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Braaaaaaaains! (or, How Did You Survive Sleep Deprivation?)

Tuesday, August 19th, 2008

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Let’s face it: Uninterrupted sleep is a luxury that most new parents don’t get. At least, that’s what I always heard. I never thought much of it while my wife was pregnant. I always assumed this truth statement and moved on with life, not comprehending what was to come.

After all, I survived college! For example, when I was the managing editor of my college’s student newspaper, there were production nights that lasted 30+ hours. Sure, I was delirious and there not a few times when I started losing it and/or hallucinating. During one famous "episode" brought on by sleepless hysteria and stress, I took a black magic marker and labeled everything in my office. Including the walls. Seriously.

But, the one thing that always followed said production night-mare was a long coma-like stretch of sweet, sweet, delicious sleep. After I woke up (occasionally at 5-6 p.m.), all was well with the world. Suffice it to say, that ain’t an option anymore. Not only is it hard for me to sleep past 8 a.m. nowadays, I do have a few more responsibilities. That, and I think my job security at America’s Leading Magazine for Parents would be in severe jeopardy.

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Don’t get me wrong. I love my daughter. She is the CUTEST BABY EVAR. I love when she coos and smiles and does cute things with the little hanging toys on her bouncer. I even love calming her down when she’s being a bit cranky. But…not having a large chunk of uninterrupted sleep is killing my wife and I. By three o’clock in the afternoon…I’m done for. I long for one of those gourmet sleep sessions that’s available up the road a bit.

So, I ask you gals and guys: How did you survive these first few months, and what advice can you offer a sleep-deprived dad who feels as if he should be an extra for Night of the Living Dead?

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Spankin’ New Headlines

Thursday, August 7th, 2008

News_image_newNever leave your kid alone in the car—child safety advocates are pushing states to make this child death risk illegal. USA Today

Texting like crazy may actually be improving your kid’s English skills.
Newsweek

The competition for private kindergarten spots in New York City is as intense as ever. The New York Times

Meningitis is a fast-acting, deadly disease—so why aren’t more parents vaccinating their children against it? The Wall Street Journal

Men adopt children at a higher rate than women and only 1% of single moms put their babies up for adoption, finds the first federal survey on U.S. adoption.
Yahoo! News

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Spankin’ New Headlines

Thursday, July 24th, 2008

News_image_newIt might not be worth it to make your home smell good: A new study found toxic chemicals in air fresheners and laundry products. Baltimore Sun

Why it’s important to be a savvy grocery shopper: 90 percent of products marketed to kids don’t meet nutritional standards, including many that make health claims on the packaging.
Time

Teaching parents that babies cry uncontrollably is part of a new effort to target shaken-baby syndrome. USA Today

More older children are getting diagnosed with ADHD, says a new CDC report. Yahoo! News

A New Zealand judge helps a 9-year-old girl change her name from “Talula Does the Hula from Hawaii.” CNN

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Spankin’ New Headlines

Thursday, May 15th, 2008

News_image_newAfter a 9-year-old complains of abdominal pain, doctors find her embryonic twin in her stomach. Yahoo! News

Why virtual schools are on the rise. Christian Science Monitor

Some moms-to-be are hiring baby planners to help with all the details. ABC News

Finding a place to pump at work can be really hard—even when legislation supports it. Washington Post

Is the school system shortchanging gifted kids? Los Angeles Times

Jury indicts woman for creating a false MySpace account to bully her daughter’s 13-year-old former friend—who then committed suicide.  Talking Points Memo

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Spankin’ New Headlines

Friday, February 15th, 2008

News_image_new2550 kids get called to detention at a Florida school. USA Today

How new parents adapt—or don’t adapt—their homes to fit their children. New York Times

82 children have died from playing a choking game, according to a CDC report. Chicago Tribune

How do kids become such expert liars? New York Magazine

New trend: Websites help families deal with health crises. Newsweek

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Spankin’ New Headlines

Thursday, December 6th, 2007

News_image_newThe teenage birthrate has ticked upward for the first time since 1991. CNN

And the childhood cancer rate has gone down by 20% since 1990. Yahoo!

The Christmas/Haunkkah battle in interfaith marriages. New York Times

When amusement parks aren’t amusing—but deadly. Washington Post

Scary fact: Most parents are only preparing to pay for ¼ of their children’s college tuitions.
Sun-Sentinel

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Today’s News from China (yes there’s more)

Friday, July 6th, 2007

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Not to be all up in China’s business lately here at Goodyblog, but today another top-ranking Chinese food and drug agency official was sentenced to death for accepting bribes and approving counterfeit drugs, a reaction to the growing scandal about contaminated food and drugs. Wow. I’m not even going to get into the death penalty debate, and I’m just as upset as anyone over the fact that I have to be scared of basically everything I eat now, but does that seem a little harsh? From everything I’ve read, yes there are high-level people who are guilty of some really bad things, but it’s also a seriously enormous infastructure problem. (Which is far scarier than a few bad guys, actually.) Part of me feels like this guy has been sentenced to death because of the entire (admittedly extremely scary) brou-ha-ha and not just his individual actions.

What do you guys think? Am I being too soft on people who helped perpetuate such a serious problem? Am I crazy to compare apples (our justice system) and oranges (theirs)? Are you doing anything differently at home in reaction to all these headlines?

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A Warhol Overhaul

Tuesday, June 5th, 2007

   Forty years may have passed since Andy Warhol’s pop art took America by storm, but his use of bright colors and simple symmetry are timeless. Just check out the great new products below to see how his classic monoprints have translated to the world of kids fashion and entertainment!

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This witty onesie from Le Sabon gave me a laugh when I spotted it at the Stationary Show last month.

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A nod to the camera of yesteryear, this pop art color camera from fred flare lets your child take four different color pictures in one second, creating an instant monoprint.

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Read Andy Warhols’ Colors to your little one and let famous artwork make an early impression.

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