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Welcome to Armando! The newest resident on Sesame Street is the young Latino actor, Ismael Cruz Cordova. Surprisingly, he is the first Latino actor (not puppet, that honor would go to Rosita) to be cast since Maria and Luis landed on set in 1971.
Armando—Mando for short—is a writer and like all young people, a lover of technology.
All of us remember Yale law professor Amy Chua's 2011 book, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, and her strict—very strict—adherence to extreme parenting.
There's a new book out, Tiger Babies Strike Back, by Kim Wong Keltner, who talks about her "tiger"-influenced upbringing and how it caused her loneliness and anxiety, reports Yahoo!
Her book comes on the heels of a recent study by Su Yeong Kim from the University of Texas that was published in the Asian American Journal of Psychology.
"Compared with the supportive parenting profile, a tiger parenting profile was associated with lower GPA and educational attainment, as well as less of a sense of family obligation," Kim noted in her report (via Yahoo!).
The third annual Listening to Mothers report—a survey of 2,400 new mothers in the U.S.—was just released, and it has some alarming statistics.
A few key takeaways: Risky procedures like labor induction and c-sections are overused in healthy women, and most women don't understand the risks of the procedures.
“Pressure to have unwanted procedures, a lack of awareness about their downsides, and unqualified trust in health care providers are a potent combination, making women and their babies vulnerable to poor quality care,” said Maureen Corry, Childbirth Connection’s Executive Director.
When 18-year-old Zach Sobiech was diagnosed at 14 with osteosarcoma, a cancer of the bones that primarily strikes children, he decided to write a song.
Zach posted that song, Clouds, to YouTube in December, and it has since gone viral, amassing more than 2 million views.
On Monday, May 6, celebrities responded by posting a video love letter that has everyone from actor Rainn Wilson, who organized the video with director Justin Baldoni, to Ashley Tisdale, Sarah Silverman and Bryan Cranston lip syncing to Sobiech's song.
Last May, Sobiech was given just a year to live, according to CNN. In the past week, he has celebrated his 18th birthday, gone to prom and watched as these celebrities have paid tribute to him and his song.
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Do you know what cheetahs eat? Gazelle, deer, and impala. A toddler would probably just be an appetizer. Yet, the Schoeman family of South Africa think it's a perfectly great idea to raise two cheetahs as they (hope to) raise their 1-year-old daughter, and 3-year-old son—as one big happy family.
Sure these pictures are adorable. But it's not going to be so adorable when baby Kayla forgets that her parents "forbid" her to turn her back on the dangerous cats. You know, because toddlers and babies are so down when mom and dad say "I forbid you" to do anything. Yikes.
While the world is waiting anxiously to hear if the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will be decorating the royal nursery in pink or blue, one thing's certain—the child will have his or her own tune to fall asleep to.
British composer Paul Mealor has written a lullaby for the future prince or princess called Sleep On,Yahoo! reports.
The composer even has a link to the couple, making the song even more special. Mealor composed the music for Will and Kate's 2011 wedding.
"After writing music for the Royal Wedding, it seemed natural to provide the musical accompaniment for the next stage of the royal couple’s journey together," Mealor said in a statement.
Just this week, city attorney Dennis Herrera mounted a formal lawsuit in the city's Superior Court against Monster Energy, alleging that Monster Energy is violating California law by actively marketing a product that can cause "significant morbidity in adolescents" to said young kids.
The energy drink has allegedly led to many illnesses, injuries and hospitalizations among young children, including five deaths—one of which was due to cardiac arrhythmia resulting from a 14-year-old Maryland girl consuming two 24-ounce servings of the drink.
This sounds-like-a-Lifetime-movie story is for real: Three women, all kidnapped between 2002 and 2004 at ages 14 through 21, have finally escaped in Cleveland. Ariel Castro and two of his brothers have been arrested in connection with the kidnappings. Along with the three women was a six-year-old girl, thought to be one of the kidnapped women's daughter.
