Friday, October 22nd, 2010
Mommy blogger Dr. Wendy Walsh at MomLogic.com was recently shocked with bad news: Her child’s elementary school officially banned silly bandz. Across the nation, the fun-shaped rubber bracelets have become contraband after proving to be a constant distraction and source of conflict in elementary and middle schools. Instead of paying attention in classes, young kids are flinging and filching silly bandz or fidgeting and fighting over them.
Some parents see the confiscation of silly bandz as a welcome way to refocus students’ attention on the teacher instead of on trading with other students. Other parents believe schools may be going too far in stifling student’s creativity and “freedom of expression” (Time.com). For now, though, some schools are adamant about keeping silly bandz out of sight and, hopefully, out of mind. Maybe one day, silly bandz will be forgotten like pogs (remember those?) that were once popular years ago.
As a parent, do you support the banning of silly bandz? Has your children’s school banned them?
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Wednesday, October 13th, 2010
3 ways to lower breast cancer risk, despite your DNA: Women who make healthy lifestyle choices lower their risk of developing invasive breast cancer, regardless of whether they have a family history of the disease, according to a new study. [MSNBC]
Adoptions from Ethiopia rise, bucking global trend: As the overall number of international adoptions by Americans plummets, one country — Ethiopia — is emphatically bucking the trend, sending record numbers of children to the U.S. while winning praise for improving orphans’ prospects at home. [MSNBC]
For gay youths, middle school can be toughest time: Coming out at impressionable age makes students a target for bullies. [MSNBC]
Women with epilepsy may have a harder time conceiving: A study in the journal Neurology finds women with epilepsy may have a harder time conceiving than women without the disorder. Epilepsy results from the generation of electrical signals inside the brain, causing recurring seizures. [Paging Dr. Gupta/CNN]
The evolution of love: 5 ways to keep your marriage alive: We live in a world where the word divorce is rampant. However, for the fifty percent who don’t make it, there is another half who has kept their marriage alive. iMag interviewed couples that are at different stages of their married life, from one to 39 years, to see what the secrets are to staying together happily. [Fox News]
Siblings of autistic children may also have subtle traits: As many as one in five siblings of children with autism may have subtler problems with language and speech, according to new research involving nearly 3,000 children. [Business Week]
Down Syndrome births are down in U.S.: More than 90 percent of women carrying a child with Down Syndrome choose to end their pregnancies, but parents raising these kids say they’re a “gift.” (This article is a bit older, but I thought it was still very striking.) [ABC News]
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