Is it time to return to caveman parenting?: Hunter-gatherers , the human way of life until the agricultural revolution about 8,000 years ago, were responsive caregivers, who didn’t let a baby cry it out. Moms breast-fed, probably for about five or six years. Cave kids had hours of unstructured free play, with children of all ages. [MSNBC]
Hey kids: tests help you learn: Tests aren’t just a way for teachers to torture their students, according to a new study that finds the brain encodes better mental hints during test-taking than during studying alone. [MSNBC]
Theme parks roll out Halloween thrills: This time of year, theme parks across the nation are transformed into Halloween hot spots. If you’re searching for a destination that has pulled out all the stops to give you a monstrously good time or an attraction that won’t give the littlest trick-or-treaters nightmares, scare up your favorite costume and check out these amusement parks for Halloween fun. [CNN]
10 best resort kids’ programs: More and more resorts are catering to children — though the quality of their kids’ programs still varies. [ABC News]
‘GMA’ gets answers: Newborn baby with pre-existing condition?: She’s heartbroken because she has endured what no mother should have to endure. While pregnant with twins, she lost one of them at 30 weeks. The other baby, Kinsleigh, was born with serious heart problems. But [the mother] is angry because her insurance company, Aetna, held up paying thousands of dollars in medical charges. [ABC News]
If you’re hitting the road this summer for a family road trip, check out the CarMax LUV2DRV Giveaway. You can win $2,500 to spend as you please (souvenirs from strange roadside attractions?), a $250 gas card and a CarMax trunk organizer. And while you’re there, be sure to download their Road Trip Guide. It’s packed with tips to help you survive the journey, such as games to make the time fly, travelin’ tunes to put on your iPod, and safety advice to ensure that your car is prepped for the trip. Happy and safe driving!
I just got back from a whirlwind trip to Atlantis in Paradise Island for the official opening of their new kids’ club, Atlantis Kids Adventures. Designed for kids ages 3 to 12, the 8,000 square-foot complex combines the latest in interactive technology with old-fashioned imaginative play.
My 5-year-old daughter, Jane, was in a bit of a grumpy mood the first time she stepped on the cool touch-screen floor—on which lizards, fish, and pieces of popcorn scatter about when you step on them—and she couldn’t be dragged away for 45 minutes. Here’s a picture of her playing with a similar wall screen.
Just in time for summer vacation, check out this FREE vacation-ready prep list that you can easily download. TimeToo, the makers of home organization tools for busy families, has developed a cute, click-and-print preplist for quick and stress-free family vacation planning—a checklist for everything from informing the house sitter of “garbage day” and watering plants to making sure your pet sitter has a key. To get the list, click here; or go to TimeToo, click on the yellow box that says, "summer’s here," and then print!
Last week, I blogged about all the extra fees on airplane tickets this summer, which will be especially hard on big families trying to take a much-needed vacation. But driving isn’t that much better these days (as many of you pointed out), thanks to the skyrocketing cost of gas. So, what alternatives does that leave us? Apparently, some people are opting out of travel all together for a cheap, relaxing "stay-cation" at home. We want to know what your summer plans are this year in light of rising fuel costs and the sagging economy. Vote in our poll or leave us a comment below.