Wednesday, May 16th, 2012
When I was in college, I spent my summers working as a teacher’s assistant in a child care center. I have many wonderful memories from those days — watching a baby take her first steps, hearing another say his first word — but there’s one thing I don’t miss: nap time.
Every day after lunch, the children were put on their cots to rest or nap. The lights were turned off, the shades were drawn, and music was turned on to block out noise from other classrooms. Our selection of music that calmed the children (without putting us to sleep) was so small that we often listened to the same CD, on repeat, for weeks. (Turns out there’s a limit to how many times you can hear the same princess love song before you start going crazy.)
My experience with bad children’s music must be why I instantly fell in love with Martha’s Trouble‘s new album of lullabies, “A Little Heart Like You.” A mix of traditional and original songs, the album is the 11th self-released record from the husband-and-wife duo. It’s the perfect lullaby album — soothing for Baby, not boring for Mom and Dad. If it had existed a few years ago, I wouldn’t have minded listening to it on repeat during nap time.
Martha’s Trouble was kind enough to give all of our Goody readers a free song from their new album. Simply click here for the download of “Goodnight Sweet Child” to begin. Enjoy!
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Monday, February 7th, 2011
Give your child sweet dreams and yourself a peaceful night’s rest with the new “Acoustic Dreamland” lullaby CD from Putumayo Kids.
Instead of “Hush Little Baby,” you’ll find original lullaby songs plus covers by children’s performers Elizabeth Mitchelle and Frances England and favorite grown-up artists such as Hem, Rosie Thomas, and Lucy Kaplansky. Covers include songs written by James Taylor, Wilco, and Mary Chapin Carpenter. You can listen to samples of the lullabies on the Putumayo Press website.
We’re giving way 10 copies of the “Acoustic Dreamland” lullaby CD to 10 winners. Post an answer to the question, “What’s your favorite lullaby?” in our comments section from now through February 18. We’ll choose one winner in a random drawing. Click here to read the complete contest rules. And Goody luck!
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Monday, January 31st, 2011
Teacher, My Dad Lost His Job. Do We Have to Move?
WORTHINGTON, Ohio — Diane and Eric Kehler tried not to talk about it in front of the children, but as Jen Hegerty, the guidance counselor at Wilson Hill Elementary School, says, “Children have eagle ears.”
Mr. Kehler lost his $90,000-a-year job as an information technology manager. And though he and his wife discussed their problems in whispers, eagle ears don’t miss much. Their son Mathias, 12, a quiet, cerebral sixth grader at Wilson Hill, got quieter. “Our house was sort of in a state of despair. We weren’t as happy as usual,” Mathias said. “I stopped having good ideas to talk about with my friends.” (New York Times)
Behavior: Another Good Reason to Sing a Lullaby
Researchers studied the sleep patterns of 308 children ages four through ten half of which were overweight or obese. The study found that obesity and abnormal blood tests were four times as common in children who slept the least, and three times as common in those who used the weekend to catch up on lost sleep. (New York Times)
Tot is seizure-free after docs remove half her brain
A two year old from Washington State suffered from Aicardi Syndrome since birth, which caused her to seize as a baby multiple times a day. She recently went through a surgery that removed half her brain, and she is now seizure free. Her vision and speech is still affected by the disease, but her parents are hopeful that she will one day lead a normal life. (MSNBC)
Shockingly, Toxic Waste Candy Bars Deemed Unsafe
The U.S. government says candy imported from Pakistan called Toxic Waste Nuclear Sludge is not safe to eat, because of lead contamination. No one has been sickened, but the FDA said elevated lead content could be harmful to small children, infants and pregnant women. (CBS)
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