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  • Beachwood cancels Rec League all-star baseball game [Barf Alert]

    06/27/2008 6:31:09 AM PDT · by Turret Gunner A20 · 34 replies · 232+ views
    WTAM ^ | Thursday, June 26, 2008 | Staff
    Center feels singling out players can hurt youthful self confidence. Thursday, June 26, 2008 (Beachwood) - Beachwood has cancelled its annual 4th of July Rec League All-Star Game for 9 to 12 year olds. In a letter to coaches, Assistant Recreation Supervisor Frank Vicchiarelli announced that the decades old tradition would end because certain kids were being singled out as better players than others.
  • Youth All-Star Game Canceled To Prevent Bruised Egos

    06/27/2008 4:48:51 AM PDT · by TornadoAlley3 · 39 replies · 136+ views ^ | 06/26/08 | weathernet5
    BEACHWOOD, Ohio -- A local community has canceled an all-star game for youth baseball players because it doesn't want to exclude anyone. People in Beachwood are upset, and it's not just parents and children. The issue is when is a child just learning a game and when are they old enough to compete in it? The city of Beachwood and its recreation department drew the line at age 12. The phone lines lit up on WTAM on Thursday morning as parents and sports fans called to voice their opinion on the city canceling its all-star game for 9- to 12-year-olds....
  • Little Women

    06/25/2008 4:09:13 PM PDT · by forkinsocket · 42 replies · 80+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | June 22, 2008 | Jennifer Ruark
    Several years ago my husband borrowed a Shania Twain CD from the library. When my then 5-year-old daughter saw me roll my eyes at the barely dressed singer's provocative poses on the liner notes, she was smitten. She played the CD over and over, tossing her hair and wiggling her hips in imitation of those photos, oblivious to the innuendo but aware that she was doing something daring and rebellious. What, I thought, am I going to do when she's 13? Reading The Lolita Effect five years later, I wonder why that episode even stands out in my memory. To...
  • At McLean School, Playing Tag Turns Into Hot Potato

    04/15/2008 1:10:36 PM PDT · by Proverbs 3-5 · 32 replies · 113+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 4/15/2008 | Michael Alison Chandler
    A playground pastime is getting a timeout this spring at a McLean elementary school. Robyn Hooker, principal of Kent Gardens Elementary School, has told students they may no longer play tag during recess after determining that the game of chasing, dodging and yelling "You're it!" had gotten out of hand. Hooker explained to parents in a letter this month that tag had become a game "of intense aggression." The principal said that her goal is to keep students safe and that she hopes to restore tag (as well as touch football, also now on hold) after teachers and administrators review...
  • Why Don't Kids Walk To School Anymore?

    03/28/2008 3:24:06 PM PDT · by blam · 108 replies · 2,018+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 3-28-2008 | University of Michigan.
    Why Don't Kids Walk To School Anymore?No sidewalk and no green buffer makes walking feel unsafe. A wide treed buffer between a sidewalk and the street encourages walking. (Credit: Image courtesy of University of Michigan) ScienceDaily (Mar. 28, 2008) — Maybe when we were their age, we walked five miles to school, rain or shine. So why don't most children today walk or bike to school? It's not necessarily because they're spoiled, lazy or over scheduled. According to a University of Michigan researcher, concerns about safety are the main reason that less than 13 percent of U.S. children walked or...
  • Extra Vitamin D In Early Childhood Cuts Adult Diabetes Risk

    03/13/2008 7:18:47 PM PDT · by blam · 8 replies · 476+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 3-13-2008 | BMJ-British Medical Journal
    Extra Vitamin D In Early Childhood Cuts Adult Diabetes Risk ScienceDaily (Mar. 13, 2008) — Vitamin D supplements in early childhood may ward off the development of type 1 diabetes in later life, reveals a research review published ahead of print in the Archives of Disease in Childhood. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disorder, in which insulin producing beta cells in the pancreas are destroyed by the body's own immune system, starting in early infancy. The disease is most common among people of European descent, with around 2 million Europeans and North Americans affected. Its incidence is rising at...
  • Childhood now ends at 11: Study

