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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

tidbits from Parents - March

A little bit of fun that I found from the recent Parents magazine for March 2014.

This was a great issue! Definitely read it if you have it sitting on a shelf, or pick it up at the store. Loved it!



Vacation time!
They listed several pages of awesome kid-friendly WARM Carribean vacation spots. Great ideas! If you're planning a trip, you'll want to pick up this issue of Parents. Top family-friendly vacation spots included:
1. Turks and Caicos
2. Jamaica
3. Saint Lucia
4. Dominican Republic
5. Puerto Rico
6. Cayman Islands
7. Bahamas
8. Barbados
9. Mexico
10. U.S. Virgin Islands

NAP = Necessary
A study at UMass Amherst found that "kids ages 3 to 5 who took 60 to 90 minute naps had better memory function after they woke and even the next morning than those who did not get the extra sleep." They also said that even kids who stop napping can return to the habit again with consistency.

Another article in this issue of Parents stated that kids can begin to drop their once a day nap as early as age 2 and as late as age 5, but that almost ALL kids will look like they are dropping the nap... when it's too early to do so. In these cases, if your child is not napping as well, be consistent, keep laying him down to nap, eventually most kids give in.

HALLELJAH!!!!!


STREP = OCD?
Did you know this? I'd never heard of this. Apparently a version of strep throat can cause children to be Obsessive Compulsive. The disorder is PANDAS - pediatric autoimmune neuropsychiatric disorders associated with strep. The child's "immune response against the bacteria affects the part of the brain that controls emotions, behavior and physical movements."

It's rare, but happens.
The article stated that 1 to 2 percent of kids have OCD in general.
Of those, 10 to 30 % of them got it possibly due to strep.

If your child has strep throat and then develops tics or strange behaviors, call her doctor.

CO-SLEEPING
1 in 9 babies sleep with their parents in their parents' bed, according to Yale School of Medicine study, despite that it puts them at risk for suffocation, the article stated.

TOOTH FAIRY = BROKE!
Apparently the average amount kids in America receive per tooth is $3.70. Kids in the Northeast earned the most, midwest earned the least. 36% of parents still only give $1 per tooth.

How much do YOU offer your child for his teeth?

SHARING IS CARING
This was pretty interesting and not something I do... wondering what others do here?
Instead of making your child share a toy with another child, you allow the child to make the choice himself. They found in a study that when you allowed your child to make the choice himself, he thought about it and realized he liked the feeling of being nice and sharing, so he made the choice. Versus when you force the situation, the kid gets upset with you and starts to think he doesn't like sharing. Interesting.

GREAT article about school discipline. 
If you work in a school like I do or even have elementary level kids possibly getting into trouble for doing simple things you'll love this article by Jenny Deam.

Overall, an awesome issue of Parents!

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