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  • Why Can't She Walk to School? (Only 13% of kids walk to school in 2009)

    09/14/2009 7:40:44 AM PDT · by Arec Barrwin · 226 replies · 4,254+ views
    New York Times ^ | September 13, 2009 | Jan Hoffman
    September 13, 2009 Why Can’t She Walk to School? By JAN HOFFMAN TO get to school, the child leaves home by herself, proudly walking down the boulevard in a suburb of a small city in upstate New York. The crossing guard helps her at the intersection. She lives only a block and a half from school. Yet she walks by older children waiting with parents for buses to the same school. She is 7, a second-grader, and her mother, Katie, hears the raised-eyebrow remarks: ‘Are you sure you want to be doing this?’ Katie said friends ask. ‘She’s just so...
  • Why has child molestation committed by illegal aliens become an epidemic?

    09/02/2009 10:47:26 PM PDT · by george76 · 31 replies · 2,353+ views
    Norfolk Crime Examiner ^ | April 21, 2009 | Dave Gibson
    a study conducted by the Violent Crimes Institute reports that between 1999 and 2006, there were nearly 1,000,000 sex crimes committed in the United States by illegal aliens. So why does the crime of child molestation seem to be so prevalent among illegal aliens from Mexico?…The answer may lie within the age-old Mexican culture of "machismo," as well as within the actual laws of that country. The crime of rape or child molestation is incredibly under-reported in Mexico, because there is so much shame placed upon the victim as well as the difficulty in proving the case. The crime of...
  • American Girlhood Lost to Marketers

    08/26/2009 4:34:06 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 40 replies · 1,400+ views ^ | August 26, 2009 | Marybeth Hicks
    I finally had to sit down with my 11-year-old daughter for “the talk.” Despite my best efforts to preserve her innocence and protect her from growing up too quickly, I simply had to tell her some important facts of life. No, we didn’t have a talk about how babies are born. This talk was about America’s assault on girlhood. The time finally came for me to explain to my daughter the relationship between media and marketing and money, and why some people think nothing of exploiting girls if it increases their ratings, sells advertising and beefs up the bottom line....
  • When Parents Scream Against Ice Cream

    08/21/2009 4:50:49 PM PDT · by Eric Blair 2084 · 20 replies · 886+ views
    The New York Times ^ | August 19, 2009 | Grant Junkie and Yapping Yenta
    It’s a spectacular day at Harmony Playground in Prospect Park, Brooklyn, with children swinging and running through sprinklers. An “icy man” with his pushcart of fruit ices stands near the jungle gym, as parents look toward the gated entrance. A second ices vendor enters, also setting up shop inside the playground’s cast-iron fence. Vicki Sell, mother of 3-year-old Katherine, tenses when the vendor starts ringing his little bell, over and over, hoping her daughter doesn’t have the typical Pavlovian response. Ever since Katherine had an inconsolable meltdown about not being able to have a treat, Ms. Sell has been trying...
  • the big house

    07/28/2009 8:08:59 PM PDT · by franksolich · 8 replies · 498+ views
    conservativecave ^ | July 28, 2009 | franksolich
    The house was as big as a large barn, although in shape it in no way resembled a barn, being of some plain unadorned vague architectural style that has no name. It had been built in 1910, by the local banker, and had obviously been designed more for social entertaining, and not for the usual domestic sort of life. This was my childhood home alongside the Platte River of Nebraska, from the time I was a year old, until we moved away into the heart of Nebraska, the Sandhills, when I was ten years old. The house was perhaps the...
  • Coming of age in the years of living dangerously

    07/06/2009 10:51:37 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 64 replies · 2,253+ views
    msnbc ^ | July 6, 2009 | Bill Briggs
    Bike helmets? SPF? Veggie meals? No way, if you grew up in '50s, '60s, '70s When Phyllis Murphy's mother was pregnant, back in the 1950s, her doctor advised her to take up smoking for relaxation. A few years later, that same mom smeared her toddler's skin with a concoction of baby oil and iodine for a deep, rich tan. Now, safely in adulthood in Vancouver, B.C., Murphy fondly recalls childhood as a time of leaping from rooftops and accumulating “more scars than Joan Rivers.” And Tim Palla, a 46-year-old pastor, spent his childhood just north of Pittsburgh where he got...
  • The Serious Need for Play

    06/14/2009 6:37:07 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 17 replies · 603+ views
    scientificamerican. ^ | Melinda Wenner
    Free, imaginative play is crucial for normal social, emotional and cognitive development. It makes us better adjusted, smarter and less stressed. Childhood play is crucial for social, emotional and cognitive ­development. Imaginative and rambunctious “free play,” as opposed to games or structured activities, is the most essential type. Kids and animals that do not play when they are young may grow into anxious, socially maladjusted adults. On August 1, 1966, the day psychiatrist Stuart Brown started his assistant professorship at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, 25-year-old Charles Whitman climbed to the top of the University of Texas Tower...
  • Obama’s economic philosophy traced to childhood readings

    03/15/2009 7:10:48 AM PDT · by slomark · 14 replies · 628+ views
    excerpt: Social scientists have long questioned the origin of President Obama’s most deeply-held economic philosophy. Is it, they wondered, rooted in the mixed up mélange of cultures in which he was raised? Did it spring, as others suggested, from some genetic link to his father’s exotic homeland? Or does it arise, as some have proposed, from the spiritual awakening of his college years? Now the truth can been discovered and can finally be revealed.
  • Children are born believers in God, academic claims