    03/03/2008 10:52:06 AM PST · by CarrotAndStick · 30 replies · 118+ views
    PTI via. The Times of India ^ | 3 Mar 2008, 1218 hrs IST | PTI
    LONDON: Childhood is the golden era in one's life. But, a new study has found that it now effectively ends at the age of 11 with parents increasingly succumbing to "pester pressure" from their kids. Researchers in Britain have found that children are forcing their parents to authorise freedoms that belie their years in contrast with the traditional upbringings experienced by their moms and dads. According to the study, more and more teenagers are being allowed to drink alcohol, stay out late, sleep over at their boyfriend's or girlfriend's house and have sex, The Daily Telegraph reported on Monday. Little...
  • Childhood now ends at 11, parents say

    03/03/2008 1:46:16 AM PST · by bruinbirdman · 17 replies · 96+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 3/3/2008 | Sarah Womack
    More than half of parents believe that childhood is now over by the age of 11, according to a survey. The poll shows that children, desperate to keep up with their peers, are forcing parents to authorise freedoms that belie their years, in contrast with the traditional upbringings experienced by their mothers and fathers. Teenagers are increasingly being allowed to drink alcohol, stay out late and sleep over at their boyfriend or girlfriend's house, according to the survey for Random House Children's Books. But many adults feel that parents are wrong to succumb and that youngsters grow up alarmingly quickly,...
  • Taking Play Seriously

    02/17/2008 5:52:09 PM PST · by neverdem · 4 replies · 277+ views
    NY Times ^ | February 17, 2008 | ROBIN MARANTZ HENIG
    On a drizzly Tuesday night in late January, 200 people came out to hear a psychiatrist talk rhapsodically about play — not just the intense, joyous play of children, but play for all people, at all ages, at all times. (All species too; the lecture featured touching photos of a polar bear and a husky engaging playfully at a snowy outpost in northern Canada.) Stuart Brown, president of the National Institute for Play, was speaking at the New York Public Library’s main branch on 42nd Street. He created the institute in 1996, after more than 20 years of psychiatric practice...
  • Girls Will Be Girls

    02/12/2008 10:39:34 AM PST · by forkinsocket · 44 replies · 131+ views
    NY Times ^ | February 10, 2008 | PEGGY ORENSTEIN
    Hillary Clinton isn’t the only woman struggling to find an ideal mix of feminism and femininity, one that allows a woman to behave both like and unlike a man without being penalized either way. Mothers of daughters, even if they don’t support the former first lady, feel, if not her pain, at least her conflict. You need only look at the staggering success, in a publishing industry gone soft, of two advice manuals for young women, “The Daring Book for Girls” and “The Girls’ Book: How to Be the Best at Everything.” Those volumes were inspired by “The Dangerous Book...
  • Boys' learning 'helped by toy guns' (UK)

    12/31/2007 10:14:30 AM PST · by Uncledave · 9 replies · 333+ views
    Boys' learning 'helped by toy guns' 31 December 2007 Boys' learning is aided by playing with toy weapons and should not be discouraged at nursery schools, the government has claimed. In new guidance on the issue of boys' education, the government has claimed that development in boys is improved when they are allowed to play and act out their games. The guidance says that staff should resist the 'natural instinct' to stop boys from playing with weapons, although this has been criticised by a number of groups, which have claimed that toy guns and weapons are a symbol of aggression....
  • Honolulu's Future Is Too Serious A Matter To Be Left To Transportation 'Experts'

    12/17/2007 11:09:16 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 18 replies · 228+ views
    Hawaii Reporter ^ | December 16, 2007 | Daniel P. de Gracia II
    French Prime Minister Georges Clemenceau is credited with the famous remark, "La guerre! C'est une chose trop grave pour la confier à des militaries" -- war is too serious a matter to be entrusted to the military. The idea that Clemenceau was trying to project through these words is that experts are often incapable of seeing beyond their profession and understanding the greater domains of necessity. Here in Hawaii, we are facing a transportation infrastructure crisis of the highest degree of peril. I assert to every single man, woman, and child of these Hawaiian Islands that our future is too...
  • School Recess Gets Gentler, and the Adults Are Dismayed

