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Parents Daily News Roundup

Tuesday, February 5th, 2013

Goody Blog Daily News Roundup

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
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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Healthy Super Bowl Munchies for the Whole Family

Friday, February 1st, 2013

Whether you’re a Baltimore Ravens or a San Francisco 49ers fan (or just sticking around for the commercials!) the Super Bowl is a great time for the whole family to visit, spend some time together and munch on yummy snacks—usually something fatty and dripping with cheese! Don’t let Sunday be the last hope for your New Year’s resolutions; try some of these great, healthier alternatives to traditional Super Bowl snacks that are sure to be a hit with the whole gang.

It’s hard not to snack all day on chips and dip when they’re conveniently in front of you. Serve sliced veggies instead of chips and crackers with those creamy, cheesy game day dips. Your kids will love this smooth Avocado Dip, which packs a punch of vitamin E, potassium and healthy fats.  Let the kids chip in to make these healthy homemade Sesame Herb Crackers to scoop up every last bit!

Here’s some great alternatives for the ultimate fan favorite: nachos. Try these quick and easy Microwave Shrimp Nachos with beans for an added protein kick; or mix it up with a Nacho Casserole, complete with lean ground beef and heaps of all the fixin’s!

For the chili lovers, replace fatty ground beef with a lower calorie Pork Chili or Chicken Chili recipe that is filling- and doesn’t skimp on taste.  Leave off the sour cream and cheese garnishes, or sub in lean ground turkey for an even healthier meal.

What’s a Super Bowl party without fried chicken? Substitute these healthier Baked Chicken Strips for fatty buffalo wings and fried chicken legs. Serve with honey mustard dip!

For more great Sunday snack ideas, check out these Kid-Friendly Super Bowl Snacks your little ones will love making (and devouring).

Image: Table set with munchies for a Super Bowl party via Shutterstock

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Parents Daily News Roundup

Friday, June 15th, 2012

Goody Blog Daily News Roundup

Hidden Hairs Can Strangle Baby’s Tiny Toes
If a single strand of hair wraps around a baby’s toe, it can cut off circulation and ultimately doom the appendage. Though rare, this happens often enough for doctors to have given it a name: toe tourniquet syndrome. (via

FDA Approves Infant Combo Vaccine for Meningitis
The first vaccine that protects children as young as six weeks against two potentially deadly bacterial infections has won approval from U.S. health regulators. (via AP)

“Darth Vader” Boy from Super Bowl Ad Has Heart Surgery
Doctors on Thursday performed successful open-heart surgery on the 7-year-old boy who starred as a mini-Darth Vader in a popular Super Bowl commercial, according to the Los Angeles hospital where he was treated. (via Reuters)

Cost of Rearing a Child Rises to $234,000
For a child born now, it will cost an average of $234,900 to raise them, and that’s just to age 18. The total cost is up 3.5 percent from a year ago, according to the US Department of Agriculture report. (via ABC News)

Neighbors Ban 3-Year-Old’s Sidewalk Chalk
When Colorado mom Sarah Cohen found out her 3-year-old daughter was being banned from doing sidewalk doodles, she chalked it up to a misunderstanding. But the crackdown on sidewalk chalk was no joke to Cohen’s local housing association in the Denver suburb of Stapleton, which said little Emerson’s scribbles are violating neighborhood rules. (via New York Daily News)

Nearly 20 Percent of Teens Admit to ‘Sexting’
Despite knowing the consequences, many teens still send sexually explicit photos to others using their cellphones, a new study on sexting suggests. (via

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Parents Daily News Roundup

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

Goody Blog Daily News RoundupBoy from Super Bowl Commercial Prepares for Heart Surgery
Max Page, 7, starred in arguably the most memorable commercial from the 2011 Super Bowl: the Volkswagen Star Wars ad. Dressed as Darth Vader, Page attempted to use the Force to control various household items. But now Page will have to channel the Force he used in the commercial as he gets ready to have open-heart surgery to fix a congenital defect. (via The Today Show)

Casey Anthony Does Phone Interview With Piers Morgan
It was almost a year ago that Casey Anthony was acquitted in the death of her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee. Now, for the first time since the trial, Anthony has addressed the charges in a phone interview with CNN’s Piers Morgan. (via CNN)

New Study About Same-Sex Parenting Criticized
Social scientists are criticizing a new study authored by Mark Regnerus, a sociologist at the University of Texas, that claims there are disadvantages for children raised by same-sex parents. (via

Children and Grandchildren of Older Fathers May Inherit Longevity
A recent study by researchers at Northwestern University has found that kids with older fathers and grandfathers have longer telomeres, which could mean a longer and healthier life. (via TIME)

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Parents Daily News Roundup

Friday, February 3rd, 2012

Goody Blog Daily News Roundup

Colorado to Consider Toughest Trans-Fat Ban in the Country
The nation’s leanest state is taking aim at junk food in school cafeterias as it considers the nation’s toughest school trans-fat ban.

