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Thursday, January 24th, 2013

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Should Babies Be Allowed to ‘Cry It Out’?
Hands down, the biggest mom fight I ever witnessed involved two Upper West Side parents debating the pros and cons of the “cry-it-out” sleep method right before a Mommy and Me class. The young instructor, who appeared ready to cry it out herself, had to break up the fight so she could start class. (via CNN)

Children’s Complex Thinking Skills Begin Before Going to School
New research at the University of Chicago and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill shows that children begin to show signs of higher-level thinking skills as young as age 4 ½. Researchers have previously attributed higher-order thinking development to knowledge acquisition and better schooling, but the new longitudinal study shows that other skills, not always connected with knowledge, play a role in the ability of children to reason analytically. (via Science Daily)

Diapers Hinder Walking in Babies
It’s a given that most babies wear diapers, in western cultures anyway. But diapers may trap more than waste—they may also confine a baby’s ability to walk. Scientists compared the walking gaits of 60 babies who were either naked, wore a thin disposable diaper or a thick cloth diaper. Half the babies were 13-month old novice walkers and the other half 19-month old experienced walkers. (via Scientific American)

New Florida Bills Would Make Gun and Ammo Taxes Pay for School Security
In the wake of the school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary, one Florida lawmaker wants to make gun owners foot the bill for students’ safety. Friday Rep. Linda Stewart (D-Orlando) filed HB 325, which dictates mandatory guidance counseling for students in school safety issues, widens gun prohibition from school buildings to a “safety zone” within 500 feet of a school, and allows anyone to “check” their firearm with officials when they arrive at school to avoid prosecution. (via Huffington Post)

Fontana School Rifles: California Schools Get High-Powered Colt 6940 Guns
The high-powered semiautomatic rifles recently shipped to school police in this Southern California city look like they belong on a battlefield rather than in a high school, but officials here say the weapons could help stop a massacre like the one that claimed the lives of 26 students and educators in Connecticut just weeks ago. (via Huffington Post)

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