    12/15/2007 10:38:08 PM PST · by fgoodwin · 32 replies · 217+ views
    New York Times ^ | December 14, 2007 | ALISON LEIGH COWAN
    Children at Oakdale School here in southeastern Connecticut returned this fall to learn that their traditional recess had gone the way of the peanut butter sandwich and the Gumby lunchbox. No longer could they let off youthful energy — pent up from hours of long division — by cavorting outside for 22 minutes of unstructured play, or perhaps a vigorous game of tag or dodgeball. Such games had been virtually banned by the principal, Mark S. Johnson, along with kickball, soccer and other “body-banging” activities, as he put it, where knees — and feelings — might get bruised. Instead, children...
  • Campaign on Childhood Mental Illness Succeeds at Being Provocative

    12/14/2007 12:08:06 AM PST · by neverdem · 104+ views
    NY Times ^ | December 14, 2007 | JOANNE KAUFMAN
    We have your son. We will make sure he will no longer be able to care for himself or interact socially as long as he lives. — Autism SO reads one of the six “ransom notes” that make up a provocative public service campaign introduced this week by the New York University Child Study Center to raise awareness of what Dr. Harold S. Koplewicz, the center’s founder and director, called “the silent public health epidemic of children’s mental illness.” Produced pro bono by BBDO, an Omnicom agency that worked on two previous campaigns for the Child Study Center, the campaign...
  • How Well Do You Know Your Candidates? (Take the quiz)

    12/13/2007 12:14:21 PM PST · by the_devils_advocate_666 · 29 replies · 106+ views
    AARP Bulletin ^ | December 2007 | AARP
    How much to you know about the lives of the presidential contenders before the election campaign? Take the quiz to gauge your expertise.
  • If Not Now (Parents Still Count Even In Head Start)

    09/27/2007 6:35:38 AM PDT · by shrinkermd · 4 replies · 102+ views
    NY Times ^ | 27 September 2007 | Will Okun
    ...I argue frequently with my students about whether a child can succeed in school without parental support or involvement. Students believe in the power of the strong individual but often the playing field is too slanted, the teams too uneven. As early as preschool and Head Start, certain three-to-five-year-olds are already at a great advantage because of parental educational support while other children are beginning a lifelong struggle to keep pace. ...Children who are not learning basic skills in the home during the most important years of brain development (0-5 years) will enter kindergarten already at an educational disadvantage. Since...
  • The Evil of Dora!

    09/21/2007 11:48:33 AM PDT · by nannystate · 2 replies · 126+ views
    Nanny State Book ^ | Sept 21 | David Harsanyi
    In the New York Times, Gary Cross, a professor of history at Pennsylvania State University, pens a confusing op-ed on the dangers of, not only outsourcing toy manufacturing, but allowing "licensed toys" (Dora, Barbie, etc...) from being introduced to kids. "Young people" just haven't developed the critical judgment necessary to, gulp, deal with "consumerism." Like any good nannyist, Cross uses a scare (the recent Mattel recall, in this case) to kick things off. We quickly jump to commercials. ….In the early 1970s, child advocates like Action for Children's Television recognized that television ads for toys had a magical power over...
  • TO ALL THE KIDS WHO SURVIVED the 1930's, 40's, 50's, 60's and 70's!!

    09/03/2007 7:22:59 AM PDT · by Racehorse · 17 replies · 1,352+ views
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    Many of you may have seen the following reflection many, many times. I had not. It brought back many pleasant memories of growing up "American." So, for those who have not read it, I share it with a whimsically nostalgic wink and smile: TO ALL THE KID S WHO SURVIVED the 1930's, 40's, 50's, 60's and 70's!! First, we survived being born to mothers who smoked and/or drank while they were pregnant. They took aspirin, ate blue cheese dressing, tuna from a can, and didn't get tested for diabetes. Then after that trauma, we were put to sleep on our...
  • Colorado School Bans Game of Tag on Playground

    08/31/2007 3:51:34 PM PDT · by My Favorite Headache · 46 replies · 796+ views
    The Colorado Gazetter ^ | BRIAN NEWSOME
    Springs elementary gives tag a timeout By BRIAN NEWSOME THE GAZETTE On the playground of a northern Colorado Springs elementary school, tag is not “it.” The touch-and-run game and any other form of chasing was banned this year at Discovery Canyon Campus’ elementary school by administrators who say it fuels schoolyard disputes. “It causes a lot of conflict on the playground,” said Assistant Principal Cindy Fesgen. In the first days of school, before tag was banned, she said students would complain to her about being chased or harassed. Fesgen said she would hear: “Well, I don’t want to be chased,...
  • A recipe book for raising boys