Pfizer Birth Control Recall: Could Women Who Get Pregnant Sue?
If women wind up pregnant from faulty pill packets, product liability lawsuits or “wrongful pregnancy” cases — reminiscent of medical malpractice — could be filed.

Moms’ Bossiness at Snack Time Tied to Kids’ Weight
Mothers who push their toddlers to eat more at snack time may end up with a heavier child, a new study suggests.

Some Colleges Cut Tuition, Hasten Graduation
Even before President Barack Obama announced plans last month to push colleges to improve affordability, a number of schools beat him to the punch by lowering tuition and helping students graduate in fewer semesters.

Many Public Schools in D.C.’s Poorest Area Should be Transformed or Shut, Study Says
A new study commissioned by D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray recommends that the city turn around or close more than three dozen traditional public schools in its poorest neighborhoods and expand the number of high-performing charter schools.

Super Bowl Breastfeeding Room Bonds Nursing Mothers, Football In Unlikely Partnership
It may seem like an unlikely partnership — football and breastfeeding — but last month, when the nonprofit health care provider MESH set up a clinic in Super Bowl Village, it partnered with the Indiana Perinatal Network to include a lactation room.

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Parents Daily News Roundup

Thursday, January 19th, 2012

Goody Blog Daily News Roundup

Study: 1 in 8 Low-Income Parents Waters Down Formula
Many low-income parents feel they must resort to “formula stretching,” to keep their infants fed, even with government food assistance programs, a new study shows.

Missing Toddler’s Mom Unable to Complete Polygraph
The mother of a toddler reported missing from her father’s home in Maine a month ago says she was unable to finish a lie detector test because of a medical condition.

Parents Fret Possible All-Harbaugh Super Bowl
As sure as a parent would find picking one child they love more than another impossible, they’d struggle watching one succeed at the other’s expense. And that’s in any situation, let alone the Super Bowl.

Heartbreak Brings these Military Families Together
Two heartbreaking deaths were able to bring two military families together for healing.

Video: Year Of The Dragon
A baby boom is expected in China in 2012 — the Year of the Dragon. Many parents consider it good luck for their kids to be born now: across Asia, the dragon symbolizes wealth, wisdom, and good fortune.

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Our Super-Bowl Showdown

Sunday, February 6th, 2011

taterToday is the big day for football fans everywhere. There are lots of predictions out there claiming they’ve determined who’s going to take home the trophy, but at the GoodyBlog Think Tank, we recently came up with a foolproof indicator: The Mr. Potato Head Showdown 2011. Yes, that’s right…we pitted the Green Bay Packers Mr. Potato Head against the Pittsburgh Steelers Mr. Potato Head in a battle of skill, strength, pluck, and body parts. The last one standing with the most potato-head accessories would reveal the champions. And the winner of the Super Bowl will be…the Steelers. You can take that to the toy bank.

Which team do you think will be the Super Bowl champions?

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Get in the Game!

Thursday, February 3rd, 2011

There are very few things I love more than the Pittsburgh Steelers. So it was no surprise when our news editor, Kourtney Eidam, traipsed over to my desk yesterday, waving a Steelers T-shirt, and said, “I want you to try this on!” Come to think of it though, she’s made me try on all sorts of product samplesfrom kids clothing to an Iron Man maskso maybe she just likes to make me take embarrassing photos.

All jokes aside, I’m glad she did. The shirt is from the NFL’s new women’s apparel shop, and it fits like a glove. Gone are the days of wearing offensive lineman-sized clothingor browsing the kids’ section, as I’ve done beforejust to get in the team spirit. And though I’ve been known to dress my large Hines Ward jersey up with a pair of heels and a cocktail ring, maybe it’s time to trade it for one that’s my own size. (Family and friends: Are you reading this? My birthday’s in March.)

So, Steelers and Packers ladies alike, go forth and shop. This year, you’ll draw more attention than the commercials. And while you’re here, tell us: What are you most looking forward to about the Super Bowl? Personally, I can’t wait to see everyone’s predictions be proven wrong.

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