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Spankin’ New Headlines

Thursday, April 9th, 2009

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American kids need six days of school a week, 11 months a year, to compete with students in other countries, says U.S. Schools Chief. Salon

Teachers use pretend play and lessons in self-control to help preschoolers learn to behave. Wall Street Journal

Despite the economy, parents are making summer camp a priority. Chicago Tribune

Weight report card: Massachusetts schools are sending kids home with BMI readings to alert parents if they’re too skinny or fat. Boston Globe

Need a nanny? The pool is bigger this year, allowing parents to be super selective. Forbes

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Spankin’ New Headlines

Thursday, April 2nd, 2009

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A mom’s worst nightmare: Two Russian women discover that their toddlers were swapped at birth. Mom Logic

Encouraging kids to drink water in school can prevent obesity. New York Times

The PTA is petitioning congress to get junk food out of school vending machines. Reuters

Super Toddler: This 3-year-old has a genetic mutation that gives him unusual muscle strength—and doctors have been looking for ways to replicate the effect. ABC News

Experts use “stealth health” techniques to get kids make healthy choices without realizing it. Newsweek

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Spankin’ New Headlines

Thursday, March 26th, 2009

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Should boys be vaccinated against HPV? Experts weigh the benefits to extending the Gardasil vaccine to males. Washington Post

Have you gone overboard with homework help? Chicago Tribune

A six-year-old’s parents learn from Natasha Richardson’s injury, pay attention to their child’s headache, and save her life. CNN

How to talk to your kids about financial trouble. Wall Street Journal

Going under general anesthesia multiple times before age 4 might increase a child’s risk of learning disabilities, finds a new study. NPR

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PMS Protection?

Tuesday, March 24th, 2009

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Technology has brought us many gifts that make our lives way easier—cell phones, video baby monitors, Facebook, etc. I'm always game for new gadgets and tools that further this trend, but I've recently been introduced to one that I find somewhat controversial, let's say. Introducing PMS Buddy—a new website/iPhone/Facebook application that will no doubt have have its fans and its haters. Instead of trying to put this in my own words, I'll just quote the website verbatim…

PMSBuddy.com is a free
service created with a single goal in mind: to keep you aware of when
your wife, girlfriend, mother, sister, daughter, or any other women in
your life are closing in on "that time of the month" – when things can get intense for what may seem to be no reason at all. For
women, this is a great way to give people in your life a heads-up of
when you might be feeling a bit irritable without having an awkward
conversation. What's more, we will not only keep you informed, but will give you some free advice on what to do about it. With PMSBuddy.com, there is no reason to ever be blindsided by PMS again.

So while the site claims to be help assuage discomfort at that time of the month, they also have gauges like the "Overall Threat Index" to humorously measure their members' bloating, break-outs, and mood swings. What do you think? Would this tool improve your relationships or is this just yet another way of saying that women are hysterical for a quarter of the year?

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Friday Night Movies

Friday, March 20th, 2009

Dora This Week's OMG Announcement:

Dora the Explorer is getting a major makeover this fall when Mattel releases a new tweenage doll. Don't worry–she's not replacing the cartoon Dora that your little kids know and love from the popular Nickelodeon TV show. The idea is to age her up a bit so that her preschool fans can grow with her. There was some early outrage that the company was "sexing" her up. But I actually got a sneak peek of the doll last month, and I wasn't put-off by her new appearance at all–and I'm very sensitive to sexy products marketed to young girls (Good riddance, Bratz!) What I am wondering about, though, is her ability to appeal to an older audience, even with the revamped look. Most kids are over the show by the time they're 5 and already branching out to what's considered cool with the 6- to 9-year-old set. I'm just not sure they'd want to stick with something that is largely associated with little children. What do you think: Will your kid be interested in the new Dora? Or will she by ready to move on?

    

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This Week's DVD Goodies:

Barbie Presents: Thumbelina

Bob the Builder On Site: Skyscrapers 

Bunnytown: Hello Bunnies 

Dragon Tales: Our Amazing Pets! 

Gustafer Yellowgold's Have You Never Been Yellow? 

A Pup Named Scooby-Doo: Complete 2nd, 3rd & 4th Seasons 

The Spectacular Spider-Man, Vol. 2 

The Spectacular Spider-Man, Vol. 3

The Velveteen Rabbit 

     
The Put-Your-Kids-to-Bed-First Pick of the Week (For-a-Good-Laugh Edition):

Twilight

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Spankin’ New Headlines

Thursday, March 19th, 2009

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Brand-new baby boom. More babies were born in 2007 than any other year in our nation’s history. Yahoo! News

It’s back to work for many mothers whose husbands are out of jobs. USA Today

Toy manufacturers are cutting back on big-ticket items as parents choose less expensive, simpler playthings. Wall Street Journal

Your cooking and eating habits have an effect on your entire family. New York Times

Finally: A new study gives hope for a peanut allergy cure. The Washington Post

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Spankin’ New Headlines

Thursday, March 12th, 2009

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Is forgetting a child in a hot car not just a fatal mistake, but a crime? Washington Post

Working moms, worried about job security, cut back on maternity leave. Wall Street Journal

Family meals encourage good eating habits. Reuters

The challenge: Eating local on a budget. Seattle P-I

A tale of corruption in an overseas adoption. Mother Jones

Is breastfeeding all that it’s cracked up to be? The Atlantic

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Spankin’ New Headlines

Thursday, March 5th, 2009

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What you can learn from the social skills of babies. New York Times

Is your car seat safe? Check out this report. Chicago Tribune

No matter how educational the program, TV isn’t going to make your baby or toddler smarter, finds a new study. CNN

Your child’s ADHD may be affecting your marriage. Washington Post

School lunches are still too unhealthy, laden with sugar, fat, and salt, according to a new study. U.S. News and World Report

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