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Monday, August 6th, 2012
Violent Cartoons Linked to Sleep Problems in Preschoolers
Swapping Batman for Big Bird could help young kids sleep better, a new study found. The study of sleep habits among 565 preschool-age children found that those who tuned in to age-appropriate educational programs were less likely to have sleep problems than those who watched sparring superheroes or slapstick scenes meant for slightly older kids. (via ABC News)
A White Dad Does His Black Daughter’s Hair, and the Internet Smiles
The little family moments are often the ones we wind up treasuring over the years. Usually, they’re lost in the shuffle of daily life, but sometimes they’re captured on camera. And sometimes, those pictures capture the hearts of people everywhere. Such is the case of a picture posted on Facebook by Frank Somerville, a TV news anchor in Oakland, CA. (via MSNBC)
Parents Get Physical With Unruly Kids, Study Finds
Parents get physical with their misbehaving children in public much more than they show in laboratory experiments and acknowledge in surveys, according to one of the first real-world studies of caregiver discipline. (via Science Daily)
Gold Medal Mom: ‘I Felt Selfish’ Training for Olympics
For every woman who feels like she’s had to scale back her personal ambitions since becoming a mother, gold medal cyclist Kristin Armstrong has a message: Don’t give up on your dreams. (via Today.com)
Motherhood May Make You Smarter, New Study Says
In the study, women who were new mothers scored better on tests of visuospatial memory — the ability to perceive and remember information about their surroundings — compared with women who didn’t have children. (via MSNBC)
Growing Up Grateful Gives Teens Multiple Mental Health Benefits
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Grateful teens are more likely than their less grateful peers to be happy, less likely to abuse drugs and alcohol and less likely to have behavior problems at school, according to research presented at the American Psychological Association’s 120th Annual Convention. (via Science Daily)
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Monday, December 20th, 2010
Has your child ever wanted to star in a video featuring Dora the Explorer and Diego?
Kideo.com (a play on “kids” and “video”) gives kids the fun opportunity to upload their photos and customize them in videos that feature popular cartoon characters such as Dora, Diego, Spider-Man, Barney, Care Bears, and more.
Kids can personalize their own entertainment and enjoy watching themselves go off on adventures with their favorite animated heroes. Nine scenarios over 20 minutes long are currently available for kids to choose from including “Dora, Diego, and Me!,” “Dora the Explorer: Whose Birthday Is It?,” and “I Am the Amazing Spider-Man.”
Creating the videos are free, but keeping them involve pulling out your credit card–a streaming video costs $7.99, a download costs $9.99, and a DVD costs $19.99. For a child who loves watching cartoons over and over again, this might be a unique and worthwhile gift for the holidays!
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Friday, December 17th, 2010
What was craft maven Martha Stewart like at 10-years-old?
We can’t answer the question, but a new holiday cartoon special called “Martha and the Christmas Tree“ will feature an animated 10-year-old Martha Stewart. The cartoon will be the first in a ”Martha & Friends” TV series that will debut on the Hallmark Channel this upcoming Monday, December 20 at 7:00 pm EST.
A collaboration between Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, A Squared (A2) Entertainment, and AOLKids, the holiday special will feature “a 10-year old Martha Stewart as a problem-solving, craft-loving, generous spirit who, with the help of her three best friends, comes to the community’s rescue during the holiday season” (PitchEngine.com).
A clip of “Martha and the Christmas Tree” shows a 10-year-old Martha with her recognizable adult haircut, dispensing fun advice and tips for Christmas crafting and baking. The animation, done in sweet, simple pastels also features her two French bulldogs (who talk, of course!).
Four more feature-length cartoons will debut next year along with 26 webisodes (plus related games and projects) on www.marthaandfriends.com.
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Monday, November 29th, 2010
Your kids can star in their own story as cartoon characters by using Crayola’s new and free web app, “Story Studio.” By uploading photos of themselves, kids can be transformed into animated versions or even create new characters using the face editor. They can also customize their characters with costumes, accessories, backgrounds, graphics, and text.
The best part? Kids can then choose from six storylines to feature their cartoon characters: The Daring Race, Dragon Trouble, Pirate, The Ride, The Big Game, and Rock Star. Plus, Crayola is offering Parents readers an exclusive online code to print out “Story Studio” creations as coloring books. Use the code PR7CFMDY at Crayola’s other web app, “Lights, Camera, Color,” to get 6 months of free printing access. You can also purchase certain boxes of Crayola crayons (48 or more) with the special online code.
Help kids become more creative and imaginative the next time you buy a box of crayons!
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