It seems fashion designer and mom Nicole Richie took the "PUNK: Chaos to Couture" theme for this year's Met Gala literally. Richie showed up to the Monday night event in New York City with a gorgeous embroidered TopShop column gown and shockingly silver hair. Before the Gala, the 31-year-old mom to daughter Harlow, 5, and son Sparrow, 3, posted on Instagram that she would be dyeing her hair. "Hair time Met Ball,"she said. We kind of think she nailed it.
Holy moly. This kid can keep his cool, can't he? Ryder is 7.5 months old and can already hold onto something or other they have rigged up there, and glide through the water. There is absolutely no panic in that little guy's eyes either.
The parents would like us to know that Ryder is not actually behind a motor boat, and is staying close to shore. Still, WOW.
If you clean your baby's pacifier by just sucking on it, researchers in Sweden have good news for you.
Turns out, the process of sucking your child's pacifier before handing it back could cut allergies later on, according to a new study from Göteborg University in Sweden.
Researchers tracked 174 babies and their parents over several years, testing them for allergies, eczema and asthma, ABC News reports. They also asked parents how they typically cleaned their babies' binkies.
At 18 months old, the kids whose parents sucked on the pacis were less likely to have eczema and asthma, as well as fewer allergy symptoms, ABC News reports.
"The immune system is like an army, and if the army doesn't have anything to fight—like germs—it fights allergens," Dr. Samuel Friedlander, an allergie specialist in Cleveland, told ABC News.
Some parents, however, still might opt to wash the pacifiers instead of sucking on them—and doctors say that's OK, too.
Three years ago in Queens, N.Y., principal Bob Groff noticed that many students were bringing in vegetarian meals on their own. So in an effort to provide healthier meals by the school, he pushed forward an initiative to start having meatless meals in the cafeteria three days a week. Fast forward to current day, where the school's cafeteria has recently gone completely vegetarian, five days a week. "The vegetarian menu fits right in with our mission, and we are thrilled that our students in pre-kindergarten all the way up to grade three understand the importance of healthy and nutritious meals," Groff said in a statement.
One high school teacher got a (figurative) lashing after he purchased the steamy S&M novel Fifty Shades of Grey for a ninth-grade student.
The school where he works is calling it a mistake.
“Unfortunately, Mr. (Philip) Aidoo did not have an awareness of this popular book and ordered it with his own money,” Yvonne Turner, chief operating officer of Eastern University Academy Charter School, told NBC10 Philadelphia via The Daily Caller.
Apparently, Aidoo bought other students in the class a book to read, none of which had explicit content.
While the teacher was suspended for a week without pay, the student's mother isn't happy and wants the teacher fired.
“I find it highly unlikely that a teacher who teaches reading and has a classroom for sustained silent reading period is unaware of contents of material that he’s giving to the students,” she told the Daily Caller.
Not only that, but NBC10 seems to suggest that he teaches math.
Thirty-three students were handed suspensions this week at Ranch Scripps High School in San Diego for making a "twerk team video" at school.
For those of you unfamiliar with the twerking trend, it's essentially a gyrating dance where the "twerker" moves her bum up and down, side to side, "basically a slutty dance. derived from strip clubs," according to Urban Dictionary.
The 32 gyrating media class students—and the one filming—were sent home for five days for violating the school's zero-tolerance sexual harassment policy, according to Gawker.
Some parents and students are crying foul, though, saying the punishment was too rough.
"I just think that it's not that big of a deal," parent Mark Silverman told NBC San Diego.
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In a recent study led by Jonathan I. Silverberg of Beth Israel Medical Center and St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center in New York, researchers found that the kids (who are U.S. citizens) born outside the U.S. are half as likely to have asthma or allergies than young U.S. citizens born inside the country. The study, published in JAMA Pediatrics looked at over 90,000 kids, from newborns to 17-year-olds and surveyed the parents to find out where they were born.
The researchers are not certain, but they believe the problem may stem from how overly clean the United States is (and therefore not getting the advantages of "good" bacteria). “The findings of the present study are consistent with the broader hygiene hypothesis, which suggests that either infections or certain microbial exposures may confer protection against atopic disorders,” the researchers wrote.
Colleges around the country have started tightening the rules when it comes to ADHD diagnoses, reports The New York Times.
The reason? The ADHD-related prescriptions for amphetamine-based drugs such as Adderall.