    11/29/2008 9:26:26 AM PST · by Between the Lines · 9 replies · 699+ views
    Telegraph ^ | 24 Nov 2008 | Martin Beckford
    Dr Justin Barrett, a senior researcher at the University of Oxford's Centre for Anthropology and Mind, claims that young people have a predisposition to believe in a supreme being because they assume that everything in the world was created with a purpose. He says that young children have faith even when they have not been taught about it by family or at school, and argues that even those raised alone on a desert island would come to believe in God. "The preponderance of scientific evidence for the past 10 years or so has shown that a lot more seems to...
  • Sliding down memory lane (Dave Barry)

    09/28/2008 6:48:37 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 6 replies · 482+ views
    Miami Herald ^ | Dave Barry
    Sliding down memory lane (This classic Dave Barry column was originally published April 13, 2003.) Recently, my little brother Phil (he's only 50) gave me a box that wound up with him some years ago, when our mom died and a bunch of family flotsam drifted down one generation. The box contains slides. For you young digital readers, I should explain that slides are transparencies made from photographs. They used to be very popular. When you wanted to look at big, bright images of your vacation, you'd get out your slides, spend a few seconds thinking about what a pain...
  • Moonbat Morality Hits Little League

    08/26/2008 6:36:14 AM PDT · by Jay777 · 35 replies · 155+ views
    Stop the ACLU ^ | 25 Aug 08 | Van Helsing
    Imagine if liberal principals were applied to sports, so that the best team is shamed and punished for oppressing the others, and the team that manages to lose the most games is awarded the championship to encourage self-esteem. In Little League, it's already happening: Nine-year-old Jericho Scott is a good baseball player — too good, it turns out. The right-hander has a fastball that tops out at about 40 mph. He throws so hard that the Youth Baseball League of New Haven told his coach that the boy could not pitch any more. When Jericho took the mound anyway last...
  • Dr. Maier: Spanking (with love) not abusive

    08/22/2008 6:28:24 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 26 replies · 1,231+ views
    One News Now ^ | August 22, 2008 | Pete Chagnon
    A noted child and family psychologist says spanking a child can be an effective form of discipline, despite a recent study that states otherwise. A new report titled "A Violent Education: Corporal Punishment of Children in U.S. Public Schools" shows that more than 200,000 children received corporal punishment in U.S. schools. Texas accounted for the majority of the cases, although 21 U.S. states allow the use of corporal punishment. The study was conducted by Humans Rights Watch and the American Civil Liberties Union. According to a Reuters article on the study, "liberal groups regard corporal punishment as a barbaric relic...
  • Theodore Dalrymple: Childhood's End -

    08/19/2008 1:06:03 PM PDT · by UnklGene · 4 replies · 555+ views
    City-Journal ^ | August 17, 2008 | Theodore Dalrymple
    Oh, to be in England. Theodore Dalrymple: Childhood’s End - Britain, land of bleak houses and low expectations Growing up in today's England is far from the idyll depicted in this nineteenth-century lithograph. kate greenaway/Victoria & Albert Museum, London/Art Resource, NY Growing up in today’s England is far from the idyll depicted in this nineteenth-century lithograph. Britain is the worst country in the Western world in which to be a child, according to a recent UNICEF report. Ordinarily, I would not set much store by such a report; but in this case, I think it must be right—not because I...
  • Jesus played cricket as a child

    08/09/2008 9:09:34 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 44 replies · 291+ views
    MELBOURNE: It is possible that cricket, a game venerated all over the Commonwealth, is older than currently thought. In fact, Jesus may have played the game (or a similar bat-and-ball combination) as a child, according to an ancient Armenian manuscript. Long before the English launched cricket some 300 years ago, similar games were being played as early as the 8th century in the Punjab region, Derek Birley writes in his Social History of English Cricket. But an Armenian scholar says there is good reason to believe that similar games were played in the Middle East long before that time. Dr...
  • Outdoor Activity And Nearsightedness In Children

    08/05/2008 6:31:11 AM PDT · by fightinJAG · 29 replies · 198+ views
    Science Daily ^ | August 5, 2008 | Staff
    ScienceDaily (Aug. 5, 2008) — A growing number of the world's children are mildly to severely nearsighted (myopic), with rates especially high among urbanized East Asians. In addition to coping with poor distance vision, children with severe myopia are more prone to visual impairment and blindness later in life. Although genetic inheritance plays a role, the rapid rise of myopia suggests that environmental factors are driving the trend. Myopia usually begins and progresses during children's school years, but research on the role of intensive reading or other "near work" has determined that this is a minor factor. A new study...
  • Risk of Unintentional Injury Death is High for Young Children Living with Unrelated Adults

    08/04/2008 2:15:39 PM PDT · by decimon · 5 replies · 83+ views
    University of Missouri ^ | Aug. 4, 2008 | Unknown
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Injuries are the leading cause of death among children after the first year of life, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In a new study, a University of Missouri professor found that children living in households with unrelated adults are six times more likely to die of maltreatment-related unintentional injuries, compared to children living with two biological parents. The risk of maltreatment death is double for children living with foster or step-parents, or other related adults. However, the risk is not higher for children living in households with a single biological parent and no...
  • Birthday party snub sparks debate

    06/29/2008 6:12:42 AM PDT · by Todd_Gray · 22 replies · 297+ views
    BBC News ^ | 2008-06-29 | BBC
    An eight-year-old boy has sparked an unlikely outcry in Sweden after failing to invite two of his classmates to his birthday party. The boy's school says he has violated the children's rights and has complained to the Swedish Parliament. The school, in Lund, southern Sweden, argues that if invitations are handed out on school premises then it must ensure there is no discrimination. The boy's father has lodged a complaint with the parliamentary ombudsman. He says the two children were left out because one did not invite his son to his own party and he had fallen out with the...
  • 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...