    08/20/2007 10:26:38 PM PDT · by Coleus · 20 replies · 1,970+ views ^ | August 20, 2007 | PAM LOBLEY
    PERHAPS YOU'VE HEARD of the hot new book, "The Dangerous Book for Boys." It has been a mad bestseller in England and is now topping the lists here, too. It was written by two British brothers who wanted to bring back the idea of free and unfettered boyhood, when boys were not tempered with excessive scheduled activities or indoor play. The idea of the book intrigued me, but I was afraid of it. Was this going to be like some junior version of the TV show "Jackass," where boys did stupid things like riding on a skateboard attached to the...
  • Let the pendulum swing, back to scabby knees, competitive spirits and all

    07/03/2007 5:28:55 AM PDT · by Caleb1411 · 68 replies · 1,441+ views
    St. Paul Pioneer Press ^ | 07/03/2007 | CONN IGGULDEN
    When I was 10, I founded an international organization known as the Black Cat Club. My friend Richard was the only other member. My younger brother, Hal, had "provisional status," which meant that he had to try out for full membership every other week. We told him we would consider his application if he jumped off the garage roof - about 8 feet from the ground. He had a moment of doubt as he looked over the edge, but we said it wouldn't hurt if he shouted the words "Fly like an eagle!" When he jumped, his knees came up...
  • Boys Will Be Boys

    06/24/2007 9:36:28 PM PDT · by Coleus · 17 replies · 947+ views
    CERC ^ | Spring 2007 | GERRY GARIBALDI
    A new guidebook reaffirms boyhood in all of its politically incorrect glory. The frontispiece in Conn and Hal Iggulden’s The Dangerous Book for Boys says it all—a skull and crossbones boldly heralds adventure, treasure, and unbridled boyish fun. According to its English authors, this is a book for boys who want to be “self-sufficient and find their way in the stars.” It’s a delightful compendium of knowledge, life tips, building projects, games, and hands-on invention. At its heart, the book unabashedly reaffirms and celebrates the traditional moral leather that has guided untold generations of men in their voyage through life. ...
  • In Praise of Skinned Knees and Grubby Faces

    06/23/2007 9:24:09 PM PDT · by fgoodwin · 3 replies · 560+ views
    Washington Post ^ | Sunday, June 24, 2007; B01 | Conn Iggulden
    When I had a son of my own six years ago, I looked around for the sort of books that would inspire him. I was able to find some, but none with the spirit and verve of those old titles. I wanted a single compendium of everything I'd ever wanted to know or do as a boy, and I decided to write my own. We began with everything we had done as kids, then added things we didn't want to see forgotten. History today is taught as a feeble thing, with all the adventure taken out of it. We wanted...
  • How children lost the right to roam in four generations

    06/22/2007 11:43:38 AM PDT · by fgoodwin · 28 replies · 663+ views
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 15th June 2007 | DAVID DERBYSHIRE
    How children lost the right to roam in four generations By DAVID DERBYSHIRE Last updated at 01:03am on 15th June 2007 When George Thomas was eight he walked everywhere. It was 1926 and his parents were unable to afford the fare for a tram, let alone the cost of a bike and he regularly walked six miles to his favourite fishing haunt without adult supervision. Fast forward to 2007 and Mr Thomas's eight-year-old great-grandson Edward enjoys none of that freedom. He is driven the few minutes to school, is taken by car to a safe place to ride...
  • The Final Word: Maybe it's time to let boys be boys — outside

    06/20/2007 2:11:37 PM PDT · by fgoodwin · 1 replies · 231+ views
    USA Today | May 1, 2007 | Craig Wilson
    The Final Word: Maybe it's time to let boys be boys — outside By Craig Wilson, USA TODAY May 1, 2007 E-mail Craig Wilson at
  • Suburbia's fortress mentality

