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NY Times:

Parents Warned Cough Medicines Imperil Infants.  “Some of the injuries and deaths associated with these products have resulted when parents gave two different products to their child, not realizing that both contained identical medicines, resulting in an overdose.”  The largest spate of marketing dollars are spent in the categories where there’s no significant difference between products, in the attempt to make them seem completely different.  In this case, profit motive works against health.  Add to that the routine use of cough medicines by parents to ‘shut up’ cranky kids, you’ve got a recipe for disaster.

08/17/07 • 08:41 AM • ChildhoodConsumptionHealth • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Vanity Fair:

Arthur Miller’s Missing Act.  This kind of behavior was status quo in the middle of the last century; hide the problem children, never bat an eyelash in public.  I know of at least one other ‘famous’ family that behaved similarly.

08/16/07 • 10:45 AM • ChildhoodHealthHuman Rights • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

SF New Mexican:

“Kinlichiinii John has an empty spot on his Cub Scouts uniform that he hopes to cover with an acknowledgment of his Navajo faith. But searching through emblems available for 35 religious affiliations, the 9-year-old found that none exist for the traditional Navajo spiritual way of life or the Native American Church — both of which his family practices.”

08/15/07 • 07:44 AM • ChildhoodReligionSanta Fe Local • (1) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Dallas Morning News:

“The sudden heat wave has brought something more menacing than sunburns and higher electric bills. The latest sign of summer just might be spontaneous combustion.”  Once upon a time, when catalytic converters were first installed on cars, there was a blanket warning not to park on piles of autumn leaves.  Converters operate at very high temps, and stay that way for quite a while.

08/14/07 • 02:44 PM • ChildhoodEnvironmentalNature • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

CNN:

Five breast-feeding mistakes new moms make, and how to fix them. The other thing I’d mention from my years involved in foster parenting newborns ... don’t be dogmatic about breast milk. Many’s the colicky child I’ve held, who doubles up in pain after drinking breast milk.  Lactose intolerance.  Or should I say their little bodies haven’t had the opportunity to grow enough lactase.  There are many causes, some of which can be temporary.  But don’t keep forcing breast milk on a child who’s showing intense stomach pain after eating. One would think it’s kind of obvious, a child with all four limbs tight to their body, screaming their heads off, pooping out acidy greenish liquid.  Unfortunately, the ‘breast milk dogma’ overrides empirical observation. “But it’s natural!”  “It’s the best nutrition for a baby! It can’t be bad.”  Only if the child can handle the lactose.  Otherwise, you’re causing vitamin deficiencies from the child’s diarrhea, and other health problems. I call it torture.  So please, try a formula for a week or two if your child shows the symptoms of lactose intolerance.

08/10/07 • 07:45 AM • ChildhoodFoodHealth • (6) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

NY Times Education:

Summer Reading Programs Gain Momentum for Students About to Enter College.

08/08/07 • 07:59 AM • BooksChildhoodScholarly • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

LA Times:

“Infants shown such educational series [Baby Einstein] end up with poorer vocabularies, study finds. Researcher says ‘American Idol’ is better.”  Kids don’t learn in a vacuum.  And please, don’t plop them in front of ‘American Idol’ either.  There are so many better ways to occupy a child’s mind.

08/07/07 • 08:01 AM • ChildhoodScholarlyScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

NY Times:

Teacher-Astronaut to Fly Decades After Challenger.  “Ms. Morgan plans to make a series of video ‘teachable moments’ while in space that will later be used in lessons, and she is taking 10 million basil seeds that will be distributed to students to raise in growth chambers that they will design.”  Basil?  Orbital bruschetta?

08/07/07 • 07:44 AM • ChildhoodHistoryScholarlyScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Reuters:

McBranding hooks preschoolers, study finds.  Fast foods are designed to go down fast and leave you wanting more.  I suppose someone will applaud such lessons for budding young consumers ... future cannon fodder ... buyers of new-generation subprime mortgages ... (stop me now) ...

08/06/07 • 12:50 PM • ChildhoodConsumption • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

LA Times:

Scientists issue warning about chemical in plastic.  “In an unusual effort targeting a single chemical, several dozen scientists on Thursday issued a strongly worded consensus statement warning that an estrogen-like compound in plastic is likely to be causing an array of serious reproductive disorders in people. The compound, bisphenol A or BPA, is one of the highest-volume chemicals in the world and has found its way into the bodies of most human beings.”  My italics.  Don’t heat your microwave meals in their plastic containers!  Use microwave-safe dishes.  Minimize the plastic gadgets your kids chew on.  Now if someone can break the soybean mythology and agricultural lobby ...

