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Tuesday, February 5th, 2013
Texas School System Finance Plan Unconstitutional, Judge Rules
The system Texas uses to fund public schools violates the state’s constitution by not providing enough money to school districts and failing to distribute it fairly, a judge ruled Monday in a landmark decision that could force the Legislature to overhaul the way it pays for education. (via Huffington Post)
Adult Diabetes Drug May Work in Very Obese Youth
A drug originally approved to treat adults with diabetes may also help severely obese youths lose some weight, according to a new study. (via Reuters)
Where Do Babies Come From: Why a Super Bowl Ad Got It Wrong
“Dad, where do babies come from?” The opening line of Kia’s Super Bowl commercial doesn’t beat around the bush. The question spills forth during a car ride, making Dad’s eyes bug out before he quickly recovers and spins a fantastical story of a planet, Babylandia, from which newborns of every ilk originate. (via Time)
Researchers Pioneer Treatment for Viral Infection Common in Children
Researchers at Imperial College London have discovered a new way in which a very common childhood disease could be treated. In the first year of life, 65 per cent of babies get infected by Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV). (via Science Daily)
Playtime: Affectionate, Less Controlling Mothers Have Strongest Relations with Their Children
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Researchers long have evaluated the roles parents play in children’s development. Now, researchers at the University of Missouri have found that mothers’ directiveness, the extent to which they try to control the content and pace of young children’s play, varies based on the children’s ages and the mothers’ ethnicities. In addition, the study found that the more directive the mothers were during play, the less engaged children were with them and the more negative emotion the children displayed toward their mothers. (via Science Daily)
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Friday, September 14th, 2012
When I moved from rural Ohio to New York City, I bid a teary goodbye to my daily dose of shady trees, green lawns, and deer frolicking outside my dorm window (I’m speaking literally here. The deer were out there daily). That environment just begged to be enjoyed, and I took full advantage, running and biking almost daily on a nearby bike path. Now that I spend the majority of my time in an office building, I appreciate more than ever the importance of breaking away from my desk for some fresh air and vitamin D. Though I’ve traded in trees for skyscrapers, grass for concrete, and…I’m not going to go into what critters I’ve traded deer in for…any amount of sunshine does wonders for my mood and productivity, and even a 10-minute trip to Central Park is enough to put a spring in my step and a smile on my face. This isn’t just me lamenting the loss of a natural playground just outside my door. Science backs me up: Studies have found that a mere five minutes of outdoor exercise can improve self-esteem and mood, and children with ADHD seem to focus better after being outdoors. Heck, one study even found that spinal surgery patients felt less pain and stress, and took fewer pain medications during their recoveries if they were exposed to natural light.
That’s why I plan to take part in KEEN’s Worldwide Recess Day today. Just take a minimum of 10 minutes out of your day to go for a walk or play tag with your kids. If you live near a KEEN store, a company that “designs footwear, bags, and socks that enable you to play anyplace without a ceiling,” they’re hosting games of four-square, hop scotch, and tetherball around the country and around the world. To further encourage the 10-minute breather, they’re asking their fans to post images of their recess-capades with the tag #take10 on Instagram or Twitter, and offering a pair of KEEN shoes to one photo-poster every hour.
Leave a note in the comments letting us know what you did for your recess! I’m planning to take a walk in my neighborhood after dinner.
Image: Mom and child playing outside via Shutterstock
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Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012
As a parent, you want nothing more than to have your children love one another and play nicely. Not only is a sibling bond important, researchers say it’s also good for your child’s emotional health. According to a study from Brigham Young University, kids who had a sister throughout their childhood were less likely to feel fearful, lonely, or unloved than kids without sisters. Even if your children only show their emotions through endless arguing, researchers agree that sibling conflict is still far less detrimental than complete lack of affection.
Although kids don’t always get along, what if your child wasn’t even able to talk to her sibling, let alone utter the words “I love you”? One mom shares the story of both her daughter’s struggle to communicate with her brother, and her son’s single heartbreaking wish: to hear his sister say his name. To read Amy Kohn’s touching tale, check out our August issue or click here.
Image: happy sister and brother together via Shuttershock
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Friday, September 23rd, 2011
Do you have plans for the weekend? We hope you left some time for playing!
Tomorrow is Nickelodeon’s 8th annual Worldwide Day of Play. The kids’ television channel asks parents to, “Encourage your kids to turn off the TV, get up, get out, and go play.” If your kid can’t resist SpongeBob, don’t worry. Nickelodeon will shut down both its TV programming and websites for three hours tomorrow afternoon. Use the day to remind your children about the importance of exercise and physical activity.
And don’t let the rain keep you indoors. Put your kids in some old clothes and let them jump in puddles and play in the mud. It might mean extra laundry, but they’ll never forget the day you told them to get dirty.
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