    06/03/2007 2:38:07 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 93 replies · 2,559+ views
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | June 1, 2007 | Melodee Martin Helms
    Parents' fears are robbing children of their childhood. ___ My three boys sprawl on the couch, fingering their Game Boys. I wish I could shoo them outside until dusk. I wish they could tromp to the marsh to search for polliwogs. I wish we didn't have to live in a fortress. But we don't let our children play in the front yard, because a sex offender lives two doors down. Instead, like other families in this neighborhood, we've built private playgrounds in the back. From my kitchen window, I see two wooden play structures, three trampolines, and four basketball hoops,...
  • Putting the Skinned Knees Back Into Playtime

    05/19/2007 8:37:25 PM PDT · by fgoodwin · 5 replies · 382+ views
    New York Times ^ | May 20, 2007 | ALEX WILLIAMS
    JOSEPH GALLO, 10, of Santa Cruz, Calif., is well armed in the battle against childhood boredom, with a bedroom arsenal that includes a computer hooked to the Internet, a DVD player, two Game Boys, as well as an Xbox and GameCube. But in recent weeks, the hum of that war room of machinery has quieted because Joseph has acquired a new playtime obsession that would have seemed quaint even in his parents’ day: marbles. But lately, a number of educators like Mr. Cohill, as well as parents and child-development specialists are trying to spur a revival of traditional outdoor pastimes,...
  • 'Dangerous Book for Boys' Soars to Dizzying Heights

    05/19/2007 7:17:01 AM PDT · by fgoodwin · 44 replies · 717+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | May 18, 2007 | JEFFREY A. TRACHTENBERG
    First, there was the question of the title: "The Dangerous Book for Boys." HarperCollins Publishers' Chief Executive Jane Friedman just didn't understand what it meant. Sure, the book had been a hit in England and Australia, but that didn't mean it would work in the U.S. But the sales staff urged her to stick with it, and in just two weeks, "Dangerous" has become the breakout hit of the season. The News Corp. unit initially ordered up 91,000 copies. There are now 405,000 copies in print. One senior HarperCollins executive, extrapolating from overseas sales and population data, projects that "Dangerous,"...
  • The 'Dangerous' book puts girls on the side

    04/27/2007 7:33:56 PM PDT · by fgoodwin · 9 replies · 484+ views
    Fort Worth Star-Telegram (AP) ^ | April 27, 2007 | JILL LAWLESS
    The 'Dangerous' book puts girls on the side By JILL LAWLESS THE ASSOCIATED PRESS LONDON -- Nostalgia ain't what it used to be. In these frenzied, media-saturated times, the lure of a simpler past is more powerful than ever. That may explain the success of The Dangerous Book for Boys, a deliberately retro tome that has become the publishing sensation of the year in Britain. Exuding the brisk breeziness of Boy Scout manuals and Boy's Own annuals, The Dangerous Book is a childhood how-to guide that covers everything from paper airplanes to go-carts, skipping stones to skinning a rabbit....
  • Power Lines In New Link To Childhood Leukaemia

    04/20/2007 7:34:44 PM PDT · by blam · 22 replies · 623+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 4-21-2007 | Roger Highfield
    Power lines in new link to childhood leukaemia By Roger Highfield, Science Editor Last Updated: 3:14am BST 21/04/2007 A leaked Government-commissioned report has raised fresh fears of a link between power lines and cancer. The Government has been urged to consider a ban on building new homes and schools near overhead high voltage power lines The draft paper urges ministers to consider banning the building of homes and schools close to overhead high voltage power cables to reduce significantly exposure to electromagnetic fields from the electricity grid. The Stakeholder Advisory Group on Extremely Low Frequency Electromagnetic Radiation (Sage) says a...
  • The not-so-simple story of Barack Obama's youth

    03/25/2007 2:14:47 PM PDT · by DBCJR · 14 replies · 743+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | Published March 25, 2007 | By Kirsten Scharnberg and Kim Barker, Tribune correspondents.
    Shaped by different worlds, an outsider found ways to fit in... when Obama tells his life stories, they have a common theme: the quest to belong. ... a story line largely shaped by his own best-selling memoir, political speeches and interviews. But the reality of Obama's narrative is not that simple. More than 40 interviews with former classmates, teachers, friends and neighbors in his childhood homes of Hawaii and Indonesia, as well as a review of public records, show the arc of Obama's personal journey took him to places and situations far removed from the experience of most Americans. At...
  • Aviation Brothers Share Childhood Dream