"Various studies have estimated that as many as 35 percent of college students illicitly take these stimulants to provide jolts of focus and drive during finals and other periods of heavy stress," The Times reports.
As mom.me reported, abuse of drugs such as Adderall can lead to anything from erratic behavior to attempts at suicide.
Prom season is here, so we're wondering: How much does prom cost these days? It turns out, the price continues to outpace inflation, for an average of $1,139 per family this year, up from $1,078 in 2012. And where you live makes a huge difference: the Northeast U.S. States family average is $1,528, over twice the amount that Midwest families average, $722.
How much did you spend on prom?
Former California First Lady Maria Shriver is heading back to familiar territory. She's rejoining NBC News as a special anchor, reports USA Today.
Shriver left the news organization in 2003, when her then-husband Arnold Schwarzenegger ran for governor of California. Due to the conflict of interest, she signed off as a correspondent.
"I'm excited to be going forward with @NBCNews as a special anchor," Shriver tweeted on April 30.
Congrats to Maria, and welcome back!
Learning the delicate art of swaddling is a part of the parenting initiation process for every new mom and dad. It turns out that getting the tactic right isn't just about your baby's comfort—it's about their life.
Two California caregivers are in court over allegations that they swaddled seven babies so tightly that they had difficulty breathing. Part of the problem is that Nazila and Lida Sharaf swaddled babies aged seven months to one year—much older than two months, which is the recommended age to stop swaddling at. Find out if your own swaddling technique is safe or not here.
Here's a horrific story out of the U.K. There's a woman who adopted three daughters, which seems totally okay. Until her obsession with having a fourth daughter caused her to manipulate her 14-year-old into inseminating herself with donor sperm until she got pregnant, at age 16.
Yep, it's horrible. Not only did she convince her daughter to do this to herself, she forced the girl to douche with vinegar and lemon juice in hopes of influencing the gender of the baby. AND once the baby was born, she didn't want her to breastfeed so the baby wouldn't bond with the mother. That's when midwives stepped in because they got suspicious.
Better late than never? Despite the Civil Rights Act that's been in effect for nearly 50 years, a school in the state of Georgia has had separate proms for black and white students ... until just this year. The way this happened was parents would raise money for segregated proms, effectively making the dances into "private parties," over which the school has no jurisdiction.
While the American Academy of Pediatrics states that the safest place to give birth is a hospital or birthing center, the organization has come out with new guidelines saying that certain steps should be followed if a woman makes the choice to have a home birth.
The new guidelines recommend having a midwife that is certified by the American Midwifery Certification Board, that at least one person be present whose job it is to care solely for the infant and have the ability to "perform a full resuscitation," and that there should be an arrangement made with a medical facility in case of an emergency.
For a complete list of recommendations, visit the AAP website.
In a powerful visual campaign, a design group out of Brooklyn has created a scrolling slideshow pairing children victims of gun violence, including those children gunned down at Newtown, with U.S. Senators who voted against background check legislation.
The message, "They Don't Work For You" ends with a final slide of the head of the NRA and the caption: "THESE SENATORS DON'T WORK FOR YOU. They work for the NRA, who works for the gun industry, whose sole purpose is to sell more guns."
Yes, we all think our kids are geniuses. But 5-year-old Gus Dorman has the IQ points—and the Mensa membership—to prove it.
The kindergartner is already reading books such as Charlotte's Web, ABC News reports, while also memorizing the periodic table and world map.
Dorman's parents, who sometimes get corrected by their son when it comes to state capitals, had Gus tested and discovered that his IQ score was a staggering 147. Members need a minimum of 135 to join Mensa, the high-IQ society.
Today Charlotte's Web, tomorrow War and Peace.
Should women be allowed to pump on airplanes? Dawn Brahos does... but one American Airlines flight attendant sure doesn't. On an April 18 flight, when Brahos plugged in her pump and started at the task, she was loudly told by the attendant that it wasn't allowed. After speaking with American officials, Brahos received an apology and the confirmation that pumping is indeed permissible on their planes. Brahos came forward with her story in the hopes of helping another mother avoid the same embarrassment.
