And you thought New York was overpopulated...
Fri Aug 3
Think you could fit 17 tots, tykes and teens into your cramped apartment space? How about paying for 17 kids' private preschool tuition? Yeah, we think the proposition sounds pretty impossible too, which is why we're glad that the Duggar family, who just welcomed their 17th biological child into their brood yesterday , lives in rural Arkansas and not in space-challenged New York City. The ever-growing family has their own web page on the Discovery Health site and the network plans to air yet another documentary on the clan in the coming month. But the fame doesn't come without a price--mom Michelle (the only family member who's name doesn't start with a "J"), has been pregnant for approximately 10.5 years of her life and the family has gone through an estimated 90,000 diapers. We urge you to try and not think about going through childbirth 17 times. Seriously.
Junie B. Jones, Bad Girl?
Mon Jul 30
"I think it took me like a month to read one book because there were so many misspelled words that I didn't understand, and we had to talk about every little thing," Caitlyn Siwek said in an article featured in the Style section of The New York Times . Siwek, 9, is speaking about a book in the 15 year-old Junie B. Jones collection, a series her mother, Sandra Scales, seriously opposes and a topic that has started a raucous debate on Times-owned site about.com. '"People who were taking exception to the people who take exception to the series were the ones using words like 'dumb' and 'stupid,' " she said. "There's this bizarre bullying thing that happened."' Scales and her fellow Jones opponents argue that little Junie B's naughty behavior and poor grammar set bad examples for young readers. Jones has been known to talk back to her teachers, head-butt other children, and * gasp * play with scissors. She also has a less than stellar grip on grammar, adding "ed" to put words...
Light a candle for Harry Potter
Wed Jul 25
The months of anticipation and speculation are officially over; volumes upon volumes of the last Harry Potter installment can now be found at your neighborhood Barnes & Noble. True fans have breezed their ways through the book by now, and know just which of the central characters have met their ends. In case you're still savoring the last pages of the seven-volume saga, don't worry: no spoilers here. Whether the wizard boy and his companions live or die, readers who have grown to know J.K. Rowling's meticulously drawn world inside and out have to prepare for one crucial and obvious grieving process: the final conclusion of the series. Even adult fans are likely to walk away from the experience with a pile of crunched-up tissues, and it goes without saying that Potter's youngest fans will be hit the hardest. It's thus no surprise that several news outlets are reporting on ways to help kids cope with the inevitable pang of sadness. After all, it's the expectation for the...
Today's fresh links!
Wed Jul 25
Ever wonder how well New York is treating its under-age population? The Annie E. Casey Foundation has been studying the 50 states and ranking them in terms of children's wellbeing (economic info, education, dropout rates, health data, etc.) for the past 18 years, and this year is no exception. The 18th Annual 2007 KIDS COUNT Data Book is now available on the organization's web site, so parents can see how well kids are doing in states around the country. And FYI, Minnesota took the top honors at number 1, while New York comes in at the humble (and a little bit disappointing) number 18. Speaking of kids' wellbeing, parents of tiny tots should check out this product recall from Pottery Barn Kids. The baby, tots, and teen-friendly furniture retailer, along with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced yesterday that the stitching on the Matelesse Crib Bumpers can come loose, creating a dangerous sleep spot for your babe. No injuries have been reported, but parents should...
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