    03/07/2007 5:37:10 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 258+ views
    Defense News ^ | Spc. Bryanna Poulin
    U.S. Army Capt. Paul EberhardtU.S. Army Maj. Pete Eberhardt Aviation Brothers Share Childhood Dream By Spc. Bryanna Poulin25th Combat Aviation Brigade TIKRIT, Iraq, March 7, 2007 -- Being the "set of eyes" for future aviation units deploying, two brothers met at Contingency Operation Base Speicher, to learn and assist in the daily operational procedures for future mission plans. Capt. Paul B. Eberhardt, assault/cargo division, Directorial Evaluation of Standards (DES), along with 23 DES soldiers on a temporary duty assignment spent about one week at Speicher. The Captain spent time with his brother Maj. Pete Eberhardt, commander, C. Company, 3rd...
  • Perry orders anti-cancer vaccine for schoolgirls

    02/02/2007 1:28:44 PM PST · by YCTHouston · 785 replies · 15,008+ views
    Houston Chronicle/AP ^ | Feb. 2, 2007 | LIZ AUSTIN PETERSON
    AUSTIN — Gov. Rick Perry ordered today that schoolgirls in Texas must be vaccinated against the sexually transmitted virus that causes cervical cancer, making Texas the first state to require the shots. The girls will have to get Merck & Co.'s new vaccine against strains of the human papillomavirus, or HPV, that are responsible for most cases of cervical cancer. Merck is bankrolling efforts to pass laws in state legislatures across the country mandating it Gardasil vaccine for girls as young as 11 or 12. It doubled its lobbying budget in Texas and has funneled money through Women in Government,...

    12/18/2006 1:22:36 PM PST · by frogjerk · 13 replies · 392+ views
    THIS column is for those of you old enough to remember a genuine American childhood when: Your parents kicked you out of the house to run around until dinner time - instead of letting you laze around in front of a TV. You had to "make your own fun" - instead of taking formal lessons for everything. It was a time when tag, touch football and other running games were played at school - instead of being banned because of "potential lawsuits" or "hurting someone's feelings." A time of skinned knees, bruises and learning from one's own mistakes - as...
  • A Christmas Card to Freepers

    12/18/2006 11:36:27 AM PST · by ExSoldier · 10 replies · 550+ views
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  • One thing CEOs have in common: they were spanked as kids

    10/09/2006 8:15:05 PM PDT · by DaveLoneRanger · 61 replies · 1,454+ views
    USA via AZCentral | October 9, 2006 | Del Jones
    Link Only: One thing CEOs have in common: they were spanked as kids
  • Go outside and play

    09/15/2006 8:03:06 PM PDT · by fgoodwin · 2 replies · 364+ views
    Plain Dealer ^ | Friday, September 15, 2006 | Susan Glaser
    Go outside and play That's the advice nature educators have for increasingly reined-in kids and their very protective parents Friday, September 15, 2006 Susan Glaser Plain Dealer Reporter When Steve Cadwell was a kid, he had the North Chagrin Reservation in his back yard, and he used to disappear for hours. "My mom said, 'Go outside, and don't come back until the streetlights are on,' " said Cadwell, 47, now executive director of the Nature Center of Shaker Lakes. Rare is the mother who issues that directive these days. Thanks to everything from fears about stranger danger to video...
  • Discovering A World Beyond The Front Yard

    08/28/2006 3:34:10 PM PDT · by fgoodwin · 2 replies · 338+ views
    Washington Post ^ | Sunday, August 27, 2006 | Tara Bahrampour
    One day a few years ago, Khady Lusby's twins were 5 and playing by themselves in the park that abuts their Arlington house when another mother called her at home. "She said, 'Do you know your boys are at the playground playing?' And I said, 'Yes, I know,' " recalled Lusby, who is from Senegal. "She said, 'Oh, you know this is not the way we do things here,' meaning in America. I just made a joke: 'Well, I'm African -- wherever I go I take my African way,' and she said, 'Well you can be reported.' " Undaunted, Lusby...
  • If you thought Tiny Miss Beauty was creepy, don't even glance at this stuff