Talk about a way to get our attention, prankster kids! Just text us with something along the lines of "got 2 grams for $40." Drug deal, what?! Then follow that up with, "Sorry. Not for you."
Some choice parental reactions? Buzzfeed captured everything from the angry: "Going to cvs so get ready to pee in a cup!" to the confused: "r u saying that you have money for grandmother?"
Game on, Nathan. Game on.
Senate Bill 663, the Feed to Achieve Act, is currently going through the House of Delegates in West Virginia, and one representative had a few choice words for the bill aimed at reducing hunger in students and helping kids stay focused with a good meal. "I think it would be a good idea if perhaps we had the kids work for their lunches: trash to be taken out, hallways to be swept, lawns to be mowed, make them earn it,” said delegate Ray Canterbury.
The comment sparked controversy, as another delegate responded: "I cannot believe that anybody in this body would say a first-grader, a second-grader, a third-grader, a fourth-grader, a fifth-grader has to labor before they can eat,” said delegate Meshea Poore.
The bill follows the lead of a similar one enacted in Mason County (without requiring child labor), which achieved considerable success.
So, why Gwyneth?
People managing editor Larry Hackett told Good Morning America on April 24 that Paltrow, 40, was relatable as a wife and mother who balances personal life and career, according to ABC News.
The magazine hits newsstands on April 26, and you can also find Kerry Washington, Zooey Deschanel, Jane Fonda and others on this year's beautiful list.
What does it take to get into one of the most prestigious Ivy League schools in the U.S.A.?Apparently an essay about being a hipster.
Someone accidentally (?) leaked college admission essays from Columbia's class of 2017, and there's some good reading! From the guy who wrote a one-act play casting himself as the lead, to the student opining about "Arrested Development" these children are our future.
Researchers in Sweden have recently concluded a study finding an increased risk of autism in newborns whose mothers used antidepressants during pregnancy. This is the second such study confirming a correlation between the two variables, controlling for other variables which have also been linked to autism ("like family income, parent educational level, maternal and paternal age and even maternal region of birth," according to the New York Times article).
The one remaining question? Researchers still are unsure whether it's the antidepressants being linked to autism, or whether it's the severe depression of the mother that led them to take the medications.
A Dallas public school for the gifted and talented was named the top high school in the country by U.S. News & World Report, which released its 2013 top high school rankings on April 23.
The top 10 included schools from Texas, Arizona, Virginia and Georgia, and this marks the second year in a row that the Dallas school topped the list.
To check out the state-by-state rankings, click here.
This goes down in your daily obvious column: The cinnamon challenge that crazy kids have been doing on the YouTube, could cause some serious diseases and damage. Sure this seems quite clear to anyone with a fully developed brain, but now the latest issue of Pediatricsspells out the problems with huffing a spoonful of cinnamon. Namely, collapsed lung and emphysema.
In case you haven't been following these Internet crazes, kids videotape themselves trying to ingest—without any liquid—a spoonful of cinnamon. Sounds innocuous, but is actually incredibly painful, and if ingested into the lungs, worse.
Hopefully no one will suffocate on a condom while we wait to hear what the medical profession has to say about that particular challenge.
More than 192 countries, including the United States, are celebrating Earth Day today, according to the Earth Day Network.
While the day is honored every April 22, the focus this year is on climate change.
Earth Day celebrations include everything from festivals to clean-up days to planting trees.
In South Korea, one mom organized an "Eco-Style" flash mob, inspired by Psy's popular song Gangnam Style.
On Thursday, authorities released photos of two Boston bombing suspects, who were later identified as 26-year-old Tamerlan Tsarnaev and his brother, 19-year-old Dzhokar Tsarnaev (pictured), both immigrants from the Russian Caucasus living in Boston. A car chase and police shootout in Watertown, Massachusetts on Thursday night resulted in Tamerlan's death, while Dzhokar managed to escape. After a city-wide manhunt on Friday with all of Boston on lockdown, Dzhokar was captured alive inside a boat in the backyard of a house in Watertown and taken into custody.
The Boy Scouts of America proposed on Friday, April 19, to lift the ban on gay scouts but will continue to keep gay adults from holding leadership positions, reports the New York Times.
