Walk or Bike to School
Children who live in low-income homes, with single parents and in cities are more likely than other children to walk or cycle to school, according to a new study.
Maryland Officials Scrap New Sunscreen Restrictions
Less than a day after dermatologists and parents said Maryland’s new policy on sunscreen at summer camps would make it far more likely that children would suffer skin damage, the state health department Saturday scrapped all of the restrictions it had imposed just three weeks ago.
As Budgets are Trimmed, Time in Class is Shortened
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After several years of state and local budget cuts, thousands of school districts across the nation are gutting summer-school programs, cramming classes into four-day weeks or lopping days off the school year, even though virtually everyone involved in education agrees that American students need more instruction time.
Friday, December 10th, 2010
‘Good’ bacteria help kids with stomach pain
Doses of probiotics, which are “good bacteria,” may help alleviate frequent stomach and intestinal pain in children, according to a new study. (MSNBC)
Rolaids recalled for bits of metal, wood in tablets
Johnson & Johnson on Thursday recalled several types of Rolaids antacids in the U.S. because of reports of metal and wood particles in the products. The products include Rolaids Extra Strength Softchews, Rolaids Extra Strength plus Gas Softchews and Rolaids Multi-Symptom plus Anti-Gas Softchews. The company says the materials were potentially introduced into the products during the manufacturing process at an outside manufacturer. (MSNBC)
Babies on planes: Debate over safety renewed
The NTSB has repeatedly pushed for a rule requiring all airline passengers — including infants — to be restrained in a separate seat. However, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) still allows children 2 years and younger to travel unrestrained on airplanes if seated on an adult’s lap. The NTSB submitted its latest safety recommendation to the FAA in August, citing plane crashes where young children held on a parent’s lap were injured or killed. (MSNBC)
Girls who walk, bike to school do better in tests
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Girls, but not boys, who walk or bike to school instead of getting a ride perform better in tests of verbal and math skills, according to a new study of teens living in Spanish cities.And the longer the commute, the higher the test scores, regardless of how much exercise girls got outside of school. (MSNBC)