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Dec. 6th, 2010 02:15 pm
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Why babies need more of it than they're getting.
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See If Your Toys Are Affected
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Mom says she slapped baby who kicked her on flight

I applaud the actions of the flight attendant.
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Benefits of risk in play

Risk Taking Is Free

To laugh is to risk appearing the fool.
To weep is to risk appearing sentimental.
To reach out for another is to risk involvement.
To expose feelings is to risk exposing your true self.
To play your ideas, your dreams, before the crowd, is to risk their loss.
To love is to risk not being loved in return.
To live is to risk dying.

To hope is to risk despair.
To try is to risk failure.
But risk must be taken, because the greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing.
The person who risks nothing, does nothing, has nothing, and is nothing.
One may avoid suffering and sorrow, however, one simply cannot learn, feel, change, grow, love, and live.
Chained by certitudes, one is a slave, one has forfeited freedom.
Only a person who risks is free.
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The government is preparing a safety warning about baby slings — those popular and fashionable infant carriers that parents strap around their chests to give the little ones a cuddle on the move.

The concern: Infants can suffocate, and at least a few have.

Baby Slings )
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"When people care for you they can straighten out your soul."
~Langston Hughes


American children aged 2 - 11 are watching more television than they have in years. New findings from the Nielsen Company show children aged 2-5 now spend more than 32 hours a week on average in front of a TV screen.

In a related development, the Walt Disney Company is now offering refunds for all those “Baby Einstein” videos that did not make children into geniuses. According the New York Times <http://mail.ccie.com/go/eed/3845> , these videos.... "... may have been great electronic baby sitters, but the unusual refunds appear to be a tacit admission that they did not increase infant intellect."

"'We see it as an acknowledgment by the leading baby video company that baby videos are not educational, and we hope other baby media companies will follow suit by offering refu nds,' said Susan Linn, director of Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood, which has been pushing the issue for years.

"Baby Einstein, founded in 1997, was one of the earliest players in what became a huge electronic media market for babies and toddlers. Acquired by Disney in 2001, the company expanded to a full line of books, toys, flashcards and apparel, along with DVDs including 'Baby Mozart,' 'Baby Shakespeare' and 'Baby Galileo.'

"The videos — simple productions featuring music, puppets, bright colors, and not many words — became a staple of baby life: According to a 2003 study, a third of all American babies from 6 months to 2 years old had at least one 'Baby Einstein' video.

"Despite their ubiquity, and the fact that many babies are transfixed by the videos, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends no screen time at all for children under 2."
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The Alliance for Childhood just recently released a new report on how vital play in the early childhood classroom is: A New Report on the Disappearance of Play.
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The best time to learn a foreign language: Between birth and age 7. Missed that window?

For kids, two languages can be as easy as one )

"You'll be surprised," Kuhl says. "They do seem to pick it up like sponges."

By AP Medical Writer, Lauran Neergaard
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Teachers share science by taking advantage of children's innate curiosity about the world.
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Jordan Gilmer has a degenerative condition that eventually will leave him completely blind. But as a child, his teachers did not emphasize Braille, the system of reading in which a series of raised dots signify letters of the alphabet.

Forcing the Blind to be illiterate )

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