"No youth may be denied membership in the Boy Scouts of America on the basis of sexual orientation or preference alone," the proposal states. However, the Scouts "will maintain the current membership policy for all adult leaders."
The proposal will be voted on during the Scouts' National Council meeting the week of May 20. It must be approved by about 1,400 voting council members to take effect.
Want to feel inferior? Check out Seth Harding, age 12. He's currently the top student in his Middle Ages class at Faulkner University in Alabama. Then there's his brother Heath, who's 17 and finishing his master's in computer science. Or how about big sis Serennah, 22, who's about to become one of the youngest Navy doctors in history?
The crazy thing is... the stories don't stop there. There are ten kids in the Harding family, and six of them (so far...) have gone to college before age 12. What's the secret? Mom Mona Lisa says, "We find out what their passions are, what they really like to study, and we accelerate them gradually."
Due to online child privacy laws, the crowdfunding tools available to most of us have been restricted from kids. But no longer: the startup PiggyBackr is helping kids learn about fundraising without the fear of online predators. One of the investors, Robert M. Chang, says, “Piggybackr gives students a safe space to learn about, experiment with and get experience fundraising. They’re not doing this in front of the general public, or with strangers as they would be if they could even use something like Facebook."
The site is available to students from kindergarten to college, although kids younger than 13 will need parental permission to use the site.
When it comes to tardiness at Olympia Elementary School in San Antonio, Texas, apparently it's three strikes and you're out—well, in detention, that is.
Even if you're in kindergarten.
Six-year-old Brooke Loeffler landed in the pint-sized pokey after her parents dropped her off late to school for a third time, reports ABC News.
Despite her parents both working full-time jobs and tending to a newborn with medical problems, they both offered to volunteer at school themselves, in lieu of their daughter bearing the brunt of the punishment.
Steve Lindscomb, director of public information at Judson Independent School District, told ABC News that the tardy policy has been in effect for about three years, and that each parent signs off on it.
While Brooke still had to sit in detention, it was broken up over two days. Also, Brooke's father sat with her one day and her grandmother the next.
Let's all take a break and look at some nice, happy news—news of someone doing good in this world. The Seattle Times chronicles the story of Robyn Rosenberger, a mom who's started making little capes for "Tiny Superheroes," kids who've been through devastating illnesses. She's sent kids more than 300 capes, with the last batch going to every kid hospitalized after the bombings in Boston.
The good news? Teens are using condoms. The bad news? They're snorting condoms up their noses.
The "challenge" is to snort a condom up one's nose only to remove it via the mouth without choking. Although there are YouTube videos from over five years ago documenting some young adults performing the disgusting feat, the "challenge" has just recently amassed a viral following.
Circumcision reduces the risk of HIV, due to the significant decline in bacteria after the procedure, according to a new study published in the journal mBio.
In the study, researchers compared the number of bacteria before circumcision and one year after, reports HealthDay News on USNews.com.
After a year, there was a significant decrease in total bacteria and anaerobic bacteria, which thrives in oxygen-deprived areas.
"Anyone who has ever lifted a rock and watched as the earth beneath it was quickly vacated by legions of bugs and tiny worms would be familiar with the principle, said study leader Dr. Cindy Liu" in the Los Angeles Times.
When it comes to getting medical advice, some people choose their doctor and some people choose Facebook.
As far as vaccinating children goes, a study to be published in the May issue of the Journal of Pediatrics says that parents consulted their "people network" when deciding whether to vaccinate their kids according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention immunization schedules, reports Slate. More than 20% of those polled did not even list a doctor as one of their top five influencers.
Researchers also found that parents were more inclined to opt out of vaccinating their kids if most of their network of friends and family recommended against it.
No word on whether doctors were consulted before these parents consulted Facebook—but feel free to share this story over your own "people network."
Among all the images of carnage, mayhem and first responders after yesterday's Boston Marathon bombings, this photo may be the most heart-wrenching. It shows Martin Richard, an eight-year-old from Dorchester who was the first identified victim of the tragedy. His mother and sister were severely injured, while his father and brother, also in attendance, were not hurt.