    08/21/2006 2:58:06 PM PDT · by Pokey78 · 83 replies · 4,012+ views
    The Times (U.K.) ^ | 08/22/06 | Chris Ayres
    IN THESE polarised and war-weary times, it’s good to know that Americans can agree on one thing: John Ramsey is a total creep. Ramsey is the 63-year-old software entrepreneur whose daughter, JonBenet Ramsey, was beaten and strangled to death in her own home ten years ago. Although neither John nor his wife Pasty were ever charged, he was widely blamed for JonBenet’s killing — and continues to be, even after the death of Patsy from ovarian cancer and last week’s arrest of the teacher John Karr, a child-porn connoisseur who claims that he broke into the Ramseys’ home and murdered...
  • Nature-deficit disorder is ruining our kids

    08/18/2006 11:46:51 AM PDT · by fgoodwin · 8 replies · 427+ views
    Nevada Appeal ^ | August 16, 2006 | Jim Stiles
    Nature-deficit disorder is ruining our kids by jim stiles August 16, 2006 No matter how old I live to be, there will never be a place so full of mystery and adventure as a place of my childhood called The Woods. The stories that grew out of those trees still kindle powerful feelings, even after all these years. My friends and I knew the place was haunted. It had no boundaries, and in our 10-year-old minds, it went on forever. Jump ahead a few decades to a familiar topic: the commercialization of wilderness. What created the demand for such...
  • 'Attitude' Sells, But Also Offends

    08/12/2006 2:29:50 PM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 34 replies · 1,000+ views ^ | August 12, 2006 | Susan Troller
    Girl Scout leader Betsy Hambrick is outraged about a children's T-shirt that reads "Silly blonde. Brains are for brunettes.""We would never tolerate a T-shirt aimed at young kids that linked, say, skin color or some other physical attribute and intelligence," Hambrick said. "So why is it OK to print and sell this kind of thing?" Hambrick, who is a school social worker as well as the mother of a 10-year-old daughter, said she is sick and tired of a whole host of T-shirts aimed at girls that emphasize appearance and a mean, materialistic spirit. Some brands of boys T-shirts, aimed...
  • The Dangerous Book for Boys

    08/11/2006 2:54:13 PM PDT · by fgoodwin · 333+ views
    The Australian ^ | 12aug06 | Christopher Bantick
    The Dangerous Book for Boys,20867,20058973-5003900,00.html Christopher Bantick 12aug06 The Dangerous Book for Boys By Conn Iggulden and Hal Iggulden HarperCollins, 400pp, $39.95 UNAMBIGUOUSLY blokey, The Dangerous Book for Boys will have many fathers, or even grandfathers, remembering their days with crystal sets and billycarts. But are such things dangerous? According to the brothers Iggulden, who have in place of an introduction a piece called I Didn't Have this Book When I Was a Boy, boyhood "is all about curiosity". But the kind of curiosity here is of a certain age and time. There's nothing wrong with a fair swish...
  • Dangerous occasions

    08/07/2006 6:24:56 AM PDT · by fgoodwin · 1 replies · 166+ views
    The Age ^ | August 6, 2006 | Frances Atkinson
    Dangerous occasions August 6, 2006 The Iggulden brothers' instructions make short work of children's fears. By Frances Atkinson. It's a miracle the Iggulden brothers survived their very "dangerous" childhood. First Conn fell through the garage roof, then he made his little brother, Hal, jump off it. Moments before take-off, Conn told him, "If you yell out, 'Fly like an eagle,' when you jump - it won't hurt." "It was a lie, of course," says Conn talking from his London home. "But it did teach him about fear and a bit about not trusting his older brother quite so much."...
  • Jon Benet Ramsey in Daisy Dukes

    08/05/2006 9:37:49 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 206 replies · 9,470+ views ^ | 8/4/06 | Mike S. Adams
    In the nearly ten years since Jon Benet Ramsey’s death, I’ve spent little time pondering the identity of that little girl’s murderer. I’ve known the answer to that question for years. And so have you. But one time several years ago - during the height of the media coverage of the case - I did hear one interesting assertion about the parents of Jon Benet Ramsey; namely, that there was absolutely no evidence they had ever sexually abused their little girl. When I heard the assertion that there was “absolutely no evidence” of sexual abuse of Jon Benet Ramsey, I...
  • Children arrested, DNA tested, interrogated and locked up... for playing in a tree

