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Tuesday, January 28th, 2014
Parents.com is excited to announce the launch of a new web-only series of comic videos: The Lords of the Playground. Each episode shines a light on the everyday visits to the blacktop from the vantage point of a couple of dads sitting on the sidelines. The series proves this is not your father’s fatherhood.
The video shorts star veteran actors Jason Kravits and Matt Servitto as the dads. Kravits has acted on several television dramas and comedies, including The Practice, The Michael J. Fox Show, and 30 Rock and Servitto has appeared on the big screen and small in works such as The Sopranos, Brotherhood, Going the Distance, and Hitch.
Topics tackled by the duo include acceptable baby talk, playground bets, the Cadillac of strollers and finding a new sitter. Real-life events inspire the storylines as both Kravits and Servitto are dads on film and off. Kravits is the proud papa to a 12-year-old son while Servitto’s 10-year-old and twin 8-year-olds have been known to cause sleep deprivation.
Check back every Wednesday at 10 a.m. EST/7 a.m. PST for the very latest episode of The Lords of the Playground.
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Friday, May 24th, 2013
Playground made from trash gets children back in the swing
Ruganzu Bruno and his troupe of fellow eco-artists created a playground made of recycled materials to raise awareness about environmental degradation. (via CNN)
Pregnancy Hormone May Predict Postpartum-Depression Risk
Levels of a stress hormone released by the placenta could predict a woman’s risk of developing postpartum depression, new research suggests. (via Yahoo! News)
NYC School Principals Send Letter Refusing To Consider Recent State Test In Fall Admissions
Principals around New York City are fighting back against what they see as flawed state tests. (via Huffington Post)
Report: Nation’s kids need to get more physical
The prestigious Institute of Medicine is recommending that schools provide opportunities for at least 60 minutes of physical activity each day for students and that PE become a core subject. (via Yahoo News)
Parents Argue School Is Violating Separation Of Church And State
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Does teaching yoga in public schools violate the separation of church and state? That’s what two parents are contending in a lawsuit against Encinitas Union School District in California. (via Huffington Post)
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Monday, September 24th, 2012
Pediatricians Warn Families Against Trampolines
Kids should stay off trampolines at home and at the playground, U.S. pediatricians urged Monday, saying emergency departments across the country see nearly 100,000 injuries from the bouncy mats each year. (via Reuters)
13 New York City Schools Offering Morning-After Pills to High School Girls
The New York City Department of Education will allow girls as young as 14 to get the Plan B emergency contraception without parental consent. (via Washington Post)
Olympic Volleyball Gold Medalist Reveals She was Pregnant During the Olympics
Kerri Walsh Jennings reveals she was five weeks pregnant when she won a gold medal in London this summer. (via Today Health)
Trader Joe’s Recalls Peanut Butter
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Trader Joe’s is recalling its house brand of peanut butter over fears of possible salmonella contamination. (via Time)
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Tuesday, April 24th, 2012
A Surprising Risk for Toddlers on Playground Slides
Orthopedic specialists say they treat a number of toddlers and young children each year with broken legs as a result of riding down slides on a parent’s lap.
Houston Woman Has Sextuplets, 3 Boys, 3 Girls
A Houston woman has given birth to sextuplets.
Filmmaker Compiles Daughter’s 12 Years in Two-Minute Video
To creatively preserve the lasting memory of his daughter, Lotte, filmmaker Frans Hofmeester took snippets of footage from 600 weeks of filming her growth, and sliced them together in a time-lapsed montage that documents her development from birth to age 12.
Boy or Girl? Gender-Reveal Parties Are the Hottest Way to Spread the News
An increasing number of pregnant parents are opting to throw parties, complete with pink or blue cakes and party favors, to let others know what gender baby to expect while they’re expecting.
Doctors: Teens Guzzling Hand Sanitizer to Get Drunk
Doctors are warning parents about a dangerous new trend after six teenagers drank hand sanitizer and ended up in Southern California emergency rooms with alcohol poisoning.
Hilary Duff Reveals an Infatuation With Her Son’s Fallen Belly Button
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Hilary Duff is so enamored by her new role as mom, she keeps her newborn son’s belly button sealed in a Ziploc bag in her makeup drawer.
Wednesday, July 20th, 2011
Can a Playground Be Too Safe?
Efforts to regulate playground equipment to prevent injuries may stunt emotional development, a new study suggests.
School Discipline Study Raises Fresh Questions
Raising new questions about the effectiveness of school discipline, a report scheduled for release on Tuesday found that 31 percent of Texas students were suspended off campus or expelled at least once during their years in middle and high school — at an average of almost four times apiece.
Geography Report Card Finds Students Lagging
Even as schools aim to better prepare students for a global work force, fewer than one in three American students are proficient in geography, with most eighth graders unable to explain what causes earthquakes or accurately describe the American Southwest, according to a report released Tuesday morning.
Birth control should be fully covered under health plans, report says
Contraceptives, sterilization and reproductive education should be covered by health insurance plans with no cost to patients under the health care reform law, a new report recommends.
‘Breast Milk Baby’ Coming to U.S. Market
A controversial doll that allows children to imitate the act of breast-feeding is coming to America.
Mothers jailed at Rikers Island don caps and gowns for parenting course graduation
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The women, who have all been sentenced to less than a year at Rikers, attended biweekly lessons about parental discipline, communication skills and how to be positive role models in their children’s lives.
Wednesday, July 13th, 2011
The Playgrounds! iPhone app from Parents and KaBOOM! and sponsored by Keen is getting a lot of attention after the First Lady recently used it. Mrs. Obama was at a charter school in Washington, D.C to celebrate the building of KaBOOM!’s 2,000th playground, a non-profit that helps bring play spaces to low-income communities, when she snapped a photo of the new playground and uploaded it to the app.
The Playgrounds! app allows users to find nearby playgrounds, rate them, make playdates and more. According to MinOnline, “The app itself is easy to use and seems to be a good service-oriented brand extension for Parents.”
Join First Lady Michelle Obama and download the free Playgrounds! App today!
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Monday, May 17th, 2010
Attention, moms of children at least 7 years old: This Saturday, May 22, has been designated in some circles as “Take Our Children to the Park…& Leave Them There Day.” It’s the idea of Lenore Skenazy, founder of Free-Range Kids, a makes-ya-think book/blog/movement pushing the idea of promoting independence and dialing down excessive safety measures among school-age kids. With this Saturday’s event, Skenazy is trying to bring back the lost art of kids asking other kids to play, and of them hanging out in public places on their own. It’s sort of the opposite of our pre-arranged–playdate world where parents must be stationed close by whenever their children get together.
If it feels too far-out for you, consider Skenazy’s suggestions to make it more palatable:
1. Try it for a half hour, if that’s all you or your child are up for.
2. Take a walk around the block while your child plays (just don’t actually hang out nearby).
3. Give your child a cell phone if that makes you feel better.
My children, at 1 and 4, are too young for Saturday’s experiment. But are yours? Will you consider joining in?
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