At 38 years old Hollywood A-lister Bradley Cooper is closer than ever with his mother. Two years after the shock of losing his father, Bradley Cooper has his mom stay in his home with him. "We need each other. So here we are," he said in an interview with Details magazine. "But don't get me wrong. It's not without complications. It's not like I live in a compound and she's in the guesthouse. No. She's in the next room. But here's the thing: She's a cool chick. We can hang, and she can roll with the punches. If that wasn't the case, there's no way."
After yesterday's bombings at the Boston Marathon, kids and parents (and pretty much everyone else in America) are understandably shaken. Boston public schools superintendant Carol Johnson released a memo on how to talk to kids about the tragedy, highlighting a few points:
-Remain calm and reassuring
-Acknowledge and normalize their feelings
-Take care of your own needs
-Turn off or monitor the television
-Discuss evens in age-appropriate terms
-Stick to the facts
More than 100 people were injured, with at least three deaths among them, after two explosions detonated on April 15 near the finish line of the Boston Marathon.
Among the deaths was an 8-year-old boy, reports the Boston Globe.
A third undetonated device was found nearby, and Boston Police Commissioner Edward F. Davis also noted a fire at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library, though no conclusive evidence has linked it to the marathon explosions.
President Barack Obama addressed the nation later in the afternoon, saying, "Any responsible individuals, any responsible groups will feel the full weight of justice."
While no suspects have emerged, law enforcement officials have stopped just short of calling this a terrorist attack.
Asked if the explosions had a terrorist connection, the Globe reports that Commissioner Davis said, “We’re not being definitive on this right now, but you can reach your own conclusions based on what happened.”
Having trouble finishing up your taxes? Maybe a high schooler could do them for you ... for free. In collaboration with the IRS's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program, schools are training students who want to learn how to prepare taxes by having the kids fill out forms for those in need of the service, such as the elderly, while instructing the students on deductions they could itemize. The program even translates into accounting in later life, according to USA Today, as many of the kids end up becoming accounting majors and/or end up preparing people's taxes professionally.
It's a baby girl for former first daughter Jenna Bush Hager.
Hager, one of former President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush's twin daughters, gave birth on Saturday, April 13, in New York City.
She and husband Henry Hager named their daughter Margaret Laura "Mila" Hager, reports Us Weekly.
It's also the first grandchild for the former president.
"We met our beautiful granddaughter today," former President Bush said in a statement on Saturday. "Jenna and Mila are healthy. And our family is elated."
Congrats to the family!
The woman behind the hilarious Honest Toddler tweets has now been outed just in time to announce the book, "The Honest Toddler: A Child's Guide to Parenting."
As you can see on CNN, Bunmi Laditan was influenced by her sassy toddler who could talk, but not quite in the irreverent tone Laditan has been publishing on Twitter.
Move over Mick! You've got some serious competition.
We love when kids show their stuff, and this little sassy pants has got her moves down. Not to mention those awesome red leggings that we could definitely see on the Jag himself.
Love the meme! Let's get this kid a tumblr!
At 14, Chinese golfer Guan Tianlang is the youngest person to ever participate in the prestigious Masters golf tournament (being held right now in Augusta, Georgia). Even more stunningly, he just shot one over par in the first round. Need some context? He counted two less strokes than defending Masters Champion Bubba Watson. That's some swing.
Because 7-year-old's are in such dire need of high-end moisturizer, Barron Trump, son of the Donald, gets a caviar rub down every night by mom, Melania.
Yes, you read that right. Melania Trump has a new line of very expensive moisturizer made of caviar out on the market, and she knows it's good because she uses it on her little boy. "He likes it," says a mom who clearly does not understand the value of a dollar.
Bad news for owners of cars manufactured by companies including Honda, Nissan, Toyota and more.
A faulty airbag part, made by Japanese company Takata Corp., is causing shrapnel to explode into the passenger cabin upon impact, reports the Los Angeles Times.
As a result, more than 3 million cars around the world are being recalled. And because the part is used internationally, it will most likely affect more carmakers outside of Japan.
"All of the recalled cars announced so far were produced from 2000 to 2004," the Times reports.
Ivanka Trump, daughter of The Donald, announced on Twitter April 11 that she and husband Jared Kushner are expecting their second child.