    08/01/2006 9:53:41 PM PDT · by Brian Mosely · 41 replies · 1,636+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 22:27pm 23rd July 2006 | By KHUSHWANT SACHDAVE
    To the 12-year-old friends planning to build themselves a den, the cherry tree seemed an inviting source of material. But the afternoon adventure turned into a frightening ordeal for Sam Cannon, Amy Higgins and Katy Smith after they climbed into the 20ft tree - then found themselves hauled into a police station and locked in cells for up to two hours. Their shoes were removed and mugshots, DNA samples and mouth swabs were taken. Officers told the children they had been seen damaging the tree which is in a wooded area of public land near their homes. Questioned by police,...
  • Children in trouble for hopscotch

    08/01/2006 7:16:58 AM PDT · by Millee · 46 replies · 561+ views
    BBC ^ | 8/1/06 | Staff
    A group of youngsters has fallen foul of the law for playing hopscotch. West Midlands Police community support officers asked parents in Spring Street in Halesowen to remove chalk markings after complaints about them. Several children were involved in the games resulting in several markings on the pavement. Police said they were also investigating complaints of anti-social behaviour. But mother Lisa Mangan said their action was "extreme". She said: "With what is going on in the world it is pretty extreme for a few chalk markings on the pavement which will be washed away." The children drawing chalk markings on...
  • Words are good for kids

    07/30/2006 7:48:09 PM PDT · by fgoodwin · 150+ views
    Waterbury Republican American ^ | Sunday, July 30, 2006 | Tracey O'Shaughnessy
    Words are good for kids Sunday, July 30, 2006 The other night I was telling my son a story about my tree fort. I hadn't thought about the place in years. But every time I give my son P.J. a bath, I'm flooded with the memory of the place. The scent of Johnson & Johnson shampoo sends me back to my childhood, when my mother used to bathe us in Tide. Yes, Tide, the abrasive laundry detergent with the little aqua grains. It sounds punishing, but the truth is, my mother had little choice. By the time my brothers and...
  • A Nation of Wimps

    07/29/2006 8:43:38 PM PDT · by tbird5 · 72 replies · 2,813+ views
    psychology today. ^ | 5 Jul 2006 | Hara Estroff Marano
    Maybe it's the cyclist in the park, trim under his sleek metallic blue helmet, cruising along the dirt path... at three miles an hour. On his tricycle. Or perhaps it's today's playground, all-rubber-cushioned surface where kids used to skin their knees. And... wait a minute... those aren't little kids playing. Their mommies—and especially their daddies—are in there with them, coplaying or play-by-play coaching. Few take it half-easy on the perimeter benches, as parents used to do, letting the kids figure things out for themselves. Then there are the sanitizing gels, with which over a third of parents now send their...
  • Summer Over but Kids Still Need Time Outdoors

    07/21/2006 9:07:44 AM PDT · by fgoodwin · 5 replies · 241+ views
    Newswise ^ | Wed 19-Jul-2006, 12:00 ET | ANON
    Summer Over but Kids Still Need Time Outdoors Source: National Wildlife Federation (NWF) Released: Wed 19-Jul-2006, 12:00 ET Newswise — Summertime often provides a reprieve for children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), but now that school is starting up, the usual parental concerns are at the forefront again. Can my child stay focused enough to keep up with his class work? Will he get the extra attention he needs in the classroom to keep him on task? There are now 2.5 million children using ADHD medications to reduce symptoms, but there may be a “greener” part of the solution....
  • Camping, hiking and fishing in the wild as a child breeds respect for environment in adults

    07/21/2006 8:49:02 AM PDT · by fgoodwin · 5 replies · 294+ views
    Cornell University ^ | March 13, 2006 | Susan S. Lang
    Camping, hiking and fishing in the wild as a child breeds respect for environment in adults, study finds By Susan S. Lang March 13, 2006 If you want your children to grow up to actively care about the environment, give them plenty of time to play in the "wild" before they're 11 years old, suggests a new Cornell University study. "Although domesticated nature activities -- caring for plants and gardens -- also have a positive relationship to adult environment attitudes, their effects aren't as strong as participating in such wild nature activities as camping, playing in the woods, hiking,...