08/06/07 • 09:36 AM • ChildhoodConsumptionHealth • (3) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

NY Times:

“Despite a two-year effort to eliminate the threat of poisonous lead in inexpensive children’s jewelry, hundreds of thousands of tainted items are still being sold across the United States, the federal government has found.”  You can purchase lead test kits at just about any Home Depot or Lowes.

08/06/07 • 07:33 AM • ChildhoodConsumptionHealth • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

BBC:

“The Oxford University team reviewed 13 US trials involving over 15,000 people aged 10 to 21. They found abstinence programmes had no negative or positive impact on the rates of sex infections or unprotected sex, the British Medical Journal said.”  OK, it’s been tried.  Time to use our tax dollars for something that works.

08/03/07 • 11:35 AM • ChildhoodHealthScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

SF New Mexican:

Study: Learning aided by pre-kindergarten programs.  That shouldn’t be a surprise.

08/03/07 • 06:41 AM • ChildhoodScholarly • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

CNN:

Fisher-Price recalls 1M toys.  Is there anyone left not looking for ‘made in China’ and avoiding those products?

08/01/07 • 07:56 PM • ChildhoodConsumptionHealth • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

SF New Mexican:

Several retailers participating in state tax holiday Friday through Sunday.  “Shoes are a complicated category — general athletic shoes are not taxable, but ballet, bicycle, bowling, cleated, football, golf, jazz/dance, soccer and track shoes are all taxable.”

07/31/07 • 07:10 AM • ChildhoodConsumptionEconomicsSanta Fe Local • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Times Online.UK:

“Children want to be looked at, but wearing items like thongs and revealing clothes sends the message that they are sexually available. It also implies knowledge of sexuality that just isn’t there ...”

07/30/07 • 03:05 PM • ChildhoodHealthPsychology • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

The Economist:

Worries about a population explosion have been replaced by fears of decline.  Unless one is in the market for cannon-fodder, I don’t see this as a negative ... no matter how it may be spun.

07/30/07 • 12:34 PM • ChildhoodEconomicsHealth • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Perpetual Kid:

“Pick your nose” party cups.  Suggest these for your next gallery opening.  Political do.  Morning coffee in the office.  I’d like to see a “Snydely Whiplash”, however.

07/30/07 • 12:08 PM • ChildhoodConsumption • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Albuquerque Tribune:

Don’t consume jimson weed seeds.  And watch who your kid hangs out with.

07/27/07 • 08:27 AM • ChildhoodEnvironmentalHealthNatureSanta Fe Local • (1) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Albuquerque Tribune:

New Mexico teens favor hard liquor, study says.

07/27/07 • 08:22 AM • ChildhoodConsumptionHealthSanta Fe Local • (1) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Times Online.UK:

Books we have never read.

07/25/07 • 09:15 AM • ArtsBooksChildhoodScholarly • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

NY Times Education:

Fight Song at Ozarks: Work Hard and Avoid Debt.  “... all 1,345 students must work 15 hours per week to pay off the entire cost of tuition — $15,900 per year. If they work summers, as one-third are doing this summer, they pay off their $4,400 room and board as well. Work study is not an option as it is at most campuses; it is the college’s raison d’être.”  Back to the future, eh?  Nice to see someone’s got their heads on properly.  As an orphan, my late father was allowed in to Mount Hermon Prep in a work/study deal, in the 30’s.  He used to vividly recall mucking the barns out early in the mornings ... he went on to become a well-respected attorney.  This news article gives me great hope that common sense still exists in the financing of education today.

07/25/07 • 09:09 AM • ChildhoodEconomicsScholarly • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

SF New Mexican:

N.M. still ranks among worst states for kids.  This report doesn’t mention there’s a suspicion of State and Federal programs in NM, so many of these initiatives don’t succeed.  It’s largely cultural.  I’ve heard Richardson’s Pre-K program has been nowhere near as successful as it should be, because some believe it’s “brainwashing” their toddlers.

07/25/07 • 08:36 AM • ChildhoodHealthHome & LivingPolitics • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

in character:

I Cannot Tell a Lie - what people with autism can tell us about honesty.

07/24/07 • 01:41 PM • ChildhoodHealthPsychologyScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Times Online.UK:

Who says lone men can’t adopt?

07/24/07 • 10:17 AM • ChildhoodHuman RightsLaw • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks
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