"Jared and I are so excited that Arabella will become a big sister this fall. Thanks for all your good wishes!" she tweeted.
Their daughter, Arabella Rose, is almost 2.
Best wishes to the fam!
We have a new contender for Dad of the Year: Daniel Sherrouse, a blogger who posted on Reddit about the space simulator he built for his little son, Noah. The whole thing is enclosed in a trailer, and has tons of intricate details. Check out lots more photos here. And... um... can we get in line to try it out?
At first you're just like, "What's happening with all of those crazy geese?" Then you realize the beauty of the moment, as explained by this delightfully misinformed tiny tot.
It's a topic many have been concerned about: whether kids flock to McDonald's or other fast food after not getting their fix at school. But it turns out, according to a University of Illinois study published in JAMA Pediatrics, that this fear is unfounded, so long as the school lunch program is done correctly.
“People who criticize school nutrition reforms often say that students can easily compensate for changes ('If you try to make school meals more healthy, students will just go to McDonald's instead'),” said researcher Daniel R. Taber. “We wanted to test that critique—do students compensate when school meals are healthier?—and the simple answer was no. There was no evidence that students were buying more fast food or more sweetened beverages from other sources.” Good news.
Sometimes it's hard to talk to our daughters about positive body image when superheroines like Wonder Woman are barely dressed.
After all, Superman and Batman wear pants, as the Today Show notes.
So it's interesting to see 26-year-old comic-book artist Michael Lee Lunsford's reimagined female superheroes, including Wonder Woman, Supergirl and Elektra, as fully clothed butt-kickers.
While he claims that he had no "moral agenda" with these renderings, it's still an interesting look at how female characters can still look superhero-esque, even with a few more layers.
Photo via Ze Tarts!
Diclegis, a combination of vitamin B6 and an antihistamine, has been approved by the FDA to go on the market for treatment of morning sickness. This makes it the only FDA-approved treatment for pregnancy-induced nausea and vomiting.
The drug has actually been on the market before, from the 1950's to '80s. Then called Bendectin, the makers voluntarily pulled it off the market after lawsuits related to birth defects. Further studies, though, have shown that not to be the case. Thank goodness!
How tight is too tight? A middle school in Petaluma, Calif. has decided that female students may no longer wear pants that are "too tight." The reasoning? Reportedly, it's because pants like this distract the boys in class. Girls at the school are not pleased, and neither are their parents. One parent in particular, Jerelyn Kruljac, wore skinny pants to a school meeting in support of her daughter, saying "Boys need to be taught to respect women no matter what they're wearing, and that's a big deal."
Now this is something you don't want in your toddler's puree.
Baby food companies, including Beech-Nut Nutrition, Del Monte Foods, Dole and Gerber, are defendants in a California court after Environmental Law Foundation filed a lawsuit in 2011, alleging that many of those companies' products contain lead, reports CNN.
The civil trial began on Monday, April 8.
The lawsuit also alleges that under California law, companies are required to have warning labels on products that contain lead.
"We banned lead in paint, we banned it in gasoline. What is it doing in baby food?" Jim Wheaton, president of the environmental foundation, told CNN.
Reps from the companies have either declined comment or haven't returned messages to the news outlet.
A Pennsylvania middle-schooler was forced to sit out sports and scrapbooking club when her mom refused to let her take the drug test required of all participants in extracurricular school activities.
Kathy Kiederer is now taking her daughters' middle school officials to court over the issue, saying the tests violate the girls' constitutional rights.
The Pennsylvania school isn't alone—at least nine states have school districts that require middle schoolers to take drug tests, either at random or as a mandatory requirement for sports or clubs.
What do you think? Is drug testing 12-year-olds ridiculous, or simply the new normal?
It looks like Times Square is getting some of its seedy reputation back. The only problem is, Cookie Monster is getting taken down in the process. Or rather, a grown man dressed in a Cookie Monster costume hoping to get tips from tourists for the privilege of having your picture taken with the blue one.
After one mom didn't tip Cookie, however, he went ballistic and allegedly shoved her 2-year-old, who had been previously cuddling up to his (formerly) favorite Sesame Street character. Yes, the man was arrested and faces charges.